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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Annual Dog Sledding Adventure A Big Success for Wright County Parks & Recreation

A True Minnesota Adventure – by Brad Harrington, Parks & Recreation

After the holidays, winter starts to set in. The temperatures drop and the realization that all we might see for the next couple of months is a blanket of white snow. What do you do to pass the time? Many people will choose to stay indoors as much as possible and work on puzzles, read a good book by the fire, watch sports on television or play board games and card games with the family. We think that it is too cold to get outside and do anything. Think again! 

Wright County Parks & Recreation host numerous events through the winter months that will get you outside and experience winter in a new way. From cross country skiing and guided snowshoe adventures to a true “Up North” pastime – dog sledding. For more than 15 years the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has hosted a dog sled experience at Robert Ney Regional Park. This year, there were 154 participants that experienced the thrill and excitement of being led through the park by a team of six Siberian huskies and their musher through Silent Run Adventures. When you think of dog sledding you typically think of adventures in the Boundary Waters or the grueling conditions of the Iditarod and that you have to train for years to do it. Not with Wright County Parks & Recreation. No experience is needed as you will be riding on the sled and not directing it and the dogs have been socialized so everyone can pet them and get photos with them.

The Parks & Recreation Department annually hosts five time slots on Fridays and Saturdays in January. The Friday night mush is especially unique in that the runs are at night. This year, there was a full moon so participants were able to experience the park in an entirely new way. With only the headlamp that the musher wore and the light of the moon, participants were taken through the woods, along a creek and even onto a pond by the huskies for close to a mile-and-a-half ride. Saturday is just as fun as the mushers use the same trail that they run on Friday night with the only difference being it is daylight. This is still a great way to experience mushing and Robert Ney Regional Park. As you wait for your ride, the department provides snacks, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and coffee for everyone to enjoy either inside the Nature Center or around a campfire. There are typically a few huskies that are getting a rest and, as they wait to get back to pulling, they love a good pet from the kids and adults.

All of this plus a short presentation by Jack Christopher, owner/operator of Silent Run Adventures, is accomplished in a two-hour time frame. This is by far the most popular event that Wright County Parks & Recreation hosts in the year. With a limited number of spots, it fills up fast, so be looking for 2021 dates when they are announced Oct. 1. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Dog Sledding Adventure or any of the other winter activities contact Wright County Parks & Recreation at parksandrecreation@co.wright.mn.us.

Be sure to get out and “Explore the Opportunities” and find a true Minnesota adventure to enjoy. Don’t let a little cold and snow keep you from the great outdoors.

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