Now available in a print replica Kindle edition, Long Hard Trails and Sled Dog Tales is a memoir of sorts, an adventure story to be sure, and a look at what it’s like to follow a winning sled dog team across the Alaskan and Canadian wilderness.
Award-winning author Helen Hegener hitched her wagon to a star: The legendary four-time Iditarod and Yukon Quest champion Lance Mackey, beginning with his bid for a fourth Yukon Quest title in 2008. Lance would go on to make sled dog racing history, and Helen would go on to build a publishing company specializing in the history of Alaska.
In this book Helen shares the life-changing adventures of her first few years spent paralleling the sled dog trails as a columnist for Alaska Dispatch, and a frequent contributor to several other publications, including Alaska Magazine, Last Frontier Magazine, Mushing Magazine and others.
The narrative moves quickly, with quotes from the notebooks and journals kept while traveling across Canada and Alaska:
“It’s three AM in the middle of nowhere and it’s my turn to watch for them. I scan the dark snowy landscape outside the car, note that all the black shadows are still in their proper places, and go back to watching the northern lights shimmer across the sky.
“The colors are unreal: mauve, teal, an occasional flare of amber gold. People have said they make noise… I wonder if one could really hear them out here in this land where there’s no sound. I slowly become aware that a few favorite lines of Service are echoing through my mind, and I smile, as they’ve always made me smile: ‘With the northern lights a-runnin’ wild…’
“No, waitaminute, that’s not Service, silly. Horton. Johnny Horton, John Wayne, North to Alaska and all that….”
But going beyond the championship sled dog races, she also gives readers the backstory of her life as founder and co-publisher of an award-winning and widely-respected publication in alternative education, and the riveting nationally-watched lawsuit which set legal precedent, but cost her that business and much more; the ‘long hard’ part of the trail…
The Kindle edition of this book is formatted as a print replica Kindle book, which maintains the rich formatting and layout of the print edition, while offering many of the advantages of standard Kindle books. Features include a pop-out and linked table of contents, page numbers matching the print edition, the ability to zoom in or pan out on a page, and search, copy, and paste features. Visit the Kindle store on Amazon to preview a sample of the book or to order your own copy today for only $5.99 (Kindle MatchBook $2.99)!
Helen Hegener, thanks a lot for the article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.