General Discussion, Saturday, March 11, 2023

Dancers at the Braemar Gathering in Scotland.

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29 Responses to General Discussion, Saturday, March 11, 2023

  1. Lucille says:

    Scotland in Pictures: 23 Beautiful Places to Photograph

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  2. Lucille says:

    Homeless Man Couldn’t Believe THIS Happened 😢❤️

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  3. Lucille says:

    Love this!

    Hawley Responds to China Opposition to COVID Origins Bill: ‘Time is Up. Come Clean’
    March 10, 2023

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. It has finally quit snowing. I think we got about 6″ or so. It is 21* and the sky is overcast white and it is very bright.

    Hope you all are warm and well.

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    • Reflection says:

      Good afternoon Aus,

      Glad that you are warm and dry, during this not so subtle reminder that winter is not quite over, yet.

      Hope you have access to some great movies, a warm blanket, and a tasty beverage, or two.

      Happy that you have Loki for company.

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  7. Stella says:

    Okay guys. The other day I made dog cookies for Tucker. They were made with peanut butter, almond flour, egg, cinnamon, turmeric and canned pumpkin. He really likes them, but he eats almost anything, so there’s that.

    I had a LOT of canned pumpkin left, and I didn’t want to waste it, so I spooned it into muffin cups and froze it, then popped the frozen “muffins” out of the pan, and put them into a zip lock bag.

    Just gave Tucker one as a frozen treat. I locked him in the kitchen so he wouldn’t drag it all over the house, but I needn’t have worried. He chowed down, and really seemed to enjoy it. It’s good for his gut health too!

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  8. The Tundra PA says:

    Greetings, dear friends and Iditarod Race Fans! Here is your

    IDITAROD UPDATE – Day 5 ending soon

    I keep posting the map so you can see the villages without having to go look for the map. Tell me if that’s annoying!

    As the race is usually won in about 9 days, we’re coming to the last third of it by both mileage and time. I checked in last night after I got home to see if there was anything to report to you, but nothing much had changed. This morning was a whole different story.

    The big news is that defending champion Brent Sass has scratched at Eagle Island. There is no problem with his 11 dogs, they are all healthy and running very well. Brent has a personal medical issue that has caused him to feel that he cannot care for his dogs appropriately for another 4 days of racing. It must be pretty severe for him to stop running. One of the on-camera Iditarod Insider guys said Brent did not look well when he arrived in Anvik. But he kept going as the race leader through Grayling and headed for Eagle Island, 62 miles ahead. Somewhere in that stretch, he decided not to go on. Race officials sent an emergency plane to Eagle Island to pick him up and take him to Unalakleet for initial medical care, and from there he will be flown back to Anchorage. His team will be cared for by the checkpoint volunteers at Eagle Island and they will be collected by the Iditarod Air Force (volunteer pilots with small planes who are the backbone of this race) as space allows and returned to Anchorage.

    Everyone is quite sad about this and wish it had not happened this way. And many prayers are offered for Brent’s recovery and the hope that he will be back next year.

    This does open possibilities for the front end of the race; for Jessie Holmes particularly, but also for the entire front pack. Right now that consists of Ryan Redington, Ritchie Diehl, Pete Kaiser and Kelly Maixner. Ryan, Ritchie and Pete have currently leap-frogged over Jessie, who took a long rest about 10 miles out of Kaltag, and I suspect he will blow through that village with only a few minutes at the checkpoint to collect his advance bag and some straw for the dogs. All four mushers have already taken their 8 hour rest on the Yukon, so not required to stop in Kaltag. But the leg from Eagle Island is often brutal with harsh winds and the monotony of 60 miles (which takes 6+ hours) on the huge river. Ryan, Ritchie and Pete will need 3-4 hours of rest that Jessie has already taken, which will slingshot him ahead and back into the lead. From Kaltag to the Burled Arch in Nome is 346 miles–still a lot of trail with unpredictabilities (is that a word?) to cover.

    I haven’t explained the advance bags yet, so this seems a good place. Long before the race leaves Anchorage on the first Saturday in March, mushers are required to fill up and send to each checkpoint (21 on the Southern Route) up to 4 very large woven plastic bags with dog food, personal food and gear. They can also send ahead spare sleds. These bags must be brought to Anchorage about a month before the race begins, and are delivered to each checkpoint by the Iditarod Air Force.

    The tricky part, and the part where veterans have an advantage over rookies, is that the musher must anticipate what he or she might need at each checkpoint: clothes, food, human/canine medications, snacks, gear repair, extra booties, whatever they might need for a thousand mile trip. They are not required to pick up their bags when they go through the checkpoint, and can leave behind any bags they don’t need, to be flown back to Anchorage.

    As you might be starting to get, the logistics for this race, all things considered, are staggering. Especially in the years in which there are 70-90 teams participating. By comparison, 33 teams must feel like a piece of cake to the organizers and volunteers who pull it off!

    Reporting in on our other 3 mushers, Jessie Royer is in 19th position; Mike Williams Jr. is in 20th; and Bridgett Watkins is in 26th. I haven’t been able to glean any details on them and how their races are going. There are now 31 teams still racing.

    I will close for now by trying to post a short video that I thought was lovely, and gives you a feel for what a special thing dog mushing is. Fingers crossed.

    Wow. Good luck with that. More to come…

    GO DOGS!

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