Our stop in Seward was really one of the greatest days. First, we went on our excursion, dog sledding! This was a great idea for an excursion (it was Darren’s idea). When we first arrived, we heard a little about the history of the Iditarod dog sled race, which the entire family who owns these dogs participates in during the winter. Then we got to go back and see the dogs where they hang out while not pulling the sled.
We met our tour guide, a college age girl who participates in dog sled races, but not the Iditarod. She said that race is really expensive, difficult, and there’s not much reward to it even if you win. She was pretty cool to talk to and answered all of our questions. When we got to our dog sled, I ended up being the assistant musher which meant I stood on the back of the sled next to her rather than sitting on the front of the sled.
The dogs really are bred to and love to race. When they were lining up and tying the dogs in front of the sled, all the dogs got really excited and barked and howled to be chosen to run. The dog sleds we rode on are training for the dogs and keep them in shape during the summer so they can race in the winter. The sleds were on wheels and pulled 9 people which keeps the dogs in good shape. Darren and I are in the back of the sled.
Here’s a cute shot of us on the sled
After our sled ride, we got to meet the puppies. That was super fun. They were adorable and of course I wanted to take one home, but we were warned that these dogs don’t do so well if they don’t get to race since that’s what they’re bred for. They would not take too well to an Illinois climate. Plus, they were worth $1000 each from birth. There’s no way the owners would let one slip away. But they were so cute!
After our amazing dog sled adventure, we went to the local yarn store. The one in Seward was really nice. It was well organized and had nice big windows and lots of light. Brenda came with me and I helped her pick out her yarn, pattern, and needles. Then I did a little shopping for myself.
The only one of these yarns really inspired by anything is the one furthest to the right, and it’s not Alaskan yarn. However, I thought it was kind of glacier like. It is Wisdom yarns poem sock. I’m not sure if I want to knit with it though; Brenda bought it also but like Noro, it’s kind of splitty and uneven. We’ll see if I get to it.
To finish up our excursion in Seward, we finally got some lunch at the Smoke shack, which was fabulous. Since the burgers on the cruise ship were not good, we got some smoked burgers from the Smoke shack. They were delicious! Overall, Seward was a super fun stop and I’d love to go there again.
Up next, I complain briefly about Kodiak, and then discuss another day at sea