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.
The dogs are equally talented — although you might have to cover your ears while the dogs are getting hooked up because they get so excited. You will be stunned as they take off effortlessly, pulling up to 2500 pounds. Your guide will tell you interesting stories from the trail or about the dogs themselves. Maybe you will even get to take Peach, one of the dogs from Mitch’s 2004 Champion team, as a lead dog!
After the ride, play with some of the puppies – the up and coming stars of the kennel – and try to think of clever names for them so that you can enter the puppy naming contest. Finally, meet Robin, one of their retired Iditarod dogs, as he shows you how the Seaveys and other mushers take care of their dogs on the trail. Kids and adults alike will enjoy Robin’s performance as he demonstrates various pieces of mushing attire and you will be surprised at how quickly the hour and a half flies by!