Monday, September 27, 2010

Nome in Summertime




Nome has been SP Kennel's home away from home this past year. Not only, did the dogs and mushers spend a good deal of time trying to reach the small Western Alaskan village, but also then spent the month of April enjoying the surrounding countryside.

Bridgett and Scotty are always welcoming - whether it is to tired mushers or hungry sled dogs. This past weekend they welcomed just the mushers for a short Fall visit. This was the last chance to take a long weekend with out constant dog training and racing, so Allen and Aliy flew out to Nome.

A visit to Nome always brings back memories... perhaps it will for some of you as well.



Bullet, Dingle, Aliy, Cha Cha, Allen, Bridgett and Hoss at the 2009 Finish line

Monday, September 20, 2010

2010 Mushing Adventure Trips : Wildlife

SP Kennel coordinates "Natural Extremes" Mushing Trips every year after Iditarod. These are fun dog team adventures for the mushers, dogs and the guests. This past March and April, we spent almost a month exploring the western coast of Alaska with three groups of guests.

This video footage hopefully provides a glimpse of our adventures.

The Wildlife Excerpt

When I think about the "Alaskan World", I think about all of the creatures - big and small - who share the wilderness with us. Often times, when I am mushing a team of Alaskan Huskys down a trail, I will get a funny feeling that we are being watched. Sometimes, I will catch a quick view of a red fox or a wolf, if I am lucky. And sometimes I will see the dogs all look in one direction simultaneously and I'll know that we have company. But, more often than not, the wildlife in Alaska is smart and savvy and they will see us far more often than we will see them.


The video that follows is the best wildlife footage from the trips. As you will notice, sometimes wildlife cooperates and sometimes, it doesn't. I apologize for the shakiness of the camera. More often than not, I was not prepared for wildlife viewing.

You have to keep a good sense of humor when dealing with wildlife and brisk winter conditions. Some of you might wonder how a duck could possibly survive this far north, but I promise you .... he was there!!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2010 Mushing Adventure Trips : Day Four

SP Kennel coordinates "Natural Extremes" Mushing Trips every year after Iditarod. These are fun dog team adventures for the mushers, dogs and the guests. This past March and April, we spent almost a month exploring the western coast of Alaska with three groups of guests.

This video footage hopefully provides a glimpse of our adventures.

Day Four Excerpt

After a day of rest and relaxation at Pilgrim Hot Springs, our goal for Day Four was ambitious. We left camp and mushed 7 miles of very challenging trail with excited dogs and mushers. After regrouping the teams, we then turned south and traveled several hours to a campsite along the Nome-Taylor Trail.

Friday, September 10, 2010

2010 Mushing Adventure Trips : The Dogs

SP Kennel coordinates "Natural Extremes" Mushing Trips every year after Iditarod. These are fun dog team adventures for the mushers, dogs and the guests. This past March and April, we spent almost a month exploring the western coast of Alaska with three groups of guests.

This video footage hopefully provides a glimpse of our adventures.

The Dogs Excerpt

The reason that Dog Mushing is special is because of the bond that exists between man and dog. This bond is unique and special in the dog mushing world. As Mushers, we are completely dependent on our dogs, but in the same sense, our dogs are completely dependent on us. There is a mutual agreement of utter trust and dedication.

Each SP Kennel dog has his or her own personality, physical and mental abilities and desires. Knowing each dog, from when they are young puppies, to when they become key members of a team, is important to us. They are treated with dignity, respect and, often, a sense of humor. Because, of course.... they are family.

Here's to the Dogs!




Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2010 Mushing Adventure Trips : Moose

SP Kennel coordinates "Natural Extremes" Mushing Trips every year after Iditarod. These are fun dog team adventures for the mushers, dogs and the guests. This past March and April, we spent almost a month exploring the western coast of Alaska with three groups of guests.

This video footage hopefully provides a glimpse of our adventures.

Moose Excerpt

Wildlife is a natural part of life in Alaska. One of the most common animals that we run across while dog mushing is moose. Moose are the largest species in the deer family and can get weigh up to 1,800 pounds and stand over 7 foot at the shoulder. Most of the time, this giant animal, will avoid canine encounters at all costs. Wolves are their nature predators, and a "pack" of Alaskan Huskys must smell, at least, similar to it's wild canine cousin.

During our trips, we saw moose while we were camped at Pilgrim Hot Springs and while we were mushing. The camera was not always accessible, but we managed to video several quality "Moose minutes".


Saturday, September 4, 2010

2010 Mushing Adventure Trips : Day Two

SP Kennel coordinates "Natural Extremes" Mushing Trips every year after Iditarod. These are fun dog team adventures for the mushers, dogs and the guests. This past March and April, we spent almost a month exploring the western coast of Alaska with three groups of guests.

This video footage hopefully provides a glimpse of our adventures.

Day Two Excerpt

Our goal was to mush our dog teams 25 miles from Salmon Lake north to Pilgrim Hot Springs.

The day started with bright blue skies and no wind. We made great time for several hours through the gorgeous mountainous landscape. Then as we climbed higher, we encountered a ruthless ground blizzard and struggled through "Golden Gate" mountain pass. The final seven miles were challenging with windy, cold conditions. We reached the Hot Springs in the evening and finally set up camp for us and the dogs. It was a long, tough Day Two.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

2010 Mushing Adventure Trips: Day One

SP Kennel coordinates "Natural Extremes" Mushing Trips every year after Iditarod. These are fun dog team adventures for the mushers, dogs and the guests. This past March and April, we used Nome as a starting point for our trips. We had never explored the interior Seward Penisula by dog team, so it sounded like a great idea.

Overall, we spent almost a month on the western coast and had three groups of guests explore with us. Luckily, the SP Kennel video camera was put back together after Iditarod (thank you Macgellan), so we were able to capture some of these unique adventures on film.

Day One Excerpt

Five people, four dog teams and one snowmachine left Nome heading north. Our goal was to mush to Pilgrim Hot Springs and a hot tub soak. The dog teams traveled together for over 5 hours on Day One and covered nearly 40 miles. The mountainous scenery was daunting as the miles clicked by.

Day One was just the beginning......