Trip Start Jan 13, 2006
1Trip End Jan 15, 2006
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Yes, we can officially check dog sledding off the list of things that you may not otherwise do. As usual, the pictures will tell much of the story - it's a unique form of transportation you just have to experience.
Your mental image of what you think it's like to go dog sledding is probably just about correct. However, if you're like us, there may be a couple of facts that you are not aware of:
2. The sled does have brakes, but there really is no command for "stop". In other words, if you want to stop the sled you can somewhat command the dogs to slow down with a slow, long, deep-voiced "whooooa" while you use the brake to help them get the point. But, if you should tip or fall off the sled, no command stops the team. Trust us. We know.
Sliding along quiet, snow-covered trails is a great way to experience nature and see the beauty that the mostly uninhabited, northern Minnesotan wilderness offers. While there are many thrilling moments that we've both experienced, neither of us will ever forget the feeling of when the sled was first untied and the team launched forward as if they were running for their lives. If you should ever get the chance, all we can say is stand firm and hold tight.
Enjoy the pictures!
All the best,
Jon and Liz