Hardin – Mountain Mushers
Big Thicket Messenger - November 2007
A long trek from Alaska Denall National Park to Hardin, Texas.
Pixie, Sorrell and Su, sled dogs, accompanied by owners Harry and Lela, made the 1,800 mile journey from snow storms of 15 degrees weather to 90 degree weather of South East Texas.
Harry spoke and said he chose his sled dogs for the following traits: healthy, happy, and a team player. Aren’t those the traits a person should have as a friend? A team player is most important in pulling a sled, working together and playing together.
In preparation for the visit, Hardin Library Staff had taught about the Iditarod Race. Students learned The Iditarod Race of 1,900 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, was an actual race in 1925 to deliver serum for a diphtheria epidemic. Harry re-enacted that race.
At the end of each performance, each and every student enjoyed petting each and every dog, as well as examining the items on display including a sled, mittens, harness, snow shoes, a cooking pout used on a sled trip.
Top Readers earned Front Row Reserved Seating.