The gangs all here! Dave arrived in Whitehorse early this morning at 6:09 am with a team of 10 – the 11th musher to cross the finish line. It was an absolutely beautiful night/morning to be out on the trail, as the lights were out dancing in vivid shades of green, pink and purple. As Dave answered some questions about the trail and his 26th year running the Quest, the team chowed down on some well-deserved breakfast. Spinner even went in for thirds when Kirsten and I turned our heads (pictures coming soon).

The whole gang was happy to climb into the warm, familiar truck (maybe a little too familiar to us handlers :P) and head back to our host family’s home in Whitehorse. We are so grateful for the Kitchen family and their incredible hospitality. Dave enjoyed an Epson salt bath and some homemade stew, while Kirsten and I set up the dog lot before enjoying a cold beer and some much needed sleep. Somehow I slept longer than Dave, who was up early to catch Hugh’s speech in town – keeping up with this guy is no easy task!

All the dogs are sleeping peacefully in the lot, as Kirsten and I work on getting them fat and happy post-race. It feels great to give the puppy dogs some TLC once again, as race handlers are only permitted to touch the dogs in Dawson. We’ll be hanging out in Whitehorse for a few days, taking it easy and enjoying some of the quest festivities until the end banquet on Saturday. So far, the 2016 Quest has been an amazing experience for us all, and we are happy to enjoy the benefits of so much hard work!

Team Line Up

Entering Braeburn:

Lead – Happy and Healy

Wheel – Frasier and Yukon

Leaving Braeburn:

Lead – Doc and Woody

Wheel – Yukon and Frasier

Finish Line:

Lead – Doc and Spinner

Wheel – Grumpy and Frasier