Monday, January 4, 2010

Running the Dogs

I'm staying at Uncommon Journey's while up in the Yukon. It's a terrific place and the owners, Rod and Martha, have been wonderfully welcoming. And Chris, the Ops Manager, has let me get in the way from time to time.

Rod invited me to come dogsledding with him the other day. I'd done it once before and was eager to take him up on the offer. It's a great experience to let the dogs carry you through the woods. It had snowed the night before, settling on the trees that were already covered with hoar frost, creating stunning scenery. And it was clear by the time we got out, giving us a terrific view of the surrounding hills.

It's chaos getting the dogs hooked up to the sled. It takes a while to get used to the noise of 60 dogs barking, all of them excited and wanting to go for a run. Our group of three could only take 23 dogs, each of which needed to be harnessed and then bunny-hopped to the sled, where they would howl in anticipation of the run ahead. But once we got them hooked up, we took off into the quiet of the run. It was a great day.

Here are some shots of our trip:

Here's a video of my dogs taking a bit of a break, while Rod makes adjustments to his team:

It was a great day.

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