The most famous - and the most hardest Sled Dog race, is the Iditarod Trail in Alaska. But Alaska is far away from my home, it's damn cold out there in the wintertime and I don't want to spend 8 days at minus 70C degrees (-94 F) just for taking some photos. Apart from that, I can't take any photos with icy fingers...
So what to do, if you live in the middle of germany and want to visit a sled dog race?
Pray to the weather god for some snow and visit the famous international sled dog race in Liebenscheid. This little village is situated in the district 'Westerwaldkreis', in the state 'Rheinland-Pfalz', has around 900 inhabitants and is surroundet by fields and forrest. Since 1981, the voluntary fire brigade of Liebenscheid is organizing each year this great and fantastic sled dog race.
Well, it seems like the weather god misunderstood the correct date - the weekend before the race, he send some snow, but unfortunately not for the weekend of the race. At lunchtime we had around 8 degrees celsius (46F) and - what a luck - sunshine.
However, the last 3 month we were nearly without any sunshine here in germany, so I was quite happy to have a day without the usual rainy greyness. But I think, the race-dogs would have prefered some snow... Instead of pulling the sledges, they had to pull vehicles on wheels through a very very muddy trail.
And you can imagine, the more dogs with vehicles were running, the worser the trail became. The dog-owners I spoke to, assured me, that the dogs don't mind, whether they pull a sled or a vehicle, they just love to run. ...I hope, the dogs see it that way also...
For me, this event was a great opportunity to get some nice dog-shots and to enjoy a great day outside. I think, no matter whether human or dog, we all had a great and funny day !!