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Grant Banes



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Location: Quesnel, BC Canada

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:14 am    Post subject: 2007 Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run Reply with quote
Since we're all into the outdoors here I thought this might be of interest to people.

January 26-28 is the fifteenth annual Cariboo Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run happening in the wilds east of Quesnel BC out to Wells BC.

A large number of sled dog teams will be carrying commemorative letters that will be stamped at the locations of the original post offices in several small communities on the route. Most of these places are just ghost towns or gone now and the sled teams will be traveling the original gold rush trail through the mountains.

The letters will be carried about 100 kms to where they will be sent via Canada post all over the world. I have purchased 10 of these letters and will be sending them to friends and family all across the continent.

I'll be a volunteer for this event and hope to post some of the best pictures I get of the dogs running through the mountains and hopefully down the streets of Barkerville.

Here is the link to the official site for the event.

http://www.wellsbc.com/sleddog/event.html


Team running over the gold rush trail



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Grant Banes



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well, it was an awesome event again this year!!!

Unfortunately, due to work obligations, was only able to get out for the last day of the mail run. Here are just a few of 70+ pictures I took today.

Morning view at the ghost town of Stanley



Canadians Enjoying Winter



Getting ready to go!!!!



Leaving Stanley.... Big Smiles all around!!!



Up the hill From Stanley



Future Sled Team lead Dog!!!



First team down the main street of Barkerville



Another team in Barkerville



Yet another team



Arriving at the final town of Wells. Canada Post post master waiting to get the mail off to the rest of the world



Not everyone can afford a sled or team, but had a great time just the same!!!!!



Last team into Wells. End of a wonderful day!!!

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Martin Joergensen
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:35 pm    Post subject: Whoa! Reply with quote
Grant,

Thanks for posting these great pictures. non-fishing maybe, but a great diversion on a cold, unfisheable January day.

Martin

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Grant Banes



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Location: Quesnel, BC Canada

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah, I know, "not fishing related" Martin. That's why you need to put up a NFR section in this forum..... Wink

It was just such a fun event and I wanted to share a little bit of Canadiana and a bit of our history with people on the forum that may never have been to Canada. Barkerville is such a neat ghost town to visit and to see the dogs in the streets again, gives a bit of the feeling of the 1800's.
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Esox



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Looks cold. That second picture down is beautiful. I remember snow like that in New England. Not any more down here in DC. We get slush and mud.
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Grant Banes



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
It was fairly cold that morning, between -15 and -20 centigrade depending on your altitude. Here is a few more shots from that day.

A view down the main street in Barkerville



Another street shot



Hotel and Saloon



One of the young girls in the run, I believe she was only 14 or 15 years old.

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