Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Marriage Proposal on the Trail!

It was an exciting day for the dogsledding teams and all of us at Husky Power... not to mention a very surprised young gal. Her boyfriend set up this neat way to propose well ahead of their weekend at Deep Creek... then while here pretended to find out about dogsledding tours and called us up for a "last-minute reservation."

But we knew and we had a PLAN! The Bride-to-be, Kim, had no clue what was coming!

The Groom-to-be, Shawn S. of Towson, MD sneakily passed me the beautiful engagement ring while they were enjoying their first hour of entertaining mushing education. Then out on the gorgeous, snowy white trails they learned to mush the team by themselves.

But alas! I "dropped my radio back on the trail" and had to leave them alone with the team while I walked back to get it. I asked Shawn to stand on the sled brake (it was tied off to a tree too) and asked Kim to go up to the lead dogs to keep them quiet for a few minutes while I was gone.

When she was up there, Kim found the ring box attached to Leader Zsa Zsa's (also known as "Sam"... get it?) collar...

She was awestruck. And likely confused. And surprised. And it is quite difficult to surprise a smart woman! Shawn then went up and kneeled and asked for her hand in marriage. To be witnessed by 12 beautiful sleddogs woofing and wooing! And me too... for I snuck back around through the woods to take pictures... pleased to find Shawn actually kneeling in front of a shocked Kim.

And by the way, she did say YES!

Which is a good thing... for later on down another trail, after the fuss and congrats, we surprised both of them with a big sign blocking a beautiful trail we call "Christmas Tree Trail." The sign was a Congrats to Kim and Shawn... which they took home in memory.

I had a scare... I was filming on video our ride to the arrival at the sign... which means driving a 12-dog team with one hand... squirrley to say the least-- and barely stopped them before they barged right through the painted bed sheet!

A day to remember for us all. Congratulations Kim and Shawn!
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

First Blog!! Welcome!! (Ummm, what's a blog?)

We're finally gaining entry to the blog world! There's been lots of inquiries as to whether Husky Power Dogsledding has a blog. As in, ahem, the simple: "Do you have a blog?" Our repeat answer has always been: "Ahhh, What's a Blog? Oh yeah... I mean... Oh no. We don't have THAT!"

And that is, until now. Welcome to our blog and we promise to keep it up-to-date and interesting and fun. At least to mushers and dog lovers and dogsledding fools that it.

I figure we'll blog no less than once per week... and more likely every two days. There is just THAT much fun stuff happening here. For those that like to hear of the tours, the peoples, the dogs, the "drive bys," the trails and the goods with the bads... this is the spot. We have tours scheduled at least five days per week until May... which means there will be at least 2,016 amazing stories every week. Oh dear, how will we decide what to tell?

For right now I'll just report that our trail conditions are awesome... lots of snow and cold. Being in Western MD we just never know. So far this winter we've had about 36 inches of snow. Big spurts, then warmth and rain, then bitter cold and ice, then more snow and then sleet and then... well, you understand. The cold spell the whole eastern US has been experiencing is about over. And we are running dogs every day but Tues and Thurs. Preparing for a fun, albeit short, race too! On Jan 30 at Nemacolin resort in PA. Our handler Shaina will run a 3-dog team, and I, Linda, will run a 4-dog team. Can't wait! Stay posted!

Had a slumber party last night... Zsa Zsa and the girls (Thunder and Jag) snuggled up and took all the room.

On this happy note... please visit often and comment.