Into the Beautiful North!
I have settled into Dawson. This morning was the The Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail (Dog Sled) Race. It was started in 1977 to honor Postman DeWolfe (below) who “courageously carried mail by dog team, horse and boat between Dawson City, Yukon and Eagle, Alaska from 1910 and 1949.” The first musher this morning had the honor of carrying a symbolic mail packet. It was -12 degrees as we watched the teams get hitched to the sleds. My camera stopped working in the cold. All the dogs wore booties and some had a brand new innovation: florescent orange leg warmers. Most dogs were barking wildly and some would jump straight up with all four legs three feet off the ground. There were eight teams in the race with about 25 spectators.
I am living in the Macaulay House on Princess Street. It was built in 1901 by Dawson City’s first mayor, Henry Macaulay. Later it housed senior management from the Yukon Consolidated Gold company and it is now owned by Parks Canada. I am still figuring out how to dress for the cold. Yesterday I wore a dangling earring which froze and kept hitting my neck. Won’t do that again. I have noticed some women wearing very interesting outfits and will try to get photos.