In the intro to my Old Faithful post a couple of weeks ago, I revealed I was snowmobiling in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, at the time. As it turned out, snowmobiling was just one of the modes of transport we got to experience while we were there…
We also got to travel by gondola (the aerial kind, not the boat)…
We went snowshoeing, to get a bit of exercise…
But by far the most fun form of transportation we got to experience was dog sledding!
Our morning with Alaskan Adventure (located just outside Arundel, QC) started with introductions, as we escorted the dogs out to their sleds. Their welcome was so genuine and full of energy, it was clear they couldn’t wait to be off!
Rich getting a cuddle (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
Sue getting a kiss (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
Then came the biggest surprise of the day… we weren’t just riding in the sleighs, we were going to get to drive them ourselves! (Well, the human members of our party were, Gravee and I are a little too small for that sort of thing!)
Although our fantastic guides gave constant instructions and advice, we were on our own aboard the sled. It was an incredible experience to barrel through the falling snow, just us and the dogs enthusiastically pulling us.
Look at that concentration! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
This is so much fun! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
Heading up the hill (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
Like something from a Jack London novel (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
Looks like Rich does this every day, doesn’t it?! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
I can only imagine how much more fun it must have been for Rich and Sue, as they took turns controlling the sled, encouraging our lead dogs with cries of, “Allez up-up-up, Bella! Good dog, Boum-Boum!”
Sue’s turn! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
I got this (photo by Alaskan Adventure)
My view of the adventure
At the end of the run, we got to thank our pups with treats, before showering them with tummy rubs in their living compound.
Thanking Boum-Boum and Bella
Treat time for Winona and Toundra
As I understand, most dog sledding operations are a little nervous about letting guests interact with their dogs, for fear of an incident. But Annette, Sonia and Maxim positively encouraged us to get close to their dogs, many of whom are rescues. This unexpected intimacy made the experience all the more memorable.
Sue giving Patches some love
Jeff and Kathleen with Nemo, one of Alaskan Adventures current litter of puppies
Mallory’s a bit shy
And Wakiza wants to dance
A big thank you to all at Alaskan Adventure for a wonderful morning, especially our canine companions: Puce & Nayak, Winona & Toundra, and our lead dogs, Bella & Boum-Boum.
This post was inspired by this week’s Cee’s Which Way Challenge.
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