Just a Musher

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“Dream big, dare to fail” is a quote from Colonel Norman D. Vaughan, a Harvard dropout, presidential inauguration gate-crasher, and dog musher. The wiki’s give a good summary of his badass-ness, but this paints an even more colorful …er, EXTREME, picture. In fact, badass falls short as a quantification of the Colonel’s legendary status.

When Frank Teasley, the new owner of a ‘71 Silver Streak from Reparadise, first met Vaughan, the Colonel was well into his eighties – and participating in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race!? …WTF is right. Back to Teasley, who’s big dreaming and daringness to fail caused his and Vaughan’s paths to cross at the Iditarod, where shared ethics created a life-long bond. That was Vaughan’s last race, but the start of a competitive streak for Teasley.

Eventually settling in Jackson Hole, Wy., Frank’s retired from competition and now a local celebrity (in his words, “just a musher”). With his wife Stacy, he continues sled-dog involvement through Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours, and the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. We’re more than pleased to see the Silver Streak settle down in Wyoming with its new owners, as it couldn’t have found a more fitting environment. If dogs and snow warms your cockles, then a trip to Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours should be on the bucket list. To tide you over, or drive your furry four-legger nuts, this is what 187 sled dogs sound like:

 

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