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Day 13- Ulan Bator

The fantastic three- Isha, Apollo and Morgan

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I just had the 2 most life changing experiences of my life. I got up yesterday morning a bit nervous but keen to embark on the overnight dog sledding adventure I had signed up to. I arrived at the Mammoth Dog Teams Center and learnt how to control my team of 3 dogs, Isha Apollo and Morgan. I eventually got the hang of the controls and before I knew it I was gliding across the snow at full speed. The feeling of fresh, clean, cold air whipping across my face and in my hair was thrilling. When we were going up one of the hills somehow my dogs came detached to my sled and I ended up sliding back down the hill as my dogs ran off into the distance. Luckily, my instructor Jim, knew what to do and saved the day connecting me back with my dogs. From then on I was more cautious of what they were doing. Before I knew it, it was time to set up camp in the snowy mountains. We set up camp and brushed our dogs. After doing this I had a go at skijorring. It was a lot harder then I thought it would be. Skiing can be tricky let alone skiing while you are being hauled along by 2 dogs (the amount of bruises I accumulated could be a new record). After a while a finally was able to hold my balance for more than 5 seconds and I was zooming along the flats very wonkily! It was soon time for dinner and I was given a lumberjack size of hearty beef stew in sourdough round that I ate around the fire. It was just what you needed after a day in the snow although I couldn't eat all mine so I snuck some to my dogs. After dinner we told stories around the fire before snuggling up in sleeping bags for a good night sleep.

Day 2 of the trip was just as exhilarating as Day 1. I was more controlled of my dogs and felt more comfortable as they carted me along. This time I was able to pay more attention to the fine details of the scenery. It was like doing a 'mindfulness activity' out in the crisp air listening to the unfamiliar noises. I was amazed my the scenery. The snow capped mountains and white trees where breathtaking. We also had an encounter with the endangered snow leopard that was very special. We soon arrived back at Mammoth Dog Teams headquarters where I very sadly had to depart from my dogs. I gave them all a big pat and got a selfie that I will treasure for ever. Isha, Apollo and Morgan are three dogs that I will never forget. Dog_Sledding.jpgApollo.jpgIsha_and_Morgan.jpgAttempting_Skijoring.jpgMy_tent_in_the_morning.jpg

Posted by sherington 05:15 Archived in Mongolia

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