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Autumn Finch

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I'm a student from Duluth, MN. I love mountain biking, running, camping, and writing about all of those things! I also love biology, German, and math. Writing is my favorite way to explore the intersection of my varied interests.

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Animal Athletes in the Great White North

    In 1897, the Two Harbors Iron News ran a story about a man named John Beargrease, declaring “there is probably no more reliable carrier in the land, there are but few harder routes”.
Beargrease was the son of an Anishinabe chief in Beaver Bay, a small town on the north shore of Lake Superior. He carried mail, by dogsled, up and down the shore of the great lake, a job that was always demanding and often dangerous. According to Daniel Lancaster's biography of the famed musher, throughout Beargrease’s tenure as mail carrier, he fought dense fog, frigid, dark nights, and terrifying water crossings that haunt even the best modern mushers of the region. Today, mushers young and old brave that same challenging route, hoping to capture some of that Beargrease magic.
    As large, pillowy flakes fall from the grey sky, landing on the perked ears and stained snouts of the dogs, the scene appears to be quite magical. It’s currently...

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Animal Athletes in the Great White North

Large, pillowy flakes fall from the grey sky, landing on the perked ears and stained snouts of the dogs. It’s currently five degrees above zero, with an expected high of just 15. My toes are wrapped in wool socks and thick winter boots, but are nonetheless numb. I wonder how the dogs can withstand the cold, let alone run into it.
“Let’s go people, the ATV’s here!”
The musher, a 14 year old girl who has been racing since she could walk, hooks the frayed gangline to the four wheeler, and the dogs begin to wail with excitement. I fumble with the line, my frozen, mitten-covered hands about as dexterous as the dogs’ paws. Moments later I begin a somewhat controlled slide across the ice, six lean, muscular dogs dragging an ATV, a loaded sled, and five handlers effortlessly. As we reach the starting chute, the young musher punches her snow break into the frosty ground and hollers a command...

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