What a difference a year makes! This morning we woke up to 5 beautiful inches of white powder and more is coming. Kasilof and the Central Peninsula is having a glorious winter - the best of the six years Bruce and I have lived here. Training conditions could not be better as both our trails out of our yard are amazing, as well as the trails in the Caribou hills, which are only a short drive away. My only regret is not getting out on a sled more. Bruce and I just can't make the sacrifice of not spending time with the kids on the weekends, and Bruce's weekends are his only opportunity for training - he is the one that needs to get out on the trail. With that said, I have been able to cross-country ski quite a bit, and LOVE IT! We are hopeful the trails will be in good condition for a while so we can enjoy them as a family when he gets home from Iditarod.
We are looking forward to the start more than ever. It is always a journey to get there, but we are so thankful for all the support we have. It started last June with Stanley Ford sponsoring our entrance fee. The connections we have made with incredible people are beyond my belief. What once was a quest to for Bruce to start and finish the Iditarod one time, has now become something so much bigger and more meaningful. The friends we have met along the way have touched and influenced our lives to a degree that words cannot explain. We are forever thankful and blessed.
Feb. 26, 2012