Off-grid living isn't easy—no running water, electricity, or cable television. But for a group of mushing fanatics and the help of sled dogs, mushing becomes not only our career, it's our lifestyle. We haul firewood to heat our homes, skid logs to build our cabins, and carry drinking water from the river with our sled dogs. We have converted over from generators, to battery banks and inverters and have now accomplished our long-term goal of running off of solar!
We strive to live a sustainable lifestyle—we hunt, fish, and utilize every scrap of the animal's body that we harvest from the land. We live our life outdoors.
A GLIMPSE @ OUR DAILY LIFE...
A major part of the dogs' diet is chum salmon harvested from the Tanana River. Fish that cannot be immediately frozen are hung and dried in preparation for winter.
Salmon are either hung to dry and cut into small frozen trail snacks for the dogs, or cooked as a meal with rice in a cook pot.
Most of our meat comes from moose, caribou, or Dall sheep rather than the grocery store. Hides we stretch and used to keep warm.
Two Rivers draws a lot of Moose to the area because of the abundant amount of Willow trees, which is a staple in their diet.
Alaska's state bird, the Arctic Grouse.
Caribou herds wander through the valleys of the numerous mountain ranges we explore.
Nothing is wasted when it comes to the game we hunt. By boiling down the bones and cartilage we can make a great bone broth for the dogs water, enriched with numerous vitamins and minerals.
The ribs and hooves make perfect chew toys for the dogs, once they are cooked down to eliminate any parasistes. They also keep the dogs teeth clean and tartar free!
The wood used to heat our homes is hauled in by dog team.
After you haul the wood, you must buck, split and stack it up.