At first I was tempted to apologize for all the snow on the camera lens -- Aliy actually does apologize! -- but then I realized it gives you an even better sense of what the conditions were like. I also intended to use this episode of "Aliy Cam" simply to show you what it's like to "pull in to stay" at a checkpoint, as a contrast to the last video of "passing through" Finger Lake.
As I edited it, though, I realized this video is so much more. Previous episodes have shown you many facets of what it's like to be out on the Trail, but this one really shows you what it's like at the checkpoints. Well beyond the arriving, checking in and parking processes, it shows you how the dogs know exactly what's going on and get right into their "rest antics" of rolling in the snow and settling down. You also get to see how the volunteer race veterinarians are immediately on the scene, checking the "vet book" then getting right to their business of caring for the dogs.