Our goal is now simple, sixteen miles to the Pole in 2 days. We made great progress today turning out 10 miles in 7 hours. The day was a bit of a sandwich with smooth ice in the middle and difficult patches to start and end the day.
When we first met the dogs I was quite intimidated. While they look adorable (pictures to come), they can pull one and a half to two times their weight all day and have a menacing growl. What I have learned over this week with our 18 dogs is that they are huge sweethearts.
On one of our breaks today one of the dogs named Milar started nuzzling up against my leg. When I gave him the rub he was craving he had a huge doggy smile. While Milar is more aggressive about getting attention, each dog has their own personality as I have gotten to know them better.
The other piece that surprised me is how much the dogs seem to enjoy pulling the sled. Whenever we are out on the ice trail their tails are usually wagging and when we stop they keep tugging and pulling the sled. They also seem to love the whale fat we feed them as treats.
Wish us luck as we head out for our penultimate dogsledding day on the Polar Ice Cap. North Pole here we come!