Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mushing in Whitehorse

I'm back from a great trip to Whitehorse, Yukon and had to tell you about our mushing/dog sledding adventure.

I must admit, I was nervous. We pulled up to the ranch and the sound of 150 dogs howling was deafening, exciting, and... intimidating. Eeek. What if I fall, what if I crash, what if the dogs eat me!?

Luckily, the dogs were full (phew!), pretty cute and rearing to go for a run. And I mean rearing to go... I have never seen such excitable doggies in my life! These dogs live for this. They were looking at us while we were getting geared up like "let's go, let's go, let's GO!".

And ohmygosh, was it amazing. It is like sailing on snow. Smooth, quiet and peaceful. I thought I would have to do more work, but the dogs just follow the trail/guide and basically I just had to hang on and be ready to brake. I started off with a white knuckle grip but, once I realized I wasn't going to die, relaxed and just enjoyed the ride, the incredible weather and the amazing views.

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And they had a cabin just for me! yay.

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You have to try it.

If you're ever in Whitehorse I highly recommend the Sky High Wilderness Ranch. It's an incredible experience.
Just don't be afraid when you pull up to this:

36 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures! All the snow is stunning! Glad you had fun, Christine (:

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  2. Christine this looks incredible. I would prolly be scared, but would totally want to try it. You look so cute on that sled and the dogs are gorgeous! I can only imagine the sound of shushing through the snow in the quiet wilderness. Wonderful!!

    xo,
    carrie

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  3. Looks amazing! What a fantastic experience. I would love to go!

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  4. Oh, those photos are gorgeous!!!

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  5. Wow, they even named a cabin after you! This looks like fun, I wish I could have gone with you.

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  6. Wow - I've never had much desire to go any further north than this but you're making me reconsider.

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  7. Oh my goodness, that looks like so much fun Christine!! And I love that little cabin! Maybe I will have to make a trip to visit my uncle soon...

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  8. This looks like so much fun - and all those dogs! Lucy is part Alaskan Malamute and would have loved it there. Definitely something I'll consider for the next vacation - even though I detest the cold.

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  9. Carrie - It was scary until you actually started moving and realized there was nothing to be scared of!

    Amy - You should go totally go!

    Shannon - You should definitely go visit your uncle! You'll love it up there!

    Sarah - haha, I detest the cold too. I'd recommended going in November. It was actually only about -7C, so not bad. Not to mention I felt like I was wearing a sleeping bag with all the gear they give you!

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  10. This is by far one of the coolest things I've ever seen! Christine, you have just made me add one more thing to my bucket list! How cute are those doggies!!!

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  11. The light in these pictures is incredible. Sounds like you had a great time!

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  12. Oh how fun!! I love the photos- I'll definitely be showing my husband this. And those dogs are adorable!!

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  13. Those photos are gorgeous...thanks for sharing! We don't get to see stuff like that down here!

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  14. This seems absolutely amazing! What a cool experience.

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  15. Are you kidding me?!! That's amazing! I can't believe you had your own little cabin! That's so great!
    xox tash

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  16. my hubby and I tried sledding pre kids -- it was fun and i would love to take our boys when they get a bit older! glad you had a great time!

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  17. INCREDIBLE! I would love to try this one day! Such great photos! :)

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  18. I want to try! Looks like you had an amazing time! That cabin is super cute too.
    Rachie xo

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  19. what an amazing getaway! it looks like a blast and how cute is that cabin? your photos are beautiful :)

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  20. Wow, your pictures are gorgeous! What an idyllic looking vacation!

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  21. Hi ladyfriend! I concur with everyone else - your pictures are gorgeous and you look like a fresh faced cutie-pie behind the sled! I'm so glad you enjoyed dog sledding! :) Y'know I need a new camera - which of yours did you use to take these lover-ly pics in Whitehorse? Let me know on Saturday. Ciao bella, D.

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  22. wow, how amazing is this! what a dream. You even look lovely doing it. I am sure I would be a mess.

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  23. finding a fellow canadian girl in blogland makes me so happy! what lucks that you went on this amazing trip and did this, i've always wanted to try. thanks for posting the equally stunning pics so i could live vicariously for a moment. THAT cabin, so COOL! ♥

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  24. this looks absolutely incredible! dog sledding as been added to my bucket list :)

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  25. this sounds soooo fun!! thanks for adding to my bucket list :)

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  26. Looks so beautiful there, and you looked great on the dog sled.

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  27. wow, these pictures look really amazing. and yes, those chocolate pumpkin bars were so yummy! thanks again!

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  28. Oh, wow! What great pictures. A little too much snow for my liking but awesome photos!

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  29. What an adventure! Mushing is totally on my bucket list :)

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  30. wow!! these picts are gorgeous! and it sounds like an amazing adventure!

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  31. Just lovely! I would love to see this place.

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  32. Oh my gosh, this looks amazing!!! I want to try an adventure like that :-)

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  33. wow!! Looks like an amazing experience!

    Sweet blog!

    Rambles with Reese

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