Since 1997, we teamed up with New Moon, the award-winning magazine produced by and for girls ages 8-14 from around the world, to offer parent-daughter pairs (mother and daughter or father and daughter) a chance to enjoy dogsledding together each day. Then each evening your daughter can apply that inspiration to paper through journaling and creative writing workshops with help and inspiration from professional writers (moms and dads can join in as they choose). Trip itinerary is similar to our 4-night lodge-to-lodge dog sled vacations but also includes fun seminars, games and workshops. A chance to share quality time with your daughter and with other adventurous daughters and parents from around the country! As one participant noted: "This was by far the best experience I've ever shared with my daughter. Our relationship took a quantum leap and so did her confidence!"
- each parent-daughter pair gets to mush their own team of our friendly Eskimo dogs on beautiful wilderness trails
- each pair gets to feed and care for their dogs as much as they’d like (and help with the puppy pen as well!)
- each trip typically includes 4-5 parent-daughter pairs, 2-3 guides and a guest creative writing instructor from New Moon magazine
- includes 3 days of guided dogsledding with visits to sites of scenic, historic and wildlife interest
- includes 2 nights at Wintergreen Lodge and 2 nights at Timber Trail Lodge’s Diamond Willow retreat
- private double-occupancy bedroom provided for each pair – bathrooms are shared
- indoor lunch 1st day; campfire trailside lunches on other days plus snack and beverage breaks
- dinners generally prepared by our French chef Bernard Herrmann, served family-style
- evening socializing around the fireplace, group games, journaling and north woods stories with your guides
- a creative writing workshop with a New Moon staff member
- optional chance to try snowshoeing, skiing, ski-jouring and our traditional Finnish sauna
- a special welcoming dinner on your first night and send-off brunch on the final "Musher’s Graduation" morning
- free tickets to view timber wolves in a woodland enclosure at Ely’s International Wolf Center
- rental clothing and boots available as need in both adults and kids sizes
Day 1: Arrive in Ely mid to late afternoon by car or airport taxi shuttle. Stop at Wintergreen store for any rental clothing needs, continue to lodge for check-in and site tour. Meet your guides, dogs and other parents and daughters. Welcoming dinner at 6 pm followed by trip orientation session and clothing check. “Dear Diary” tips on journaling session. Optional night visit to the kennel (a chance to 'howl' with your dogs at the moon and watch for northern lights).
Day 2: Sunrise kennel care (optional) followed by breakfast and "Dogsledding 101" training. The big moment arrives as your guides help you launch your team and accompany you on a dogsled training trip. Lunch in lodge, skills review and rest break. “The Creative Muse” session on how to think like a writer. Afternoon dogsled trip. Return to lodge 4-5 pm. Treat and water your dogs. R and R. Dinner. Writing exercise and shared readings. Free time for games and socializing around the fireplace.
Day 3: Kennel care and breakfast. Pack up luggage for shuttle to next lodge. Depart on full day of mushing with trailside campfire lunch and rest stops at scenic sites. Our guides accompany your group on skis, providing tune-up tips on your mushing skills and sharing natural history info along the route. Arrive at next lodge late afternoon. Treat and water your dogs. Optional skiing/snowshoeing or R and R. 6 pm dinner. “A Dog’s Eye View” — writing about your day’s experiences from the perspective of your lead dog. Optional fireplace stories and/or 'film fest' to view the National Geographic documentaries on our adventures.
Day 4: Now that everyone "knows the ropes," the guides will plan the day based upon group interests with such choices as easy or challenging trails and a longer or shorter routes. Scenic stops might include the 'ice cave', the Murphys Falls overlook, the river bluff, the old growth forest and you may opt to include time for skiing/snowshoeing or to try "ski-jouring" (being towed on skis by a sled dog). Arrive at next lodge mid to late afternoon. Dog treats. R and R. Celebration dinner. Shared readings from everyone’s journals. Tips on building your writing skills. Optional campfire gathering and/or Finnish-style sauna followed by the traditional “roll in the snow” or dip through the hole in ice!
Day 5: Kennel care, "bon voyage" breakfast buffet, "Mushers Graduation" event, kennel visit to bid your dogs adieu, check-out mid to late morning (or earlier if your travel plans require). Visit Ely's International Wolf Center, tickets compliments of M17077 (winter hours: 10-4 Sat/Sun and other days when pre-arranged by our team).
Price: $1975 per parent-daughter pair.
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