Our recent White Wilderness Winter Odyssey was a true adventure. We loved it! It was so much fun, one of the coolest things we have ever done. It was a trip of a lifetime and we are already planning another. [The Winter Odyssy was 5 nights and 4 days mushing...only the first day was a day trip.]
I'll begin with the Dogs. The first thing we did was meet them and rub their bellies...so friendly. When we harnessed them and hooked them up to the gang line there was so much excitement: not only ours, but those dogs want to run and run and run. They love to pull and pull some more. It was fascinating learning about the various personalities, skills and habits of these beautiful dogs.
After getting excellent instruction from Peter and our guides, we flew out of the kennel, each on our own sled ....on the brake. At first it was a bit scary, but that soon turned to exhilaration as we got experience traveling along forest roads, trails through the woods (and swamps) and onto the lakes. With the snow down this year the adventure level was high! I was challenged in ways I never imagined; but it was thrilling. Our guides, able to gauge what we could do, gave me the confidence to handle the sled in a variety of conditions. (Although my lead dog, Skandig, was really in charge!)
And while I had already experienced the beauty of Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness during our annual canoe trips, now I was able to enjoy the splendor of the winter in the forest and on the lakes. We didn't even think (much) about the fact that it was sub-zero temperatures!
Theo and Mike were consummate guides, always professional and patient as they led us, taught us, helped us, inspired us and laughed with us. Our meals were delicious: all were hot and creative...even those cooked on the ice. The accommodations were terrific: the lodge was a lovely, comfortable condo convenient to the kennel and the yurt was great: cozy and comfy, nestled in a remote part of the forest.
I'll end with the dogs. The night run to the kennel was magical. It was all about trusting our dogs. They knew the way back to the kennel and we flew silently through the night. We were lucky that the northern Minnesota sky was filled with stars! I don't know if I have ever seen so many. And our final approach to the kennel was lit with lanterns and the filled with the sound of the other dogs welcoming us back from our multiple day adventure!
Thanks go to Peter, Theo and Mike. Love to Skandig, Possom, Zevi, Jesse and Pickles. And to Goblin, Hodag, Ufda and Fluke. Also to Serendipity, Shrek and Gunny. You are all awesome.
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