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Friday, January 25, 2013

Heading North to Snow!

White Feather and Tuloon lead the way

One week from today we will be leaving the combination of bare and ice laden ground here in southeastern Minnesota and traveling to our beautiful remote winter wonderland in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. It is winter after all. We should be able to expect snow in January, by golly!

I am excited to say, that this will be our last winter in an area where a lack of snow in winter is becoming the norm. Our Irish Creek Homestead awaits.

During the month of February we've got a super busy dog sledding calendar. The dogs will have to quickly get back into shape after a month of being unable to run on a sled or wheeled rig. They will be running nearly every day for 18 days.

First, we have a weekend adventure planned for our much appreciated handlers, Hailey and Kristen. Lee Ann and Jodie, our advanced participants, arrive the same day Hailey and Kristen depart and our advanced adventure begins. Jodie departs several days later and Lee Ann stays to be our dog handler and chef for the participants traveling from Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania for their beginner adventure. Our four beginners and Lee Ann depart after their adventure and Chris, another Points Unknown handler arrives for a few days of exploring by dog team before our custom adventure begins with participants flying in from Arizona. They want to do an ice fishing-by-dog-team day and our friend and neighbor Troy will guide their day of fishing. Then, sadly, after 18 days of action-packed dog and wilderness events, we head back and hope to find enough snow at our Watertown location to provide our Oake Lake Experience (dog mushing adventure) to all of those folks who have called to inquire and have been patiently waiting for the return of snow!

We also hope to arrive back to a house that has been sold as the real estate market appears to be picking up! Everyone please keep your fingers crossed for us!

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