After loading up and leaving Anchorage early this morning, I drove to the home of Ken and Amy Wheaton -- who pick up our dropped dogs whenever they are flown back to Anchorage -- in Wasilla, and got a couple of dog crates out of "Big Red" which is parked in their driveway. From there I drove to the home of Margie Bauman -- who very kindly allows our dropped dogs to stay at her kennel until they can be retrieved -- in Knik, where I picked up Olivia and Snickers. As you can see, there is even more to "Iditarod logistics" than we've already told you about!
It was 11 o'clock by the time that mission was complete, and the three of us headed north. The drive wasn't too bad until we approached Cantwell and encountered a ground blizzard -- white-out conditions with really high winds -- that lasted for almost 100 miles. After that it was smooth sailing all the way to the Kennel where Olivia and Snickers are now happily home and telling all their pack mates about their Iditarod adventures.
It was actually a good day for me to be off-line, because we have no new information from the Trail. Aliy left Takotna on time after her "24" and has already cleared Cripple. She is clearly moving well, despite dropping a second (unknown) dog in Ophir. Allen also left Takotna in good order with his 13 dogs and is well on his way to Cripple. We do not expect to hear from them until tomorrow at the earliest, so we will all have to be patient!