Dog days of winter: Dogsledding with Mahoosuc Guide Service

Sometimes photos say it best. Here’s a selection from my recent dog-sledding day trip, a howling good time with Mahoosuc Guide Service. From the Newry lodge on Route 26, just before Grafton Notch, we drove to an access point onto Lake Umbagog, which straddles the Maine/New Hampshire border, harnessed up the huskies, and, after a bit of instruction (Tighten Up, Gee, Haw… no need to shout), off we went.

It was a spectacular day, mushing with Kevin Slater and his happy huskies. It’s a full day trip, and everyone takes turns mushing the dogs and riding in the sled (where yes, it’s true, the view never changes).

The only thing about the day I’d change, if I did it again, was actually the night. Next time I’ll stay in The Farmhouse, an old fashioned B&B with warm hospitality, comfy rooms, shared bath, and a homestyle breakfast. Another option is dorm-style The Lodge.

In addition to day trips, Kevin and partner Polly Mahoney offer overnights. Be sure to check those out, too.

Kevin build his own sleds.

Kevin build his own sleds.

And off we go!

And off we go!

Lunch! Hearty soup cooked over an open fire, bagels for toasting, snack mixes, cookies, yum.

Lunch! Hearty soup cooked over an open fire, bagels for toasting, snack mixes, cookies, yum. One doesn't go hungry here.

The dogs nap and rest during lunch.

The dogs nap and rest during lunch.

Back on the trail. Gee, or is that haw?

Back on the trail. Gee, or is that haw?

A good Maine truck.

A good Maine truck.

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One Response to “Dog days of winter: Dogsledding with Mahoosuc Guide Service”

  1. John M. Says:

    Wow, that looks like fun.

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