My sister got a pass to the Exxon Mobil Hospitality Suite overlooking the start so I left my moral obligations about BIG OIL at home (to speak of it here is heresy and a likely death wish) and we loaded up the kids and headed in...... It turned out to be a perfect solution - the kids were warm and well fed and Mom and I got to wander in and out.
What an AMAZING event! To see all these teams of dogs and their Mushers and the crowds all out in the freezing cold 7 degrees Farenheit!!!! The atmosphere was amazing....and I was enthralled. I am too tired now to process it all but it was an experience I will never forget.
|The Gang setting out|
|The first sled is ceremonial|
|Followed by 63 competitors who will be on their sleds for 10-15 days|
|Mushers in good spirits waving to the crowds|
|The very focused stars of the show|
|A festive downtown Anchorage|
|This is "my" team #38 - Scottish of course|
|Mr Watty McDonald!! GO GO GO!!|
|SO many dogs - love the booties :)|
And then we drove out of town a ways - and saw the frozen ocean and the mountians - you are out of town in a few short miles around here.
|This is the ocean|
|It's like to waves just suddenly froze in place....|
There is so much to say about my delightful nieces and nephews too.... but another time!