Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sleddog Diversion Continues - Iditarod Starts Today

Ok, so mushing has nothing to do with money management and frugal living.  I get it.  But it is, and probably always will be, my favorite sport and hobby.  Today, not one, but two of my top 6 races of the year get under way.

First, The CanAm Crown in Ft. Kent, Maine.  I lived less than 50 miles from Ft. Kent, I have driven my dogs on parts of the trail, I've owned several CanAm finishers and I've worked as a volunteer there many times.  I have wonderful memories of the Portage Checkpoint, where I have spent many a first Saturday in March unloading drop bags, tending to dropped dogs, checking sled bags, inflating air mattresses and I don't know what all.  I would love to be there today.  On the other hand, it's going to be sunny, warm and downright Spring like in Georgia, so I think I'll manage to cope.

The other big event, probably the best known sleddog race in the world, the Iditarod, kicks off in Anchorage, AK later today.  Saturday is just the ceremonial start, but the hoopla is circus like.  I've never been, but I would dearly love to take a long vacation and be in Anchorage for the Fur Rendezvous and stick around for the start of the Iditarod.  That would be a dream come true.

So, dear reader, you can expect a few more mushing posts over the next couple weeks.  But fear not, sleddog season will end soon.  Then I'll move on to something racing! :-)