Another year in the books for Team Keahi! Our first race of the 2016/17 season in West Yellowstone was a rough one. Starting with the dog truck not starting the morning of the race. At -43F overnight, it was just too much for the truck to overcome with a bad block heater. Thankfully our friends in the dog community rallied to get us and all of our equipment to the race site. The trails from the lot looked beautiful. There was so much fresh dry snow, even though it had been groomed the night before, was soft and dry. It had been comparable to running in sand. The runners I chose weren't up for the challenge of the cold dry snow. I knew from the moment I released from the rig that it was going to be a challenge. 2 miles from the finish line I decided to do the only thing I could think to do with how much work the dogs put into the run and that was to scratch from the race. They were tired, but no worse for the wear to be honest. Though it was disappointing, I know it was the best decision to make for the team's moral.
We spent the next few days after the race recharging in Bozeman. The above zero temps were a welcome change for all. Getting to spend some much needed time with the family was also very needed. It would have been nice to stay a bit longer, but we were all missing home and our 'handler' who had to stay home this year. On to the next adventure! See you all in 2017!
Growing up in Montana my love of the Siberian Husky started at a young age. It has been quite a journey so far. There has been much to learn and still a lot more yet to learn! I truly believe that we are never too old, too experienced, or too full of ourselves to learn something new. I also believe that knowledge is useless unless we are willing to share it with others.