Cascade Quest Dog Sled Race

Last weekend, Tyla and I headed over Stevens Pass with Tim and Chelsea to check out the Cascade Quest dog sled race. We had no idea what to expect, but we knew that races were leaving at 2, 3 and 4:00 so we arrived around 12:30 to give ourselves time to look around before the first race.

Looking around lasted about 5 minutes and then we had 1 hour and 25 minutes to kill until the first race. Oops. It turns out that there really isn’t much for the spectators. We strolled around for a while and took pictures of the dogs until the first teams left the starting area.

The dogs really are incredible athletes and you could feel the excitement in the whole area as they got ready to run. Spectators lined the side of the course for the first 50 yards or so to get a good view and take pictures. There were only a couple teams in that 2:00 race, and rather than wait around for 50 minutes for the next race to leave, we headed to the 59er Diner down the road for some lupper (what’s between lunch and supper?)

We got back to the race before the 4:00 group left and that one was the big 12-dog teams. I think all of the teams that left that afternoon were headed about 50 miles out of town where they would stay the night and then return on Sunday.

Tim and I were both furiously snapping photos. You can see his best shots on his photo blog, and I have included some of mine below. Larger versions of my two favorites are available in the photo gallery (and you might have seen them go by already in the dSLR Favorites photo list on the right side of this page.)

If you’re interested in sled dog racing, Tyla and I both recommend “Iditarod: The Toughest Race on Earth” which is available on Netflix Instant Watch.