I will fondly remember my day with the sled dogs of Dogsled Express in January. I reported on Pat Campbell and his team of Alaskan Huskies in "Gee, Haw, Arha - Sounds of the Siskiyou Dogsled Races."
On Dec. 10, Pat and his canine crew began another season of tours that include views of Castle Craggs, Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. This weekend, kids can take a free ride with Pat and friends during the Siskiyou Snow Dog Sporting Association's 4th Annual Free Kids' Dogsled Rides Day.
Each year, the SSDSA gives around 100 free rides to kids from all spectrums of life. This exciting, educational opportunity is made possible by the SSDSA volunteers and by Pat Campbell, musher and owner of Dogsled Express, who brings his highly trained sled dogs for the rides. This year, musher friends Bino Fowler of Sun River, Oregon and Barbara Schaffer of Grass Valley, California will be giving rides with their dog teams to help share the sport with as many kids as possible. Rides are first come, first serve. A parent or guardian must be willing to sign the release form; no exceptions. Special thanks to the Yreka Kiwanis Club for generously underwriting the expenses of this event along with Dogsled Express Winter Sled Dog Tours.
What: Free Kids' Dogsled Rides Day
Where: Rides begin at Dogsled Express. Travel East on Hwy. 89 to Ski Park Hwy. Take a left onto Ski Park Hwy. and follow the road shortly past the Nordic Center.
When: Sat., Dec. 18 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free, on a first-come, first-served basis
Proceeds from t-shirt sales benefit the Siskiyou Dogsled Races, Jan. 22 and 23.
There's winter fun to be had all over the North State, so visit the following sites for information about events in eleven north state counties:
Click here for Butte County events.
Click here for Del Norte County events.
Click here for Glenn County Events.
Click here for Humboldt County events.
Click here for Lassen County events.
Click here for Modoc County events.
Click here for Plumas County events.
Click here for Shasta County events.
Click here for Siskiyou County events.
Click here for Tehama County events.
Click here for more Trinity County events.
Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding's 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your NorthState weekend events to [email protected]
This portrait of Adam Mankoski was created by Shasta High School students Chance Norman and Kenzi Bell.
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