Husky sled trip
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I've been looking forward to this day for a long time. Now that the moment is there I hope my expactations aren't too high.
The bus took us to the husky farm. The sound of 200 dogs barking was overwhelming. Most of us wanted to go to the the dogs right away, but first we had to put on proper clothing. I put on an overall, pretty much the same as we wore during the snowscooter ride. There were extra warm boots available too, but I decided to keep my own shoes. They'd been keeping my feet warm enough the last couple of days.
When we were all dressed up we finally could go to the dogs and sleds. The instructions for riding the sled consisted of showing us were the brakes were and emphasizing on using the brakes a lot.
The sleds had either 4 or 5 dogs.
The dogs were already harnassed and we were ready to go. I learned fast that it was indeed of great importance to use your full weight on the brakes. Once the dogs sense starting time is almost there they get so excited they start running in place, like you see in cartoons. Just lift your feet of the brakes and of you go! (sometimes even when you still have a foot on the brakes; those dogs are strong!)
The first part was through the woods, with lots of curves and some hills. This was a good way to learn how to control the sled.
Late in the afternoon we arrived at the island we'd be sleeoing on the next two nights. No running water, just a whole in the ice were you could get all the cristal clear water you wanted. A couple of wooden cabins where we could sleep and like everywhere in Finland: a sauna! It was too late to get the sauna heated and we went straight for diner, which was reindeer of course since we already had salmon for lunch. Everyone was exhausted by this day full of new impressions and we went to bed early.