Jim recruited Tom to help with the run first, and of course I was painting signs and helping too shortly therafter. Next Jim gave us our first lead dog Yaetna, who to this date was the smartest dog I have ever known.
She knew the dunes like the back of her paw! I am known for being a little um, directionally challenged at times, and Tom advised me that all I needed to do is tell her where to go and she would take me. That was great until we had a chewer in the gangline who released the front 4 dogs when we were climbing up a big hill. I knew I was having to do alot of pushing, but I didn't know why until I crested the hill and saw the front four were gone, including my leader Yaetna. That was a fun trip back to the truck, but Yaetna and crew were sitting by the truck waiting for us when I entered the parking lot. Yaetna's expression said "What took you so long? We've been here for an hour!" Tom wanted to do the Iditarod and so we began building up our kennels and eventually breeding our own dogs. Puppies were a lot of fun.
All tuckered out from playing Mom!
Tom and company after a snow run
Here is a picture crossing Tahkenitch creek