How many Eskimo words for ‘snow’? Maybe more than you think

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Anthropologist Franz Boas didn’t mean to spark a century-long argument. Traveling through the icy wastes of Baffin Island in northern Canada during the 1880s, Boas simply wanted to study the life of the local Inuit people, joining their sleigh rides, trading caribou skins and learning their folklore. Read the rest of this entry »

Farmer goes mushing

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Fogelsville’s Scott Farmer tries sled dog racing Read the rest of this entry »

Travel Alaska… an Adventure of a Lifetime

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So you’re like John Locke of the TV series Lost and simply (literally) dying for an adventure. Or maybe you’re just bored to death and you want to experience more of life. Have no fear… no need to travel across the globe to taste adventure in the wilds of Africa or the rainforests of South America. Why should you when you’ve got Alaska. Alaska… the 49th state and fondly known as the Land of the Midnight Sun and The Last Frontier. Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Odyssey Dog Sleigh Race (La Grande Odyss’e Savoie Mont Blanc )

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Between 9th – 18th January 2010 seven villages in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise region will host the sixth year of the Grand Odyssey Dog Sleigh Race, or La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc as it’s known locally. It is the toughest international dog-sled race in the world and contested by 35 teams with approximately 350 dogs between them over 10 stages. The dogs are primarily Alaskan, Husky and Siberian Husky and must race approximately 500 miles, including 25000m of ascent and descent. Read the rest of this entry »

Bowral in Australia is a retreat from the stresses of daily life

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A little more than an hour from Sydney there’s an historic little town called Bowral. A charming municipality, it’s worth the short trip and can be easily reached by car, train or bus. It’s an easy drive on the Hume Highway but visitors with a few hours to spare might enjoy the more scenic route on the Princess Highway that follows the coastline. If you arrive without a car you can rent one in town for sightseeing trips to the outlying areas. There’s much to see including the magnificent view from the top of Mt. Gibralatar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dog sleds tours in Russia

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The traditional sightseeing tourism cannot satisfy everybody, more and more people prefer outdoor activities, especially in winter. One of the most exotic and exciting types of the outdoor activity in Russia is dog sleds safari. The dog sled is a traditional mean of transport of the Thule peoples and Siberia. Now the dog sleds tours are provided by many tour operators in different regions of Russia, from Kamchatka to the Moscow Region. Moreover, some of the international the sled dog races take place in Russia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mushers from around the world plan for 2010 Iditarod

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Dog drivers from Jamaica, Scotland, Italy, Canada and the United States – most especially Alaska – will compete the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a northern route that will take mushers and nearly 1,000 sled dogs over 1,112 miles of Alaska wilderness. Read the rest of this entry »

Alaska Serum Run Re-enactment

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A unique event for the Southeast and a fun educational outing for families and dog lovers, the Alaska Serum Run Re-enactment takes place on the Virginia Creeper Trail from Abingdon trail head to Damascus in southwestern Virginia. Hosted by the Siberian Husky Rescue, the day begins with Breakfast with the Sled Dogs at the farmers market in Abingdon. A storyteller tells the tale of the historic 1925 Alaska event, the serum is handed to the first musher and the four part relay takes place along the trail. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to Learn about Alaska

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Over the past several years, I’ve found that one surefire way to impress people here on the East Coast is to mention that I once lived in Alaska. I become something of a novelty, as curious New Yorkers inquire about my year in Fairbanks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sent to Siberia, for fun

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John Pannell, 47, from Mutchetts Close in Garston has just returned from a 12-day winter trip on the Trans-Siberian railway. Read the rest of this entry »

Greece fest is high on the (ground)hog

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Around this time of year, most of us get a little restless, longing for warmer temperatures and a chance to enjoy the outdoors again. Read the rest of this entry »

A skier turns to ‘Mush!’

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Sunbeams shot through the lodgepole pine forest, striping the snow-blanketed mountain trail with shadows. On this crisp, clear winter morning, I could have skied. But instead, I traded my skis for a team of eight huskies yoked to a sled at Good Times Adventures, in Breckenridge. Read the rest of this entry »

Mushers take frozen paws for fun

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Art Falk was able to cross dog sledding off his “Bucket List” on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

24 ways to enjoy Alaska solstice

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Alaska in the summertime is full of fun and, most particularly, sun. Read the rest of this entry »

Dog Sledding at the Ski Hill

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My afternoon as an Iditarod trainer. Read the rest of this entry »

Tahoe dog-sled tours offer unique perspective on Sierra scenery

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The dogs want to run. Read the rest of this entry »

At 400, Quebec ready to party

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Quebec City is turning 400, and everyone is invited to what promises to be a major 10-month celebration. The city on the St. Lawrence has been sprucing itself up for the 400th celebration, even adding attractions including a new 1.5-mile riverside park, Promenade Samuel de Champlain, named for Quebec’s founder. Expect the whole city to be bigger, better, flashier and brighter. Read the rest of this entry »

Learn to enjoy

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At the Boyne Highlands resort near here, for instance, you can go dog sledding with an experienced musher who has raced three times in the famed Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska. Read the rest of this entry »

Northern exposure

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Alaska’s glaciers and dogsleds are wonderful, but it’s the people you remember Read the rest of this entry »

Freeze fest

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It may look like just a large block of ice to most people, but for ice sculptor Armand Ramirez, the 300-pound rectangle of frozen water that sat on a stage Sunday afternoon in Frankfort was already a completed work – it just needed a few pieces shaved off. Read the rest of this entry »

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