Rob the musher came to visit Rainy Pass a few days before the Iditarod. He is mushing only 4 dogs, most Iditarod mushers use 16 and instead of riding on the sled pulled by the dogs, he wears skis and is then pulled behind the sled. This is called skijoring. He is going to Nome but decided to rest here at Rainy Pass Lodge for two days before continuing his journey.
Rob uses full bred Siberian Huskies which is a little unusual for mushers, most of whom use mixed breeds or Alaskan Huskies. The Siberian Huskies are not as fast as the mixed breeds but are good, hard workings dogs. And according to Rob they have lots of personality.
We have only a few more days before the Iditarod mushers, dogs, checkers, vets and happy onlookers invade Puntilla Lake. We are hoping for good weather, calm winds, nice trails and lots of luck for all the mushers about to live out their dreams on the Iditarod trail this year. We will be here, ready to help and offer encouragement for their journey to Nome.