Archive for the ‘MIXED STUFF’ Categoryby Northernmost on April 15, 2012 in ACTIVITIES & WORK, Gemma, Lapland, Nature, Skijoring & Sledding, Titan, Tuisku with No Comments
Yesterday we harnessed up Tuisku, Gem and Titan after dinner and went for a ride in the mountains. This time of the year the sun doesn’t set until 9.30 in the evening and with every day we have about thirty minutes of more daylight. Around midsummer the sun doesn’t set at all for several weeks and if the snow remains on higher altitudes we can go skijoring under the midnight sun. I’m surprised sometimes that so few people have discovered Lapland – we often have the trail and the views all to ourselves. Last night we spent two hours climbing before reaching the plateau where we enjoyed about an hour of leisurely skijoring before it was time to start the long descent home. When skijoring without a sled or pulk, going downhill is almost as tough as going uphill as you have to constantly use your legs and feet as brakes to slow down. Our Mals are always extra eager when we set out on a mountain trip. I guess they can sense the adventure the same way we do and the wind that sweeps through the valleys carries all sorts of interesting information for scent-oriented Malamutes. We didn’t see any reindeer or wild animals last night, but in Lapland they are never far away.
We woke up to -23C and clear blue skies and were quick to get ready after breakfast. Cold weather means perfect trails and we had fantastic skijoring today, completing 33km (20.5 mi) along our “local” trail that connects Hetta in Finland with Kautokeino in Norway. The dogs love the cold weather and needed fewer breaks to cool down than yesterday. The hard trails meant effortless skijoring but the intense sunshine takes its toll and I think we’re all having an early night tonight!
Minus ten degrees celsius, sunshine and LOADS of snow. We’re in Malamute paradise! While the fur kids are busy exploring their new surroundings, we are shoveling snow, filling up the dog houses with fresh straw, fetching water, and keeping the fire going to warm up the cabin. Always plenty of work to do before we’re settled in but come Easter and we’ll be ready to hit the trail!
Hilary is definitely more of an outdoor girl than a house dog, and I think this photo tells a story. Hilary loves to visit indoors but after an hour or so she starts to wonder what the other dogs are getting up to outside and climbs up on the kitchen sofa to take a look. Hilary is curious and inventive, and always eager to be with her friends.
The northern coast was hit by a storm during the weekend and we got stuck in a snowdrift on our way home from Hilary’s puppy class on Saturday afternoon. It was an eventful evening but all went well in the end. The heavy snowfall continued on Sunday and we spent a few hours shovelling out the area in and around the dog pens to be able to open the pen doors and prevent the dogs from jumping across the fence. The storm blew over during the night and this morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise and took Tuisku and the pups out for a walk on the lake. Isn’t it typical that the sun is shining from a clear blue sky when you have to stay inside and work…my dad used to call it “Monday weather”…
You’d think after ten years of living in Lapland, I’d be used to cold weather. This morning we had -30C (-22F) but it felt more like -40. In Lapland the air is usually dry and crisp, which means that it tickles your nose but doesn’t feel as cold as you would expect, whereas here on the coast the air is damp and -30 degrees below zero really bites. We had planned to prepare some new trails during the weekend but the added wind chill experienced on the snowmobile may be a bit too nippy. While I like being out in the cold, I do not like being cold.
Hi everybody, our new website and blog are now up and running, hope you like it. We’ve had a break from the internet as we’ve been too busy carrying out work on our little farm this autumn. We’ve been clearing trees, putting up fences, constructing a new indoor run + outdoor playarea for Thunder and Leia, and more. Luckily winter is arriving late this year as we still have some work we want to complete before snow settles.
We had a beautiful summer in Nedre Bäck and also went on a WPDX-packing trip in Arctic Norway in August. You can see all pics from this northern adventure in our Gallery.
Our friend Toni Bøgemose Chrillesen of Unavoq Kennels in Denmark recently organized a Puppy Party for the Tuisku x Uniq litter. The pups are now 9 months old and are growing up fast. Here’s a video from the weekend showing at least five of the siblings mingling with some older friends. I showed the video to Tuisku and he got very excited watching his kids, lol. Lovely to see so many dogs having fun together. Thanks Toni, and Bettina & Anders, for doing such a great job with this litter!
I went down to the lake at dawn to admire the sunrise. The ground was covered with frost and steam rose from the water. A perfect morning.
Nature is often at its most beautiful in the early morning, when people are sound asleep.
Spring has sprung. In a month it will be summer.
Thunder joined me on my morning walk. I wonder if dogs appreciate the beauty of nature?
I think they do.
Well done to our hardworking buddies Keikewabic’s Tundra Tuisku and Mtn Home’s Northernmost Gem for completing the requirements for their AMCA Working Team Dog Excellent Titles!!! During our two most recent trips Titan (Sledog Mountainous Peak) came along to support his friends and accumulate miles for his own future title – a big well done also to Titan for his excellent work on the trail! We had a fantastic Easter in the mountains, skijoring the Kebnekaise-loop during four days. We entered the mountains from Nikkaluokta via the Vistas River Valley, and passed Vistas, Nallo, Sälka, Singi and Keb during our trip, before returning to Nikkaluokta via the Laddju River Valley.
The first night on the trail – camping in Vistas.
Our second day – with the magnificent Stuor Reaiddávággi in the background.
Visit our KEBNEKAISE EXPEDITION GALLERY to see more photos from this fantastic trip!