Day 6: Husky Safari (Day 2)
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April 9th, 2010 – by: edsander
Since we had to wait for an hour for the dogs to digest their soup we packed our stuff and cleaned the cabin and sauna in the meantime. Around ten o'clock Mika showed us how to put the dogs in their harnesses and we prepared the sleds for our trip back to Ivalo.
The snow had indeed gotten harder, making it easier for the dogs to run. And they were as enthusiastic to get on their way as when we left the farm yesterday. Whenever you would stop they'd be looking back at you as if to ask if they could please continue. Mika had told us that minus 15 Celsius was the best temperature for the dogs and the current weather around 0 degrees was relatively hot for them. They would therefore often get a mouthful of snow to cool down, something that especially Faura had learned to do flawlessly while running.
Paul and I did very well today and never got thrown of our sleds. Most of the way back was the same route as yesterday; the alternative route across Lake Nangu was not possible because there was too much water between the ice and snow.
Shortly after crossing Lake Kuru we stopped for lunch. Mika built another camp fire and pulled out some packs of sausages, salads, cheese and berry cake. Before long we sat down roasting our sausages and sipping coffee and hot juice while the dogs lay panting nearby. They quickly become social with their mushers and by now Fart and Nipsu would even lie on their backs so I could rub their bellies. This must have been the moment when I thought I should have booked that 5 day safari instead of the 2 day one. Oh well, a good reason to come back one day.
The next couple of hours we went up and down several fells, fortunately none of them as steep as the one we'd descended in the morning.
Even though we had only spent two days with the dogs it was an almost emotional feeling to say goodbye to Nipsu, Cia, Cissi, Fart and Faura. Fortunately, when we walked back to the farm Pabo the cat came running towards us, anxious to jump on our laps again. We packed our stuff and had a beer while Mika got the car to drop us off at the hotel in Saariselkä.
Back in the hotel we had a very necessary shower and went down to the restaurant for another quite awful dinner. Mika had explained that lots of people were complaining since new owners had taken over the restaurant from the hotel. Seemingly things had gone downhill since then.
It's probably no big surprise that we ended up in Panimo Pub again this evening. Our mood was a mixture of desperation and silliness. I'll explain this in tomorrow's blog. The smokey tasting tar-schnapps that Mika had recommended and the pints of dark local brew kept us in good spirits until we hit the sack shortly after 11 o'clock.
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