Thursday, February 3, 2011

International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race

This last Friday I headed into town right after work to attend the exhibition start to the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Races. Beyond the cold temperatures, it was a lot of fun. Those dogs looked SO happy to be out running and doing what they do best. The race is the largest dog sled race in the lower 48 and the mushers race from Jackson to Park City, Utah over 8 days.

My friends and I got to the race a little early which allowed us time to get hot chocolate, some Pedigree dog goodies (which I mailed home to Rocket) and find a good spot to watch the race. The Jackson stage was the exhibition start where the teams races from Town Square to Snow King Resort. After finding my spot we waited and waited and waited. Finally the race began and here the mushers come, each about 2 minutes apart.

The races were a lot of fun and I loved getting to see the dog sled race.

Cross country skiing

So far this winter I have only been out on my skis once. Most weekends I am either really busy with other things or the weather is horrible. Well, a few weekends ago we had just absolutely gorgeous weather. It was in the 30s and the sun was shining. Of course I was down in Jackson grocery shopping. Luckily the weather stayed nice most of the day and I drove back home as quick as I could. I ran into my place, threw my gear on, grabbed my skis and headed out. I figured the food would keep for an hour or so while I was skiing since it was cold enough outside. I drove to the Signal Mountain trailhead, about 5 minutes from where I live, and headed out. I skied as long as I could while the sun was still out and ended up back at my car just as it was setting. It was a great day to be out on skis and hopefully I will have more days like this soon.