Sorry to anyone who checked the News last month as my web site was down a bit and then it was the “busy” of mushing, trips, trails, huskies, snow……
First a puppy update
Puppy still doesn’t have a name but comes well to puppy. He is very friendly and full of mischief, doesn’t miss a thing to chew on, including everyone’s hands. And he loves following Lydia around although she is not as into it. Lena is back out in the dog yard and pulling in the teams and seems very happy about that. Puppy still lives in the cabin and has a little “quiet time” pen in the dining room. He is a sweet and adorable pup to have around and is getting quite socialized.
Tonight under the full moon, I have been watching one of the bobcats eating at the chicken fat under the feeder. One night I saw all four, and many evenings, three were here together. We are guessing it is mom from last year and she had three offspring. They are smaller than most think, probably under 25 pounds and I don’t feel any threat to any of the dogs or people. Little white puppy is the only one I am concerned about.
It has been a wonderful winter enhanced by getting two feet of fluffy snow in the last few weeks. It was perfect timing and the trails are soft and beautiful. This past Sunday, after almost a foot of new snow (and only a little snowshoeing on the trails), it was our four wonderful ten year old Inuits, Qimiq, Tillie, Trondheim and Lemmikki who led the four teams enthusiastically breaking trail, hearkening back to centuries of wilderness travel and returning with smiles on their faces. It was real mushing and the women loved it. It has turned a little warm this week and things are settling but still good.
Two feet of snow and 40 degrees makes for amazingly “elastic” snow coming off the new sled shed at the station. There’s Tahti in the background.
Trips have been going great and so many wonderful women have joined us. The community formed and shared is one of the most precious experiences my huskies and I have and we thank everyone. We are also very happy that former handler Alicia will be joining us for the rest of the season ! And we couldn’t have offered the best of Wintermoon without the help of my amazing friends who join us and work so hard: many thanks DJ, Chris, Chris & the Wolf Moon Kennel huskies, Alyssa, Bobbi, Craig, Lynne, Mel, Laura, Laura & Laura AND David !
And fun plans are forming for this summer:
Carpentry for Women June 22-24
Heart in the Earth August 3-5
Kayaking July 13-15, 20-22 – August 10-12, 24-26 – September 21-23
Kayaking and Yoga August 17-19 with me and Laura Haack
Here’s what Laura will add to the weekend:
“We will work specifically to release held tension in the trunk, shoulders and arms. We will spend time becoming aware of the current state of our bodies and minds and then work on releasing, relaxing and re-educating muscles to help them function more differently. Following that we will use classic hatha yoga poses to strengthen and practice balance.”
And this upcoming weekend is Iditarod Start in Alaska. Last years handler Lynn is on her way up to watch all the amazing huskies and mushers and maybe she’ll share a few stories in the next news. She and Iditarod musher Cindy Gallea will be here to help with our final trip of the season, the mother and daughter.
Enjoy the rest of your winter!