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May 2011

May 29, 2011

Notes from Joe: Unpredictable Arctic

The Arctic landscape is very diverse and constantly changes with the wind and snow.  You  never know what type of conditions await you in the next valley. In the river valley below, we were greeted with a sea of snow that was five feet deep. Its quite a chore breaking trail in these conditions.  We […]

May 22, 2011

Notes From Joe: Making Tracks

Wolverines are full time residents of the high arctic and are real loners.  They travel and hunt alone, covering large territories.  Their main diet is ptarmigan in winter, but just like all predators they are opportunists and will kill dall sheep if they are around.  They’re also scavengers and they like to get an easy […]

May 21, 2011

Notes from Joe: Reflecting on Winter

As the temperatures rose to 72 F yesterday and the cottonwood trees started budding, I couldn’t help reminiscing the Arctic’s angel-white landscape, cool breeze, quiet sunsets and the malamutes’ musical howls.  Here are some photos from a colder time, not too long ago…

May 15, 2011

Notes from Joe: Playing Catch Up

I am frequently asked how I stay ahead of my team of malamutes while snowshoeing or skiing.   The answer is that I simply tell the team to stay and they to wait until I get out ahead of them and then I yell,  “OK"! (which is the command to go).  They’ll  catch up to me […]

May 11, 2011

Notes from Joe: Team Pictures

Although February kicked our butts with blizzards and waist deep snow, the flaring sunrises made up for much of the heart ache. Even though Alaska’s arctic had the worst weather in decades this past season, the team did a great job.  Putting together a team of dogs is similar to building, lets say a football […]

May 8, 2011

Notes From Joe: A Brief Summary of the 2011 Expedition

Hello from Two Rivers!  It’s been a heck of a season on the Arctic Expedition but it’s good to be home.  I’m looking forward to the birth of our new baby.  Only about 2 months to go! The 2011 expedition got off to a great start at the end of January.  All of our 22 […]

May 1, 2011

2011 Arctic Expedition – A Sneak Preview

They’re baaaack!  Joe and the team made it home safe and sound from the expedition.  Here are a few photos from the season.  There’s much more to share with you, so please check back!