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    Default 2010 Spring Mushing Pics #2

    Had a good run yesterday a bit further into the mountains, more vast sheets of overflow, mostly frozen, sloping with some gnarly frozen waterfalls.


    This next one, the dogs got stuck on cuz I was trying to hold onto the rig to get myself up, and it was just too slippery for them to get traction. Had to work my way around to the right to grab line and help them up:


    I ended up having to bail off the rig on the way back down that one! Even though I had the chain on the rig to slow us down on the ice, just before we got to the steep part of that coming back the rig started sliding sideways and I lost friction on the chain...dropped off on my butt and let the rig go breaking the cardinal rule: NEVER LET GO!

    Wasn't sure how far the dogs could pull the rig with the chain wrapped around the bottom, but they had no problem getting around the next little bend and there was no way I could catch them, so instead of continuing to yell WHOA! I just called out to my leader and individual dogs to come...was funny watching a couple of them through the willows look back at me, with looks like "What is he doing over there?" <grin>. The pup I am running loose came, and the leader and team all followed, man was I glad!

    Anyway, closer to the headwaters going up a little side creek we call Mineral Creek flows brownish water that influences the color of the overflow:



    A bit farther we get just even with the mouth of that little creek and meet the confluence of the brown and clear ice:


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    Gee-ed the team and we headed up Mineral Creek until the overflow quit and the snow got deeper and finally the team didn't want to keep breaking trail. Turned around, stopped here and took a shot looking back downstream:


    And here's a shot mushing down the brown ice. BTW, back when the Porcupine caribou herd used to migrate here in winter, they really loved hanging out here and licking this brown overflow:


    Back in the land of snow again closer to home, a sweeper I haven't cut and have to turn the rig over to make it under:




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    Well I couldn't close without a shot of me and my leader, Molly, who came back for me and didn't let the team run off:


    All in all, another great spring mush.
    Cheers,

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    That don't suck.

    Not one bit.
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    Good looking dog team you got there Mark.
    Such happy dogs!

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    Hell Mark you don't need cigars, you need a ****ed barber.


    Great pictures.

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    Another wonderful memory captured on film and in print. Thank you, Bushrat. I always enjoy reading about your adventures!

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    Enjoy it while you can, its going to be another 50 degree day here in Fairbanks.

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    And can you tell us the reason you did'nt cut that headack out of the way?

    Great pic's Mark.

    How much longer is that sled going to last?

    E.S.

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    E.S.,

    You are ever-observant as usual! Not sure how much longer the rig is gonna last, but not much longer. I thought about bringing the chain saw to cut that tree, figured the overflow would keep getting higher until I couldn't squeeze under it, but so far so good <grin>.

    Another nice day here, nice and cool (+10) this morn,

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    Lol, That thing belong's in a museum,

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    Great photos Mark! It looks as though Bert would fit right in w/his mom and littermates.

    - Chris

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    Default Welcome, Chris!

    Chris, great to see you on here, and glad Bert is doing so well in your team.

    Kanda is doing well too down in Homer. Was a great litter!
    Cheers,

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    Great pictures again Mark. Here is my obligatory post about how I hate overflow hahahaha.
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    mark these are some fantastic pictures, great looking team of dogs your living a live i can only dream of. one of my goals in live is to visit alaska hunt, fish and have a go at mushing. atb for 2011 sam, england

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    Sam,

    Glad you enjoyed the pics, hope to be posting more here this spring.

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    And how is Ms. Molly doing this year?
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    what great pics. xx

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    Default Miss Molly

    Georganne,

    Molly is fat and happy for the most part, but is tired of breaking trail <grin>. Our three girls are in heat right now so things are a bit gnarly when all the dogs are in the team, and Molly is not being nice to Kay, her daughter, if they bunch up together, not to mention all the males want to do you-know-what with them, which also means lots of peeing on what seems like every single tree we pass with the males marking territory. Oh boy!

    How's your mushing season going?
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