As the days start to melt together and my sleep cycle gets thrown completely out of whack I fear I am loosing the ability to string words together into coherent sentences. A good nights sleep awaits me after Dan departs Pelly; as we will sleep here tonight and head for Dawson first thing in the morning. But for now I think I will spare myself the effort of writing a blog. Instead, going with the idea that a photo is worth a thousand words, I will share with you a series of photos I took today at the Pelly Crossing checkpoint.
*Note: if you are just interested in Dan and the Dew Claw dogs scroll to the end for photos of him arriving in Pelly. But I am trying to get a good variety of mushers and scenes from the checkpoint to share, and I start with those.
A scene from the dog yard where teams are camped at Pelly.
Denis Tremblay signs autographs for young fans.
Abbie West has her game face on.
Handlers use large sleds to carry away the straw they clean up, and transport gear to and from the trucks.
Brian Wilmshurst’s team arrives at Pelly.
Brian doing his mandatory gear check before signing in to the checkpoint.
Abbie West getting ready to leave the checkpoint.
Susie Rogan getting her team ready to leave.
Teams getting ready to leave, Abbie is putting on booties & Cody Strathe is packing straw to take with so he can camp his team on the long run ahead.
Abbie bootieing her dog.
Race Manager Alex Olsen making up a YQ hand signal to flash.
The media, photographers, and bloggers all lined up and bringing the race to life for the folks watching along at home.
This qualifies as first class sleeping arrangements for handlers and volunteers, going to get a full 6 hours in a horizontal position tonight.
And now the photos of Dan~
Dan’s team right after getting into Pelly.
Dan snacking and checking the team on arrival.
Happy dogs rolling in the snow.
Dan talking with the Vet while taking off booties.
Nash & Draco
Leaders resting on straw.
The dogs got good rest in Pelly.
Casper & Orchid