Day 4: A day at the Kamisak Huskey Farm
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April 7th, 2010 – by: edsander
And so, excited as little boys we grabbed our sleds and jumped on the ski lift. When we arrived at the top of the Kaunispää fell everything was white as far as the eye could see. At this height it wasn't only quite foggy, but the snow also stretched in all direction with hardly any trees around. The Great Whiteness, that's what it was. We located the start of the sled run that was indeed 1200 meters long and 130 meters high. Jumping in our sleds we whizzed down the fell, to the obvious amusement of the people we passed on our way down. At one point Paul overtook his own sled, but in the end we arrived back at the bottom unharmed.
With huge smiles we walked back to the hotel for a cup of coffee. There was a weird stew available for lunch but we decided that a few buns with butter would probably be safer.
I noticed that while the apartment was located on the second floor of the farm the backyard was actually at ground level. Curiously I walked outside and was immediately jumped by five 15 week old husky puppies and their mom. Now, I'm not really a dog person but for some reason I've always likes huskies, and these fellows were so damn cute! Fighting for attention they were all over us.
We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the apartment, reading and cuddling the dogs. We also took a walk around the farm and met the house cat, Pabo, who sneeked back in with us. I slept part of the afternoon and was still feeling very tired. I hoped I wasn't coming down with a flue or something. Mika had asked us if we wanted to cook our own food, go to Ivalo or if his wife should prepare something for us. Since we liked this quiet day of relaxation we opted for the latter. And a good choice it was. Around seven Mika brought us some delicious pasta with chicken and fruit, the best food we'd had so far.
I had a chat with Mika who told me that there were 109 huskies at the farm. Two litters were born every year and training the young dogs was a lot of work. When there were no sled safaris during the summer season Kamisak would organize husky trekkings and horseback riding and receive busses with visiting tourists to continue to make some money. When he said goodbye he gave us the key and we realized that we were all alone in the farm. It was just Paul, me and Pabo the rest of the night. And 109 huskies of course ... ;-)
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