There’s still no snow on the ground here, though there was plenty to be found a couple of weeks ago while driving through Canada. I was on a team for the Klondike Road Relay, a running race that goes up from Skagway to Whitehorse. The nonsense starts in the early evening, with much of the race proceeding in the dark (and in this case, in light snow on the pass.) We weren’t the fastest, but we probably did have the team with the most participants who have worked at the South Pole, and we may have had the most pregnant team member (Robin, 5.5 months. We let her walk.)
I’m only worth seeing running while viewed at a great distance, so here’s yours truly on the last leg coming into Whitehorse. I’d also run an easy section in the snow and dark through the border crossing earlier in the race. We didn’t have the spectacular weather that we lucked into last year on last year’s fall road trip. Still, it was good to get out and see friends.
This was followed a week later by the Equinox Marathon here in Fairbanks. I’d never done it – I’ve always wanted to – and having trained for a long race early in the season I figured this might be my one shot at actually doing it.
Bit of a hill in there. Thanks to all the folks I ran with this summer and who put up with my whining on the hills. It’s the company and conversation of preparation that I enjoy far more than the actual events.
Yesterday Maggie and I worked in the rain and planted next year’s crop of garlic, marking the beginning of next season as this one comes to an end. My small part in the Girls Go Farming adventure sure is satisfying.
I’ve got two weeks to get ready before I head down to Anchorage for an October show of small prints and panels at Fire Island Bakery. There’s no need to panic, but I do have some work ahead of me. I’ve also been asked to make some pieces to go on tables for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities that takes place in Anchorage mid-October. High time to hang up the running shoes and pick up the carving tools.
And before I head out to work, here’s a photo for Simon in San Francisco. I hear from your mom that you like to see dog pictures. So for you – some of the usual bad behavior that goes on around here. There’s a lot of competition for couch space as we head towards winter.