If you just found this here’s Part 1 There is a certain camaraderie that exists amongst folks when they live on the fringes of the map, a bit of a good neighbor policy for sparsely populated regions. The most surprising aspects are its tolerance, bipartisanship and an overall good-natured spirit. As I was reminded yesterday […]
Travel Stories the Guide Book Won't Tell You
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The Alaska Highway by Volkswagen Bus – Part 1
I’ve always liked the statement “I’m not laughing at you – I’m laughing with you.” It’s the only thing that crosses my mind when I think of all the others out there who had the bright idea to proudly drive their Volkswagen buses up or down the Alaska Highway. And proud you should be this […]
Arctic Pablo’s First -20 Day
For all the guff I got about wanting a particular breed of dog I’m thankful that I did not give in and stuck to my guns. Australian Shepherds are pretty much invincible. Pablo can handle temperatures with a variance of at least 140 degrees without batting a frosty eyelash. What a guy.
Sled Dog Alaska, The Cold – First Impressions
The first real run in with the cold took place today along with what was my first proper go ‘round with the sled dogs and a race style sled leaving behind all the implements of training. Thirty miles and three hours behind six Siberian Huskies on the trail and I’m sitting here now two hours […]
Pierre Heritier, Yukon Quest Training Videos
Pierre Heritier is a particularly interesting component of life these days. It will be just the two of use living out at the dog farm for the next three weeks while the proprietors are in the lower forty eight. Pierre arrived from Switzerland a fortnight ago with 18 Siberian Huskies in tow and is here […]
Question: What do geologists in Alaska do for fun? Answer: Light methane seeps on fire. See Photograph:
Sled Dog Alaska, The Day to Day Life of a Dog Handler / Musher
I have officially survived one month here at the kennel and about five weeks in Alaska. Both my spirits and resolve are intact, and my body is making its way into extraordinary shape. I’m quite amazed at how quickly I’ve acclimatized to the subzero climate. I consider five above zero a warm day now and […]
Sled Dog Alaska, Getting There
I have a whole different respect these days for the term wild, maybe it means the absence of domestication, maybe it’s a communion with the Earth that takes place under the lack of opposable thumbs, a void of human safety in utter completeness. It’s a bit challenging to pin down exactly. What was it that […]