Wolfsong provides an excellent tour. Not only is it fun, but it's educational too.
The guides were excellent. When our party arrived, we had no idea what to expect. Chris and Lauren, the guides, greeted us and the kids and looked over our clothing. For the people who didn't have warm enough boots, they let us borrow some of their boot covers. They also let everyone borrow "thin" cotton gloves and heavy leather mitts. The cotton gloves came in handy when we needed to hook up the dogs to the sled. Then with the cotton gloves still on, you could just shove your hands into the mitts.
The kids were a bit nervous about going up to the dogs at first. The guides took the kids up to the dogs and introduced them. Chris told the kids all the dogs names which were pretty funny. Then he showed them how to pet them. That really helped out a lot. The kids started petting and interacting with the dogs very quickly after that.
Chris explained to us that there were two types of huskies, Alaskan and Siberian. Wolfsong has Siberian huskies. Siberians are smaller than Alaskan huskies.
When you first see the dogs, you can't help to think that they look small. I was thinking we were going to have wolf sized dogs pulling the sleds. The Siberians were strong though. You could feel that when they had you attaching the dogs to the sleds.
Chris and Lauren had us all taking the dogs and putting the harnesses on them. Once the harnesses were on them, we had to hook them up to the sleds. Basically everyone was working independently of the guides, hooking up the dogs. When you had to move the dogs to a different sled, you grabbed their harness and then moved them over. Sometimes the dogs would want to start running a bit. When that happened, you could start to feel the power of the dogs. They weren't overpowering though. Eric, a six year old on the trip, could move the dogs around by himself.
One odd thing about some of the dogs was that they had different colored eyes. For example, on one dog, the left eye was white and the right eye was dark.
Chris went over all the components on the sleds and how to use them before we hit the trail. Even though we all had a good idea of how to use the sleds, it sure was exciting once the dogs started pulling.
The trail that we were on went through the forest, up and down small hills. It had just the right amount of challenge for new mushers.
At a certain point during the tour, I gave my sled to my 10 year old daughter. I sat on Lauren's sled as she controlled it. I could hear her whispering a bit. I could barely hear her and I couldn't understand what she was saying. I assume she was giving commands to the dogs. Another person in our party said Chris was doing the same. If you get a chance, ask them how they give commands to the dogs and let us know. We forgot to ask.
Learn to drive your own team or ride along with one of the guides. Wolfsong has provided premiere dog sled touring experiences since 1997. Thanks to Lake Superior, Wolfsong always has snow December through March, even when the rest of the Midwest is bare. Arctic blasts are tempered here by the Lake and we rarely get much below zero.
Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing offers dog sledding trips for all ages and abilities. We are located in Northern Wisconsin near Bayfield. The focus is on the dogs, the 40 friendly Siberian Huskies, for these hands-on, 4 hour (with lunch) and 2 1/2 hour daily trips.
Last Bit of Advice
Do this! You'll have a great time with the kids on this tour! Take as many pictures as you can.