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Art of the Day: Friday December 01, 2017

Mushing Through the Evergreens

- by Stephanie M. Daigle

This week's theme: Snow

There are some that love snow. They look forward to the first snowfall. When they glance out the window and see the first flakes of the first, fifth or tenth snowfall, they pause a second or two longer than usual before moving on. The first spring blooms poking through the last snow is ineffably beautiful to them. When they live where there is no snow, they miss it. When they find snow again they rejoice. For all who love snow, this week's Art of the Day is for you.


Art: Mushing Through the Evergreens by Artist Stephanie M. Daigle
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is touted as "the toughest race in the lower 48".  It is often talked about as a more difficult race to run as the far northern Minnesota evergreen laden terrain is so hilly that only the heartiest of mushers makes it to the almost 400 mile finish line.  Hearty Alaskans who have been finishers of Iditarod come to Minnesota to run this race, and many drop out, it is just too tough on their dogs, who are not used to our hilly terrain.

The night before the 2013 running of Beargrease, it snowed like the dickens, which made for some beautifully covered evergreens everywhere along the trail.  This year was probably the most beautiful as far as the snow cover on the trees.

In this image is Frank Moe, a musher from Grand Marais Minnesota near the Canadian Border, as he passed by he greeted us and left with a wave as he disappeared over the hill into the evergreen lined trail to the north.

To find out about the name of the race and how it evolved you can visit the website.  This year will be the 30th running of the marathon and it is the highlight of my Winter, wandering the forests of northern Minnesota among the evergreens from Duluth to just shy of the Canadian border following the mushers.   John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon



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