When our friends Brian and Amy came to visit us in Golden last month for a Colorado Beercation, they wanted to experience an outdoor adventure during their trip. Something that they had never done before. Something that they couldn’t experience back home in Tulsa.
The mountains of Colorado are exploding with winter activities. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, ice climbing, tubing, and dog sledding.
Wait – dog sledding??!
Yes. And that’s what we did. 🙂
Myself, my husband, Brian, and Amy were placed in a group with one other couple, our guide Caleb, and eight huskies.
Before we started sledding, Caleb took the time to introduce us to each of our huskies. They were already roped up and ready to go, so he even explained why each dog was picked to run in that particular position and why it was important for successful dog sledding.
He then explained how the sled worked and what our jobs would be while riding on it. The mate riding in the sled was responsible for keeping their limbs tugged securely at their side, and the mate standing up behind the sled was responsible for steering and braking. The thought of being completely responsible for steering and halting a team of eight strong Siberian huskies seemed scary at first. But it wasn’t. 🙂
Caleb used hand signals to control us and his voice to control the huskies. And those sweet babies knew what they were doing and listened to him.
The weather was so beautiful that day too.
After each mate had a chance to both ride and steer, we would stop and switch couples. The four of us that were not on the dog sled rode with Caleb and watched the dogs run behind us.
It was an awesome view!
Each time we stopped to switch mates, the dogs were given a chance to relax, eat some snow, and catch their breaths.
So pretty and sweet!
A dog lover, I enjoyed every chance to love on our huskies, and Caleb encouraged it.
It was very satisfying to witness this working breed in their element. Throughout the entire experience, they all seemed so happy. I was blown away with how these huskies couldn’t get enough of the snow! Whenever we switched couples, they threw themselves into the tallest drifts of snow they could reach, rolled around, and ate as much of it as time allowed. It was very cute to observe.
We wanted a unique, Colorado wintertime experience but didn’t want to spend more than $100 a person. We also were a group of people who possessed no skiing or snowboarding skills and barely owned the appropriate cold weather apparel. Dog sledding proved to be the perfect solution for us. And Good Times Adventures even had us covered on the boots and snowsuits!
If anyone else comes to Colorado to visit me, I would definitely return to Good Times Adventures to go dog sledding again. It was magical!
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