Musher Time: May Rose Huntley
I started working for AIE in the summer of 2013 as a tour attendant. I greeted every person who visited our
glacier, held their hand from the helicopter, to meet the dogs, to the puppy pen. I had so much enthusiasm for the dogs and I remember looking at my manager Peter Bartlett and saying, "I have got to do this. I have to mush dogs." He smiled and knew I was hooked.
Mushing dogs does not use my hard earned college degree. Mushing dogs is not a 9 to 5 job where you can walk away care free, and know that if you called in sick tomorrow because you really wanted to snowboard the next day- -- no one would really notice. Mushing is a passion- Mushing is an addiction-
Mushing is a beautiful way of life for which I have the utmost respect.
When I moved up to Alaska in 2013 to take photos for AIE, I went on to mush dogs in Wyoming near Jackson Whole and am now excited to start my third season on the Mendenhall with AIE. Over the past 5 years, I go back and forth mushing dogs, leading cross country cycling trips for charity, and teaching
yoga primarily to kiddos. Ironically, mushing dogs is very similar to working with a group of 5 year olds...Who would have thunk?
Weaving a few of my passions together has been a dream of mine: I hope to some day run a health center for children that includes sustainable living, mindfulness through yoga and an educational program centered around mushing sled dogs.