Dog Sledding

California, U.S.A

My experience dog sledding in Tahoe


March 2011

My family was hosting a student my age who was studying abroad from Japan. It was a foreign exchange program, but without the exchange (as in, I didn’t go to Japan).

The best part of this, besides making a friend, was that we got to take her on excursions that we probably wouldn’t otherwise do by ourselves. The best of these was dog sledding near snowy Lake Tahoe.

We went through Wilderness Adventure Dog Sled Tours, who allow tourists to experience the thrill and beauty of this old North American sport.

We got to sit in the cozy basket of the sled, with thick blankets on top of us.

My mom, dad, and brother getting ready for the ride of a lifetime.

My mom, dad, and brother getting ready for the ride of a lifetime.

Before taking off, we got to meet some of the dogs that were going to be pulling us.

They were mostly Husky-mixes or pure Husky, and they all had unique names and personalities.

Frick & Frack, getting impatient before the ride

Frick & Frack, getting impatient before the ride

The two I remember most were Frick & Frack, two brothers who cuddled up together adorably.

Getting ready to ride

Getting ready to ride

All of the dogs padded the ground impatiently, and looked up expectantly at their master. We could tell that these dogs were very well-loved.

Soon, we were off, gliding along the snow and feeling the chill wind on our faces. The scenery around us was breathtaking.

We're off!

We’re off!

Say what you want about animal labor, but these dogs are the happiest dogs in the world. No question. They loved running in front of the sled. These dogs were having the time of their lives.

Over the river and through the woods

Over the river and through the woods

So was I. We went over bridges and across snowy fields. The ground sparkled and the sky was bright blue. The mountains around us were a perfect postcard picture.

Mountain Ride

Mountain Ride

The ride was unforgettable. I’m so glad I get to cross this particular experience off of my bucket list.

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