Only In Alaska...

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Only In Alaska.....

snow safari trip photo

On Saturday January 15th, 10 participants with the assistance of staff, volunteers and Alaska Snow Safari's were able to enjoy a day of snow machining around Deshka landing, about an hour and a half north of Anchorage. The participants, staff and volunteers all met at the Alaska Snow Safari office for a brief meeting and to get our helmets before heading north to our starting point. A quick weather check before we departed north sent a chill through the plans as the temperatures up the Iditarod Trail were hovering around 30 below zero, and were only supposed to warm up to a chilly 10 below zero by noon. With this information in hand we quickly devised a secondary plan which would allow for some great riding while staying closer to facilities we could utilize to ensure everyone was safe and able to stay warm. Once arriving at Deshka Landing the group got geared up and had a quick orientation meeting before being paired with their machines and completing a safety course. Once all this was completed we were ready to hit the trails. A short ride brought us to a large open area where everyone was allowed to do some free riding and enjoy the space and great views. Pausing and looking north there it was, Denali (the largest peak in North America) was visible in all it glory. The sun was shining on the snow covered mountains and any thoughts about the cold quickly disappeared as the natural beauty of the Alaskan wilderness took over. The group stopped for some group pictures, and then quickly set off to explore more of the open country. After riding for about two hours the group wandered into Eagle Quest Lodge for a nice warm lunch and some great hot beverages. Lunch was filled with many laughs and stories, as the group took sometime to relax and reflect on the experience. With the riding done for the day the group loaded back up and headed home, and the ride home was not short on stories or appreciation for the experience either. We would like to thank Craig Saunder and Alaska Snow Safari's again for their support and partnership putting on this event, we truly could not have done this without you and your companies support. Happy trails to everyone and remember to stay warm.