iPad iBlog: Dog Sledding in Alaska

iPad iBlog: Dog Sledding in Alaska

We had the most fantastic excursion today in Juneau. The Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter excursion is one for your bucket list and it includes a helicopter ride over Mendenhall Glacier and an hour long stop at a dog camp for some mushing. Our adventure began with a safety briefing, a life vest and special glacier boots which fit over our shoes. We took a 15-minute scenic tour of beautiful blue and white rivers of ice, jagged mountains and lush green valleys.

When we arrived at the camp, Kim gave us a briefing of the dog camp and turned us over to her husband, Dustin who introduced us to the dog team. Kim and Dustin live at the camp from May to September with the dogs. Dustin took us mushing and explained that the dogs are breed to live in these cold conditions and love to run. There were four of us on the sled plus Dustin. The dogs whisked us around the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Afterwards we met the puppies and took this photo with Bieber…named after Justin.

Dustin shows us his home at the camp.

Pamela Baade is Holland America Line’s manager of corporate giving. She is currently sailing on board Oosterdam and will be blogging from an iPad throughout her Alaska vacation.


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  1. Sara July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    What a great name for that puppy!

  2. Pat July 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Did this 4 years ago. Best excursion ever!!!

  3. Walter July 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    That was a great Blog. I will have to try that cruise.

  4. Lynda July 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    What is the ports on the ship. We are thinking of doing alaska cruise last week of aug first two in sept. Any suggestions are welcomed

  5. […] blogger from Holland America has written about her fun excursion to our Juneau glacier camp. Pamela Baade, Holland America Line’s manager of corporate giving, landed at camp and was met by Kym Schmidt, Assistant Camp Manager. She was then taken to ride with […]

  6. Chery DJ March 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    that pic of the tent..is that gas bottle for heating it up at night??

  7. Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    My husband, daughter and myself did the dog sled in 2008 when we docked at Skagway and loved every moment of it as well as the rest of the cruise on the Statendam.
    We are hoping to do another trip in th next year or two and traveling up to Denali and surounding areas, HAL certainly are the best.

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