Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Bye, Bye Thanksgiving; Here Comes Christmas!
As we wave bye, bye to Thanksgiving and hello to Christmas, the Maryland Sled Dog Adventures sled dogs would like to take some time to reflect on their Thanksgiving holiday which included a trip to their cabin in Maine, some turkey tidbits, two "dry"land (or not so dry given the rain) dog sledding training runs, a Maine lobster dinner (ok, so that was for the humans more than the dogs), some doggy fashion statements including blaze orange vests, and two eleven hour drives.
The Thanksgiving holiday kicked off with the drive to Maine on Tuesday which was one of the shortest drives to the cabin we've ever done. Along the way, we made only two stops: one in NJ to give our cat, Chloe, a sedative (she is not a happy traveler) and one in Sturbridge, Massachusetts to refuel the dog truck and drop dogs.
Arriving in Maine, we found the cabin in perfect condition and immediately fired up the wood stove and Rinnai to take the chill out of the air. We also discovered that the wood stove is very, very, very effective at heating the cabin particularly the loft where the dogs, Eric and I sleep.
Wednesday included a shopping trip into Skowhegan, Maine to pick up food and supplies at the Hannaford and some pie baking (and thankfully no pie eating for Okemo). Joining us on Wednesday afternoon were Eric's parents, Steve and Victoria. Wednesday evening we enjoyed a nice roast beef with red wine pan sauce along with some lemon thyme mashed potatoes.
Thanksgiving kicked off with several early morning walks to give the dogs (and people) some exercise. Thanksgiving dinner included bacon roasted turkey, prune and sausage stuffing, rosemary (grown in our garden) and honey glazed parsnips and carrots, gravy, and pumpkin chiffon pie with sweetened whipped cream.
Critterwoods and the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club, Joan and Gary, for a training run on the rail trail that runs through Corinna. While wet, the dogs and I got a good work out with the dogs practicing gee over (something they don't always want to do on new trails), practicing passing an unfamiliar team, and going through over flow water (not something we get to practice very often). In lead were Zoe and Acadia and in wheel were Okemo and Sobo. The run was about six miles long and the dogs pulled approximately 350 lbs of weight. Average speed was 8 MPH. While the other dogs were out, T-Bone stayed home with his grandparents and took a nap.
Later Saturday, while walking the dogs, we discovered our cabin has a tie trail to the main trails which can be used to go directly from the cabin onto the hundreds of miles of trails criss-crossing the area. One tree (that has fallen) will need to be cut and Eric and I will need to work on packing and setting the trail once the snows come.
Maine Winter Cabin Adventure.