Posts Tagged ‘iditarod’

Photo Friday has offered up the theme of “sports” for this week and our family cruise to the 49th State offered us the unique opportunity to meet a person who has participated in the Iditarod.

As part of our port of call excursion in Skagway, we visited with Matt Hayashida who told us about raising sled dogs and participating in the Last Great Race on Earth.

On display, next to his sled and other various paraphernalia, are the two items below…

Iditarod trophies

Suitable for framing and display

These are two trophies Mr. Hayashida has earned for being one of the top 30 finishers in the race.

What I enjoy most about these trophies is not so much the time, effort, and love that went into earning them. What I find fascinating about these symbols of accomplishments are the times on the bases. Can’t think of another timed sport or activity where you can earn a trophy after you cross the finish line 10 or 11 days after you started.

Congratulations Mr. Hayashida on your trophies, best of luck come 2013, and thanks for a wonderful tour.

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My apologies for not posting in some time, but I have been out and about for the past week. It is summer and that screams vacation time so the family and I are taking this opportunity to wing our way back to the United States.

I am currently in Virginia checking on the ol’ homestead and making sure our tenats have not burned it to the ground (which is expressly forbidden in our lease).

Before arriving in the Old Dominion and in celebration of my parent’s 55th wedding anniversary, they treated my family and the families of my siblings to a cruise that took us through the Inside Passage of Alaska.

For the theme provided by Photo Friday, which was “dog“, I offer up a close-up cute-up photo of a sled dog puppy that we saw in Skagway, Alaska, as part of an excusrion.

Sled dog puppy

Pegging the cuteness meter

You may commence “Awwww”ing now.

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