We visited Alaska in November 2012. As we were making our plans, my wife shocked me by suggesting we do a dog sled ride. This is a lady who thinks a winter outdoor adventure is walking from the front door to her car outside.
So we went to their web site, filled out the contact form and got a conversation going with Leslie, the owner. We set up a date and time
The directions were a bit unclear, but our B + B hostess knew Leslie and gave us a easy to follow route.
The dogs were all quite active and energetic when we arrived. Leslie and Ryne were out with the dogs getting sleds ready. We wanted to perhaps take a one hour ride, but the snow was not deep enough. You can pick the length of your ride, snow permitting.
Oh yeah, it was -19 F on our way to Paws for Adventure. BUT, Leslie has a Yurt (round building) that is heated and FULL of super warm hats, boots, jump suits, gloves you can wear, and wear we did. Some of the clothes etc were 'new to me' which means I had never seen some of the boots etc they had to keep us warm on the trip. I have some experience with winter activities, but Alaska is a whole new ballgame. And Paws was ready for us.
The dogs are all friendly so we mingled with them for a while.
Each of us got on a sled and we took about a half hour ride. While we rode we were told about the dogs, dog sledding, PFA history etc etc. We asked alot of questions and had a great time.
I had my video camera on for the beginning of the trip and had intended to film the whole trip, but, it got too cold after about 10 minutes and stopped working. Hands got a bit cold, so i sat on them.
Leslie has been doing this for 20 years and she offers the full range of Dog Sledding activities. Check out her web site.
Ryne is an up and coming competitive Dog Sled racer and does the Iditarod. You can google her.
WE were happy we picked PFA, would do it again and would hope for more snow next time! Other area dog sledding places told us they did not have enough snow. For what it is worth, we live in central Illinois...corn and soy beans.