Day 10 – Shawn Goggins

Good some time of day or night ATAO kennel viewers/readers. I have been in Alaska for 10 days. This is a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid….Sorry. Currently I am in Palmer, AK and there are mountains on the horizon … Read More


Today is Ophelia’s birthday. ATAO has made it home, to Alaska. The land that calls and calls me, and won’t let me go. It’s been a very long and winding year for me. Probably for Ophelia too, and Hooch as … Read More

7 Things it Takes to be a Musher

(And some non-mushers I know who have these things down.)   Being a musher is a foolhardy endeavor. You have to have a dash of crazy, a lot of masochism, and a love for “fun” that bears no real reward … Read More

To Build a Kennel

We are on the road! After a couple of warm summer months in Minneapolis saving funds and completing job obligations, Shawn and I are on the road to be re-unitied with The Girls (Hooch and Ophelia!). Well, on a circuitous … Read More

Next Steps

It’s really happening! We’re putting the pieces together. First things first, get back to Alaska.   You may or may not know that Hooch and Ophelia are already up in the 49th state, enjoying summer Alaska-style. Hooch is staying with … Read More

My Shot

It’s happening.   It’s taken almost two decades to get this project underway, but as of last Monday, I signed the lease on the cabin I will be renting. In September, I’ll be getting puppies. All in all… I’m finally … Read More


I only have a few minutes before hooking up for my next run. This hitch has been the one to get the miles on before the race season official begins for us, and since the last hitch my run lengths … Read More

Just a Little Hitch

Well… Things have been so crazy since I started this hitch, I haven’t had the chance to write any of it down. I’ve been thinking blog posts a lot. This happens when I mush– I have a lot of time … Read More

First Night Out

  On Sunday, I took a break from “reality” and headed to Red Dog Racing. We had decided it would be a good time to do our first camping run with the team. Early in the season, “camp outs” are … Read More

Visitors, and Hitches

  On Wednesday, my college roommate from ten years ago arrived in Alaska, and jumped with both feet into several days of mushing. I met her at the Willow Community Center (which I kept forgetting to tell her is where … Read More

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