What a way to kick off the new year! On the 2nd, Andrew and I left to go down to the Denali Highway on a training trip with the sled dogs! We covered 220 miles in four days (40 on two days, 60 one day, and 80 the other day). We got a little mix of everything with weather, sun, snow and wind. We saw temperatures from one above to twenty-eight below! We stayed three nights at the Maclaren River Lodge which is about 42 miles from Paxson.
|These first few pictures were taken on the drive down the Richardson Highway. The wind was whipping over the mountains making them appear blurry with clouds of snow.|
|Some nice light though!|
|I was always in the middle between Sonny and his daughter, Ava, who also races dogs. I had a 10-dog team and Ava had a 12-dog team.|
This was the shadow of Andrew and Sonny's train with just one utility sled here.
Beautiful Mt. Deborah
Here I come....catching up for a moment! Love those happy dogs! You can see them smiling.
Andrew's self portrait with the frosty wolf ruff around his face.
Andrew said we looked like a steam locomotive when he looked back. All the dogs breath was steaming right up and coming back at me on the sled.
|A gorgeous day as we headed back to Paxson.|
Ava waving "hi!"
Ravens followed us for miles hoping to see a few meat scraps being left behind.
That is Andrew riding the dog sled being pulled behind the snowmobile. He did drive the snowmobile with back-up gear separately too when Sonny drove his dogs with the dog sled.
My couple of pictures with the little camera. I love the saying, "the view is always the same unless you're the lead dog!"
What an awesome trip!!! Does life get any better?!?!