S: 2011 Adventures
FC: Pearl's 2011 Adventure Book! Dog sledding and Peru
1: Pearl's 2011 Adventure Book! Dog sledding and Peru
2: Dog Sledding Trip with Chocpaw Expeditions Ontario, Canada February 25-27, 2011
3: Marc Hopkins, Nancy Turner, Pearl Donohoo, Amy Andersson, Simon Helmore, Jim Turner, Bob Peret, Erik Sabin, Sarah Caulfield, Dave Collins and guide Don Glaude | The Crew
4: The Yard | The yard is home to over 450 sled dogs! When you enter the yard in the morning, it explodes with enthusiastic barking! | The roads were not snowy enough to sled, so the dogs were boxed and taken to the trail-head. Chocpaw staff called out dog names, and the dogs were hopped over on their back legs. Two or three dogs were then put in the boxes on the truck. The first truck only had two lug nuts left, so the second truck was completely full!
5: The yard is one of the few places to find other Pearls! There was both Pearl (above) and White Pearl (left). Both Pearls were very friendly!
6: The Team! | Digger | Clem | Fable | Talep | Markus | Yellow
7: Digger Digger was the old-man lead dog. He was exceptionally calm and quiet on the gang-line. Digger loved digging into snow banks on the sides of the trail and was an enthusiastic happy howler! | Clem Clem, our second lead dog, spent the first morning being pulled into snow banks. He was a shy dog but enjoyed a good scratch at the end of the day.
8: Talep Talep was the smallest dog on the team. She started as a wheel dog but was moved to point early on the first day. Talep was always looking for a pet and spent most of the second day rebuffing Markus' advances.
9: Markus | Fable | Our point-wheel-point dog, Fable was not always excited about pulling. She made up for her lack of enthusiasm for pulling with her enthusiasm for Talep's food! | Markus was a late addition to the team. At less than a year old, Markus thought that he was quite he ladies man, but the ladies disagreed.
10: Yellow Yellow was the driving force behind the team. As our consistent wheel dog, he never wanted to stop running. | Yellow was enthusiastic about three things: running, drooling and barking. As soon as Yellow's tug line was attached, he was ready to go. At the end of the day, his neck chain was covered in layers of frozen saliva.
12: The Sled!
14: At Camp Water at camp was brought from either the lake or the river. Both required the use of the puchucka-puchucka-puchucka tool. Simon alsmost puchucka-puchkaed himself into the river. Food at camp was cooked inside the tent, and the first night's meal of steak and potatoes made for a smoky experience. Breakfast on the last day featured English muffins fried in bacon fat.
15: Dog Chores at Camp | Once at camp, the dogs were moved from the gang-line to lines set-up in camp. The dogs' harnesses were removed and each pup got a thank you rub down. With the sleds unpacked and harnesses put away, the dogs got fresh straw bedding. Some dogs kicked all the old straw out of their area while waiting and others refused to sit without the fresh bedding. | The dogs were offered water but rarely drank. They much preferred food time! Each dog ate 2-4 pounds of fortified chicken mash. | The chicken mash came in frozen blocks. Most dogs inhaled their food in seconds.
16: Peru | May 29-June 12, 2011 Cuzco, Lares Trek, Machu Picchu, Huaraz, Laguna 69, Lima
17: Our hostel in Cuzco, El Balcon, was a steep uphill walk from the Plaza de Armas. Our first priority (after a nap) was to find food! The Aussie themed "couch bar" did the trick with delicious sandwiches.
18: During our two days before leaving on the trek with Llama Path, we traveled the city. Best of all were the juice ladies in the Cuzco market. The quest for more maracuya continued throughout the trip!
20: Trek: Day 1 Cuzcotopia The Lares hot springs marked the start of our trek! We had the hot springs almost to ourselves.
21: Trekking through the small villages of the Lares Valley
22: The crew included two horsemen, two porters (Milky doubled as our chef). Munchers (or 'Monsters') was popular with the whole crew! | Each camp included sleeping tents and a food tent! We had tea every morning, at breakfast, at lunch, at tea, at dinner, before bed...
23: And the LLAMAS! (and alpacas)
24: Trek Day 2: Pachacutec Pass 15,610 ft
25: The other side of the pass: Cloud Forest and Ice!
26: Camp Day 2
27: Trek Day 3: Out of the Valley
28: Machu Picchu!
32: Sun Gate
33: The Terraces of Machu Picchu
34: Birds, bromeliads, cocoa plants and the tropical trail to the sun gate!
36: The Green House After picking up our taxista's guinea pig food and a short walk down a very dark street, we arrived for a relaxing night.
37: Huaraz | Home of Albergue Churup and Cafe Andino!
39: Hike near Huaraz
42: Los Lagos LLagunaco
43: Laguna 69 Trek 2000 feet elevation over 3 miles to a stunningly blue lake surrounded by glaciated peaks | Cebollapampa Campground