Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | November 14, 2010

Nothin’ Quite Like Hearing It

We’ve got about 6-8 inches of the fluffiest, most powdery snow ever. We skied in it today and Friday night some folks mushed dogs down from Kobuk. The trail is still pretty rough and bumpy, but it’s usable, and used a lot these days by snowmachines.  The following photos give you a glimpse of the dogs, sled, etc. (It was about 8:30 pm on Saturday when these were taken. Yes, you can mush at night.)

Dog team on a stake-out line

Feeding the dogs before hitching up.

Musher ready with head-lamp, knife and gun (big parka goes on last, after all the dogs are hitched up).

Packing the sled

Hitching them up

Leaders

Here’s an unedited clip of the take-off…

For the full effect, watch this standing in the freezer, or at least while standing outside. There’s nothing quite like the energy of a team of dogs ready to take off; and nothing quite like hearing all that noise and then nothing but the sound of the runners over the snow. (FYI-the sled was tied to the snowmachine to slow the dogs down as they left town. After they got going, they untied them.) It was great to have company!


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  1. Awesome post, even when read from the warmth of the dining room. I can’t wait to share it with my friends who have a husky puppy. I’m sure they’ll want to get 7 or 8 more after viewing the video!

  2. Loved the video, the dogs were so excited. They love their job as I am sure the two of you do. Happy to read and see that you are taking time to enjoy your time in that special place.

  3. Bet that brought back a few memories. Nothing quite like standing on the runners behind a bunch of energetic pot-lickers! Thanks for sharing.

  4. The picture of the musher looks a lot like Hans C.
    My dogs loved the video too, they’re tilting their heads back and forth listening to the other dogs bark.


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