Mushing through the snow

Sheryl O’Rourke of La Pine, Ore., takes a turn with her 6-dog team.

Photo by Al Camp
Sheryl O’Rourke of La Pine, Ore., takes a turn with her 6-dog team.



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A pair of dogs laps up the falling snow at Peacock Meadows.

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Connie Starr of Cle Elum said, as she passed, “Wouldn’t you know it, the best looking dogs are also the slowest.” The 6-dog entry appeared to be enjoying the snowy course.

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Paige Hein, a fifth-grader at Okanogan’s Virginia, gets friendly with sled dogs Journey, left, and Nepheri, which are owned by Karla Boyle of Kirkland. Hein was going to be in a peewee sled dog event later with the dogs.

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Christina Gibson of Carlton, the lone Okanogan Country entry, stayed warm in the 8-dog competition.

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David Hassilev of Priest River, Idaho, competes Saturday in 6-dog race.

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Matt Hamel of Seattle competes in the 8-dog class at the Super Mush.

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Peacock Meadows greeted mushers like a winter wonderland, with a half-foot of new snow hanging from tree limbs.

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A musher prepares dogs Saturday morning in snowy conditions.

— A steady blizzard of snow greeted mushers Saturday at the 17th Conconully Snow Dog Super Mush Sled Dog Race at Peacock Meadows.

“The course was very soft, which made for a good workout on both the dogs and on my part, as I often had to get off and run up hills, and pedal to help them,” said Christina Gibson of Carlton...

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