Dog mushing an alluring sport and lifestyle for animal-loving, adventure-seeking couple

Joseph and Colleen preparing for the
2010 Tustumena 200

Joseph and Colleen Robertia share on their blog, Rogues Gallery Kennel Blog, their adventure in living the dog mushers’ life. For our blog, we picked up some of their back story (condensed version below). Here are two people from two different parts of the country who meet somewhere in between and then relocate to Alaska and live an ultimate Alaska adventure.

Colleen grew up in North Attleboro, MA, while Joseph grew up in West Palm Beach, FL, but the two met through a common interest: a love of animals. They met while working for the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2000 and in pursuing their careers, moved around a bit thereafter. In 2002 they decided it was time to forge a new path. First they embarked on the 2,168 mile Appalachian Trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine and found out what they really value in life: freedom and adventure.

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Sled dog tours: a unique Alaskan experience available year-round

Provided by Seavey’s IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours in Seward, Alaska

When it comes to planning a family vacation, you want to plan activities that the whole family will love. People of all ages will love Seavey’s IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours as it appeals to the dog lover in everyone – whether they be two or ninety two.

Although the tour is only an hour and a half long, the Seaveys manage to fit in a surprising amount of information, fun, and laughs.  First, learn about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, a 1,000 mile race across the heart of Alaska. If you aren’t familiar with the race before you get to the Seaveys’, you’ll be an expert by the time you leave.

Mitch Seavey, owner of IdidaRide, won the 2004 Iditarod and the 2008 All Alaska Sweepstakes (a race that only happens once every twenty-five years); so when it comes to dogs and racing, the Seaveys really know what they’re talking about. They have over three generations worth of dog sledding experience and countless first place finishes in some of the most prestigious dog sled races in the world.

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Planning your Alaska vacation: which month is best?

This is part 2 in a series of vacation planning articles found on, maintained by our friends at the Diamond M Ranch Resort.

Alaska flower bed

May is an astounding month here in the Great North. Snow may or may not be on the ground this month—and, even with the warmer temperatures, you still never know—snow may (or may not) fall from the sky at any time. Alaskans, delighted at the return of the long sunny days and the arrival of summer, are all ready to hang flower baskets on their porches, hungry for the green and the happy blooms full of color, but all Alaskans know that baskets hung outside in May are not guaranteed. A 60-degree day may still dip to below-freezing temperatures at night.

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New travel blog for THE KENAI, Alaska’s Playground

Welcome to the all-new travel blog for the Kenai Peninsula created and maintained by the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council.

Here we (KPTMC) will be sharing articles of local interest and the unique attractions found on the Kenai Peninsula. As we are new to the blogosphere, please bear with us as we get acclamated to this new environment. Any tips, comments, suggestions, contributions, etc. are most appreciated. So far we’ve gotten a few pointers and offers of assistance from our friends, the Robertias, at Rogues Gallery Kennels who are avid mushers located in Kasilof, Alaska and our friends at the Diamond M Ranch Resort who operate the blog, The Kenai Alaska Vacation Blog, and are located in Kenai, Alaska.

My favorite tip received so far was from my friend, Daryl, who told me, “…above all, on each post, make sure you have Sarah Palin’s name somewhere – you will thank the Google search hits you get.”

Sarah Palin.

Thanks for looking us up and please stay tuned,
James @ KPTMC