Freya went on her first bike ride today! I figured I’d hook her up with Orion on her first time instewd of going solo.
While he has the obedience and thoughtfulness to be the “lead dog”, she has the sheer drive to pull and run–so they make an awesome team together!
Every time we stopped at a crosswalk or to check in, she would go crazy wailing and howling, wanting to get moving again, and would get them tangled up trying to turn around and see what I was doing. We’ll definitely have to work on that lol.
Some of you might have wondered where I’ve been the past few weeks. Well, turns out that my work sent me to Sweden quite unexpectedly! I found out that I was going on December 1, left on December 3, and only got back to the US on Tuesday night. PHEW!
The trip was for a documentary film conference in Stockholm, where I got to see some old friends from my PBSDS family. But a bunch of documentary filmmakers and I went to a place called Kiruna in northern Sweden—above the Arctic Circle—after the official conference ended.
Kiruna is an old iron mining town—and the mine is still important to the economy of both Kiruna and Sweden as a whole. So important, in fact, that when the mining company discovered that the iron seam ran directly under the town, the town decided it would MOVE rather than stop mining! Plans have now been drawn up, and the move will begin soon.
While up north, I visited the Esrange Space Center, which launches sounding rockets for scientific experiments, stayed at the Ice Hotel (sadly not in one of the rooms MADE OF ICE, though I did get to tour them!)…
…went dog sledding…
…wore a gigantic snowsuit…
…and saw the northern lights.
All in all, a pretty amazing experience.
Aaaanyway, I’m so sorry for my long absence, and the delay in publishing any new episodes. I will have a new video out next week, inspired by my trip up north (I’ll keep the topic a secret for now.) And the “Thank You!” video in which I answer YOUR questions will be out the following week.
“…just one sprained ankle away from literally dying. And that’s a risk I’m willing to accept.” Video by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Miki Collins and her dog team on a subsistence trap line that runs deep into #DenaliNationalPark, Alaska. Miki and her sister Julie inherited the trap line (which existed long before the National Park) from a long line of trappers who also lived off the land in this remote land of kettle lakes, winding rivers, and winters that regularly dip down to -50 or below.