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    Default The sun is back! And it's not too cold...

    The sun returns down in the valley here around the same time it comes back over the horizon in Barrow. Took the dogs out to haul some wood and get out for a short mush, temp is -45 so bit of vapor steam surrounding the team. Sure is nice to see the sun again!



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    Default Great to hear you're staying warm Mark!

    I talked to my brother in Michigan today and he said that his wife had seen on the news that "Alaskans have seen the light again!" He wants to move up here, but that wasn't a very good selling point with her. Down here where I'm at I hardly notice the difference...go to work it's dark, come home it's dark. Up there, it's just dark! I've got all of the respect in the world for you folks up there!

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    Brrr, I don't like going out when it's that cold.
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    Default running on fresh powder...

    here's a pic from this morning, 22 degrees... the dogs thought it was a little warm.
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    Default Hey Dave...

    ...what's that curvy thingee on the front of your sled? Is that in case you get too close to trees or something? I don't have one of those on my rig <grin>. And what competent musher needs a brush-bow anyway!

    Looks like plenty of snow there, love the full-boughed spruce you have.

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    Talking easy now, big guy!!!

    just because your sled was designed by fred and barney...<grin>
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    *has been extremely thankful for a brush bow...on more then one occasion*

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    Default Georganna...

    In the "old" days mushers out here used shafts on the wheel dog. Not sure if you've seen those, but they are wooden poles that extend from the front of rig to the wheel dog's shoulders and are attached to harness there. Everyone ran single file teams too of course. The shafts prevented toboggan from ever hitting any tree but really tended to beat the wheel dog up bad. An experienced wheel dog who had used shafts would not let the shaft get close to a tree, would pull real hard to make a wider turn if possible! I stopped using shafts cuz they were too hard on wheel dogs, went to brush bows but they were too hard on brush bows <grin>. So now I just brake and push at just the right moments...sometimes...and fly over the handlebars other times!

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    Default haha

    Great lesson for learners Mark! Love the ending!

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