As caretakers we do not get many chances to leave the lodge. But we got lucky today, we were able to tag along on a snowmobile trip 18 miles up to Rainy Pass. At an elevation of approximately 3,500 ft it is the highest point on the Iditarod trail and one of the lowest passes in the Alaska Range. It was a beautiful sunny day down on Puntilla Lake and about 10 degrees when we left the warmth of the lodge. As we climbed the wind picked up to about 20-25 miles per hour blowing in our faces. The temperature dropped as we climbed but we pressed on to a small hunting cabin at the base of the pass. We huddled inside and warmed up before making a quick jaunt to the pass and then back down to the lodge. We stopped along the way for pictures and to pick up dog booties kicked off by the Iditarod dogs as they ran by earlier this week.