We’re all looking for exciting adventure close to home since COVID is keeping us from ventures afar. I didn’t have to travel to Siberia to experience authentic dog sledding. Siberia Outpost outside Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, delivered more adrenalin than anticipated.
Siberian Outpost: The Call of the Wild
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Dog sledding in Wisconsin
He also works with an animal foster organization. “Right now, I have 16 running and two in retirement.”
“The vet bills are a killer, and that’s just for checkups,” he says, patting Bear’s head.
Jim's dogs leave prints on his heart
Wisconsin Dog Sledding: The Musher's Pedal
“They’re excited and ready to run,” announces Jim. “Time to get in the sled.”
The dogs are anxious to get going. Once I climb aboard, we take off to the woods. “We’ll stay on the wooded trails too keep out of the wind,” says Jim giving a few suitable pumps from his foot at the back of the sled. It’s the musher’s pedal, he says.
Then we’re off!
My dog sledding tour in Wisconsin
The wind burns my cheeks as we pick up speed. The dogs dash through the woods on a tight, groomed trail. On his 37 acres of land, Jim has developed over three miles of trails.
“Back here, I have the nicest trails possible,” he touts. “Every snowfall needs to be packed.” Jim purchased a mini-snowmobile trail grooming machine to do the job. He also maintains the trails all summer long by hauling gravel and wood chips and cutting the brush away from the track.
I’m surprised at the feeling of euphoria as we glide over a frozen pond. Just watching the sixteen dogs working in harmony and running effortlessly makes me joyful. If I’d known that dog sledding in Wisconsin was so fun, I would have done it sooner…and more frequently!
Siberian Outpost: Memories that last
After the adrenaline-pumping ride with trees whizzing by, I hang out with the dogs. Siberian Outpost certainly created memories that will last with me forever. I learned so much about dog sledding in Wisconsin and dog handling in general.
At first, I’d been a little nervous being around so many dogs that I didn’t know. But Jim quelled my fears right away.
“None of them bites,” he assured me and then laughed. “I’m the only one around here that bites.” He points to one of the Siberian Huskies’ ears that has a bite mark out of it.
“The school kids love that one,” he jokes.
Wisconsin dog sledding at Siberian Outpost
“When a car pulls up, they know they are going for a run,” says Jim. “They are always excited when they see someone coming.”
The picture above is of my welcoming committee when I arrived at Siberian Outpost.
Newspapers and magazines around the nation have featured stories about Jim’s dog sledding tours. People have traveled from Germany, Israel and Australia to go dog sledding at Siberian Outpost.
Siberian Outpost is only 30 minutes from Christi’s Inn in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where I stayed during my winter adventure.
My winter getaway included hiking the Ice Age Trail on Sturgeon Bay in Lake Michigan, eating local cheese in cozy backwoods restaurants and going dog sledding in Wisconsin.
My affordable room in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, at Christi’s Inn.
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