Mushing And Glacier Cruising
Posted: Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 7:57 pm
By: Doug Lund
My gosh..two weeks have flown by and WE’LL soon be flying back to South Dakota where Noah has apparently been gathering up animals two by two. Out here on the tundra, we’ve been hearing reports of the big rains around Sioux Falls and Linda has been fretting about our basement but friend and house watcher, Alona, reports this morning that we’re high and dry.
Some of you have said you don’t mind seeing a few of these photos I’ve taken along the way through the Yukon and Alaska..so here are a few more.
Musher, Dave Monson talks to people aboard the riverboat about his sled racing dogs. Dave has been in the Iditarod several times but never won it..unlike his late wife, Susan Butscher who claimed the title four times. She died of cancer four years ago.
Lance Mackey poses for pictures with his lead dog, Rev. (in the middle) Mackey, a cancer survivor has won the Iditarod for the last four years!
The Iditarod Trail museum is near Wasilla. (Sarah Palin's home town)
There's a statue of Joe Redington at the museum. He founded the 11 hundred mile Iditarod in 1973.
Joe's son, Ramey, runs a sled dog on wheels for the tourists.
Ramey and every other musher I talked to say the dogs really love yanking sleds great distances. The dogs seem enthused but then most dogs crave attention. I'm still not sold on the Iditarod.
The Klondike Express was our ride for the 26 glacier cruise.
We got pretty close to Surprise Glacier..but no huge chunks came crashing down.
Crew members scoop up some glacier ice then use it for chilling our Marguaritas. Linda and I had strawberry ones.
The wheels on the bus go round and round. Lots of new friends and lots of laughs.
So many photos..so little space. If you’re interested in seeing more, I’ve posted most of them on my Facebook page.