The learning curve on this, my newest challenge, is going to be huge. Course I keep reminding myself what did I possibly know about mountain climbing and polar exploration even 8 years ago? Nothing! So why should mushing the Iditarod in 2014 be any different!
I write this as I am winging my way back to Boston after an amazing week in Alaska. Once again I am reminded of the remarkable people I have the wonderful opportunity to meet. The extraordinary situations and conditions I joyfully find myself in. Okay, ‘throw’ myself in. And! the remarkable adventure ahead that is quickly unfolding.
Iditarod 2014 “The Last Great Race.”
And this here Boston girl is going to be training for it in Clam Gulch, Alaska.
Yes, Clam Gulch really! Google it! It’s right there on the Kenai peninsula. Clam Gulch where the salmon run large, the moose prolific, the bear frolic in the wood and I will be learning how to shoot a gun and mush 16 intrepid hounds to Nome. Pretty scary stuff. The part about me shooting I mean. So for those of you who know me please reflect upon my pearl earrings, clothes, interior design and cleanliness for which I am famous. Gone are my Lily Pulitzer dresses, really any dress for that matter, flip flops and designer shoes. I’m trading it all in for muck boots, fish heads, tripe, yard duty (more on that in a future blog trust me) and at least 16 wet, excited noses. 17 if you count mine!
The work is hard, messy and already I am way out of my zone, comfort or otherwise. I am sure the people sitting around me on this flight home are looking around trying to locate the source of the strong fish smell. I shall wear it proudly for the next two years, sorry Chanel #5 you are soooo yesterday!
“Gee” will make my team of dogs make a right turn. “Gee” said with strength and conviction never in anger or harsh. “Haw” we’re turning left and watching a dog team run in front of you make this adventure beyond words.
Gee, haw! Right. Left. Its all about personal choice and the ability we all have to choose our path in life and push beyond even our own expectations.
Come Climb, Explore and Mush with me!