Welcome!

I am Michelle Kennedy Hogan and I am a dog musher and writer living in Ninilchik, Alaska.

Come and visit us in the Caribou Hills!

We are giving kennel tours and sled dog rides all year long.

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Fall Training!

  There is no snow on the ground but we are training for the season! Once the weather cools down to below 50 degrees in the early – very early – morning hours, we hitch small teams up to the ATV and go for a run. Right now, we are running 3-5 miles depending on the weather and what our…

Fire Fire Everywhere

A massive 100,000 plus acre forest fire is burning about 20 miles from my house. Here’s the thing. The fire is burning in a wildlife refuge. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, which butts up against Ninilchik Tribal Land which butts up against our farm. So essentially, as you can see from the map below, there’s the fire, a lake, nothing…

Just How Off-Grid Are We?

Recently, I got into a Facebook (yeah, yeah, I know…) “discussion” about what off-grid means. John was asking his friends for a score of a basketball game since we don’t enjoy cable or satellite TV. One of his friends said something about why would we care, because we are “off-grid” and shouldn’t care about the civilized world (I’m grossly paraphrasing…

Spring is for the birds

It’s been warm here. About 45 degrees by the middle of the day. The snow is slowly melting away, but we are fortunate to still have a good base and lots of snow out our back door. The days here are getting longer. This is our first spring and summer in Alaska and we have not yet had the full…

Fear

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt I’m a scaredy cat. No really. I don’t really enjoy roller coasters and I don’t like going fast in a car. Unless I’m driving. I have always…

It’s Not All Roses and Dogsled Runs…

I’m not gonna lie. Lately, stuff around here has kind of, well, sucked. The weather has gone from cold to warm and back again about 30 times. The trails are a disaster for running dogs. I got fired from a writing job so I can’t afford the rest of the gear I need to race. I withdrew from the races…

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I’m Still Waiting for the Wise…

I’m 41. I still get excited on Christmas Eve. I still want people to wish me a happy birthday even though I’m oldish now. I still feel like I’m being bad when I reach for more than three cookies in the cookie jar because my mother always said that three was enough. I still don’t know what I want to…