Mushing originated in Alaska, but it’s now one of the top things to do in the Lapland. After hours of researching which of the many companies I wanted to book dogsledding with—I was looking for a place that treated their animals with care, that was during the two daylight hours of winter so I could see the beauty of the natural landscape (maybe I’d see a moose!), and that let me steer my own husky team—I decided on Snowdog. When I landed in Kiruna, though, I got a call from the director, Craig, that due to the odd lack of snow, the sledding was canceled. Thanks, global warming! Craig offered to refund my money or said I could go out on an ATV with the dogs. Let’s be real here: I’m a city slicker, a woman whose idea of adventure is visiting a new art gallery. Sledding wasn’t the draw for me—cuddling with beautiful huskies was why I’d signed up. Naturally, when he mentioned I’d get more time just meeting the dogs, I said yes. And I may have found a new calling in life! Craig, my guide Peter, and all the men who worked there captivated me with their tender love for the animals, rugged lifestyle, and stories of adventure. I want to be them. I want to experience what it would be like to live a life—not just a few hours of tourism—of caring for the dogs, cooking mushroom soup over an open flame, and exploring the winter landscape. ::: Now you can adventure with me! My 2019 Lapland calendar is on sale through the link in my bio.
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