When the gear was unpacked from the Last Great Race, Anna and Kristy hopped a flight to Vancouver, British Columbia, where they met up with sis Kat and participated in an event with sponsor Polar Asset Management Partners. Awesome scenery, great folks, delicious food, and a chance to relax a bit! From there, it was back to Alaska for a little late season skiing in Hatcher's Pass and Alyeska in Girdwood.
Other travels had Kristy and her husband Andy visiting family in Minnesota, before meeting Anna and other family in northern Wisconsin mid-summer. On the way back to Alaska, Anna swung through Colorado to visit our Grandfather (98 years young in late November, bless him).
Business had to be taken care of... there was work for a landscaping company and nursery, lots of work with trees and a revegetation project. Of course the twins had to manage their own kennel, caring for and feeding all their own dogs. But they also worked for friend and local musher Tom Knolmayer at his kennel.
There was personal-use fishing and dip-net fishing down on the Kenai. Anna and Kristy participated in a number of "dogless" events ~ marathons, triathons, and biking events. In the fall, they brought their canine friends back into it for some Canicross.
The twins were also busy truck and trailer shopping, putting together their new rig in various steps over the summer and fall. Be sure to read about our GoFundMe campaign! And sponsorships for the coming season had to be renegotiated and/or secured (and, man, is that important!!).
Of course, there had to be a little off-color excitement... Kristy and fellow musher Dr. Tom had a very close call in early November while on a training run (read about it here, and - don't worry - everyone is ok... the two dogs of Tom's that were injured are well on the mend). And there was a pretty big shaker of an earthquake late in the month. The 7.0 quake shook up the twins' house and scared the house cats, but no other damage or harm reported, other than a little mess from things rocking off shelves.
Fall training was underway, in short clips, in August, and we've been ticking up the miles since. Snow has been a bit fleeting in our immediate vicinity to start the winter, but we have faith. If that fails, we have a nice new truck and trailer to drive to better training ground! As of this writing, we've completed our first race of the season with the Alpine Creek Excursion (ACE) race in early December. We'll be back with a mid-distance race recap later in the season.
Until then, watch for posts to our Instagram!
We hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday season, and Happy New Year!
Peace, Love, & Paw prints ~
Anna, Kristy, & All the Dogs
of Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing