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Cascade Quest: Arrival & Vet Check

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 7:28 PM


Well here we are, back in the state of Washington. The six hour drive over went well. We pulled into the Lake Wenatchee Rec Club parking lot where Tom Porter, whom I raced against last year, assigned us our parking spot, Tom's not racing this year. We dropped the dogs and vets came over and immediately started checking the dogs. It happened so fast I barely had time to snap a few pictures.



Faith's turn.



Then Rosie.



Eagle trying to get in on things even though he won't be racing.


All the dogs checked out fine. The vet really liked their feet and all ten members now have a hot pink line down the middle of their forward indicating they are a racing dog. It keeps mushers from trying to swap out dogs later on.


It was great catching back up with everyone who tends to come to this race, both mushers and staff. Many I have kept in some contact with over the year so seeing them again is like greating an old friend.


When vet checks were complete Karen Yeargain showed up with a large group of dogs. Her and her students are running three teams out of her truck and are doing the 75 mile race I did last year. So I will see her here and there but we won't be racing against each other.


After the vet checks I fed the dogs their first meal of the day and then we headed to our "cabin" to check in.


More like a trailer it's kind of cute! Incredibly it can sleep 6. The very tiny bunk room and bathroom reminds me of one my uncle's old boats. There is a story with this however that will be shared at a later time.


Well, the musher's meeting is in less than an hour. The snow conditions around here are becoming poor as well. We'll see if there is a change of plan for the race. This year the parking lot was nearly bare and where it isn't bare around here, it is icy.



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