Our third port was the small gold rush town of Skagway.
From the dock in Skagway, a tour bus took Jeff, my niece Natalie and I to Musher’s Camp, located in Dyer, Alaska. Our driver was J. Dogg, a musher training for the famed Iditarod dogsled race. He trains with this camp in preparation for the 1,100 mile Iditarod race to Nome, Alaska.
He stops the bus outside his home in Skagway and introduces us to two of his pups in training, before taking us out of the Klondike Goldrush National Park and up to the Camp.
We unload and find our 6-person dog carts (fashioned for training in the Summer Southeastern Alaskan rainforest climate) , each pulled by 16 Alaskan Huskies. The huskies pull us along through the trees, along curves and inclines, and the cool wind runs through our hair. A truly memorable experience.
We greet each of our sled dogs by name and quickly learn that they each have personalities. Our lead dogs have finished the Iditarod. These dogs love to run and couldn’t be happier doing it!