Stage 2: Pinedale, Wyoming
Today we spent the day at the Green River Lakes Trailhead about 36 miles from Pinedale, Wyoming. Pinedale is my home town so I am pretty excited to share all of it's beauty with the mushers, dogs, race crew and spectators.
The Pinedale race course follows the Green River for several miles before climbing Union Pass. The out-and- back course climbs 1,500 feet through winter game range areas, crossing several bridges and creeks. Warm temperatures and recent strong winds have made trail maintenance challenging for groomers. The 34.2 mile trail is notorious for a strong head wind into the finish.
At last night's Meet & Greet Banquet in Pinedale, Anny Malo was presented with the Yellow Bib which she wore proudly during today's race.
Anny Malo with the yellow bib.
Today's temperatures were colder than yesterday and I even watched some of the dogs depart with booties on. They are not wearing those booties as a fashion statement but to keep their feet protected against the colder temperatures and rough terrain.
We were joined today by the Pinedale Girl Scouts. These scouts are working on their Animal Badge. They had the treat of visiting with sled dog legend, Buddy Streeper. Buddy spoke with the girls about dog care, the characteristics of a sled dog, and how his dogs got all of their cool names. I learned today that the Streeper Kennel has 100 dogs!! That is a lot of dog!
One excited dog! Photo by Shannon Miller
Yesterdays top 3 racers held their positions today with Anny Malo in 1st place, Lina Streeper in 2nd and Jeff Conn in 3rd. How is your favorite musher doing so far in the race?? Check back tomorrow for details as we head to Kemmerer, Wyoming.