As some of our readers may have experienced first hand, winter took its time getting to Alaska this year. For example, while most Fairbanks residents have memories of trick-or-treating in 30 below and 2 feet of snow, this year’s Halloween brought only a dusting on otherwise brown earth and fairly mild temperatures.
As dog mushers and winter business owners, we were concerned. But we needn’t have feared!! November brought plenty of snowfall, including a huge storm system which blew in from the Bering Sea, bringing over a foot of snow to our area over the course of a week. (It also brought massive power outages to hundreds of Fairbanks residents, but that’s another story…)
With the happy arrival of snow finally in November, we were launched into a frenzy of excitement and activity. Of course, we thought we were busy already with running the business, planning a wedding, building a house, and Jeff still working about 50 hours per week, but snowfall, of course, brought all sorts of new things to add to our To-Do lists.
Here are a few of our favorites:
1 – Preparing the sleds, the dog yard and other supplies for visitors and students
2 – Grooming and maintaining “winter-only” trails on snowmachine
3 – Plowing two driveways
4 – Training Puppies (search for Black Spruce Dog Sledding on You Tube to find video!)
So we are as exhausted as ever, but oh-so-happy with the snow, with our mushing students, and as always, with our wonderful, amazing dogs, without whom our lives would be so different and so boring 🙂
To see more photos from the past month find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/blacksprucedogsledding
To tour with us, start at our website www.blacksprucedogsledding.com