Saturday, February 9, 2008

Yukon Quest, Hobo Jim, and the northern lights

High today: -15
Low today: -44

This morning was the start of the Yukon Quest, a 1000 mile dog sled race that starts in Fairbanks and finishes at Whitehorse in the Yukon. Jim, Carla and I went down to check it out. It was a toasty 40-ish below..
Here is a picture of Lance Mackey starting - he is one of the few names I recognized. He won both the Iditarod AND the Yukon Quest one season (last year maybe?) and the two races were only 2 weeks apart from each other!
Jim and Carla were all bundled up.
This evening we went to see Hobo Jim at Ivory Jack's which was awesome. He was quite entertaining, but better than him playing was seeing the aurora, I mean REALLY seeing the aurora. Out from the city lights... here are my first semi-successful but not fantastic aurora pictures.
I tried to photoshop some pictures too, they kind of turned out cool but not realistic.. but it's good to see the pattern of the lights.

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