Today we drove 2 1/2 hours down to Seward for our dog sled ride adventure. The scenery along the way was so beautiful. We stopped at a little Espresso shop for delicious hot chocolate and checked in at Ididaride Dog Sled Tours around 10:30. We met Mike who was to be our tour guide. After immediately telling us that our boots were inadequate for the ride, he took us into the gift shop and loaned us some special boots. As we waited for some other guests to arrive, Ms. Wright skyped with her class, and the rest of us checked out the surrounding area. There was a moose antler on the porch that we found intriguing. It was extremely heavy! There was an old sled and of course the snow. Once all parties had arrived and were ready, Mike explained that we would each be driving the sled. He gave directions on how to stop, how to go, and how to slow down. He told us the commands the dogs would listen to on the trail. "All right" was the signal to go and "whoa" was the signal to stop. I was feeling a little overwhelmed about being in control of the dogs but excited to get going. We partnered up, as one of us would ride in the sled 8 miles out and the other would drive. Then we would switch as we came back in. The partners were: Mrs. Smith and I, Mrs. Wold and Mrs. Brewer, and Ms. Holstien and Ms. Wright. The ride out to Exit Glacier was so amazing. Those dogs are so well trained. They loved running and were anxious to go anytime we stopped for photos. As much as I loved riding in the sled and enjoying the view, the ride on the back of the sled, being in control of the sled, was the ultimate experience. I had borrowed a Go Cam from a family in my class and was able to get a little footage. All of our technology had issues with the cold but between all of us we got some amazing pictures and video. Below you will see the video from the Go Cam and some pictures from the ride.
I am a first grade teacher and I am so excited to participate in this project with my colleagues.