Friday, September 12, 2008
First Training Runs of the Season
It's hard to believe that it's now dog sledding season after having just returned from vacation in Maine and Vermont two weeks ago but here at Maryland Sled Dog Adventures it is now officially Fall training season. Even scarier, we will begin dryland dog sled rides, tours and girl scout and boy scout badge programs in dog sledding next weekend.
Our first training run of the season with the dogs was Thursday, September 11, 2008 and our second training run of the season was today, Friday, September 12, 2008. First training runs can be...ahem...eventful to say the least. Thankfully, the dogs ran admirably well considering they have not been hooked up since the end of April.
Early Thursday morning before the sun came up, Eric and I headed up to the NCR Trail with Zoe, T-Bone, Sobo, Okemo, and Acadia. On the dog sled team, would be Zoe and Sobo in lead and Okemo and T-Bone in wheel. Little siberian husky puppy, Acadia, at only 13 weeks of age is far to young to be run in harness yet. While we are very excited by the potential that Acadia is showing for running, she got to take a nice walk with Eric, meet Scooter the Beagle, and all of the Gunpowder Falls State Park staff.
We set off from the White Hall station on the NCR trail heading north. The dogs set a fast past for the first mile, running at a consistent 17 MPH. At Little Gunpowder water fall I stopped the team to enjoy the stunning view as the water cascades over the falls and water the pups.
This morning, the dogs and I had a special guest come along for our training run. My sister Leslie is visiting from Seattle and decided she really wanted to try a dryland dog sled ride.
Once again, setting out early, we hit the trail by about 6:30 am and begin setting up. Heading north up the NCR trail, we passed several squirrels which the dogs passed cleanly. At Little Gunpowder Falls we rested and watered the dogs.