Greetings and Happy 2011!
The New Year has started out pretty quiet here at Husky Homestead…. perhaps that is because nobody is home! Yup, you got it. The Homestead is empty this winter. Jeff decided he was ‘tired of being cold’ all the time, and after 30+ years of spending the winter and spring in Alaska running dogs, he has headed for the warmer weather of the Lower 48. Where are the dogs?? Well, all of the dogs have made the trek down to Willow where they are residing, training and racing with musher Matt Hayashida and family for the winter season. Matt is an accomplished musher and Iditarod veteran, and he will be running the Copper Basin 300 race this weekend. There are 42 mushers signed up for this race this year and Jeff was the 2010 champion. Check out the race and see if you can spot any dogs that you know!! We wish Matt a safe and successful run!!
Although Jeff is ‘tired of being cold’ that does not mean that he is basking in the sunshine on a beach somewhere with his toes in the sand. In fact, he has been spending some time skijoring! Indeed, it seems he may have given up the sled for a bit and hopped on some skis! We kind of saw this coming though, didn’t we? What with the Gee-Pole sled that he’s used in the Iditarod start the last two years? If you happen to be near Chemult, OR next weekend (January 15 & 16th) you can stop by the 17th Annual Chemult Sled Dog Races. Jeff will be there as a participant in the skijoring race! Good luck POTUS!
If you live in Minnesota….. Jeff will be at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon! Jeff will be the Keynote Speaker for this years race. Reservations are still available to the Beargrease Gala and Silent Auction that is scheduled to take place on January 28th, 2011 from 6pm – 10pm. Click the link above for more information on Jeff’s speaking engagement as well as the Race itself!
In addition to speaking at the dinner, Jeff will also be a commentator for the race on a local news channel and he will travel along the entire race route providing updates! How fun is that?!?
So, as one of Jeff’s favorite t-shirts says… “Life without dogs? I don’t think so!”
We will continue to keep you updated as best we can on any fun things that may be taking place out and about!
In the mean time, we hope this finds you all doing well, keeping up with those New Year’s Resolutions and otherwise enjoying all that the New Year has to offer!
The Husky Homestead Crew