two things on the agenda today.The
first was to ride up to Independence Mine which was a working gold mine through
Second World War.
up to the mine was through some interesting scenery including crossing the CastleMountain
fault which is an active fault line Alaska.The fog was very thick as we climbed the
mountain but by the time we were to the mine the clouds were below us.Much of the mining town is still intact, but
the mine itself has seen better days.We
also climbed up the mountain to the Gold Cord Mine.The actual mine entrances were high up on the
packed a lunch, so we made our way to BigLake
to visit Martin Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel, where we ate our lunch waiting for
the next kennel tour.Martin Buser is a
four time Iditarod winner, who has run the 1000 mile dog sled race 20
times.The tour of the kennel was very
interesting.We were greeted by 40 sled
dogs who noisily announced the arrival of any one down the road.The tour began with a nice video of the
Iditarod race and the introduction to four, 5 week old Alaskan huskies.They were very, very cute.We were then taken to a mock Iditarod check
point where he explained what happened as mushers arrived.Finally he hooked several dogs to a sled and
had them run.We had a very pleasant
afternoon at the kennels.It will be fun
to put a real person with the name as I follow the race this winter.
we take the long 40 mile drive to Anchorage.
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