Today, my family had intended to go tubing at the ski hill, but we got up with two of the menfolk feeling yucky…so my daughter and I headed to the bustling downtown of Fairbanks for some fun!
It is a three day dog sledding event. Yesterday the teams raced on a 20 mile route. Today was a 20 mile route, and tomorrow will be a 30 mile route.
This was one of the many teams getting ready to go. These dogs were SO anxious! We arrived about 15 minutes before the race began.
It was so funny, because when we arrived, of course you could hear dogs barking and carrying on…but when the dogs saw others starting to get hooked up, they all went NUTS!!!! A couple hundred dogs, all going bonkers because they knew they were about to RUN!!!!
Besides the race going on, there was also an auction.
And man, was there some gorgeous furs! I may just have to learn how to tan hides before we leave here. Most of these furs were simply dried, so the tanning process is left to the new owner. There were wolves, coyote, bear, beaver, wolverine, even a lion!
While there, I ran in to an old friend, Dawnie.
Let me take a moment to tell you about her. I met her about 10 years ago through a yahoogroup for army wives at Fort Bragg. The first time I laid eyes on her, she was wearing a Budweiser T-shirt, tie-died shorts, and neon purple socks. I thought “holy moly!” But you have to know Dawnie. She is the most outgoing, loud, and loveable person! Ever since, I can’t look at something tie-died, or leopard print without thinking of her! I just love this woman!
I hadn’t seen her in probably 8 years, so I was thrilled to get to run into her and her family here in Fairbanks.
After a little while, the racing teams started coming in for the finish.
Does anyone see the irony in this?
You have to respect a man with a message.