February 27, 2015
By the way, you can always view the entire blog archives at http://trentherbst.posthaven.com/ or hit the Trent's Blog link on the upper right of the website at http://www.trentherbst.com/ . The photos were a bit out of order on the 'Meet the 2015 Iditarod Team!' post that went out a moment ago. It's fixed on the blog site now, if you got an email post and wondered how someone could mess up such an easy thing!
Anyways, at about 2:00AM our handler Jake Swift (left), his buddy Greg, and 18 sleepy sled dogs (they had just done a 30 mile run) pulled out of Fairfield, Idaho in a mild snowstorm and headed north for the 3,000 mile journey to Anchorage. They should be in Great Falls, MT mid-day, Calgary, Canada this evening, and in Anchorage Monday or Tuesday. Highlight of the trip will probably be the stop in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Picture of Jake and Greg ready to pull out in the light snowstorm, a map of their journey, and a quick video of the taillights heading out are below. By the way, the dogs get hooked up and run along the way. By the way, I'm flying to Anchorage on Tuesday 3rd to join the team! Veterinarian check is Wednesday, Musher's Banquet is Thursday, and Ceremonial Start in Anchorage is Saturday.
You may or may not be interested in our Beverly Hillbilly Musher rig. It’s a 2001 Suburban 2500 pulling a 15 ft. trailer customized with “standard” road kennel embellishment. Dogs ride two in each apartment/compartment. Each dog house has a door painted by my 4th grade class from a Grinch contest this Christmas.