Our last day in Alaska (Yes the last. I can’t believe it either.) was another full day. After little sleep the night before we woke up very early to head out (completely packed) on the Husky Homestead tour. Let me tell ya, it was worth the lack of sleep. The bus picked us up at our hotel and took us to the Jeff King’s Husky Homestead.
First thing when we arrived was to meet husky puppies. Everyone was able to hold one. They were so adorable!
Next we were seated on steps and given blankets to keep warm. It’s chilly out there even in early September! I loved just sitting there and soaking in the beauty around me. Jason and I imagined living out there. We were told about Jeff King’s Iditarod huskies. First I was surprised they didn’t look like the movie Iditarod dogs. Those are just for show they said. These huskies are the real deal.
I loved meeting the dogs and learning about how they are trained. Jeff King’s daughters actually name the dogs and some of the names are quite hilarious! There are so many of them now, I guess they had to come up with lots of names. One litter was the characters from Mash, the TV show. Another litter had a spy theme.
I thought this dog size hamster wheel was pretty neat. Great exercise for the huskies!
Next we went inside a warm building and got to hear Jeff King, four time Iditarod champion, tell us about his experiences himself. What a treat!
Afterward I even got to meet him! This part of the trip was recommended to us by my in-laws. They loved the Husky Homestead tour and knew we would too. If you love dogs and are interested in Alaska and the Iditarod, this stop is a must. Other sled dog excursions are just that, but these dogs actually train and compete in the Iditarod. It was fascinating!
I know several people who have traveled to Alaska, but none have mentioned going to the Husky Homestead. How in the world did you leave without bringing home one of those adorable husky puppies?
What an awesome and interesting trip you and Jason had!
Thanks so much for sharing = )