Dog sledding

I ran a dog sled today! Rather than a ‘tour’ and being a passenger; the guides saw me fit to run a dog sled myself. They gave me some instructions and away we were. It was actually very nerve wrecking initially. You don’t have a sense of control – the dogs just race all they can when you start – and you are responsible for your passenger’s safety. I had to use all my weight and muscle to steer it. Keeping it on track can be quite the challenge on varied terrain with icy patches and too many curves … and trees! All in all: super exciting and well worth it. The thing that really amazed me is how much the huskies love snow and how they love to pull the sled. They run their hearts out. Would I do it again? Definitely. [ That’s me with the red scarf ]

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Sunday River X Country & Donwhill Skiing

I had my very first dose of skiing today and … I love it :) We drove West towards the Sunday River Ski area (Bethel, Maine). Cross country skiing on Saturday was great, apart from the downhill bits on thin packed snow & ice. Nothing but fun on the flat & going uphill, but I couldn’t quite get the skis to grip on the way down and fell a few times while the tips of those boots stay locked in. Ouch! Horrible for the ankles and no soft landing either. It probably would have been better without the wintry mix earlier in the season. This morning I had a first skiing initiation class. Great thing was, I was the only pupil :) Scott, my trainer was absolutely great! Rather than getting on the snow after 45 minutes, we were out the door in 15 :) After a little bit of practice on the flat with one ski and some turning & stopping practice amongst other things; we started using the small tow lift. In no time we went up higher with the medium lift & then used the main lift to get to the top of the green slopes after an hour. Wow. I couldn’t believe it! It was like magic. Riding the big ski lift, slopes everywhere you look … and I’m just a newbie! Things went really well. I hit the snow a few times, but at least it was soft :) After 4 rides we tried a blue trail, but that was a bit too challenging. A matter of technique & confidence … I need a bit more mileage for the next level ;) After the class I skied some more in the afternoon, but I was really getting tired, both in my legs & brain. One thing is sure: I’ll ski again! And I won’t forget the sunscreen and will be wearing gloves :)

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Visited states

I guess we have not been sitting still, when we’ve been in this many states in 4 years. Granted, some states were just a brief visit in a certain town or area; or a stop on the way to other destinations (and thus not a tourist vacation within that state); but it is still cool to see I’ve been in over half the states … in 4 years. We need frequent driver miles on top of our frequent flyer miles, as a lot of these were not by air. ;-) WINK Map generated by World 66

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Boston weekend

We’re back from Boston, safe and well. Driving was not too bad, though I did leave the car parked once we were there! Massachusetts = dangerous drivers and they sure haven’t lost their habits yet. The weather wasn’t very cooperative photography wise the first 2 days, but it was nevertheless a nice visit. We enjoyed our stay at the Westin Copley Place (though our reserved room type was not available). I walked the Freedom Trail and popped in the Cambridge Apple Store, taking advantage of the fact that I actually was near an Apple store once.

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