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It is a perfect, balmy Siberian day here at Chez Herd, as evident by our hu-dad’s weather station:
Two obvious things you learn about our hu-dad from that picture. First, yes he is one of those “got to have every cool gadget” type of guys. And, second, yes he is one of those “cheap, don’t turn the heat up too high” type of guys. But this post is not about him.
Anyway, so what do you do in a heat wave like this? Why go camping of course. Yep, we are packing up the S-RV and headed off for a weekend.
But this is not just any camping trip, is it Kodiak?
Nope, because we are going to visit our friends at Siberian Husky Assist, the rescue that brought Kodiak (then called Champ) into their fold and eventually got him here to Chez Herd.
Every year, they hold an event called Winterfest in Damascus, Virginia. Rodney Whaley, the first Tennessee musher to run in the Iditarod will be the key speaker at a dinner on Saturday night, but they also do a Serum Run Reenactment and, on Sunday, they run the Blue Ridge Dryland Challenge, an actually dog sled (cart) race in the Southeast U.S.!
In addition to lots of Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies, there will also be Dachshund races (which we watched last year drooling and our hu-dad, for some odd reason, would not let us get close to) and Border Collie herding events.
This is also the event last year where a photographer took this picture of Kiska, Qannik and Kodiak which gave us the idea for the header on our website we use now. The picture appeared for a while on the Damascus visitor’s website (which, I noticed today, has a link to this video of the trail used):
So we are off for a fun weekend and for Kodiak to see his foster family.
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