One of the first excursions we read about was the chance to take a helicopter ride up to a glacier and then drive a dogsled. It sounded like one of those once-in-a-lifetime adventures and we decided we just had to do it.
The helicopter ride alone would have been a blast, since the weather was perfect that day. Our flight was a little ahead of schedule so our pilot offered to take us on a side trip around a few of the glaciers in the area, giving us a short tour of the mountain tops. The views were incredible, and flying just above the tops of the mountains made it feel like you could almost reach out and touch the snow as we flew by. After giving us one of the most amazing scenic tours we've ever been on, it was time to head to the dog sled base camp.
We couldn't wait to take our turns driving a dog sled now that we were here, so they wasted no time walking us over to the sleds. The handlers took a little time explaining how everything worked, and then started gathering dogs for our sled. One of the things that really surprised me was just how much all the dogs started going nuts as they realized a sled was being set up to head out on a run. They were jumping around and barking like crazy, getting very excited and trying to make sure they got to go on a run. You could see how much they enjoyed pulling those sleds. While hooking the dogs up to the sled, they actually have to drive a long steel pole deep into the snow to keep the dogs from taking off early. Once all the dogs were hooked up and we were all ready to go, all that was left to do was pull that pole out of the ground. The second the dogs felt the sled come loose, they took off. No need to yell mush or anything silly like that.
I can't describe just how cool it was to be standing on the back of the sled while watching the dogs run through the snow with almost no effort. There were a number of times one dog or another would even turn around and look back at us, almost like they were making sure we were still there. It was so quiet now, just the sound of the sled gliding over the snow and the patter of the dogs feet in the snow. It was one of those things you just have to experience to even begin to understand just how cool it was. Here we were, way up near the top of the mountain, nothing but snow covered mountains as far as the eye could see. It was one of the coolest things I had ever done and something I will certainly never forget. If you ever find yourself anywhere near a dog sled camp, and you have the opportunity to go for a little ride, I would highly recommend not passing it up.
To see a few more photos from this little adventure, please check out the Dog Sled Adventure album under the gallery. The photos don't do the trip justice, but hopefully they can give you a little bit of a