I felt nervous. We were forewarned, soon nothing would be heard. As the dogs were getting into their harnesses, the barking of excitement erupted. It progressed even more when they were being hooked to the sleds.
My ears started ringing and the adrenaline pumped harder through out my body. I felt like a fast drum thrummed to life in my insides.
The dogs kept jumping up and down with giddiness. They were ready with anticipation, they love to run! My sled was attached to the cage. No taking off accidentally! Then, the time had come.
“Are you ready?”
I felt shaky as I stood on the sled. But I nodded, and she unhooked me from the cage with a quick press. I had four dogs leading me with much happiness to a path that they know by heart.
My husband was led by 6 dogs. Our friend and one of the owners was in front of him on a 4 wheeler. Just leading the way to make sure everything runs smoothly. A few minutes pass, and a newly fallen snow pile was in our way. My heart stopped. I went down and lost the lead rope. Snow covered my coat and the dogs kept running.
The main thing she told us before was , “Don’t ever let go of the rope!” But our friend jumped off the quad and grabbed the rope before they could go any farther. Phew!
I shook off my nerves, and started again. This time, I’m not dropping the rope! At times, the wind whipped me in the face from the speed. I felt exhilarated! The freedom of choosing where we’re going was left to the dogs. I was just along for the ride. So much trust has to be given to them.
We begin getting more speed, and my glasses fog up. Now I’m left unknowing of our obstacles. I face plant on my side. This time, I didn’t let go of the rope. I was dragged on the ground only for a second. The dogs stopped. Quickly I got back up, foot on the brake.
“Are you ready?” Yelled my husband who had stopped seconds after I went down. “Ready!” I yell with adrenaline coursing through my veins.
“Maybe you should clean your glasses.” He says
Then I realise, I had a glob of snow blocking my view for my right eye! “Oh, right.” I reply shamefully.
We were off again! These dogs have used this trail for practice. I could see an older imprint of a sled. After a bit, my fear began to deplete. Excitement was left as we took the turns and hills. My stiffness left and I became more fluid like with the sled. The journey turned into a smooth ride. We made it back and sweat trickled down my chest and back.
What a ride!