9 January 2015
08.01.2016 30 °F
From the minute we were picked up for this adventure we were promised that dog sledding would be the highlight of our trip to Jackson Hole. We went for a half day tour with Jackson Hole Iditarod and they did not disappoint. From the very beginning you could sense their love for all of the 170 dogs in residence. It took a bit of time to get gear, people and dogs sorted but it was great once we got going.
It is quite a noisy production to get going but right off the bat Curt was doing the driving of our sled. The group leader, Mary was in front of us ith her team and then we had 6 dogs pulling us. One of them even was the leader of a team to do the Iditarod in Alaska. Shortly after we got going I was able to stand on the back of the sled with Curt and put a bit more distance between me and the dogs rear ends.
After about 45 minutes of sledding through just pristine landscape we stopped for a "picnic" lunch of chili and hot chocolate. Here we got a chance to meet a couple of our dogs, Patsy and Poptart were our leading ladies. Poptart is 11 years old!!
After lunch Curt and I were both drivers of our sleds as here was another couple who didn't want to drive so we had to break up. They also changed a few dogs and many times I had to put all my weight on the break to keep from passing our leader. But what a wonderful experience that was had by all.
Once we returned to town we spent the afternoon at the Old Town Tavern watching Kansas City beat Houston in the playoff game.
By 6:00 it was time to meet the rest of our Natural Habitat group for dinner. Our leaders Kevin and Paul have been doing this for 14 years and seem very knowledgable. There are 13 in our group and seems like it will be a great one. We had a welcome dinner at the Wort with either salmon (me) or skirt steak (Curt) and a wonderful apple crisp. We are all excited to start our wildlife viewing tomorrow!