23-25 January 2009
25.01.2009 32 °F
The drive down to the Black Forest Friday night was difficult due to rain and snow turning to slush and ice. We weren’t sure we knew where we were going and were supposed to be there by 2000 to check in at the Languesthaus Hirschen. It was a surprise to both of us when we found it and we were able to check in. We had to have a radler to calm our nerves!
Saturday morning we drove 13 kilometers to Todtmoos which was holding the International Dog Sled Races.
The town provided a free bus to take you to the site of the race which was only a short walk uphill. There were dogs everywhere being let out of the tiny cages they sleep in.
There were several categories of racers.
Skijoring was something we had never seen before – the dog pulls a skier.
We were also surprised to see so many dogs that didn’t look like the typical husky.
The blue eyes on the dogs are so dramatic up close.
There was a place for spectators at the start and the finish and races were going on all day so there was always something to watch. The dogs were marvelous in their excitement to run. I attempted to attach a video of their craziness.
By late afternoon it was getting colder so we went to the hotel to have dinner.
Sunday was WAY busier at the races so we didn’t stay as long. However I did get a kiss from one of the sled dogs!
It was a weekend well spent – thanks to Curts parents that supported it as our Christmas gift.