One of our most favorite activities we have done so far in Alaska was a mushing experience with Black Spruce Dog Sledding. Jeff and KattiJo Deeter, both experienced Iditarod (and other races) mushers, shared their racing background and experience, answered any questions we had, introduced us to their 45 Alaskan Huskies, taught us how to harness the dogs, and took us on a 2.5-mile mushing ride with us in a 4-wheel OHV pulled by 16 of their racing dogs. Wow, wow, wow. It was basically a private tour because we were the only ones who signed up for the 8:00pm slot. They run tours at 8:00am and 8:00pm during the summer to minimize their dogs’ exposure to heat fluctuations.
Our video does not do this experience justice. We highly recommend going beyond a simple dog sledding DEMO and actually experience this sport first-hand. We also highly recommend Black Spruce Dog Sledding. KattiJo and Jeff were engaging, and their dogs are friendly and gregarious! They run tours year round, so a more authentic experience can probably be had in the winter.
Next installment… Denali National Park
Driving the Alaska Highway
Banff National Park, the Icefields Parkway, and Jasper National Park
Alaska Roadtrip, Installment 1 (through North Dakota, Montana, to the Canada border)