-35 here at the Homestead this morning. My goodness I’m glad we have a dog barn. Just gave the race team their vaccinations and their soaking up the 45 degree ABOVE warmth of the barn.

Near mutiny ensued at the discussions of selling Colonel and Ross. So, heeding the recommendations of the staff here at Husky Homestead, Ross and Colonel will remain in training with the A-Team.

A new sled has been added to the fleet. A masterpiece G-Pole sled built by David Klumb. Get a load of his work…

New Sled

Thanks Dave!

Sign-ups are going well for the Denali Doubles. Our most recent addition – and no doubt an ‘up and comer’ – is Dallas Seavey. He will be competing against the ‘down-and-going’ Mitch Seavey (sorry Mitch – I couldn’t resist!) as well as many other top competitors .
Teri Simmons, manager of First National Bank of Alaska here in Healy, dropped of their contribution of $500 for the Denali Doubles this chilly morning….

First National Bank of Alaska contribution

First National joins a growing list of contributors who share our desire to see that mushers in the race are generously rewarded. We will be working on purse contributions until the bitter end. There will be cash purses at least for places 1st, 2nd and 3rd, with 1st Place guaranteed at $10,000.

Fur Rondy race preparations are not going near as well. A picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe another day you’ll get ‘the rest of the story’….

Fur Rondy Sprint Sled... salvageable?

Fur Rondy Sprint Sled… salvageable?

Dave DeCaro from here at Husky Homestead is signed up for the Denali Doubles. I have gotten my entry in for the K-300, and have every intention of signing up for the 2010 Fur Rondy. It’s been several years since I went to Kotzebue for the 440 – and it’s certainly on my radar. You’ll find more pictures of our training and preparations on my Facebook page.

I’d also like to put feelers out for a cabin and dog yard that may be available for Pete Kaiser of Bethel for the month of February as he prepares for his first Iditarod. I can vouch for Pete and his family as being ‘top shelf’. You won’t be sorry for helping him out. Any ideas, let us know here at the Homestead.

In other randomness around the Homestead…

Tessa modeling my Cabela's Walking Sleeping Bag a.k.a. The Pickle! I'm sick of being cold!!

Tessa modeling my Cabela’s Walking Sleeping Bag a.k.a. The Pickle! I’m sick of being cold!!

Virgil and his 'Charlie's Angels'... if you don't see him at his wood cutting pile, you may find him hanging out just like this. :) L-R: Carrie, Virgil, Caroline & Ellen

Virgil and his ‘Charlie’s Angels’… if you don’t see him at his wood cutting pile, you may find him hanging out just like this. 🙂 L-R: Carrie, Virgil, Caroline & Ellen