Iditarod Kennels

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Manley Hot Springs, Alaska

Iditarod Kennels Manley Hot Springs Reviews

Kramerdude Kramerdu…
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Sled Dogs and Alaskan Living Jul 21, 2008
An interesting place to visit in Manley Hot Springs (OK, if your going to Manley, it's one of the few places to visit as well) is the Iditarod Kennels, owned and maintained by Joe and Pam Redington. Joe's father Joe Redington, Sr. was the founder of the Iditarod sled dog race and Joe, Jr. continues the sled dog racing tradition. However he participates and raises dogs for shorter sprint mushes as opposed to the long distance Iditarod race.

The kennel tour ($25 for adults) lasted about 3 hours or so. During that time we got to see the dogs, learn about all the equipment involved in sled dog racing, and perhaps most interestingly talk to the Redington's about what it is like to live and survive in small town Alaska. From fishing for salmon for themselves and the dogs, to hunting, and growing a garden in the summer for fresh vegetables. To the benefits of internet access for communication and the planning that goes into a trip to the store for groceries and supplies (usually an all weekend affair when it takes 4-5 hours to get to the store).

We also saw a presentation on Joe Sr. who climbed Denali with a sled dog team in the 1970's. An interesting way to go about a summit attempt of North America's tallest mountain. A few other small tidbits included discussions of some native artwork they had for sale and a chance to see various animal furs that were used in Alaska.

All in all a neat experience to get a better view of life in Alaska. It takes a different breed to live out here and learning what they have to go through is a truly unique experience.
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