Lot’s happening here at the Homestead. Finally no gravel can be seen anywhere. Mushing has been really pretty good. I prefer a little snow to a ton of snow – like Trapper Creek where they have 5 ft. Really makes it hard to get out and about. Jennifer & Jason took dogs down to a race in Trapper Creek last weekend and had a blast. I believe we won the Red Lantern. (I believe that’s the first time that a Red Lantern has ever been brought home. It will be displayed in a place of honor!) As soon as they got home, we loaded up the race dogs and headed back out the Denali Highway to the MacLaren Valley and beyond. We helped Alan & Susie set up their own radio station. The call letters are KMAC – you’re voice of the MacLaren Valley. It’s very fun. We also have a radio transmitter here at Denali that runs off of our computer. We’re too far away from town to get any “regular” radio, so we make do. The equipment to do this comes from Ramsey Electronics. If anyone is interested in more information, you should Google them.
So, while we were out at MacLaren training the other day, news of the cancellation of the Sheep Mountain race reached us and we quickly came up with an alternative that we think is going to be a lot of fun. It’s a 50 mile race beginning at MacLaren River Lodge and returning to same. Mushers have to arrive at MacLaren which is 42 miles from anywhere, and then they’re going to have to go home, making it a fun filled training weekend. Details are on MacLaren’s website at www.maclarenlodge.com.
Finally we got done with our audio version of my new book “Cold Hands, Warm Heart”. (Have already heard some say it should read “Cold Heart, Warm Hands”…not funny!) It is 5 cd’s long and almost 5 hours of stories from the trail. The printed version is on schedule for printing right after the first of the year. I don’t think we’ll have any trouble making our promised shipped date of sometime in February. If there is anyone out there reading this, it would be nice for you to send a comment. Because if no one out there is reading this, well then I’m going to quit doing them.
Happy Trails! Yours truly, Jeff & Carrie