Wow! Joe’s 100-day solo expedition is on day 46 already and I haven’t written a blog post with updates since I announced the start of it! Sorry I kind of dropped the ball. It’s been a busy winter.
Joe has been reporting waist deep snow and this entire time the ambient temperature has been hovering right around -55°F. The windchill has frequently dropped that number down to the -70°F to -90°F range. That’s cold in its rawest form.
Evidently, the foxes have been causing a little raucous coming in to camp trying to play with the dogs and maybe attempting to steal a little kibble. I wonder if Joe is trying the scarecrow technique he discusses in his book Malamute Man: Memoirs of an Arctic Traveler to deter them from their campsites.
The dogs have been doing great. They’re all pulling with a lot of heart. Even the rookies (Luna, Ben, Roxy, Bear Jr. and Jim) are pulling like old pros. Rumor has it Roxy was kind of a wild child at the start of the season, but it didn’t take her long to settle into expedition life. She learned very quickly the value of conserving her energy and maintaining focus on working.
Of course Joe has no way of getting photos from this season to me, so we’ll all have to wait to see them until he returns. But until then, here are a few from expeditions past.