February 2011 has been the second snowiest in recent history here in Vermont, and Friday's snow showers threatened to keep Leah and Siham from making the weekend trip. But Saturday was clear, so they made the trek to Burlington in the morning, and then we headed to Eden, a town in the area of Vermont known as the Northeast Kingdom.
Eden Dog Sledding refers to its 36 Alaskan Huskies as "the un-chained gang", and we got a taste of what that meant when we arrived and headed into a large barn-style house to meet the drivers (Nate and Maria) the owner Jim and his sister, and many of the dogs who were relaxing inside.
|One of the best surprises of the dog sledding experience was having so much opportunity before and after the sledding to get to know the dogs. Gretel was my favorite.|
|Leah making friends with Phyllis, one of the lead dogs of our team.|
|Siham saying hi to Phyllis and Blueberry|
|We got to help harness the dogs -- here I am learning how to put the harness on my buddy Gretel.|
|Siham, Leah and our driver, Maria, getting ready for the second leg of the trip.|
|Here's what the team looks like when it's pulling. They were just starting off again, and that's the Eden Dog Sled owner, Jim, standing near the starting point.|
|After the ride was over while the dogs were waiting for their treats, Rose decided to borrow Amos' shoulder for a nice little rest.|