Dogsledding in Wisconsin, 2005!
Carlyn and Dick had a fantastic trip to northern Wisconsin in March 2005. This
was in the area around the Apostle Islands, around the little towns of Bayfield
and Cornucopia. Dogsledding was the primary excuse, and here you can see what
was happening at Wolfsong Adventures
- Before people arrive, the dogs wait quietly. They
have been brought out of the kennel enclosure in preparation for a run; normally
they aren't on these short chains.
- As soon as we started toward them, the dogs perked
up and began to take notice.
- Carlyn is greeted by one of the 39 friendly dogs
- Guide Max, Carlyn, and owner John Thiele introducing
- Meeting Koko.
- An affectionate canine.
- The dogs are all Siberian Huskies. We were surprised
by the wide variety of colorings, and especially by these gorgeous, mysterious
- Another silver-eyed beauty.
- A different coloring.
- Gonzo is 14, but still loves to run. He was as eager
and boisterous as any of the younger dogs when he was hitched to the sled!
- Three of the youngest dogs, about a year and a half
old. John calls them 'puppies.' Earl Grey is on the right, part of a litter
with tea names. He's the most vocal of all the dogs, and has earned the nickname
- The more mature dogs (most of these are around 8
years old, I believe) tend to be more patient.
- Dick gets a face-licking greeting from one of the
Getting the dogs ready for a run
- Carlyn moves Koko to the truck for loading. These
dogs are so strong, you have to hold them up on their hind legs or they'll
pull you right off your feet! Just ask Dick.
- John and Carlyn pose with Koko.
- Lifting Koko into her box on the truck. The dogs
weigh about 50 pounds each, but they help get themselves loaded, because they
know it brings them closer to running!
- Dick harnesses Gonzo. One, two,
- Nearly ready to start. Koko is in the foreground,
Carlyn is holding her first-day lead dogs Suki and Minnie (full name Petite
Filet Mignon). The middle dog is Lightning(?), and at the back are BB and
- Carlyn's second-day team, Lutefisk (Lutie) and Lefse
as lead dogs, someone in the middle, and Krumkakke (Krummy) and Sondbakkle
(Sonny) at the back.
- Dick with his second-day team. I wish I had thought
to photograph each day's team lists; John keeps a magnetic board with all
the dogs names laid out in the various teams.
On the trail!
- Carlyn was brave (or foolish!) enough to take some
photos from her moving sled. It was a beautiful ride on narrow trails through
the woods. Just a light snow falling.
- Another view from the trail.
- Carlyn is getting closer to John's sled. John, the
guide, was in front, Carlyn in the midlde, and Dick brought up the rear.
- Dick and his team on the trail, taken during a momentary
- Dick and his team in motion.
- We sat out on a frozen lake for lunch. The snow
was several feet deep on top of the ice, so we were able to stomp out a sunken
area for our feet!
- John and Dick at lunch on the lake.
- Carlyn on her sled, Krummy and Sonnie in the foreground.
- Carlyn and Dick at the end of the second day's run.
You can see Carlyn in the correct riding stance on the sled, feet on the runners,
hands on the handlebar. In between the runners is the rubber-tread drag and
the metal brake; the snow hook is at the right side of the sled in its own
quick-release pouch. Behind Dick in the snow, you can see the snow hook for
the neighboring sled. The cross bar that you can see above ground is what
you stomp on to drive the double hooks into the hard-pack snow.
Check back for more trip pictures, including a nighttime
dogsled trip and the Lake Superior ice road!
Last updated 3/05. Copyright
2003-5 by Carlyn G. Morenus. Questions? Send email to email@example.com