This is the eighth summer that Aliy and Allen have been welcoming tourists to Alaska on Princess Cruises' express train from Whittier to Denali National Park. Our mushers catch the train at a flag stop near Hurricane Gulch two times each week during tourist season. Each train day they see about 600 folks. Over the course of the summer they reach about 10,000 visitors.
Their mission is to impart a bit of knowledge about this vast state and the hearty souls who live here. They answer questions about surviving during Interior Alaska's winters. "How cold does it really get?"
Aliy and Allen bring the Alaska state sport of dog mushing to life. They tell stories of their personal history, their Alaskan Husky athletes and their racing adventures. They chat one-on-one with visitors about dog breeding, training and nutrition. It's during these conversations that Aliy and Allen are true ambassadors for Alaska and dog mushing.
As always, they have fun.
Here they are in action!
L-R: Aliy speaks under the glass dome of the Princess train; Aliy and the Conductor.
Allen poses with his Mom, Donnie, at the Denali Railroad Depot.