Amanda McCloud loves a good adventure. She’s explored Mayan ruins in the Yucatan, hunted wild boar in Texas, hiked trails in Canada, and snorkeled with stingrays along the U.S., Mexico and British West Indies coastlines. Her latest quest? Dog-sledding in Alaska.
The Jacobson Elementary School student saved money from her allowances and odd jobs to pay for her adventure in Alaska, where she hiked the Chugach National Forest and explored frozen glaciers before sledding behind a team of Huskies while the Iditarod was under way.
Nine-time Iditarod trail veteran Dario Martinez worked with Amanda, teaching her about dog-sledding using Iditarod racing dogs.
“It was great to set a goal to dog-sled in Alaska and then do it,” Amanda said in a news release. “I want to help other kids learn how to choose good goals and reach them.”