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About ashleekiser

“For in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you're taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay-writing. The difference is that people want to hear the stories, whereas I never heard of anyone who wanted to read the essays.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy Join us on our family adventures as I try to tell our stories rather than bore you with more online essays.

Show Ring Legacy

I thought motherhood would find me standing ringside at hunter jumper shows while Ian piloted a pony over eight fences. The dog mushing obsession threw me a complete curve ball, but before we fully immersed ourselves into mushing culture, Ian … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Kiser

“Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don’t waste time being afraid of … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter and Jelly, plus Falcon

Here we are, three and a half months into blending Siberians and Alaskans together. We have learned lots about each of the four dogs after watching them adapt to each other. The process has definitely had its share of incident,  … Continue reading

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Building the Team

Meet Falcon and Pilgrim, the newest members to Ian’s kennel! Ian finally graduated from his pancake puppies, and has added his first real sled dogs to his fledgling team. It has been quite the ride to get to this point, … Continue reading

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Ceremonial Start   

Wyoming Part V, January 28, 2022 Downton Jackson, Town Square to Snow King After 4 days of exploring Wyoming, the purpose of the trip was finally here! Friday was the big day of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race. Ian had … Continue reading

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Town Hill

Wyoming Part IV, January 27, 2022           Snow King Mountain Early in our trip planning, Ian had to decide if he wanted to go skiing or mushing as both are expensive and would take a full day. But when we … Continue reading

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Vertical Terrain

Wyoming Part III-B, January 26, 2022 Jackson Hole Resort “The best place in the world to ski is where you’re skiing that day.” -Warren Miller Most of our friends know Brinn for the amazing raft guide that he is. While … Continue reading

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On By!

Wyoming Part III-A, January 26, 2022 Jackson Hole Iditarod to Granite Hot Springs in Bridger-Teton National Forest and back On some rivers, rafting customers have the luxury of warming up and learning how to coordinate their paddling through some easy, … Continue reading

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Idaho, GTNP, and a Coaster

Wyoming (and Wyoming adjacent) Part II, January 25, 2022 Snow plows roared down Pearl Avenue early Tuesday morning and startled most of us awake earlier than we’d preferred. I decided to luxuriate in my warm sheets for a while before … Continue reading

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Basecamp

Wyoming Part I, January 24, 2022 Jackson Hole Airport to Jackson After two days, four states, and three flights, we finally made it to Wyoming. As we came into the national park, our pilot made a huge turn which brought … Continue reading

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