Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Frog Lake 2 Race
This past weekend was our last snow race of the season at Frog Lake. Seems like about 1/3 of the time we visit this race we find rain waiting for us. This time Saturday was gorgeous and the view of Mt. Hood travelling to and from the race were incredible. A storm had passed through two days before leaving the trees covered with snow, so the scenery was stunning. The Frog Lake 2 race is a fun race for everyone. It is not part of the PNC (Pacific Coast Championships) Series, rather a fun race allowing everyone time to get together one last time. The host club, the Cascade Sled Dog Club threw a wonderful barbecue on saturday for all participants with burgers, hot dogs, chili and lots of other side dishes. We also heard that this year, the club was celebrating its 50th year of existence! It is the oldest sled dog club in the northwest. Sunday, the rain caught up with us. The morning was showery, the afternoon for most heats the rain was steady. It cleared up for the awards ceremony though.
I had a pretty good first day, somewhat slower than the last couple races, but this course is listed as being a little longer so that would figure. I later figured out that with the course length as noted as 6 miles we did about the same as we have all season. I am very pleased with the consistency of the team and with the progress that the puppies have made. The Frog Lake 6 dog course is a nice one, it has the longest hill of any of the course that we do for sprint. This weekend with Xena on the team we had to do a few more stops and encouragement as she learned to work with the sams. She is a very hard worker, and no doubt wondering why they were not making quite as much progress as she thought they should be. Below as some photos. The first two are from Frog Lake, start and finish the third is from Priest Lake.