Sunday, November 30, 2008

Recommended Reading

I can't imagine there are very many people who read my blog who don't also read Jill's blog, and thus don't already know that she recently published a book called "Ghost Trails." For the few who do not know this I highly recommend checking out both her blog and her book. She's 100 times the writer I am and she is much more motivated about taking pictures of all the beauty that surrounds us here in Juneau, and therefore her blog, unlike mine, is actually entertaining on a regular basis.

I just finished reading her book two days ago, and even though I knew the outcome of the story it was still very fun and exciting for me to read. I often have people ask me details about what it was like to attempt the Iditarod Invitational last year and why I want to do it again this year. At least now I can just tell them to read her book for more of a sense of this than I could ever provide. Jill and I had a very different experience out there, but I was out there long enough to begin to see how harsh, intimidating, unforgiving, and addicting this race is. Reading Jill's book made me realize just how much more I will hopefully learn out there this year. If you're at all intrigued by the Iditarod Invitational or any similar events in which competitors push themselves to such extreme levels of pain, isolation, and independence I think you'll enjoy her book. And if you order it directly through the link on her blog you can request a signed copy if you're interested in that kind of thing.

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