Thursday, February 22, 2007

New Adventure for Our Family

Today we were invited to our neighbor's, which is a mile north as the crow flies (longer by road). They have about 30 sled dogs, and needed to take them for a run before the weekend, when they are hosting some type of "wilderness women" type thing at the local state park. So, I got to ride in the sled with our oldest son driving, and then our 2nd and 3rd sons took another sled, with my husband Jim and our youngest son taking the last sled. Our neighbors used snowmobiles to ride alongside, in front or in the rear to make sure we were doing okay. The weather was perfect, and we had a great time! We traveled a distance of 12 miles. I am ready to do it again! We were taught how to harness and get them attached to the sled, as well as how to use the sled itself. The dogs were just itching to go, so it was quite wild and noisy before we got going. By the time we got back they were a little on the tired side, since they were pulling us up and down hills the whole 12 miles. The owner of the dogs raced in the Ididerod back in 1999, and only has one dog left from the original team.

If you want to see photos and a short You Tube video of our time, check out our son's blog at www.jonathanjbartlett.blogspot.com.

4 comments:

Peggy said...

Wow! what fun. My husband would give anything to have a chance to do that!

Goodolboy said...

Now tht is what I call fun. Goodluck at your conference.

Guy

Emily said...

Lynn, you wild woman! ;^D I saw the video but couldn't tell if you are sitting down in the sled or standing. I was telling Jonathan that the din of the barking dogs would have made me crazy. I can take babies crying, roosters crowing, even guineas screeching (well...maybe not), but there is something about dogs barking that makes me wince. Other than that, looks like fun! I know Isaac would love it.

Karisa said...

Sounds like a blast! Ever since watching "Iron Will" (you've doubtless seen it--but if not, I recommend it) I've wanted to drive a dogsled.

Thanks for your comment about your dog. Border Collies are little bundles of big trouble. But I don't know where I'd be without mine!