2010 in Review


2010 was the best year of my life—but I say that every year. Why? Because I’m one of those people who’re grateful for every single blessing in their lives, from the largest to the smallest; every day that I wake up with my health and the health of my family intact, I perceive that day as a minor miracle, and yet another opportunity to make myself a better man, a better husband, a better father to my children.

Last year was another great year, in a very long string of them, for mushing; I put in over 1700 miles spread across 3 big races, placing 2nd in two of them & once again completing the long journey to Nome, Alaska. I logged over 3500 training miles with a collection of my finest friends, and each and every one of them was a treasured experience that in some metaphysical way has been coded into my genetic structure to be remembered ’til the day I shuffle off my mortal coil and stand with my forefathers in whatever house old adventurers and explorers go when they pass from this world.

I discovered a writer who opened my eyes to a world I never saw clearly until I felt her guiding hand reaching across the  deep chasm of years to touch my shoulder…and steer me without hesitation to the fountainhead where I labored fearlessly under the guidance of her example to bring into existence the third greatest work of my adult life—the first two being my beloved children, Oksana, and Julian.

I certainly did not reach all of the goals that I set out for myself, but I reached for the stars, and will never apologize, or regret, having done so—all that we can do in this life is make our stand against all of the forces greater than ourselves, and let the cards fall where they may.

I loved my life in 2010—and will continue to do so in 2011. I am surrounded by beauty, and I will continue to treat each day like the wonder that it is…I pray that all of you do the same.

Happy New Year

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