An interesting weekend away, just us three two-legged folks!
The first time J took me to DP, he picked me up from work at 3 and we did the whole 5h drive in a mad rush to make the Drivers' meeting that evening. This year, we had a whole day to allow us to stop and look after the Wee Monster... (And go back for forgotten boots.) And it took all day! How times have changed!!
Thankyou Dishlickers for looking after the fur kids for the weekend - they had a brilliant time, as always!
We got to Omeo at 4.30, in time for groceries and fuel. One of the great things about traveling for sled dog racing is to see beautiful country towns - and we try to support them a little each time, even if it's just buying our bread and milk at the local supermarket, or patronizing the local bakery - yum!!! Then it was time to suit up.
Arriving at DP just before dark, we found our accommodation - right on the main strip - warm as toast!
Over the last few years, we've stayed in a few places in DP, but this year we were able to book accommodation regardless of dog friendly facilities. So we were right in the village heart, between the pubs and with a view of the racing chutes from the balcony.
From our apartment, it was just a short walk to the start and finish chutes, or down the hill to the "S" bends beside the poma run. The crowds were great, enthusiastic and positive, but wow, there were a lot of people there, especially photographers, especially through the S bends.
Wee Monster and I watched the 2&3 dog teams from the S bends, then the 4&6's from the chutes. That was a couple of hours and then the little guy needed to head inside to be released from the baby carrier. We watched the 8 dogs, the skijorring and touring from our balcony.
Then we settled in for a quiet afternoon while J edited his photos from the S bends.
Sunday was another glorious blue bird day, and we enjoyed watching the first few classes from the chutes.
Of course, all too soon, it was over, and we headed to presentations at High Plains. It was lovely to see that the A5k committee had organized encouragement awards for the juniors, as well as prizes for skijorring this year. Sponsorship from some of the businesses in Bright was excellent - thanks to the Bright Brewery and Ginger Baker Wine Bar for their support!
Next morning, it was time to say goodbye to the snow and retrace our steps home - much faster this time!
When we got back to Dishlickers, J went in to collect the dogs while I looked after the baby. I heard a huge rolling wave of barking approach, and then J came into view, with Czar and Bolo.
Close behind were Ishka and Frankie with two of the kennel staff - apparently the noise had been the older dogs protesting J walking off without them!!
Soon enough we were all home again.