“Martin Buser shows off his dimples.”

Musher after musher and team after team, on they come, and go. Paul Gebhardt hugs all his dog handlers and kisses all his dogs. Peryll Kyzer, back in the race after sitting out a year, has handlers decked out in purple armbands. Dan Govoni holds up his arms as he takes off—“Look, Ma, no hands!” Martin Buser shows off his dimples. The great families of mushing are well represented, two generations of Redingtons, three generations of Seaveys, a Brooks, a Mackey. Mike Williams, who races to promote sobriety. Jeff King, with two handlers for each dog working hard to keep the team from launching into orbit—“Wanna go, wanna go!” they all seem to be yelling. My personal favorite, Charlie Boulding, who placed fifth last year at age fifty-eight.

Dana Stabenow. Alaska Traveler (Kindle Locations 1072-1077). Gere Donovan Press.

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