There was still snow around the kennel in late March and early April, so Seeing Double and their dogs could still be spotted on the trails around Knik. In early April, Anna and Kristy spent a long weekend in Whistler, British Columbia, with sponsor Polar Asset Management Partners. As in prior years, it was an amazing weekend with nice people, great food, fun hikes, and some time on the slopes. Oh, and ax throwing.
The arrival of May and the departure of snow brought a return to work with construction, landscaping, and fishing projects. Kristy hit the road competing in a Gravel Grinder and also went camping with husband Andy in Glacier View. The kennel welcomed their one litter of the season in June, and the twins did a lot of work around the dog yard on houses, platforms, and their tethering system. A fun group of teachers made a visit, as did a few moose - the former had a great time interacting with the dogs in the yard and fortunately the latter kept their grazing to the front! Anna and Kristy were also in line at the Iditarod Summer Picnic to say hello to friends and fellow mushers and sign up for 2020.
July saw some commercial fishing down on the Kenai Peninsula for Dean Osmar and a bit of fun around Independence Day. August was a bit of a blur... Seeing Double had 9 pups in to a vet clinic early in the month for spaying (gotta prevent unintentional litters and enhance the long-term health of our pups!) and made a visit to mom in Wisconsin. Sister Kat descended on Alaska for a 2 week visit in late August, which quickly blurred into September. Kristy managed to sneak an ultra marathon in there somewhere, too!
By late September, it got cool enough overnight or in the early morning hours to start hitting the trails for 1-2 mile runs with the dog teams. The Seeing Double crew were regular features at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Dryland events in late September and early October, participating in 1-2 dog canicross or bikejoring events. Folks were also Seeing Double Zombies again in the Zombie Half Marathon.
In late October, Anna and Kristy made a blazing fast trip to Toronto for a sponsor presentation and also participated in their first international running event with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Kristy and Anna both had impressive finishes in the full and half marathons, respectively. Especially after traveling all that way!
Back and fully focused at the kennel, and as the hours of darkness increased, so did the time on the trail. The twins enjoyed one final dogless event with a Turkey Trot half marathon in late November and then all attentions were turned to the upcoming sled dog racing season.
Over the off season, Anna and Kristy were thrilled to reconnect with many sponsors and welcome a couple new ones! They visited with fans and school groups. An ermine seems to have visited the kennel and decided to stay, a welcome addition to the wood shed and a deterrent to mice. All in all, things were pretty good within the Seeing Double family.
Thanks for reading about our off season adventures!