last week's trail report: the highlands

Last week I enjoyed the surreal feeling of spring mushing in January. We mushed towards the Talkeetna mountains via the Lilly Creek-Woodcutters-Herning-Funky Blvd trails. 7 dogs. OK conditions (some might call them terrible). Lots of frozen overflow and meltwater streams; areas of low to no (!) snow. 

I embrace the current trail conditions & try my best to have fun. We work with what we've got. It's hard to get all the dogs out when you can only (safely) run tiny teams, but on the flip side, these trails offer fantastic training opportunities (water crossings, off trail navigating, slippery ice, etc) and allows me to give the dogs lots of individualized attention. 

My focus now has turned to food drops. We have only one week to get everything we need for the race packaged up and ready for delivery !!!!

long stretches of glaciated trail.
two small, deep open creeks crossing the trail
Woodcutter's Trail. Chugiak mts visible in the distance.
No snow on the hills!!!
The dogs are getting really good at crossing open creeks! 
Herning trail has turned into a river. 
Ice all the way to the top. Luckily there is another way down!
Got turned around by the South Fork of Deception Creek, a large, deep, fast-flowing waterway.
Good dogs!
Linnea, Nils
Robber, Major
Vinnie, Fezzik

The alternate route down from the mountains. Marginally better.  
Grass lines the trail.
No snow on the ridges!!

Yes, that is the trail....
Robber wondering what the rest of the team is doing all the way down there. Had to let half the dogs loose and walk the rest over.

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