Kyle Walker’s Christmas Wish List for 2017
by Wesley Banks
In the spirit of Christmas season I thought it would be fun to take a look at the main character in Faith In every Footstep: Kyle Walker.
As a young man who grew up in the small town of Bishopville, South Carolina and who has now traveled across the United States to the Yukon wilds, he lives a different life than most other nineteen year old guys. Here’s five things he might want for Christmas.
SOG Base Camp Hatchet. You’ll never meet a good musher separated from either his pocket knife or hatchet.
Musher’s Secret. There’s a famous proverb that reads, “The feet feed the wolves.” Well, in the case of Kyle Walker, the feet feed the Carolina grays. Protecting a dog’s paws in a race as long as the Yukon Quest is an absolute must.
Pocket Watch Locket. This may be the ultimate gift that encompasses who Kyle Walker really is. He’s old school cool like a pocket watch, and would prefer to keep it hidden and out of site (much like his feelings). He’s also sentimental, and may carry a picture of the uncle that raised him, or his best friend, soulmate, and lead dog, King.
Synopsis: On the eve of one of mankind’s toughest races, accompanied by thirteen of America’s rarest dog breed, rookie musher Kyle Walker only has one thought in mind: win. Discovered in the lowlands of South Carolina, the Carolina grays have traveled over five thousand miles to face off in the 2003 Yukon Quest. But one dog stands above the rest—King.
When an unexpected storm strikes, Kyle Walker and the reigning champion are forced to turn back. Stranded at the checkpoint, Kyle and his dogs find solace in a young veterinarian with auburn hair and keen green eyes—Jenna Maynor.
In this storm another race is forming, one of an Inuit man racing to save his family. Presented with the choice to help, but at the risk of his and his dogs’ lives, Kyle Walker ventures into the unknown in search of a mom and two young daughters.
The Yukon Quest was founded on the premise that a dog driver and his team should be a self-sufficient unit capable of challenging varied terrain and severe weather. But these conditions may prove to be too much, even for Kyle and King.
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