Friday, March 28, 2008

Mitch Seavey's Iditarod Dog Sled Team...

Today's post will be something a little different, if it works and you like it please let me know so I can post more in the future. Today's posting is a video taken by Linda while vacationing in Alaska last year.

Linda converted this (to whatever usable format that was needed) so Shane could use it in school. With the Iditarod race ending recently the timing was right for this. I don't know if any of you are aware of it but Lance Mackey won the 2008 Iditarod race in Alaska. The race is not over until all of the mushers cross the finish line.

Last July when we went to Alaska we visited Mitch Seavey's camp. Now they have a racket going, the dogs need trained and have to pull the sleds on a regular basis. The tourist want to see it and get as up close and personal as they can. So what do the camps do? They charge us to ride on the sled that the dogs would need to pull with weights on even if we were not there. I wish I would have though that one up.

After arriving at the camp, we were suited with rain coats because of the bad weather (about the only bad weather we had in a month) and taken out to see the dogs, there we learn about the dogs and there training before being put on a sled. Because there is no snow we are placed on sleds with tires and the dogs are hooked up to the front depending upon how well they are responding to their training. It was a great time and we learned allot.By the way Mitch finished 7Th in this years running. Mitch won the race in 2004, his father has run the race and three of his four sons have also competed in the race.

If you ever go to Alaska and want to check out his camp it is located in Seward.In the near future there is plans to put up a couple of videos from Katmai, one of a bald eagle eating a fish and maybe a Glacier or two. The video runs 4 minutes and 31 seconds, if anything in the text seems out of place it is because it was typed up for last Monday's post. Because the video wouldn't upload I just saved it and waited until Linda re sized it and shortened it.


Sparky said...

I really like the video. It was nice seeing the dog sled team. Can't wait to see the one from Katmai. Keep up the good work...

Brian Bastinelli said...

Glad to FINALLY see some video!

Those dogs are cool. Maybe if you go back up there you can recruit some to drive the wagon back in Harrisburg.

From what I saw I bet they could do just as good a job!!!!