Almost, but not quite!
She's going to want to see a moose!!!
Mrs. Brewer started day one looking for a moose! All the locals said when you asked them where you could see a moose was, "Oh, they are everywhere." Well, they weren't everywhere we looked. The first day we went to Seward and I tried out my moose call every chance I got. No luck!
Well, we know what to do and not do if we actually see one now.
Almost, but not quite!
Just when we were about to give up, the clouds parted and the Hallelujah chorus sounded. There he was. He was munching trees in someone's backyard. In order for us to safely photograph him, we parked on the sidewalk. Of course, much to the dismay of my friends, I climbed out of the car and started approaching the moose. I made my moose call and do you know that he didn't even turn and look at me? He was more interested in munching trees. No matter, mission accomplished. We found a moose!!!!!
After we left Iditarod Headquarters, we went to Vern Halter's Dream a Dream Dog Kennel. He gave us an amazing talk about the sled he built for musher Cindy Abbott. He showed all the modifications he made for the sled. He also had all of his drop backs there. They were labeled for each checkpoint with all the food for the musher, dogs, and other supplies such as hay for the dogs to lay on. We also got to meet Cindy briefly before she headed out to start getting ready for the Iditarod. Of course, we got play time with the dogs before we left.
The mushers start pulling in with all of their dogs. Each dog is checked by a veterinarian. They look at all aspects of the dog. They look at their feet, listen to their heart, take blood and do EKG's when necessary.
This was on the screen on the back of our airplane seat. We got really excited when it switched over to Alaska. We watched as we got closer and closer. We flew from Austin to Denver. Our second flight was from Denver to Anchorage and was a little over 5 hours. We arrived in Anchorage around 11:30 p.m. so it was a long day. We rented a car and drove to our hotel.
We had an exciting assembly today to see one of the many ways dogs are used to help people. The Austin Police K-9 Unit came and talked to the kids about how the dogs help them and we also got a demonstration from Cash, the K-9 apprehending a suspect. It was very exciting. He lives with the officer that he works with and then when he is retired from his police work, he gets to live with the officer as his pet. This dog showed such love for his officer. It was awesome to see!
It doesn't take much to shut down a major city and the surrounding suburbs in Texas. We woke up to iced over roads and a dusting of snow. I'm excited to have the day off but not looking forward to making it up on a nice, sunny day. It is getting me excited about going to Alaska though. I've been trying out some of my layering techniques to get ready for the cold. The deer and the birds are all wanting to be fed today because they are cold and they know if they hang around our house, they'll get fed. My cat however, spent a total of 5 seconds on the back porch before she was snuggled with me on the couch again.