Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hip Hip Hooray!

I successfully completed my first sled dog race this weekend (Aurora 50/50). The weather was sunny and very cold (6 degrees F, windchill -10 degrees F). My race ended up being a bit longer than the rest of the field due to me going down the wrong trail. The day before, the trail committee had the trail I took blocked off, but last night someone removed the barricade. With no barricade, the dogs decided to go down it. There were trail markers set along the trail, so it seemed like the right way until I didn't see any other sled markings and the mountains were in the wrong place! The dogs and I had ended up turning onto the trail we were to use to finish. So, here comes Angie 45 minutes later, back to the start. I was a bit upset. Ryan and Wade turned me around and I headed back out on the trail for the second time that day. My dogs looked really good on the trail. They had a fast time coming back from the turn-around point. Another musher's dogs were hit by a snow machine during the race. It was a very unfortunate accident. There were a lot of snow machines zooming around on all the trails.
I was really happy with my dogs and the race. Enjoy the bumpy video and try to imagine the temperature around 0 degrees!


Dad and Mom said...

Congratulations, Angie!! You did it!
Love always,
Mom & Dad
Svenna & Oceana also send a "Hooray for you (and your team)!"

the Very! Excited! Parents! said...

Awesome! I love the video, but I want MORE video!
It looks gorgeous out there running the dogs. We are so happy for you and your first mushing success!
Stay warm!