Over the Christmas holiday season, Grizz Deal and I got to experience the second level of the nine levels (http://ixpower.com/about/) of power generation firsthand … and oh what fun! (However, I wouldn’t want to have to go to work EVERY day that way.)
Outside of Breckenridge, Colorado, there’s an outfit that offers dog sledding. REAL dog sledding. You get to actually MUSH! the dogs yourself. Actually, what you say to the dogs is “HIKE UP!” – not mush …
Dog sledding has been around for a very long time – perhaps as long as the human/dog relationship itself. For centuries it was the only way to transport supplies across land in the Arctic region.
Here’s some interesting facts about dog sledding:
* An Iditarod sled dog burns 10,000-12,000 calories per day.
* Sled dog teams usually consist of 6 to 14 dogs.
* Mushing is a general term that not only describes dog sled racing, but also carting, pulka, cootering, skijoring, freighting, and more.
* Mushing is the state sport of Alaska.
* Sled dog racing is often associated with Alaska and Canada, but the sport has spread all over the globe and is gaining popularity in Australia. The Canberra Sled Dog Club, the country’s largest and most active sled dog club, is involved with as many as 20 races a year!
To read more about how sled dogs and their drivers (mushers) saved the city of Nome, Alaska in 1925 with their “Great Race of Mercy” to deliver diphtheria antitoxin click the Wiki Link here.
No dogs (or humans) were hurt during the filming of this escapade. Please support your local Humane Society or dog shelter!
Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR