We are all ready for the team as they come off the trail sometime tomorrow!
We got to Dawson in record time and not because we did anything illegal, simply because we left Fairbanks at around 9pm and there was zero traffic, and all the places we might normally stop to get a bite to eat were all closed up by the time we got there. So... we just kept going and snacked on trail mix and dried fruit.
Once we got to Dawson we checked in with Gaby, the Checkpoint Manager, and picked up the drop bags we sent ahead. Then we found our camp spot (the spots are pre-assigned by bib number) - a really nice, secluded spot where the dogs will not get disturbed by any foot traffic up and down the main thoroughfare. After some planning we set to an shovelled out the spot for the dog shelter and our arctic oven handler tent. Thanks also to Bob Huston (our sled sponsor), John and Jen for helping us out - it really made a difference to have so many hands on deck!
Bridgett and John shovelling snow
Ready for the tarpaulin
The dog shelter is so cozy - we've laid out a couple bales of straw and have their jackets and blankets all ready to wrap them in. They will be snug as bugs in rugs! We'll take you on a tour in the next day or two.
Phew. Now we are sleeping. With the computer...