Friday 1-11-13 The Cliff Note

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Going Up to Meadow Pass

I woke up Friday morning with something that felt very unfamiliar… energy and health.  I felt much more like myself this morning and was anxious to get going before I ran out of steam!  I wasn’t sure how long it would last!  Pam and I got back to Crystal and the temps were nice and cold, and the parking lot was much firmer than yesterday.  I parked in the same spot and ignored the rude man who’s dogs were again loose in the adjacent parking lot.  I was thankful he put them inside after we arrived.  Connie showed up soon to run with us, but since I was hoping for some longer miles, I left first.  I didn’t have any specific goal in mind today other than to go as far and as fast as my team (and I) could go.  I didn’t want to do any big hill climbing, but instead wanted more miles and wanted them to be FUN miles for the dogs.  Continue reading

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Thursday 1-10-13 Nothing is Wasted

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Lost Lake Road

 

I woke up this morning wondering if my cold was coming back… scratchy throat and more congestion.  I am sore from yesterday’s drive and run (short as it was, it was tough going).  I am feeling discouraged and sad today… we’ve worked so hard to meet our goals (the goals I felt led to commit to earlier in the season) and the race is now canceled, and even though I’ve changed our plans, our previous fitness we had worked up to seems to be slipping through my hands.  Continue reading

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Wed 1-9-13 More Parking Lot Woes!

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4 Dog Loop

More disappointment and frustration; more responsibilities are left undone… I pushed myself while still sick to spend a half day packing and then found myself wide awake at midnight.  Slept til 4:30am and loaded dogs onto the ferry, drove to work where I loaded the sled and drove 3 hours to Crystal Springs.  I pulled off the Interstate and the phone rang.  I answered it and it was Pam saying she had just gotten stuck in the parking lot and didn’t know if we could even make it to the trails.  I could NOT believe it… ANOTHER PARKING LOT SITUATION!  This time instead of being snowbound in the SnoPark Parking Lot, we couldn’t even get into this SnoPark Parking Lot! Continue reading

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January 4, 2013 “Flexibility”

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Breaking Trail

It’s been a while since posting last, partly because a LOT has happened, and partly because I’ve been sofa bound for a few days with a cold.  I’ll try and catch you up on the highlights…

Sun Kissed Mountain

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Thursday December 27

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4300′

“What is wrought in us by the power of God the Spirit, is not to glorify us in our own eyes, (or) to make us independent of our head, Jesus; but to glorify Him, and keep us in close union to, and sweet communion with Him”…William Mason 1803

 

As I have said before, Mushing is the Object Lesson the Lord is using to teach me eternal, spiritual truths.  It teaches me and forces me to look at my many limitations that I otherwise tend to ignore and push away instead of bringing them to the Mercy Seat and to see how MUCH depends on the Lord’s Control to bring everything together for that “Perfect Run”.  Continue reading

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Monday December 24

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My Favorite Spot !

Monday the 24th Pam, Margaret and I ran up and over Stampede Pass the “steep way” again, and were blessed with the most beautiful run I’ve ever had!  16 miles of Winter Wonderland! The weather and skies changed constantly from broken clouds at sunrise to fog on the trail to blue skies and puffy clouds to dark stormy skies and snow… and the trees were COVERED WITH SNOW AND FROST.  I am thankful not only for the vision to see it, but also for the photos the Lord enabled me to capture so I can look back on those memories for a long time to come.  Continue reading

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Sunday December 23- 32.4 Miles !

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Top of Lost Lake Road- 3766′

 

Sunday the 23rd we were going out on our own to do our own runs and I decided to start up Stampede Pass in the opposite direction (which was steeper), then if all looked good I’d head back up to Lost Lake and see if it was groomed, and then maybe do the Dog Trails again.  All was going Marvelously until we came upon that spot in the trail where they had jumped off the day before and they all were scenting in the air (except for my perfect boy, Lance, that is!) and totally not listening to me.  I dragged them back onto the trail and moved dogs around to try and find better leadership.  We Haw’d up  to Lost Lake where we talked to more snow machiners at the top to see if the pass was groomed.  They said there was an avalanche slide on the trail and it was NOT good.  I could see some machines had been up the trail alongside the lake so we ventured up that way.  Continue reading

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Saturday December 22- Up, Up, Up !

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We decided we’d leave together (with Dave) on Saturday the 22nd and run up and over Stampede Pass, which would be around 16 miles.  It was just as beautiful as I remembered, and I was rocking out to my iPod which made it even more relaxing for me.  We were going up a particularly steep spot (with Margaret behind me) when “Rocks and Trees” came on and I had to sing out loud and laugh!  I love how energizing music is for me! 

Margaret

 We got to the spot on the trail where the turn off is to the weather station, which I believed to be a mile or so down that way, so we Gee’d onto it and ran out of the fog and into the sunshine.  The sky was blue and it was gorgeous!  I was concerned about the heat for the dogs and hoped it wouldn’t get too warm for them.  I met a snow machiner and he stopped to tell me the trail up ahead had an avalanche slide over it, so we turned back towards the main trail.  By that time Margaret and Dave had run by the cut off without seeing that we had turned there, and never saw each other again that day on the trails. Continue reading

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Friday December 21- Lost Lake Fun

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Friday the 21st, we packed up again and headed to Crystal Springs.  We were going to camp Friday night and if all went well, maybe Saturday night too.  I felt like I had learned so much from my failed attempts to stay warm and dry earlier in the week and was anxious to try it again and hopefully “get it right next time”!  We met up with Don and Margaret in the afternoon, and all ran together up towards Lost Lake, for 14 milesContinue reading

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Tuesday December 18

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The first words out of my mouth the morning of the Tuesday the18th were, “Did it stop snowing?” and I was thrilled to hear that it had.  It was simply gorgeous in our little parking lot!  The trees were COVERED with snow and aside from the fact that they were starting to fall and drop branches all around us (we counted around 5 trees or big branches that fell that we heard or saw), we were in a Winter Wonderland. 

As beautiful as it was, as we looked down it was quite disturbing to see the mounds of snow that had piled up all around us, on the trucks, on our sleds, on our gear, on the trailer roofs (which were starting to warp).  Continue reading

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Monday December 17

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Crazy! can you find the sled? !

We woke up on the Monday the 17thto find about 16” of snow had fallen… and it wasn’t long before Tim showed up with the trusty tractor to plow and pull Larry’s trailer out. 

Smiling Larry : )

By the time we had finished shoveling and helping with that, we were all pretty wet (I had foolishly left on my parka which now weighed about 15#) and the big wet snow hadn’t let up at all.  We decided that even if we could get onto the trails today it would not be much fun for mushers or dogs, so we decided to hold tight and wait for the State Parks to fully plow the lot.  Continue reading

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Sunday, December 16th

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WOW… 11 days since my last post?  What on earth could I have been doing since then?  Where to start… 

The Calm Before The Storm!

I met up with Pam at Fish Lake on Sunday the 16th and got out on the trails for a 14.1 mile run, averaging 6.9 MPH.  Just beautiful conditions with fresh snow on the trees.  The conditions were perfect for launching from the truck… the best I’ve ever seen there without any ice to contend with.  It was getting dark and a bit chilly, and the trail to Trinity (which we were on) was getting a bit deep, so we turned around and headed back to the truck.  Got all packed up and headed to the Headwaters for a bite to eat.  Ran into Tom and Katy Porter and sat and chatted a while about the plans for grooming to Trinity on Tuesday, and we decided we’d get together at their place and check out their trails maybe tomorrow or Wednesday.  I sure was looking forward to getting in some longer runs to see what my team was capable of. Continue reading

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First Three Sled Runs

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Friday 12-7-12  Frustration set in and digs in with sharp claws… I am thrilled the snow is falling but as I skipped another night of training so I can pack, I fall further behind in my sleep… I check the roads at 4 a.m. and they look pretty bad, so I decide (incorrectly, it turns out!) to wait until the 11 a.m. boat so I can assure the dogs will have a safe and comfortable drive (instead of getting caught on bumpy roads because of the use of chains that were required).  I get to the mainland after noon and am tense, stressed, unhappy.  I still am not sure where I am headed… Continue reading

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Slow Goings…

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Feeling like some days I’m going backwards, as I’m trying to get ready for this race.  Discouragement is tempting me, so I’m extra thankful for this wonderful author from the early 1900s, J.R. Miller, who has often seemed to speak right to my heart.  This article was uplifting to me both to encourage me to trust in the Lord’s unseen Hand in all of the pressures I’m feeling, as well as for me to not become discouraged at my lack of progress in the lessons I’m trying to learn in the middle of them.  Hope you are encouraged by it as well!

 

The Upper Currents: Chapter 4 – God’s SLOW Making of us    By J.R. Miller

      God does not make us all at once. The process is a long one, running through all the years of our life, however many these years may be. God begins making us when we are born into the world, and his work on us and in us goes on continuously unto the end of our days. There is never an hour when some new touch is not given to our life, some new line marked in our character. A thousand agencies and influences minister in the making of us–the mother, the father, the home, the school, the playground, the church, books, companions, friends and friendships, joys and sorrows, successes and failures, health and sickness, roses and briars–all life’s circumstances and events. These things all work upon us–yet not blindly, not without guidance. Always God is on the field, and he works in and through all experiences, so that really it is he who makes us. But there is no period in all the years when we can say that God has finished making us. We are always still in process of being made. Continue reading

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Friday 12-7-12

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I have hit a wall… I haven’t run dogs since leaving Camp K last Saturday with such encouragement for my team.  I gave them a few days off, which were planned, and then was finding I just wansn’t catching up with several responsibilities and needed the next night to put time into my job.  Then the snow started falling, so I packed last night to go chase it and we missed another day.  This morning I woke up just exhausted… still just exhausted.  I was blessed with reading this quote (only part of a longer quote) and hope you will be too.  Stay tuned for “stories from the snow”!

(James Smith, “Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed” 1855)

My ruling desire is to be wholly given up to the Lord and to His work, and to show forth His praises from day to day. But when I aim at this most–I am baffled, opposed, and always hindered! Continue reading

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10.0 Miles Saturday 12-1-12

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6.8 MPH avg, 1.40 total and 1.28 moving hours

(YES, yet another ___.0 distance run!)

This morning I wasn’t sure I was even going to run them at all… I was tired (Yes, I STILL AM THE WEAKEST LINK!) and it sounded like it was pouring down rain outside.  Thankfully it was just the metal roof on Pam’s house, and when I put them out in the yard to stretch their legs, they didn’t look tired at all!  So, after changing my mind a multitude of times, we ended up running with Dave and James, who was running Connie’s 4 dogs (while she waited at the campground in her bright yellow jacket and shiny metal WALKER!  We Love You Connie and look so forward to being out on the trails with you again soon!)  Continue reading

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20.2 Miles Friday 11-30-12

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5.6 MPH avg, 5.15 Total Time, 3:37 Moving Time

The Weakest Link overslept this morning…8:15 I finally rolled out of bed to go let the kids out and get moving.  Pam was almost loaded and ready to go.  Shelby had arrived around 2am this morning (she’s so hard core!) and I was trying to move quickly so I didn’t hold them up too long.  I could tell I was still pretty exhausted as I was dizzy and my brain was not engaged yet, but I slowly got myself together, fed the pups and headed to Camp K for what I hoped to be our longest run yet.  Continue reading

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11-29-12 Snow Run

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13.9 Miles Thursday 11-29-12

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4.9 MPH avg, 3.15 total hours, 2.49 total moving

May not sound very impressive, but this was a terrific run for us!  We drove to Camp K today expecting rain and were greeted with ~ 1” in camp, ~ 3” on most of the trail and up to 10” at the furthest part of our run.  Add that to an ATV with two different sizes of back wheels and no motor, causing us to rely only on braking power to slow down on slick surfaces and our “downhills” were “downright” scary…at least to me!  Continue reading

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Wed 11-28-12

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Woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed…with…everything!

It’s amazing how quickly humans can go from trusting in our Sovereign Lord to despairing at the thought of taking a tire off an ATV, as if that was too much to handle when I have the Almighty “on my side” to support me through anything!  Oh how faithless and weak I am!  How worldly I live!  How easily discouraged I become! Continue reading

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