Monday, September 14, 2009

Dall Sheep, Coyotes, and Bears, Oh MY!

A few dall sheep wandering around Polychrome Mountain. These two year old coyotes are playing in the snow along Sable Pass.
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Sow with spring cubs running around on top of Polychrome Mountain.
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March/April Trip to Thorofare


This is the lower Toklat cabin.

Travelling up river across ice with a nice video below.
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Bear investigating my sled with Denali in the background. Check out Remus with her face into the wind.

The dogs sleeping on the stake out lines at Thorofare cabin.

Jade

Muldrow glacier as we make our way back.

That is one tired puppy. Adama was the hardest working puppy on the trip and one of the hardest working dogs as well.

Arctic oven tent that we used after the first few nights of staying in a cabin. This time we stayed on the road at mile 53 (Toklat)

Apollo looking adorable. It was his first time to be in the truck box for the trip back to the dog yard. We were picked up at mile 22 then travelled North of the park back to Stampede Road.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Trips!

Snowed in Bilbo

Jon, Guest, and Denali

The Bus and Puppies

Shushana Cabin

Apollo (7 month puppy) wanting to be pet

Snowed in Dogs
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January Days Gone Bye!


Welcome to sleepy Healy, Alaska where even the locals aren't sure why there here. It is a beautiful central Alaskan winter day. The sun is shining (somewhere behind the mountain), the dogs are barking merrily (translates to "Help! Bring warm water, my tongue is frozen to my bowl again), and the day is calm (only a slight 15-20mph breeze), but the temperature leaves something to be desired. For about 2.5 weeks the temperature dipped below -40 F only to warm up for 5 days of 50 F.


While out enjoying a cool dog sled ride, the temperature dropped below -50 plus the slight breeze mentioned earlier. All told with the wind chill it was about -70 F. Just to clarify for the cold weather impaired that is 102 degrees below freezing. Oh no I've gone blind, wait wait sorry my eyes just froze together. Dang it now my hand is stuck; nope, sorry, only my mitten freezing to the handle bow. :) Water freezes so fast that it crackles to ice before touching the snow. It is amazing, beautiful, and cold. We have to take check the dogs feet periodically b/c the cold makes the snow turn so abrasive it can cut their feet. Frostbite is a constant concern (Jon, my boss, got a little) if anything is exposed for several minutes.


This winter was one of the most prolonged cold that even Alaskans were talking about the cold. The last time it was comparable was in the early 1980's. So the perfect time to become an Alaskan and spend the winter up here. :)