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Monday, February 28, 2011

Congratulations Raffie!


Raffie is one of the youngsters in the kennel, but he has already snagged an admirer. Jeff Buddington is one of SP Kennel’s biggest fans, and from the first time he saw Raffie’s picture, he knew Raffie would be a winner. At only a year old, Raffie is a big boy with lots of potential, so thank you Jeff for sponsoring Raffie!

SP Kennel dog sponsorship is one of our most popular programs. Our dog sponsors are a big part of the SP K team. If you'd like more information about the program, check out How to be a Dog Sponsor.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

SP Kennel Howler -- 2011 Iditarod Edition

It's here! The 2011 Iditarod Edition of "Howler" -- the SP Kennel newsletter! Click the image below to open the PDF file in your web browser, then read it online and/or print it for later reference!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Congratulations Olivia!


Olivia, or "the Big O" as Allen calls her has been sponsored by Tonia Freeman and Herb Hughes of Green Valley, California. They enjoy the SPKDog Log with their two granddaughters, Amelia and Sascha.

All dog lovers unite at SP K! Maybe even the girl's dog, "Frida", will someday come visit us (and try on a harness???)

Thank you Tonia and Herb for sponsoring Olivia racing season!

The "Car Litter" plus Tug and Cutter 3 years ago. "The Big O" is front and center.
(From L to R: Rambler, Tug, Hummer, Honda, Viper Olivia, Ranger, Malibu, Cutter {somewhat buried}, Scout. Beemer is under the pile somewhere.)

SP Kennel dog sponsorship is one of our most popular programs. Our dog sponsors are a big part of the SP K team. If you'd like more information about the program, check out
How to be a Dog Sponsor.

Friday, February 25, 2011

From the Quest to the Iditarod

This year, Allen is tackling two 1000-mile races in one season. After his successful completion of the Yukon Quest, he only has one more to go: the Iditarod!



With the Quest under his belt, he's trail-hardened and ready... with only one hiccup. When crossing over Eagle Summit, Allen frostbit the tip of his pointer finger. Luckily, it's healing well. The only trouble is he can no longer use the key pad on the laptop with that finger!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Keeping it FUN!

Kaz dropped 3 year old Sam off at the kennel for an afternoon of "babysitting". Aliy and Ryne took advantage of this time to get Sam on the sled runners.




His mushing outfit was a combination of Aliy's long underwear, Ryne's hat and a pair of dog booties on his hands. This added to the difficulty of Sam holding onto the handler bar. But, I think you'll all agree he does pretty well!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Congratulations Teddy!


Lil Deb, Tatfish and Teddy "chilling out"


Macgellan fell in love with this good looking dog years ago! In all of his travels around the globe, he still can't seem to find a grey furry "joyful to be alive" pooch like Ted. She is a rock star and will make her way down the Iditarod Trail at 9 1/2 years old in March. That's one solid dog.

Someday Teddy.... the couch awaits.

SP Kennel dog sponsorship is one of our most popular programs. Our dog sponsors are a big part of the SP K team. If you'd like more information about the program, check out How to be a Dog Sponsor.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Congratulations Kipper!


Books, toys, or jewelry are common holiday presents, but this year, Ann and Arch Beasley received a unique gift: Kipper! As a gift from their family, Ann and Arch get to be part of the SPK racing team and follow Kipper through all her competitions. Although Kipper is only 35 lbs, she has the big responsibility of introducing Ann and Arch to the world of dog sledding. For years, Ann and Arch have been involved with hunting and field trial competition with Retrievers, as well as, supported dogs for the physically challenged through Canine Companions for Independence. By competing in both the Sheep Mountain 150 and Copper Basin 300, feisty Kipper is showing Ann and Arch a whole new avenue for working dogs! Look out Iditarod here she comes!

Thank you Ann and Arch for supporting Kipper’s racing season.

SP Kennel dog sponsorship is one of our most popular programs. Our dog sponsors are a big part of the SP K team. If you'd like more information about the program, check out
How to be a Dog Sponsor.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Congratulations Roy!

Anyone who visits the kennel knows that Roy is a schmoozer. No one can turn down his floppy ears and lovable expression, and Karin Gobbel is no exception. When Karin came to the kennel in September, Roy really put on the charm and sweet-talked her into sponsoring his racing season. And what a season it’s been! Knowing that he has Karin cheering for him, Roy has been exceptional in both the Sheep Mountain 150, the Copper Basin 300 and the Yukon Quest 300.

Thank you Karin! See you in Anchorage!

SP Kennel dog sponsorship is one of our most popular programs. Our dog sponsors are a big part of the SP K team. If you'd like more information about the program, check out How to be a Dog Sponsor.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Sportsmanship Award

The Sportsmanship Award is given to a musher who exemplifies sportsmanship along the trail as selected by the other mushers. With all the challenges of this year's Yukon Quest, everyone deserves a Sportsmanship Award. From Brent Sass helping Hans Gatt over American Summit to Ken Andersen trying to encourage Hugh Neff's dogs over Eagle Summit, to Sebastian Schnuelle building a fire for Hans after crossing the waist-deep overflow, the toughest of competitors had to assist each other just to reach the finish line. But in the end, a recipient has to be chosen, and this year there was a three-way tie: Mike Ellis, Brent Sass, and Allen were nominated by the other mushers to receive the Sportsmanship Award.

When receiving their awards, Mike, Brent, and Allen insisted that this year, the award could have gone to every musher. Each musher has his or her own story of teamwork during the Quest, and Allen is no exception. As many Quest fans heard, there was a deep patch of overflow before Central soaking every musher, sometimes chest deep! Allen crossed the overflow right in front of Kelley Griffin. Allen reasoned that there was no sense in both of them getting wet, so he tied a rope to Kelley's leaders and helped them across with Kelley safe and dry on her sled! A short way down the trail, Allen once again helped Kelley's team cross overflow. Finally in Central, Allen had a chance to dry out all is gear.

Way to go Allen!!!

Central Checkpoint

Sebastian's boots after reaching Central.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Yukon Quest Finishers' Banquet

Last evening, the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race held its Finishers' Banquet. There were lots of stories told by all. The event was sold out and showed the mushers how much their journey had captivated the attention and imagination of the people of Fairbanks and far beyond.


Allen's Official Finisher Patch

Several awards had been voted on by the mushers, officials and vet staff and were also presented at the banquet. In a race of so many trials, it was a very meaningful set of awards this year. Allen was honored with the sportsmanship award. Staying with the theme of the race, three mushers were co-winners of the award: Allen, Brent Sass and Mike Ellis. Here is a link to a great article about the banquet and the awards. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Yukon Quest honors its contestants at banquet


Allen & Ryne at Banquet
Official Yukon Quest Finisher
Official Quest 300 Finisher

One of the stories that I hadn't heard yet was about Allen's arrival in Eagle. After spending the last 24 hours battling the elements and American Summit, he was working with his dogs, putting ointment on their feet. Allen was approached by a severe looking man with a gun strapped around his waist. "Sir," he said gruffly. "Are you an American Citizen?" "Ah, yes," was Allen's reply, all Arkansas. "Do you have your passport?" the man questioned. "Ah, yes," Allen said. "Very good," said the boarder control officer. "Carry on." Can't sneak by even going through a blizzard!!!


Aliy & Jennifer at Banquet
"So glad he is SAFE"

In case you haven't gotten the chance to read the article about Allen and his finish, here is the link. Allen was on the front page of the paper. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Mushers recall harsh experiences on Yukon Quest trail

Relaxation Time


Olivia and Dingle enjoy some relaxation time on the Oriental rug.

Two weeks until Iditarod starts!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yukon Quest Black Team Resting at Home

Allen is on the couch and the dogs are in the basement. This afternoon is one of rest and relaxation.

MALIBU

DINGLE & MEG

QUITO & BEEMER

The Black Team came in to the Yukon Quest finish line with Dingle & Quito in lead, Meg & Olivia, Nacho & Rose, Biscuit & Malibu and Boondocks in the rear. Chica was riding in the sled bag for the last hour. Allen said she really got a belly ache the last few hours so he thought giving her a ride would be best.

The team was healthy and happy for much of the race. They did not eat as well as expected at Chena Hot Springs Checkpoint and several dogs got belly aches on the last run to the finish line. We think perhaps they picked up a virus right near the end.

The dogs dropped from the race were: Scout in Dawson, Rambler in Slavens, Beemer in Circle and Viper in Central. Scout looks good and has been outside playing in the pen. His shoulder muscle seems to have loosened up. Rambler is sassy. He has stayed inside the house for several days - getting into much trouble. His shoulder muscle seems to have loosened up, but we'll have to watch it. Beemer has an infected front tooth that needs medical care. We think this affected his over all attitude (a tooth ache at 50 below would do that to ANYONE!) Viper was simply tired and he has rested inside on a dog bed since he left the team. He'll need to gain some weight and simply rest.

So, all in all, we are very happy with the SP Kennel Black Team!

Iditarod Food Drops

With all the craziness around the end of the Quest and Allen and the Black Teams excellent finish, I forgot to update you on the Iditarod preparations. Food drops were due and delivered on Monday just before Aliy and Ryne headed up to Central to see Allen.

Total this year was 2991 pounds with lots of extra food for Allen!



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Photos from Black Team's YQ Finish

Here are some wonderful pictures of Allen and the Black Team finishing the 2011 Quest. Although there are still 7 mushers working their way towards Fairbanks, this is the end of the active Yukon Quest coverage for 2011. We will continue to post pictures, videos and stories from the trail over the next few days. Join me and SP Kennel for the Iditarod in just over 2 weeks. - Kaz

Fairbanks Finish Line
Allen & Black Team Arriving in Fairbanks
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flicker Page

Fairbanks Finish Line
Allen & Black Team Arriving in Fairbanks
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flicker Page

Fairbanks Finish Line
Allen & Black Team Arriving in Fairbanks
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flicker Page

Fairbanks Finish Line
Allen & Black Team Arriving in Fairbanks
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flicker Page

YQ 2011: Allen Moore finishes in sixth place

Allen crossed the Finish Line of the 2o11 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race at 6:44 pm AST with 10 dogs to a large group of friends, family and spectators in 6th position. He was so excited to be there. The dogs stopped just shy of the finish line, not having seen that many people in about 11 days. It was an incredible sight to see the dogs appear out of the fog on the river with only a slight glow from Allen's head light. And then they were there. Fabulous job by canines and musher.

When asked if he was ready for the Iditarod, Allen laughed and said he was pretty much used to it all. We will let him sleep in his own bed for a couple of weeks. Here is a video of Allen's finish.

Photo at Finish

At Finish

Allen Is Here

Allen arrived 6:45 pm AST.  Huge smile on his face.  He of course fell into open water only 1 hour from the end. So happy he is here!  He had a great turn out at the finish line.

We are feeding him barbecue now.

Allen Under Bridge at Nordale

Allen just passed under the bridge at Nordale Road on the Chena River in North Pole. That is approximately 15 miles from the finish line. Ray is racing to the next spot the river goes under a bridge to cheer him on. Aliy, Allen, Ryne, Bob and Bridgett are heading to town. They can't wait anymore. Sammy and I will head in also in about an hour.

Allen to Finish Line

Allen could finish sometime between 6:30 PM to 9 PM this evening.

See everyone at the FINISH LINE!!

Allen Through Pleasant Valley

Mobile update.

Allen on the Trail to Fairbanks

Allen left the Two Rivers Check Point right on time at 5:35 am AST. He left with all 10 dogs. We expect him to be at the Pleasant Valley Store about 10:30. The next hour will have the team mushing close to SP Kennel. Right now I am guessing he will finish around 5 to 6 pm at the Cushman Street bridge in Downtown Fairbanks.

Here are some pictures from the Two Rivers Check Point.


A Bit Cold
By Jennifer Moore-Smith


Allen Arriving at Two Rivers Check Point
By Jennifer Moore-Smith


Allen and his Girls
By Jennifer Moore-Smith


Bridgett, One Exhausted Handler
By Jennifer Moore-Smith

Allen Preparing to Leave TR
By Jennifer Moore-Smith


Allen Leaving TR
By Jennifer Moore-Smith

Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska was founded by Captain Barnett in 1901 when his steam boat, the Lavelle Young, was grounded in what is now Downtown. He had originally been trying to set up a trading post in Tanacross, where the Tanana River met the Eagle - Valdez Trail. When he ran aground, the miners in the area immediately bought supplies and convinced him to set up the trading post in Fairbanks. This proved to be a wise decision because Felix Pedro first struck gold in 1902. The Territorial Courthouse was moved from Eagle to Fairbanks in 1903 and insured its continued existence.

Fairbanks has always been a boom, bust town. First with gold, then with World War II and the Alaskan Canadian Highway and finally during the building of the Oil Pipeline. It has a varied history and population. The population of the City of Fairbanks is a little over 35,000 and close to 98,000 in the Fairbanks metropolitan area. It is the 2nd largest city in Alaska and is the hub of travel and commerce for the interior and northern villages and towns.

Gold is still a large part of the economy. The Fort Knox Gold Mine produced 333,000 troy ounces of gold in 2007. Current price per once:1,372.75

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Allen Arrives at the Two Rivers Check Point

Allen pulled into the Two Rivers Check Point at 9:35 pm AST with 10 dogs. I haven't heard from the SP Crew out there yet, but there was quite a reception for Allen when he arrived. Bob and Bridgett made it around from 101 in time to see Dallas Seavey and Sebastian Schnuelle come past Pleasant Valley Store in Two Rivers between 5:30 and 6pm. By 7:30, Aliy, Ryne, Bridgett and Bob all headed towards the Check Point from the kennel. Jennifer (Allen's oldest daughter), her husband Kevin and their 2 year old Jake headed out there from Fairbanks.

Although I don't know for sure, it appeared that Allen's run from 101 was smooth and he made good time. Although he had been prepared to camp on the trail, he did the run in one shot. I'm sure that once the dogs began to recognize where they were, they picked up speed and got excited.

There is a 8 hour mandatory rest at Two Rivers. Allen and the Black Team will be able to leave for the finish line at 5:35 am AST. It is a 75 mile run to the finish on the Chena River in Downtown Fairbanks. This is SP Kennel training ground. Allen ran this last run 3 times in the 2 weeks before the Quest. The only really "hard spot" will be when the trail comes less than a mile from the kennel.

Two Rivers, Alaska is the home of SP Kennel and is referred to as the “Mushing Capital of the Interior”. It is an unincorporated area between 13 mile and 25 mile Chena Hot Springs Road outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. Originally called Pleasant Valley, the area attracts people looking for adventure in the outdoors. The trail system in the area can take you all the way to Whitehorse, Canada (as in the Quest) or the other way, all the way to Nome or the western coast. Dog teams are the norm in Two Rivers, both professional and recreational, and dogs out number people 4 to 1.

Although the area was spotted with hunting cabins and homesteaders in the 50‘s and ‘60s, the Two Rivers area really saw growth during the ‘70. It’s current status with mushers stems from when Rick Swenson, 5 time Iditarod Champion, brought his home and kennel to the area. Today, there are about 700 people who make this their home. There is a wonderful store with a post office, school (k-8), Laundromat, fix-it shop, hair salon and two restaurants. It’s a great place to live.

Allen on Trail to Two Rivers

Allen left the 101 Dog Drop at 1:55 pm AST with all 10 dogs. His sole purpose is to get to the finish line with a happy, healthy dog team. If he needs to camp between points to do that, he will. On this leg of the trail, he will be making the final summit of the race, Rosebud. Although it is not as high or as barren as the other 3 mountains, it is still a very challenging climb.

There will be a video of Allen at 101 up shortly on YouTube. I will put it up as soon as I can. We are heading up to the Two Rivers Store to see Dallas, Sebastian and Ken go by. Should be there with in the hour.

Allen Resting At 101

Allen arrived at the 101 Dog Drop at 9:44 am AST after a long run over Eagle Summit. He and the dogs are getting a well deserved rest before heading towards Two Rivers. Soon the dogs will be running on very familiar trails.


Cabin at 101 Dog Drop
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Facebook Page


Allen Approaching 101 Dog Drop
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Facebook Page


Black Team coming into 101 Dog Drop
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Facebook Page


101 Dog Drop
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Facebook Page
We are talking to Bridgett right now. She says that both Allen and the dogs are in good shape. It was no doubt a very trying time up on the mountain. Allen said that he would have gotten over the summit earlier, but he was soaked and had to warm up. Allen's matter-of-fact, mellow personality helped immensely getting over Eagle. It appears that once the sun came up and the dogs could see the trail, Allen was able to bring the team into 101 in good spirits.

Kelley Griffen is leaving 101 now. Once again, it looks like Allen and Kelly worked together to get through this latest obstacle. Mushers may compete, but what a wonderful community!


Allen and Kelly Eating at 101 Dog Drop
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Facebook Page

The next part of the trail leads over the final summit of the race. Not quite as known as King Solomon's, American and Eagle, Rosebud is still a very challenging climb. Allen is attacking it with the same determination and calm that he has with the rest of the Quest. He is doing an amazing job and as always, it's dogs first.

Allen Over the Summit

Bridgett is watching Allen crisscross down Eagle Summit as we speak. I am sure he will rest at 101.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Photos of Allen arriving in Central

These are photos of Allen arriving in Central today. Hard to believe there was a whiteout not 7 miles away!

Central Checkpoint
Allen Arriving in Central
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

Central Checkpoint
Allen Arriving in Central
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

Central Checkpoint
Allen Arriving in Central
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

Central Checkpoint
Allen Arriving in Central
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

Race Takes Some Serious Turns

The last 24 hours has been very rough on the racers and changed the entire outlook of the Quest. If you have been following the Quest on Facebook, you know how scary it got for a bit.

Hugh Neff left Central at 4 am this morning. They sent out snowmachines to look for him at about 5 pm when he hadn't yet reached the 101 Dog Drop. The summit was reported as clear for short periods of time and then fierce blowing winds. Temperatures were bitterly cold through out the day.

Dan Kaduce, who was the next musher to leave Central, ran into problems as well. He and Hugh were found at the treeline just before the summit, but indicated that they were okay and about to attempt the summit again. They did, but both teams turned back around, refusing to continue up Eagle Summit. Sebastian Schnuelle said that when he passed them, Hugh laughed and said, "I knew it would be you!" When Ken Anderson passed them, he tried to help get Hugh's team over the summit, but again, they turned around.

Ok, as I was writing this Bridgett called. It gets even crazier. First the good news. Allen looks fabulous. The team looks great. He is heading out as I am writing this. He did have to drop Viper as we thought. There is a window right now with the weather. Although it is still cold, the wind is calm over Eagle Summit and down towards Central. Allen is gunning for that window.

The crazy news is that it was Bridgett that helped Dan Kaduce when he arrived back in Central. He had waved down a car on the Steese Highway to get back to Central. A judge and a vet used the SP Kennel truck to head back to where Dan had staked out his team along the road. They picked up Dan's team, Hugh and Hugh's team and took them to 101. To put this in context, any outside assistance withdraws you from the race. In order for two VERY tough men and two teams of VERY tough Alaskan Huskies to ask for help, it had to be a life or death matter. All we can say at the moment is that both mushers are safe and they and their dogs are in 101.

Back to the race, Sebastian is still resting at 101 after being the first musher to make the summit. Ken Anderson went through at about 8 pm AST and then Dallas Seavey went through about 9 pm AST. The rumor, though not released by the Quest, is that Ken forgot to sign out of 101, which, if true, would be a 2 hour penalty.

As the Quest Turns!

Central, Alaska

This seems so insignificant with everything going on, but here it is for those who are interested.

Central, Alaska was built around the road house Central House, built in 1894. It was the way point between Circle and the mining operations at Mammoth, Mastodon, Preacher and Birch creeks. Central was a small community supporting the miners in the area. In 1906, a wagon road was started from Circle. In 1927, the road was completed to Fairbanks. This road has become the Steese Highway.

Mining is still the main industry in the Central area. After World War II, mining declined, but in the Mid-70s, Central and the Circle Mining District had the most active mines in Alaska. Today, about 130 people live in the area.

Allen arrives in Central

Allen arrived at Central at 3:25 pm AST, happy and healthy! I can't tell you how elated I was to get Bridgett's call. She said that the team actually look better arriving in Central than leaving Circle.

The trail was as bad as we had heard! Allen and Kelly Griffin worked together to get through the deep overflow and blown trail. The key to getting around the overflow? Necklines for the dogs. We don't usually use them and only have them on the Quest because they are required gear. Also, Allen put bags over his boots. It actually kept his feet completely dry. It was key that he went through the worst during daylight hours.

Central Checkpoint
Sebastian Schnuelle's Boot at Central
after Rescueing Hans Gatt
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

He is planning to give the dogs a good long rest in Central before heading for Eagle Summit. Allen said that it was "near whiteout conditions 7 miles out of Central, so ahead must be bad." The road to Circle and Central was closed for several hours today. It was completely blown in. The road is less than a 1/4 mile from the trail's summit. Eagle Summit is extremely tough at good times. It will be VERY challenging now.

Allen will be dropping Viper in Central . We don't know why yet. Aliy and Ryne are on there way to Central now. They really want to see Allen and the Dog.

Allen and Dogs Safely in Central

Mobile Update: Bridgett just called. Allen is into Central and he and the dogs look GREAT! She says they look better than when he left Circle.

More soon.

Allen on Trail to Central / Videos from Circle

We are waiting for Allen's arrival at Central. Reports on the trail have it VERY rough. Overflow and bitterly cold temperatures are the biggest obstacles during this section of the trail. Hans Gatt had another very hard run into Central, but he seems to be alright. The trail is slow, but now it is daylight. Allen will be able to see. A huge advantage!

Here are two videos of Allen from Circle. The 1st is him coming in and the second is an interview. It is difficult to hear Allen's voice.


By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest YouTube Page


By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest YouTube Page

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Allen Out of Circle

Allen left Circle at 7:48 pm AST with 11 dogs. Bridgett was very pleased with the attitude of the dogs and the musher as they pulled out. Nothing like 8 hours of rest, some good food and a place to warm up to lift the spirits. Allen is planning to stop on his way to Central, probably arriving some time mid-morning.

Circle City Checkpoint
Allen & Black Team At Circle
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

The report on the dogs is that Biscuit is STILL in lead and is as crazy as ever. Nacho had great energy leaving, wagging his tail and just ready to go. Quito and Meg are 100 percent there. A very nice looking team leaving Circle.

Circle City Checkpoint
Allen & Black Team At Circle
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

Allen had dropped Rambler at Slavens for a bicep problem. Rambler flew in earlier today and is now with Bridgett. Allen also dropped Beemer before leaving Circle, but not for any major issue. He was just tired. Both dogs are eating well and are currently curled up in the dog boxes.

Circle City Checkpoint
Allen & Black Team At Circle
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

Tonight will be very cold for Allen. It is currently 42 below here and colder in Circle and colder still on the rivers. The most amazing comment to me that Allen made was that he was "warm." He is a tough man!

Circle City Checkpoint
Allen & Black Team At Circle
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

On the home front, Ryne, Aliy and I just finished closing up the Iditarod Food Drop Bags. Everything is ready to be dropped off at the shipping company tomorrow morning. We will let you know how many pound both Aliy and Allen are sending out on the trail. Anyone want to guess?

Circle City Checkpoint
Allen & Black Team At Circle
By the Yukon Quest
From Official Yukon Quest Flickr Page

There are so many great pictures of Allen and the dogs on the Yukon Quest YouTube Page. You can see them at http://www.flickr.com/photos/yukonquest/.

Photos from Circle

Bridgett sent us some photos from Circle.


Bridgett and Bob Waiting for Allen at Circle


Check Point Line


Bridgett Overlooking The Yukon River


The Quest Trail

Allen & Black Team Arriving in Circle

A Very Cold Allen

Dogs at the Check Point

Father & Daughter Eating a Snack