Until you have experienced this, any description will fail to do justice to the pure elemental joy of crossing a frozen land with dogs and experienced guides. Both dogs and guides are wise beyond a surburban comprehension and it is a priviledge to be able to be close to this, even tangentially for a weekend. Some highlights of my many previous trips
The intense beauty of the frozen world
The moment of comprehension that we can keep ourselves warm just by moving around. You only get cold when you stop
The infectious enthusiasm of the dogs to pull and run and their complete dedication to Polly and Kevin
Listening to the dogs singing with the local coyotes and the mysterious way that they all stop at the exact same moment - do they have a conductor?
In the middle of cacophany, hearing Kevin say, "I need to go out and investigate. There is one bark missing..." Yes, one dog was loose and running around laughing at and riling up all the others.
Standing around a bonfire on a frozen lake while a guide recited from memory "The Cremation of Sam Magee", with stars twinkling above and the temperature plummeting
Waking up to Polly starting the woodstove in our tent so that we dared venture out of our sleeping bags.
Sorry to hear about phudge313's experience. Seems that Kevin was having a bad day (or two). He is a mountain man not a diplomat, and you obviously don't want to hire him for his phone skills. Neverthless Kevin is a sterling hearted man of the wilderness who makes his living working incredibly hard with no sick days or financial safety net. Don't we all have a favorite curmudgeon, whom we can totally trust?
This experience will change you - don't miss it!
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