Cat Herder and Collin helped launched 78 dog teams out the chutes for Iditarod 2015. These amazing racers have to cover 1000 miles through the Alaskan wilderness en route to Nome. It was an exciting, cold and tiring experience. These dogs are uber athletes and pull HARD. All they want once they get hitched up is to run, so it takes a lot of work (and several handlers per team) to keep a team of 16 dogs restrained. We were lucky enough to be placed with 4 different teams, including Dan Kruse's high school buddy, Jim Lanier. He was a bit too focused and distracted by last-minute prep for me to introduce ourselves, but it was cool to have the connection.
Cat Herder (aka Marisa) has been guiding pilot tours in the American West for over twenty years. Keep tabs on your Parkwest pilot friends, National Park news and other tidbits here!