Position: N 78° 50′ W 096° 03′
Distance Traveled: 15.4 km / 9.5 mi
Sitting here in my tent at the end of yet another tough but enjoyable day. We are nearing the halfway point and I can’t believe it is going so quickly. We’ve all been working overtime to get these sleds through this rough ice and it has been truly exhausting. We have decided to stay put tomorrow and give the dogs a day of rest. A well deserved and well needed rest. By the look of what we can see ahead, rough ice might fill our whole route north and the last thing we want to do is burn the dogs out. We nearly made that mistake at the beginning of the expedition by going 20 days straight.
Today I would like to talk about the dogs. Since I arrived out here in the beginning of March the dogs have gone from being simple strangers to very complex friends. They are fascinating creatures. All have such specific personalities and need to be treated certain ways. Some give you respect instantly and some you have to work hard with to gain their respect. I have been driving Sarah’s team mainly, so it’s these guys I’m most fond of. The team goes as follows: Raven is the lead dog, then Zoro, Iki, Henson, K2, Zephyr, Sicari, Jutumate, Bartlett, Ichebaun and Qimmik. They are a great bunch. I have grown very attached to them and it will be hard to say goodbye at the end.
Husky dogs have five different types. The Purebred Canadian Eskimo dog, which makes up the majority of our teams, the Malamute, the Alaskan husky, the Samoyed and the Siberian husky. They are all great looking creatures, some with magnificent markings. They are truly designed to live in this environment.
Anyway, supper time for me and a lie in. What a treat. The body definently needs the rest.
Until next time, all the best,
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