|Here are the dogs in Bethel... amazingly they adapted to
being dropped in someone else's yard, close together, and
snuggled together in their half crates.They were so good
during this trip, I was so proud of them.
|On the right: Debbie, my host family member, who
welcomed me to Bethel and drove us all around town.
The kids, a mixture belonging to three families,
great kids with true community spirit. We really
enjoyed the families we met in Bethel.
|My host family took us on a tour of Bethel and I took this
town, looking back toward Bethel. It's flat as far as you
can see but has character. We met so many nice people
experience for us.
Riyah and Piglet in the K300 start chute (what hams!)
|The next group of pictures are general trail pics. During the times we were either
was able to take some photos. The one that shows not much trail, mostly ice is
more representative of what we experienced and why the dogs had a hard time
following it. I didn't take any pictures while we were off trail, crossing the trail
you an idea!!!you an idea!!!
|through one of them I snapped a photo. I'm surprised it turned out this good as
it was just a chance shot with a disposable camera, but it was so beautiful out
there. The river was quite an amazing place and it was the first time I'd been on
I did not use my usual digital camera and the
disposables went through the airport x-ray machines (they're wrong, they do
ruin the film... some of them were completely ruined, these are the best ones we
got). So DO NOT let them put your film through their x-ray machines, no matter
what they tell you at the airport... it does fry the film.
|Here we are at the Tuluksak Checkpoint. Yes, we're already
far behind the rest of the pack, but it was fun anyway. The
dogs and mushers were both tired. I think it's much easier
on both if you travel faster, get to where you are going and
then rest... instead of taking the scenic route!!! :-)
Apparently they had never seen any mushers take pictures
before, so this is where they joked that maybe we'd be faster
now that we ran out of film (when I finished a roll).
|Zena, Ace and Teela in the foreground, tangled around the
power pole in Kalskag. We finally made it there and while I
into quite a mess. Even the vets took a picture of that one!
The whole team and their t
angled mess... hmmmm, what do we do now mom?
The mighty Kuskokwim River from the airplane we
chartered to get ourselves out of Kalskag and back
to Bethel. Somewhere down there is a trail... but
we couldn't find it from land or air! :-( maybe next