As at all checkpoints, the old adage “hurry up and wait” definitely applies to Dawson. After the drive over and setting up camp all we could do next was wait and prepare. We all got a really good night sleep, especially Aliy who hadn’t stopped since Friday night before her race.
This morning we refined our plans – planning is an essential part of the 36 hour layover. Who is doing what and when are we doing it? We prepared a meal for the dogs, got a change of clothes, a meal and thermos of water ready for Allen then waited…
With the change in route the teams didn’t come down the river like ‘normal’, rather they came down the road so we caught sight of them just over the other side of the river. It was thrilling to see them after a couple of days! They trotted down Front Street with Mismo and Scout in lead and all of them looking fantastic! They quickly gobbled down their thawed salmon snacks Mark had on hand.
Allen had his mandatory gear checked then Customs and Immigration officers checked his passport and did their immigration duties right there in the chute. Aliy took the team over from him and mushed them back over the river to camp while Allen answered a few questions from reporters.
I met Aliy and the team over at camp and we both set to and removed harnesses, booties and jackets while the others made their way over from town. Next was the compulsory and thorough veterinarian check of all the dogs while we fed and rubbed them down, and gave them fresh jackets and fleece blankets. One by one they settled into their straw beds and are now fast asleep, stretched out in their warm, cozy accommodations.
Allen is also fast asleep, stretched out in his warm, cozy accommodations.
I have video and pics to edit and will get them to you soon.
We are so happy they are here and looking great!