Said I, “It’s the end today, of that cold Yukon Quest,
And I know just the game that should be played with a guest!
Laughter, excitement, the fun never fails,”
I smiled and exclaimed, “Tonight it’s Snow Tails!”
We adjusted the pieces and soon we were able,
To modify Nutcracker so it could fit on our table.
Gary went first and put his sled down inside,
Beside him Sharon, then Wendy, poor Tom stuck out wide.
Gary moved to the center, and Sharon did, too,
Forcing Wendy far left to find a route through.
Tom used his brakes to pull up behind,
Then swung to his right, a track inside to find.
The ladies’ moves to the left, had kept them outside,
And forced them to slow, with big trees alongside.
Gary and Tom saw the path ahead clear,
They could pick up their speed till the hairpin drew near.
Moving away from tree danger, the girls would now need,
Some big balance bonuses to help pick up speed.
Wendy cried out, “On Sparky! On, Spot!
You must fly like the wind, like it or not!”
Entering the hairpin was a size three speed trap,
Gary tried to slow down, but his sled took a rap.
Through a clear inside corner, Tom’s green sled flew by,
He shouted, “Onward, boys, mush! We can win if we try!”
Having slowed to a crawl, sleds all passing by him,
Gary’s initial good prospects now looked exceedingly grim.
But, unbeknownst to his foes, he drew a five and a five,
“Don’t worry ‘bout me,” he smiled, “because I’m still alive!”
Two fives, fourth place bonus, a movement of nine,
“Well, lookie-lookie,” said Gary, “third place is now mine.”
He slowed down to six for the last nasty speed trap,
Alas, two more damage, his sled slowly turning to scrap!
And now the home stretch, Tom finished his race.
Gary removed his four brake and dropped a one in its place!
Two fives, third place bonus, twelve moves for his sled,
Past Wendy, past Tom, Gary had finished ahead!
It was the biggest comeback that we’d ever seen,
And now Gary’s the champ, till next we convene.
This game was a blast, and I know now that I’m,
Awaiting the Iditarod in just a couple weeks’ time!
When you live where we live, you know cold and snow,
And you can’t let it stop you, so outside you go.
But if you don’t like it, and from winter you hide,
Snow Tails brings cold weather fun to your table inside!
Lots of tracks, lots of laughs, no two races the same,
I recommend highly Gord and Fraser’s great game!
Now, sit back in your chair as on your teams rush,
Yelling and shouting, “Come on now, boys, Mush!”
-Based on a February 17 game with good friends
From far flung Scotland we raise a glass,
To our friends in Canada who seem first class,
To remind that when your dogs are frisky,
You can balance the sled by drinking whisky.
"Gord" and Fraser
aka The Lamont Brothers
Sage advice, indeed!!