Trip Start Jan 13, 2006
Trip End Jan 15, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Minnesota
Monday, January 16, 2006

The thing about winter anywhere in the world is that it's only as bad as you make it. You can moan and groan or just get out there and show it who's boss. It offers activities that you just couldn't do in other places. Take dog sledding for example. When was the last time you could do that in Miami?

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:

1. You do ride most of the time, but also have to help the dogs from time to time by hopping off and walking or running behind the sled. This is especially true on the upward side of hills and in deeper snow. We had no idea we were signing up for this much physical activity.

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
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