Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Mushing in the Mush at Polar Adventure Day 2010
We have been regulars at Polar Adventure Day for 4 years, throughout subzero temps, snow and lack thereof. This year was more like the (melting of the) Polar (icecaps) Adventure Day.
It was fascinating to see a mushing demo with the husky dogsled team. We'd seen them run on snow, pulling a sled, lots of times, but we'd never seen them mush through the mush.
They pulled a 3 wheeled bike through the muddy grass, and though not as picturesque as sledding over snowdrifts, they seemed to manage just fine.
We've had 3 Huskies and a Husky/Malamute as family pets over the years, and are fervent fans of the breed.
If anyone's looking to adopt a rescue Husky, contact Free Spirit Husky Rescue in Harvey, IL. They may shed tufts of white fluff, like a cottonwood tree, when they blow coat twice a year, but they make wonderful family dogs.
The kids learned how Polar bears, penguins, whales and seals keep warm and simulated having blubber by feeling ice with a bare hand versus feeling ice through a bag of lard.
Then we made fairy wands, painted a winter themed paper quilt,
and experimented with Mad Science. We also loved the African folklore, story telling and drumming.
Finally, we saw our old favs, birds of prey. The tiny owl and this stunning red tailed hawk, from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, were cool to see up close.
There's one more Polar Adventure Day for the year, on February 20th. We hope to see you there.