In case you’re new here, we are not just empty nest homesteaders, we’re also recreational mushers who live near the Grand Tetons & Yellowstone park and I can hardly believe it’s that time of year again! If you’ve never been dog sledding, it’s something I highly recommend that you put on your bucket list right now.
I can share lots of videos and photos with you but it’s really something you have to experience first hand to understand. I can’t begin to describe the thrill it brings for both us and the dogs. We love, love, love every minute of it.
I know there are those out there who think all mushing is abusive (it’s not), but chances are they’ve probably never even been on a dog sled and they certainly haven’t been around our spoiled pack of fluffy huskers. In our house, it’s abusive to NOT take them sledding, they love it so much. 😄
It’s way more fun than snowmobiling…
It’s one of the few sports I can do at my age with my health issues (mostly because I just ride in the sled lol). This is our fourth season and hopefully we still have a lot of years ahead of us to do it. At one of the local dog sled races last year, the youngest competitor was 5 and the oldest was 65! 😲
The pups will probably age out before we do, to be honest. Our youngest two are just a year old and will get to go this year for the first time. Coco is the oldest in the pack at 8 but he’s still just as excited to go as the younger dogs are…
He’ll let us know when he’s ready to “retire” but until then, we’re going to let him do what he loves to do more than anything else in the world and what he was bred to do. Mushing is literally in their DNA. I think it’s in ours now, too.
Okay, enough talking about it. It’s time to load up and get going.
Have a happy Sunday, everyone! 🙂