The White House

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

At the Races

What an great Spring-ish day to be down at the races.  Of course, had I remembered it was the Chatanika Outhouse Races I might have gone there instead, but we had a good time.  Lucas woke up on the wrong side of bed and I should have stayed home with him, but we survived his attitude.  My Nick and Nick K. took him into a restaurant while Olivia and I watched the rest of the racers start.

This is a view to downtown on 2nd Avenue.  This is where the teams start and finish.  This is the Open North American and it was the 66th year of running.  Friday and Saturday the teams run 20-miles and on Sunday it is a 30-mile heat.  I love it.  I grew up in Tok and spent many weekends at the race track cheering on greats like Gareth Wright, Roxie Wright, George Attla.  I love the sound of the dogs with their high-pitched barks.  My Dad worked in the announcers shack so when they count down to the start it's almost as if I can hear his voice. I miss those days...I had a great childhood.

I can guarantee you that these dogs love to run.  The way they jump and lunge waiting for "go" tells you how much they want to run.  While every sport has a few bad apples, I can attest to the fact that these animals are some of the most cared for in the world.  I know one racer that has 3 or 4 at a time sleeping in bed with her. They are their children.
Some of you may find furs offensive, and I'm sorry for that.  It isn't how I was raised.  My dad and brothers were trappers and it's just a way of life for many people here.  I wasn't the only one that asked this man to take his photo with his wolf hat.

This was a race sponsored by AARP.  The musher in the purple on the left is Barb Moore. This is a race about old dogs and old mushers.  If you are interested you should read this blog where you get a detail explanation as to this race and some video from it. Those old dogs showed that they may be slow, but they haven't lost the love of running.

 Here is my company for the day.  The Krohe (as I call him), my son Nick, Olivia and Grumpy Lucas.  Nick isn't necessarily into dog racing, but he is into hanging out with his mom.  I really appreciate that he went along just for me.
 There was a fur auction going on.  I could have stood there for hours watching, but 4-year old's with attitudes dictate otherwise.  The big fur on the left is buffalo.

 This lynx went for $450.
 Went to lunch with the kids and ran into family.  This is Nick's Aunt Donna.  She was in town to attend a funeral and didn't recognize him with his dreads!!
 I tried the halibut wrap and it was delicious.
 Olivia had popcorn chicken and fries, Nick had a burger.
 Homer had the mushroom cheese steak.  Again, Food Factory.  You'd think it was the only restaurant in town as it is the only one we go to.
 When we got home Olivia wanted to ride.  You would have thought she had enough fresh air, but no! When she was done riding she spent another hour playing with Millie. 
 I can tell you this girl is enjoying all the attention.

I mopped floors and scrubbed the stove...what joy!  And managed to plant a few seeds.  Now it's late and it's been a full day.  Hope tomorrow is, too!!

Here's a clip of Egil Ellis.  He has won the Open North American more times than anyone...Ten!!  He's originally from Sweden and uses a hound-husky mix.  After many years of blowing the competition away many of the mushers have bred in hounds and heelers for a faster dog.  Sprint dogs are completely different than the dogs they use for the Iditarod and Yukon Quest.  Those dogs are slow and heavier, sprint dogs are very thin and very fast. 


FlowerLady said...

I've always enjoyed seeing the sled dogs do their thing. You can certainly tell they LOVE to run.

Glad you had a good day and I hope Lucas wakes up on the right side of the bed today.

Thanks for the bday wishes.


Stace said...

I was just talking about this with my kids!! It was great to be able to show them actual pictures and video! Of course my husband wants a wolf hat now.

Corey~living and loving said...

I was in Anchorage backin 2000 to see the Iditarod start. what an amazing thing to see. Loved it. :)

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

I love the watch mushing. I had a friend in Montana who's brother did it. Those dogs were totally spoiled. They loved their people and would do anything for them.

Hope Lucas gets over his mood. I have a feeling we're going to get a little mood around here tomorrow when the girl has to go back to school.....

Janie said...

What fun to be able to attend the dog sled races! Looks like a fascinating event.