Alaska, other than one of the most beautiful places on this earth, it’s a fabulous vacation destination. From snow-capped mountains, unspoiled forests as far as the eye can see, and the purest air you can breathe,there are also many outdoor activities to pursue, from Bear and Wildlife watching to a dog mushing excursion, among other things.
For fun-seeking adventurer in search of an unforgettable not to be missed Alaskan experience,the thrill of dog mushing are a must-do for Alaskan visitors.
My trip to Alaska last July 2016, combines the excitement of helicopter trip which offers a sweeping, beautiful views and glacier experience most people only dream of, and the exhilarating ride on 10 Alaskan huskies atop a glacier.
Our bell helicopter landed on the musher’s camp at the summit of Colony Glacier, which is located inside the Chugach Mountains. The Iditarod kennel that we visited belongs to Justin Savidis from Snowhook Kennel. Justin has run several Iditarod races as well as many smaller races throughout Alaska. Justin have about 70 dogs and puppies there.
They took the dogs up there at the start of the summer season and the dogs and him stay at the glacier until the first week in September. The dogs are at the glacier because just like any other athlete, they need daily training, so yes, these dogs have run and probably will run the next iditarod too.
The above photo is Justin and his dog, meeting us from helicopter. The camp was like white-out.
The Punch Bowl Glacier is within those mountains and that area is a humongous field of snow on top of hundreds of feet of ice at 3,200 feet above sea level.This is where the dogs are bred and trained and as soon as people step out of the helicopter, they can hear the dogs welcoming barks.The trainers are very informative and share everything from what the dogs eat to how much sleep they get at night and how long they train every day for the big race.The elevation of the Punch Bowl Glacier allows the dogs to train at the highest level they will be in during the Iditarod race, which helps give them the endurance they need.
Once the information session with the trainers is complete, everyone gets to go on a dog sled ride and tour of the glacier and enjoy the awe-inspiring views.This tour will last between twenty and thirty minutes, depending on the day, and people see views of the peaks and valleys plus anything else nature wants to reveal on the day that they are there.The ride is thrilling and will get everyone’s heart racing to the point that they never want to stop, because the feeling of freedom is so wonderful.I was on the very first seat, so again, it gives me thrill but at the same time the view is awesome that I can’t stop taking photos with my Leica during the ride.
Justin and his 70 dogs camp out at the summit during that time. It is a beautiful place living or camping at the summit of the mountain.Everyone should imagine laying under the nighttime sky, catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights, and listening to the complete silence with the exception of the dogs barking in the background, this is an awesome experience I am hoping to experience on my return to Alaska in the near future.
These tours are absolutely amazing and something that everyone needs to do if they manage to travel to Alaska.These dogs are loving and kind, yet they work so hard in order to reach their goals.They are treated like loving family members by their trainers and they extend that love to all the people that travel to meet them during every tour.
If you are looking for a great Alaskan Adventure tour, I can’t recommend highly enough Albert Marquez and his wife Marlene, and team Scott Slone. They make my Alaskan trip as most memorable excursion,andI will always be grateful I choose them among several out there. They offer unmatched comfort and service, and great knowledge ofgreat places and destinations in Alaska. If you are into photography, Albert is also a great wildlife and nature photographer, I was so grateful for her generosity in sharing his knowledge about photography know-hows. His photos of bears and Idatarod race are awesome. Theyprovide private or group guided tours and photography workshop. His website is www.discoverak.com.