A couple of weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to go dog sledding. When I was a kid there were a rush of movies about dog sledding and I’ve always thought it would be cool to try someday but I never really expected to be given the opportunity to actually do it. Luckily my Dad grew up reading Jack London and had the same notion so when the concierge at the place we were staying in Colorado mentioned dog sledding as one of the winter activity options we could enjoy he jumped on the opportunity.
It was FABULOUS. Completely surreal. I’ve got to plug Krabloonik, who took us out and fed us, because they really do a bang up job at taking the experience and making it truly memorable.
We didn’t get to mush we just sat bundled up in oversize parkas and blankets on the cargo bed while someone who knew what they were doing guided us through a winter wonderland. There is something truly amazing about gliding through snowy forests of Aspen and Pine with only the sound of the crunching snow, the mushers occasional commands, and the occasional smell of dog farts. Don’t let that last bit deter you, it’s pretty entertaining to watch a dog at full run manage to do their business without breaking stride. And they loved every second of their work. The two lead dogs were especially enthusiastic about pulling. Every time we stopped they’d look back at the mushers as if to say,”Why are we stopping? I want to RUN!” And as soon as they were given the command to take off they’d leap into the air eager to get running.
I just hope I get the chance to go again! It was truly one of the most unique and amazing things that I’ve had the privilege of experiencing. If you’re ever given the opportunity to do it you’d better jump at it.