Alaska

Gratitude Journal: Friends

I owe so much gratitude to this man. He is my mentor and one of my best friends. This is Hugh Neff. Since we met in 2008 he and I have relied on one another for many things. He has given me many of our sled dog team members and I have given him so much business advice. This is …

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Gratitude Journal: Frosty

This little devil is Frosty! I am so happy to have had the option of training him this year as a lead dog for our teams. He ran in lead on Nicole’s Junior Iditarod team the whole way then he went on the Iditarod with my friend Hugh! I am so grateful to come across such amazing canine athletes.

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Gratitude Journal: Sunrises

One of my most favorite things in the world are sunrises. I am so grateful that I get to experience them in my own way. Sunrises to me are a signal for a new beginning each day. They allow me to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

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Gratitude Journal: Father and Daughter

This picture says it all. I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with my kids, my daughter, Nicole in particular. This is her at the start of this year’s Junior Iditarod and I am probably the most proud that I have ever been. This photo shows 14 years of working together on the trails, with the …

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Gratitude Journal: Spencer

I am grateful for my faithful friend Spencer and his ever-present smile. He arrived almost four years ago from my friend, Hugh Neff and he has been a steadfast teammate ever since. He has been on just about every training run and every race I have ran in Alaska. We have spent more than 12,000 miles together on the trails. …

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It seems just like yesterday…

My little girl is growing up too fast. The other day she took a major step in becoming an independent young woman when she passed her driver’s test to get her driver’s license. It is one of the most proud moments of my life and when I saw the picture of her holding her little card I started to cry. …

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Garlic dill pickles

Often called kosher-style dill pickles, these are quick to make. Use either small whole cucumbers or cut large ones into quarters. For an additional interesting flavor, tuck in a small dried red pepper into each jar. We always try to get pickling cucumbers in the short summer months here in Alaska at the local farmers markets. This year we picked …

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Pickled garlic

I am glad I am not a vampire. I love garlic on everything! Recently Michele and I tried out a pickled garlic recipe. Here it is: Prep 45 minutes Cook 15 minutes Ready in 21 days Ingredients: 1/2 pound garlic, peeled 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 2 cups distilled white vinegar 2/3 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground dry …

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Walmart Layaway

  It’s that time of year again. Walmart layaway! Just when you thought it was safe to shop on every other day of the year EXCEPT that Friday after you have gorged yourself on bird, the worlds largest retailer has brought back memories of Christmas past when you could load up a cart and take it to the back of …

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Midlife Crisis: Big Changes

A lot of men make a change or two when they reach the half way mark in the journey we call life. Some buy red sports cars and pursue online dating services for the younger gal. Others all the sudden start saving for retirement that they have neglected to think about for the first twenty years of their working lives, …

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