Flagstaff’s Sled Dog Races, Lost in Northern Arizona, and a Bedeviled GPS
In the last leg of our recent trip to Flagstaff, I am ashamed to admit, I displayed a momentary intensity that perhaps bordered on madness, as our GPS had us abandoned on a muddy, end of the road, this is where the snowplows fear to tread kind of place.
You know you have gone to far when your wife, who comes from a long line of Roman Catholics, is looking for some holy water, a cross, or perhaps even a silver dagger to slay your momentary burst of frustration.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not a violent guy, but…I sure was frustrated with my GPS.
When we found ourselves, out in the middle of nowhere, I just knew that we blew our chances to shoot the Arizona Mountain Mushers 2010 Mormon Lakes Sled Dog Races.
Undeterred by our certain tardiness, we turned around and found our path to the races just as the very last, and I mean the very last dog sled came across the finish line.
I snapped this photograph, and we literally turned around and left as the dog sled races were now over.
Therefore, I guess this story isn’t so much about sled dog races, as it was a lesson for us on perhaps better planning, and reminding ourselves that when traveling, we should always expect the unexpected.
If I have any satisfaction from this particular story, it was delivered in my determination to get at least one photograph from this sled dog race.
For that I am grateful.
Oh, I also had to promise my wife to chill out the next time unexpected circumstances cross the path of this A-Type, perfectionist personality.