22.02.2011 - 22.02.2011 -11 °C
Today we did one of the most traditional Canadian activities – dogsledding! We took a taxi into the middle of nowhere to meet up with a couple who owned a dogsledding business. We were warmly welcomed into their home and were soon acquainted with their many pets – two dogs, five cats and a cute pig, who I affectionately named Babe! We were then led to the huskies. The couple own about sixty huskies who live outside on the top of a mountain but have their own little huts and are generally fed beef. As soon as I saw the huskies I fell in love. They were absolutely adorable! They were very human friendly, full of love, energy, excitement, jumping around and licking your face. One even got a little too excited and pissed on Yoselien!
After a brief introduction to dogsledding, we were given our dogsleds and dogs and started our epic adventure. Unlike a car or even a bike, there’s not much control in a dogsled. If the dogs want to take you one way, you follow. All that you can do to control the sled is to slow down and stop – the dogs do the rest. This made it difficult initially to turn corners. After falling off the dogsled on the first two corners, I quickly got the hang of turning corners, you need to shift your balance into the corner by swivelling your hips and sticking your bum out – a very pleasant sight!
We were on the dogsleds for about two hours and travelled over twenty kilometres through beautiful snowy covered trees, valleys, frozen creeks, forests and open land on a warm, sunny February day – we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The dogs were certainly powerful and strong animals carrying us up steep hills and bulleting down slopes, very obedient and loyal but sometimes naughty, for example, my dogs took me on the wrong track!
Clearly, we had one of the greatest experiences Canada and even the world can offer us – it’s something we will never forget. We’re already talking about doing it again sometime! It’s going to be hard to top.
During the afternoon, we returned to the Parliament Building to take a guided tour. We explored the Lower House, library and Senate, which was very similar to that found in Australia. The Parliament Building had a gothic architecture and was purely white – it was truly magnificent!
For dinner that night, I went to a Japanese restaurant. I tried sake (which is a hot alcoholic beverage made of rice, yeast and water) for the first time and quite enjoyed it and for main course I devoured grilled eel on rice, which was utterly exquisite.