We awoke to beautiful pink skies; a foreshadowing to the weather change that would occur later that evening.
These dogs aren't just beautiful. They are extremely hard pullers to boot! This is our first of three teams out on the trail. This team was run by either Neil or myself.
Hailey was the musher of our second team with Zala and Tuloon in lead. This is Hailey's first year as an official musher for our winter events. She couldn't have done better!
This was our third team out; a three dog team lead by Phoenix and driven by a guest 12 years or older (at the musher's discretion) after extensive safety instruction from Rebecca. See how Phoenix and White Feather give 110%. Sweet Pea has earned the right, over the years, to give only 100%.
We took our guests out around a one mile loop, every 30 minutes and were able to give mini adventures to 60 people yesterday! Our typical adventure lasts from an hour and a half to a long weekend but this event is a nice new experience for the dogs and keeps them on their toes. (Along with the mushers!)
Hailey with our second team and new musher behind. As you can see, our new musher is illustrating what NOT to do when on a dog sled. "Look mom, no hands!" is not a safe way to run a team of our dogs.
Ari and Sasha wait patiently at hook up. It took six hook ups for this to happen! This is exactly why this is such a wonderful experience for the dogs. They learn to relax and pace themselves.
White Feather and Sweet Pea. White Feather watches as the neighborhood Ermine continues to taunt the dogs between runs.
Olive was in charge of the dogs' fat snack and treats, in addition to being the honorary poop scooper.
At the end of the runs, Topa is more emotionally worn out than she is physically. It's hard for even dogs to be "on" all day.
Journey has a habit of "winding" herself up when she is harnessed. She begins to go around and around in circles