Now that I am actually back from Kalkaska Winterfest (I was gone for 5 days, left Thursday morning and came back Monday night) I am able to blog and write about it. I will tell you about each day by day, for the race was actually a 3 day race.
This was my first 3 day race ever, and my first winter race of the season. I was entered in 2 classes, 2 dog ski and 6 dog sport. I wasn't expecting a win from the dogs, rather more of time improvements instead. I had personal goals though, to try to place in the top 5 for 6 dog sport and to have Cinnamon improve and feel comfortable racing.
We left Thursday morning around 8:30 am. I went to my first hour class because that was not a class I wanted to miss more than 2 days for. We hit the road with 8 dogs in the back of a suburban and a sled on top. The drive was going to be about 6 hours plus a little more because we had bathroom breaks to take and stop for. By the time we actually got to Kalkaska, Mi it was about 15 minutes before the driver's meeting. My mom and I dropped dogs really quick, and then I ran inside so I didn't miss the driver's meeting. During the driver's meeting, I caught up with my mushing family and received my race bibs. I was going to go out 2nd to last in both classes. I was glad, because I wasn't going to have to be passed by the faster mushers, and that was good. I also found out the race was to start at 10 Friday instead of 9 because of all the snow they had been receiving and the trail needed to be re groomed. The way it was snowing, they had that continuously for about 52 days. Can you believe that? I don't think there was a day it didn't snow while I was up there. A
After the driver's meeting, my mom and I went to go find a hotel. Our hotel was 3 blocks away from where we were staying, so that was good. It meant we could sleep in a bit more and not have to waste gas getting to the race site. After feeding the dogs (it was about 10 or so) my mom and I hit the bed and fell asleep. We were good until 6 am the next morning. More on Friday, day 2 of the trip tomorrow...
A young women attempting to navigate the world. She is guided by her love and passion for dogs.