Friday, December 28, 2007
6:45 am: Put french press on the stove (thanks mom, it works great), turn on NPR.
6:55 am: Coffee is ready, NPR has reminded me why I am hiding in Alaska and music is put on instead. Have a cup, relax, eat (oatmeal, bagel, or I hate to admit it, chocolate) Put together the dog team to run on paper and catch up on their records, read, or go online.
7:30 am: Water the dogs with baited water(water mixed with food and meat and fat).
8:00 am: Clean the yard, get the sled ready. Check out the dogs for missed injuries etc.
8:45: am: Stoke the fire, hook up the dogs.
9:00 am: Head out on the trail, by far the best part of the day!
2:00 pm: Get home. Put the dogs at their houses. Feed the dogs. Stoke the fire.
3:00 pm: Split and stack wood, or clean, or some other chore.
3:30 pm: Go get water, we haul 35 gallons a day.
4:00 pm: Try to turn myself from "tough musher girl" to "classy waitress girl". Stoke fire.
4:30 pm: Go to work at the lodge (6 days a week), either bartending or serving.
11:00 pm: Get off work, go home, start the fire which is probably out, feed the dogs. Sometimes I run a second team and then feed the dogs.
12:00 am: Read or go online, or "crash hard".
3:30 am: Stoke fire
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Well finally I have some time to write…my thermometer says 50 below others say 42 or 48 below, but whichever one is correct they all mean one thing, it’s COLD! So I have some time to hole up inside, because perhaps we will skip running a day or two and wait for it to warm up to at least 30 below. I knew it would come eventually, despite the lack of snow, we’ve had a pretty easy winter here in interior
Then there are the vehicles. If you are lucky enough to have electricity then you plug in your truck, so that the block heater keeps the engine warm. If you don’t have electricity, like me, you need to wake up every couple hours and start up your truck because if you don’t, it won’t start the following morning. If it comes to that I have some creative ways to warm up vehicles that involve propane weed burners, cookie sheets, blankets, and sofa cushions. When you go to the store or over to your friend’s house leave your car running. When you go to the grocery store 90 percent of the cars are running in the parking lot. Sometimes I think that this is what really causes ice fog. Either that or we are giving global warming a good kick in the ass with our emission boot. Don’t forget to periodically start your 4 wheelers and snowmachines, but most likely the 4 wheeler won’t start until it warms up and you will have to pull start the snowmachine.