Week 01 Snow Moon
Date Posted: 2.21.2011
Location: 44º54'N 92º47'W
Expedition Basecamp, Minnesota, USA
Weather Conditions: Snowstorm, 27°F (-3°C)
Two big snow storms had the ground covered in a thick blanket of snow already before end of November; December brought all-time high snow fall; we had only four days without at least a trace of snowfall in January-and it has been cold enough that the snow pack has been staying around too. Snow moon, as the Native Americans here in Minnesota call the moon of February, gets its name from the heavy snows of February... Flurries of snow are falling from the sky above
for a pack of howling happy Polar Husky sled dogs-howling to the
silvery snow moon casting long shadows on the glowing landscapes.
"I am just about to howl along with them, I am so excited to see this snow falling" Joar smiles. A melt set in this past week, and though it was only a few days above-freezing it was enough: we are all ready to go north! Well, actually, we are not quite ready yet, though thanks to amazing teamwork, we are getting there indeed.
Just like launching a space ship to the moon takes a team - so does getting an adventure learning expedition at PolarHusky.com launched and on the ground at the expedition starting point!
[image left: Jim holds on to Domino for Dr. Hunter as she is checking up on every Polar Husky getting them ready to go north!]
And just like a space mission includes more than the astronauts, our team includes many other people than "just" us heading out on the expedition trail to accomplish all that needs to be done; from visiting schools, re-lashing the sleds, producing movies, working with sponsors, writing grants, formatting the curriculum, testing equipment, managing the web site, fixing gear, keeping up with accounting, to feeding the Polar Huskies... (Get the picture?).
Make sure to join the expedition team members in this year’s first chat on Friday, February 25th at 1 PM Central Time to talk about Arctic Exploration and what goes into getting ready for the expedition!
[image left: Polar Husky Superstar Luna]
For Luna, this weeks’ first Polar Husky Superstar, there is no reason needed to explore, but simply because its, well, fun and exciting! Luna is all excitement and exploration at any cost. Guess the fact that she shares name with the first three moon missions, Russia's Luna I, II, and III is fitting! And though we admit her high-octane, far-reaching, and a bit spacey personality jives with that, Luna actually earned her name because she was a big howler from the very get-go, not just on nights with a bright moon that is. Luna is a talkative personality with a lot of excitement to share about everything. So much so, that Luna will be reporting every Thursday in her own Luna Log to share the explorations from her point of view over the next 14 weeks!
Speaking of that, don't miss Freja’s daily phenology observations or Trigger’s daily Tweets on how to save resources!
This week’s other Polar Husky Superstar, Sable, has her own section to the site too. If you take a look at Sable's expedition map (there is a map of each dogs expeditions on their pages in the Kennel!) it is obvious that Sable has tremendous experience running on the trail. It is not just the mileage, however-it is the effort that Sable has always puts into moving our sleds forward every mile of the way on every expedition.
That's just how, the Polar Huskies will continue to pull the four-wheelers around Basecamp getting ready for our journey ahead. Kodiak is rolling around on his back, legs up in the air; Kinu’s bark is cutting though the noise of 24 amped-up Polar Huskies, and Pingo flies in long strides through the air circling and circling. Polar Huskies are of one mind: whether it’s to the moon and back, it must soon be time for a run!