Dang! I'm just jealous reading your posts about getting to different races. Gee I'm happy for y'all though. Me?... have not been to a single race1 all darn year. As a matter of fact I haven't even been mushing the last cpl weeks. Too busy at work.
On the more upside, we got way enuf sno now. Nice stuff too. Fine, "packable" powder. I took out the snomo and dragged a cpl trails yesterday to let them freeze/firm. I was gona mush today but got a call to go in to work. It is a nice feeling to know my skills are appreciated but I just wana mush..Then... it was raining here today! It got to plus 5*C. Too warm to mush my furry K9's. Oh well, I had to work till 5 anyways.
Hey.....I know where that word "mush" came from. The French say "MARCHE"(mar-r-rsh). "Go!", a command for forward action.
The Cree say "MACAN"(maa tsaan or maa tshaan("aa" like a crow sounds 'caw')). It actually means "it is bad" when used with certain other words but we younger here use it to command someone into action too... ....so, ya, "Go!"
Actually, some of the old ones ussta use "EKWA!"( long A, short u) Lets Go!. It could also mean now, then, while or whilst...again depending on which words are used before and after it.
Anyways,LOL, Marche+Macan= Maa sh. =Mush
I hope y'all don't mind e reading what you's were talking/typing to each other about.
However I must say I did thoroughly enjoy witnessing young people discuss mushing and y'all have my full encouragement to continue and grow in this most beautiful activity.
I look forward to seeing your names in the lineup one day and would be so proud of you,s.