Big day today people! Even though the weather didn’t cooperate and settle down like we’d hoped it would, we still managed to get a couple teams out this weekend, which meant that I got to run my own team for the first time!
Up until now, I’ve served mainly as the resident utility man on our training runs, which means that I’ve spent a lot of time on a tow sled behind Morgan or Craig’s teams, helping out however I can (Twila is fond of her nickname for me: Ballast). Today though, I graduated to solo sledding. While Morgan and Craig rode ahead with eight dogs, I took out my own little four dog team, and it was a good one. For leaders, I had two experienced Alaskan Huskies, Copper and Sumo, and for my wheel dogs, I ran two of our young and speedy female Malamutes, Enya and Liddy. Needless to say, it was a totally different experience riding solo – having Copper and Sumo actually “gee” or “ha” when I asked them was new and exciting.
First Solo Run
Twila thought this was a much better picture.