Day 101- Godwin Glacier by Helicopter

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 101 - Okay today was another Amazing Day!  I know I am over using that word, but WOW. This was an experience of a lifetime for sure.  I almost changed my mind and was not going to go, but as has been so often the case with us on this trip, the weather cleared and it was an amazing day up on the glacier.  We first took the helicopter ride up for about 15 minutes or so and I had never been in one, so that was a fun experience in itself.  THEN, we get up onto this glacier and we see the "ice camp" set up for these people who live up here for the summer with the dogs - all of about 30 or so.  They actually keep these dogs in shape and take them out for runs on the glacier 4 times a day.  Our trip out with them was about a 2.5 mile run at a faster speed than they run the Ididerod race.  We even had to stop once to cool down the dogs (on the glacier no less).  Actually we were dressed pretty warmly and I didn't need a hat or gloves until we started on our dog sled journey, and I probably could have done with out it was that nice.

Since it had been raining in Seward for the past several days, the ice was a little soft and consequently these two huge tents that they have for the two 18 year old kids that live up there had slid off their foundations and were tilting, so they use snowmobiles to pull them to another spot to level them.  Must be fun at night wouldn't you thing???  Ugh.  

The boy, Evan, was a sled dogger and was I think third in the junior division of one of the qualifying races.  He raises, trains and sells these dogs to other mushers.  Each dog costs $2,000 and he has sold 27!  He told me he doesn't get all the money, but still.  He is now in training for the big race.  To qualify they have to run one 300 mile and 2 200 mile races...wow.

The girl, Lauren, is a student at Amherst College in Massachusetts and has one more year to go and isn't sure yet if this is the path she wants to take or not.

The sled dogs are all Alaskan Malamutes - and that's a nice way of saying - Mutt!  They are all bred with breeds that like to run!!  Greyhound, husky, pincher, etc.

Very cool as you will see...enjoy

 
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Caroline Jenkins on

There are no words to express how envious I am!

Diane on

How fun. We saw the dogs and sleds, but never got to go on a run with them. What a super experience!

Joe and Ginny on

WOW! You guys are just having one terrific experience after another. We are so glad that you are having a wonderful trip. You both deserve it. Take Care and travel Safely.
XOXOXOXOX
Joe and Ginny

Kathey on

By the end of your trip your bucket list should be completed :)

Claudia on

An aweful lot of kissing going on! First the mouse and then the sled dog... so what is next? I'm just jealous!! Hugs to both of you!

Avery on

Just love it.....the dogs I mean!!!

Pamela on

Another great experience to check off the old bucket list!! What fun. You will never forget this trip. Ahhhh, memories......

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