Posting vignettes based on great postcards found in my mail box and elsewhere.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Enjoying a day out with the dogs

The caption on the reverse side of this card states: "The sport of sled dog mushing is becoming a popular way to enjoy winter."

This was true in the early 1990's in Northern Michigan as several sled dog races were founded and many people began running dogs simply for the pure joy of riding the runners behind a team of panting huskies. Though sprint mushing (10-30 mile events) had been popular in both the lower and upper peninsula of Michigan for decades, the Upper Peninsula saw an explosive growth in mid-distance races (50-200 mile events), including Michigan's primier event, the UP200 and Midnight Run, run out of Marquette, Michigan.

This post card's picture shows my friend Dennis passing though the pine barrens near Marquette, Michigan, circa 1994. The photo was taken by Tom L. Porn. Dennis was out running his entire kennel -- eight very friendly and loveable Siberian Huskies. Dennis and family now live in Alaska and keep a small kennel of very friendly but roudy sled dogs. The lead dogs in the picture are Cassie and Raven.

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