On thursday Marian and I traveled to Mackey's Comeback Kennel in Fox, Alaska to shoot a commercial for a dog food company. I shot video so have no photos, but what a great time. Lance is always so much fun to be around. Plus, I met Newton Marshall, the Jamaican musher who is training for Iditarod with Lance. I did trade Lance one of my Running With Spirits videos for one of his fabulous signature sweatshirts. Tonya, Lance's wife, is modeling it for me below at the Meet the Mushers gathering.
You can see more photos of the Meet the Mushers at:http://picasaweb.google.com/djqhusky/YukonQuest2010#
On the way to Lance's we did spy a moose browsing under the pipeline, so pulled over to take a few photos. I think it was glad when we left. LOL!
Thursday afternoon was a quick trip to the Yukon Quest store to buy souvenirs. Fairbanks was warmer than normal for February, but hoarfrost was still visible.
The Quest HQ has moved to the little log cabin by the Chena River on First St---or is it Ave.?? :)
Anyway, prefect spot for it by the Cushman Bridge. The church across the Chena River looked sparkly in the setting sun.(below)
Friday was spent with friend Helen Hegener. She has a fabulous website. You should check that out. She follows mushing and gets out to as many races as she can. Go to:http://www.northernlightmedia.com/
We went to the area where they are carving ice sculptures for an exhibit in a few weeks. Some very creative designs. It's always amazing to me to see that a block of ice can be turned into some pretty cool things.
The bears here were guarding the exit of an ice maze. They were very cute! Marian and Helen stand in the entrance to the maze below.
I loved the ice house with dog in the front yard. The house was full size about 12 x 12. It had a bed, table with tv and rabbit ears, a dresser, another table with ice goblets and a boars head craving hanging on the wall. Very cool!!!
Helen and Marian refused to sit on the ice bed---too cold. LOL---see below.
Notice the team being held by the National Guardsmen(right). This team was passing through the checkpoint when the leaders made a turn towards the resting teams. The Guardsmen averted a disaster by grabbing the leaders and getting them back on the trail. Nice job---well done!!