BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fast Forward 15 Years

Fifteen years ago, as the world descended on Atlanta for the 1996 Summer Olympics, Hubby and I decided it was a good time to get the Heck out of Dodge!

We spent 3 weeks wandering aimlessly camping in Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories, with no real destination, except Eagle, AK.

We had traveled the Taylor Highway to Eagle a couple years earlier and developed a friendship with Wayne (Yukon Quest Veteran) and Scarlett Hall, owners of Bush Alaska Expeditions.

Matt Hall, their son, was just a little fellow back then, growing up on the Yukon River with 20+ sled dogs as his playmates.

Matt's love and respect for these special dogs was evident at an early age.

Wayne Hall, Paleface, Me, Tim, Matt Hall
Cabin on Yukon River, near Eagle, AK

(Photo from Smokin' Ace Kennels)

Today, Matt is carrying on the family tradition with his own team of sled dogs at Smokin' Ace Kennels.

Happy Trails, Matt!!!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

How fun - Mom would love to make that trip too. Will you be headed back to Alaska soon? Can we all pull your sled?

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Country Gal said...

WOW ! We here live in Ontario Canada and I have never heard of them, could be cause they are wayy up there lol all though I have a friend that was born and raised in the Yukon he is a biker and thats his nick name YUKON ! Great post and photos. Have a wonderful day !

Finn said...

Wow, very nice! Looks like a fun time was had by all! Great that's he's keeping the tradition alive today.

TexWisGirl said...

a very unique life, for sure. and such an adventurous one!

Benny and Lily said...

What a cool trip and story
Benny & Lily

Madi and Mom said...

What wonderful memories and pictures. Good luck to Matt and his dogs they are in good capable hands with him.
Beautiful post you know if it is about Alaska I love it.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Hound Girl said...

What an awesome memory to have. That trip would be amazing!!

Sharon said...

Interesting post! Very cool digs!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Memories!!!

Remington said...

That is very cool!

Gloria said...

Awesome story! What a cool way to live too!

Giga said...

Jakie to przyjemne, jak wspomnienia są wspaniałe. Chciałoby się to przeżyć jeszcze raz. Pozdrawiam cieplutko

Frankie Furter said...

What a grrrreat trip that must have been. Love the Cabin picture... butt you can just KEEP THE SNOW.

Anonymous said...

Your trip sounds like it was so much fun! I love Alaska and would go back in a heart beat, but the Hub prefers warmer vacation climes. That picture of you on the porch of the cabin looks like it could have come straight from the movie, "Deliverance!" Ha! Adventuresome and hardy people.

Dory and the Mama said...

What great fun!! We wish Matt tons of Lhasa luck!!

Dory, Jakey and Bilbo

Ina in Alaska said...

Come on back!!!!

JackDaddy said...

You look exactly the same as you did fifteen years ago!

I meant the cabin. :)

Rock Chef said...

That sounds like a great trip - my wife always wanted to go to Alaska. Maybe we will make it one day!

Susan said...

A little too rustic for me! Looks like it was a fun trip, though! Way to go, Matt!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Great post Kit!! I couldn't see your pictures. The old puter is being lazy today it hasn't wanted to load hardly anything today!!!!!!
Thrilled to be here.
xx, Tinker & Fern
PS, I have had 6 dogs in the last 38 years and Tinker is the only one who has ever dig out!!!!!!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

hello to you there in north ga, we are here near the big granite rock.
Looks like an awesome trip. I always have wanted to go to Alaska and see some dog sledding. I can only imagine how exhilarating it can be with the cold crisp wind in ones face and the power being pulled by some talented team members.

Looks like you have a loving fun place and many warm noses to kiss.

God bless and keep you all safe.

Ms. ~K said...

Hello Kit,
Thank you for the contribution to my new kennel. Your right I don't remember you but it would be fun to meet up again. I will be living in Fairbanks next winter with mu girlfriend and plan to do lots of racing over the next few years so we might meet then if you keep coming up to the starts of the Iditarod.
Glad you liked the site and hope you keep following my blogs. Thanks again, Matt Hall

Bobby said...

So good, such great memories and photos you have.
We are so pleased for Onyx she looks a little sweetie, and she has landed on all four paws just great.
Licks Bobby

tubby3pug said...

What an amazing trip. You have a really nice blog here. Im a teacher too after my retirement Id love to move to the country