May 11, 2011

Notes from Joe: Team Pictures

Although February kicked our butts with blizzards and waist deep snow, the flaring sunrises made up for much of the heart ache.


Even though Alaska’s arctic had the worst weather in decades this past season, the team did a great job.  Putting together a team of dogs is similar to building, lets say a football team.  Some years you have a great team, sometimes an excellent team, and once in awhile you  have a winning Super Bowl team.  And that was the case this year.

I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite photos of the dogs from the 2011 Arctic Expedition.

“Ahh, thanks dad. Dinner was great.”

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“High five!”


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First time expedition member, Red(left) and second year veteran and future leader Dino (right).

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The malamute’s’ version of nap time…

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2011 951This tent has been my home for over a thousand nights.

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A Rolling Stone

There’s sunshine in the heart of me,
My blood sings in the breeze:
The mountains are a part of me,
I’m fellow to the trees.
My golden youth I’m squandering,
Sun-libertine am I;
A-wandering, a-wandering,
Until the day I die

* * * 

Then every star shall sing to me
Its song of liberty;
And every morn shall bring to me
Its mandate to be free.
In every throbbing vein of me
I’ll feel the vast Earth-call;
O body, heart and brain of me
Praise Him who made it all!

–Robert Service


  • Bill Stark

    Thank you for the follow up !!!!

  • Piappies World

    Hello there!

    Welcome back and we are happy to read your post about your exciting adventure. For us who do not get the chance to even catch a glimpse of snowflakes, we are thankful for sharing your story. Your very informative post feels like we are taken with you through the expedition. We are happy to see Red join the expedition this time. We saw Red grow up through your blog.

    Your naptime sure looks like fun time! Thank you for sharing with us your stories.

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

  • Carolyn Schlick

    Beautiful photos Joe, amazing it’s been over a thousand nights! Those dogs don’t let you down and neither does Andrea, I’m so happy this is working out!!!

    Carolyn Schlick

  • sartenada

    Fantastic photos. I loved most of all photo 2011 1230. That is awesome!

    Here in Finland and in the Southern part we have one of the coldest winters.

    Is there yet snow?

    Happy weekend!

  • Constance Ross

    Great Pics!
    So much “personality” Mals have. Luv it.

  • The Wyomingite

    Love the flaring sunrise. It made me think of perhaps what Moses experienced on the Mount. Regardless, this is a spectacular view.