CopperDog 150 has been annual tradition for our family. We always have a great time and this year was full of new memories. Because our yurt is shut down for winter (no running water, no heat, and questionable access), we stayed in Calumet at a great little Airbnb apartment that was perfectly situated directly above the CopperDog start and finish line. What’s great about that was we watched portions of the race from inside since the temperatures were very cold on Friday night during the start. The apartment made it a lot more enjoyable, especially for Woodland, who is 2 years old.
On Saturday we spent a portion of our day visiting White Sky Woods. The yurt was nestled sweetly in the snow. We hiked around looking for animal tracks in the snow. Officially, there are many deer and squirrel track, but we didn’t see any wolf, coyote or other critter trackers. Tim also left some tracks…our place is so full of love.
Sunday, the finish of the CooperDog 150 was taking place. The kids were eager to see the dogs again, and especially Flora who signed up to volunteer with Tim as an “Official Bag Checker”. A friend of ours invited us to help out, and we are so glad she did. This volunteer role allowed Flora to get a behind-the-scenes look at the finish line. What the mushers do with their dogs, how the dogs get fed, what a vet-check looks like, etc. It was a busy few hours. Flora and Tim did a great job and Flora has already said she wants to do it again next year!
While they did the bag check, Woodland and I had a great time cheering on the race finishers, including this racer, an 11-year old girl. So cool!
We love what this event is for the community and awareness it brings to this lesser know sport. We’re looking forward to being able to get more involved in CopperDog 150 2018 since we’ll be moved and not have to be concerned with long travel or finding a place to stay. What great new memories it is sure to bring!