Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Finish Line!

Way to go Lance Mackey, two time winner of the Last Great Race! Congratulations on your success. This race could have easily went to Jeff King, so easily. He had more dogs! But, while Jeff was sleeping, the new 2008 Champion stole away and gained almost a whole hour ahead of Jeff for his tired dogs to successfully keep ahead of Jeff into Nome! Well done, Lance!
"If Lance Mackey pulls off a victory, it may have been a little of that old Mackey magic — a recipe that includes a dash of mind games and a lot of old-fashioned hard work — that made the difference." -Jon Little, Eye On The Trail.

It was fun watching Channel Two's (NBC) coverage of Mackey's early morning finish in Nome with Mom. I want to get the 2008 video from IDITAROD.COM too but I decided that I won't pay $11.95 for shipping - I am right down the road from the store, that is ridiculous! I know all shipping/handling to Alaska is ridiculous but this is FROM Alaska, ha. I order the 2007 documentary last year and paid the shipping, but I won't this year. I really enjoyed the DVD from 2007, so I want to get 2008's too... hopefully I will get over to the shop when it gets out.

The first two ladies are just about done with this long and winding race too! Jill Royer and DeeDee Jonrowe will most likely follow Rick Swenson into Nome. Right now they have checked through Safety, the last checkpoint on the trail.

It is so spring here. I went for a walk today and loved it. I even had to unzip my coat. The sun - welcomed, and the fresh overnight snowfall melting off the trees - extremely pleasant to see and hear.

As I walked today it felt like we were at the finish line of winter. Even if we get more snow, it won't be as cold and harsh as winter days can be anymore. I am happy to be at the end of winter once again.

Did you see the woodpecker in the picture of the tree tops? Find it!

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on the that Day, and not me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." -Apostle Paul. 2 Timothy 4: 7,8.


Jettie said...

Wow doesn't that wood pecker blend in good!!!!!!!! took me a few times..finally I happened to see it in the 2nd pic!! But what are those other things hanging?
We have our first signs of spring..a yard full of slush!! Looks to be another nice day here!!
Hope you have a great day too!!

e-Mom said...

I feel like we're at the finish line of winter too. I'm tired of looking out my kitchen window at all those bare tree limbs! I saw several bright pink camellias in bloom on my walk yesterday. Whoo hoo!

Marie VW said...

I like the picture of the dogs and the trail going out to the point. I know what you mean about Spring being here now! It feels so good.

e-Mom said...

P.S. You've won an award! When you get a chance, please stop by to pick it up.

Hugs! e-Mom


I finally saw the bird. I was so in awe of the snow. The dog looks like he is having fun.

I would have liked to have watch the race with you and your mom. It sounded so exciting. Congra. to the winner. Spring is all around me here in Texas. Bright sunny 70 plus days. Have a great weekend. Glad the hard winter is over for you. connie from Texas

elizabeth embracing life said...

That sounds really fun. I have never been able to watch the race. I could not find the bird. Not even with my grandma glasses and I am not even a grandma. LOL