Tuesday, March 17, 2009
When we awoke on March 11th, we were greeted with the snowstorm of the season. Billions of thick, beautiful snowflakes filled the air, blowing hastily to the ground. Piles of wind driven snow blanketed everything in sight. Several times we tried to open our outside door, only to find another foot of snow blocking our exit. We could barely see across the river to the other side. It was a day to stay inside and cozy up with a book, waiting for the storm to subside. The next day, John warmed up his plow truck and slowly began the arduous task of opening up the driveway, the camp roads, the dogyard, and last but not least the 18 miles to Ignace. Some of the hills between here and Ignace are so high that he had to plow sideways at first to try to push the 2 to 4 foot drifts. On the level we probably got around 2 feet of fresh snow. We've had our share of cold weather and snow this year for sure. I'm ready for spring.
Joanna has been doing more dog sled racing this year than ever before. She moved up to Ignace, Ontario to live with us at Agimac River Outfitters in September 2008. Exploring new winter trails was a big draw for sure. John and Joanna are the guides for Run Silent Dog Sled Trips, taking people out into God's beautiful creation via dog teams. Since business has been quite a bit slower this year because we are new in the area, Joanna has had more time and opportunity to spend training her dogs for races. She participated in four races this year including the 113 mile Beargrease race in Duluth,MN the 16 mile Dryden, Ontario race, the 30 mile Wolf Track Classic race in Ely,MN and the 21 mile Shebandowan race near Thunder Bay, Ontario. She finished 11th,6th,4th and 5th in consecutive order which is very good, considering she was competing against a lot of sprint racers in the shorter races. Although she is happy with how well the dogs ran, she hopes to do even better in the years to come. Countless hours are spent on the computer as she compares pedigrees and breeding of the best racers,planning ways to improve the breeding in our kennel. Not only has it been a fun and exciting hobby for her, it's been a great way to meet some new Canadian friends. Her mother, Daryl,has enjoyed some new and unusual experiences as well while accompanying Joanna to the races- like sleeping by the dogs under the stars at 25 below zero temps. It's all part of the adventure as John would say.