Today Calli and I (mainly Calli) are dog-/house-sitting for her aunt and uncle, who are away in northern Wisconsin for the Birkebeiner cross-country ski race. Couple things about this situation:
1. Dinah and Augie the dog are not best friends. I think Augie would eat Dinah given the chance, and Dinah would prefer to be back in Mount Horeb if she had any say in the matter.
2. The Birkebeiner commemorates an incident from the Norwegian Civil War in the 1300's when some loyalists skied the heir to the Norwegian throne to safety. I did not know this...pretty crazy.
3. The American Birkebeiner ends in Hayward, WI. I spent the first five weeks with the Wisconsin Historical Society on an archaeological survey north of Hayward, and this has got to be the most exciting thing that happens up there (excluding the occasional world lumberjack championships). When your town is known for a giant muskie, how exciting can things be?
4. Skiing. It should be done from top of hills to the bottom of hills, with chairlifts and mugs of hot winter drinks. This cross-country stuff is ridiculous.