In honor of the Iditarod – the massive 1,000 mile dogsled race that kicks off this weekend in Alaska – GoMN decided to try mushing.
Yes, you can do that here.
Positive Energy Outdoors is located about 30 minutes northwest of Duluth. Dogsledding is just one of the activities the organization offers.
Co-Founder and Director Steph Love told GoMN she tried mushing for the first time when she was in high school.
"I was just hooked," Love said. "I thought, 'I wonder if I could do this.' And here I am."
Now she and her husband have adopted 55 Alaskan husky sled dogs, all of which were either retired or cut from race teams.
"Some of these dogs wouldn't be here if they weren't at our place," Love explained.
So the dogs get a second chance at Positive Energy Outdoors. They'll live out the rest of their lives there doing what they love most: running.
The dogs get really excited
Before heading out, you have to gather your team and line them up – and it's absolute chaos.
The dogs are really cooperative when it comes to putting on their harnesses. They basically dress themselves.
But as soon as the sled comes out and it's time to line up – the dogs go nuts with excitement. The team howls and leaps, impatiently waiting for the magic word.
Then they're off and it's completely silent.
We rode in the sled for a while. That was surprisingly relaxing.
Then we tried our hand at driving one of the two-person sleds. That was a much more exciting.
You have to lean into turns and hold on for dear life because if you fall off, the dogs won't wait up.
More about Positive Energy Outdoors
Positive Energy Outdoors is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to get people outdoors.
They use the money they bring in to give kids from low-income backgrounds fun opportunities to do things outside.
The organization has other actives too, like rock climbing, ice climbing, canoeing and more.
About the Iditarod
The Iditarod race starts Saturday and it spans more than 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome.
Mushers from all over the world participate in the race that takes more than a week to complete.
The fastest anyone's ever finished is eight days 11 hours. The longest it's ever taken is 32 days five hours – the last person in gets an award called the Red Lantern.
You can check out this year's mushers here. There are even three from Minnesota.