On the Fairbanks Riverboat Discovery Tour, I got my first glimpse of sled dogs when the boat went by Trail Breaker Kennel, which was owned by the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher. It was fun to watch the demo, but I wanted to see the huskies up close. Enter the Musher’s Camp and Sled Dog Experience in Skagway, Alaska, the first port where the Coral Princess stopped.
There are actually lots of sled dog excursions in Alaska, and in the summer most of them don’t involve snow. (Although some do helicopter you to a glacier for the snowy experience.) At this Musher’s Camp, the dogs pull you on a one-mile dirt-road though the woods in a custom-made cart that looks like a six-person golf cart. It’s a fun, quick bumpy ride. Many of these dogs have participated in the Iditarod or are training for it, so these jaunts give them some much-needed exercise. The dogs get so excited before they get to pull the cart