Friday, February 19, 2010

Final Salute to the Quest

The 27th Yukon Quest is all but history. One racer remains on the trail and should finish tonight. I talked with Race Manager, Josea today and she said the race went extremely well for everyone involved: the dogs, mushers, vets, handlers, and countless volunteers. Many said it was one of the best races ever. So a final salute to the Quest and all who made it possible. And a salute to Hans Gatt, who may have run his final Quest race. Today, I won one of his bibs in the Quest auction!

We received the sad news today that Marlene, a friend and member of the Chicken Gold Camp family, was hospitalized with COPD and pneumonia in Wickenburg and then moved to Phoenix. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and Chuck.

Finally, the weather dried up here today and remains balmy. The grass is beginning to show in our yard and the iced driveway has begun to reveal patches of gravel. On the way to Spencer Beach, I stopped in Old Town, Homer to photograph this old cabin. I'm sure it has many stories hidden behind those old log walls...

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