Alaskan Dog Sledding

10 April 2012

Flight Centre’s Melissa Coakes recently travelled to Alaska and was able to take part in a truly Alaskan experience; dog sledding! She shares her experience with us:

We knew from the moment we arrived that day in Juneau  that we where in for a real treat. We were greeted right at the port by our first real snow dog, named Mitch.  He was lying in the sun waiting for us to scratch his belly. He rode with us on the bus up into the mountains for our snow dog sledding experience.

 We could hear the dogs barking hello before we could see them as we wandered down into the rainforest. They had two teams of dogs set up to take us out on a run. I have never seen such excitement, they couldn’t wait to be let loose on the trail. We climbed into the purpose built sled with tires and buckled up. No sooner had we climbed in, they were off! It was so smooth and gentle as we followed the track that weaved in and out of the giant cedar forest. We stopped a couple of times for photo opportunities but the dogs didn’t like to sit still long, they definitely love their job!

After our run with the dogs, their owner and runner, Dave, takes time to introduce us to each member of his team. The two teams of dogs on site come every summer to continue to train despite the lack of snow. Dave likes to use the opportunity to keep them fit and moving throughout the summer months. “This keeps them ready for the winter when it hits and we take them back up north” he told us.

The highlight of the experience was yet to come though- meeting the puppies. They had two separate litters on site. We had some time to hold each of the puppies, at three weeks old they where so small and warm and cuddly.

 They made little squeaking noises at first, but soon snuggled into our necks. I wanted to take one home with me. Dave laughed and told us that previous visitors have tried, but they always do a puppy count. The mother definitely looked relieved once she had all her pups back safe and sound in the kennel.

Finally, we had sometime to sit in some rocking chairs on the porch and enjoy some hot apple cider and cookies while we waited for the bus to come and take us back to the ship. The Dog sledding excursion was definitely the highlight of our trip and something we will always hold dear to our hearts.

For an experience like Melissa's contact Flight Centre on 0860 400 747 to book a great trip to Alaska.