Fabienne Lengler - intern at Yukon Quest international Ltd. in Fairbanks, Alaska

To me, living in Alaska is really exciting. I love the cold and the snow and this overall different kind of lifestyle. 

Those last couple of days you could basically watch the river freeze over completely, which was a cool thing to witness. But seeing the northern lights or running into a moose or fox on your way to work is even more exciting. Right now, temperatures are around 6 F, which is still pretty warm and we’re all looking forward to more snow. So overall, living in Alaska is certainly a unique experience, but it is definitely not for everyone. 

While I’m here, I’m interning for ‘Yukon Quest International’, which organizes the annual Yukon Quest - a 1.000-mile international sled dog race that takes place every February between Fairbanks, Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). Ever since the first race in 1984, up to 50 dog teams (1 musher with up to 14 dogs) use the historic Gold Rush and mail delivery trails from the beginning of the 20th century to compete in this tough race through North America’s wilderness. 

Throughout those 1.000 miles, there are 9 checkpoints, where the mushers have a chance to rest and all dogs will be thoroughly examined by race veterinarians that make sure the dogs are fine to keep on running. But besides that, mushers and dogs have to rely on themselves and the approved items they carry in their sled bags.

So, all in all, it’s been great working here so far and I’m looking forward to more snowy and exciting days to come.