AUGUSTA — Sue Stiefel was wet, her face red with cold, but she couldn’t help beaming. That’s what happens when you check one of your goals off the to-do list. Stiefel and her husband, Tim Stiefel, of Winthrop, were among those who braved obscene driving conditions during Sunday’s snowstorm to head to the Viles Aboretum to ride in a sled pulled by a team of Alaskan huskies. Tim and Sue, snuggled together in the sled, zipped through heavy bands of falling snow that covered trees and fields. “I’ve always wanted to do it,” Sue Stiefel said. The snowstorm, though ideal for huskies and mushers, was far more of a challenge for drivers, forcing aboretum officials to call off the event. But the Stiefels, who arrived early, snuck in a ride after a couple from New Hampshire who drove up from the granite state specifically for a chance to ride in a dog sled. Kevin Quist and Lindy Howe, owners of Augusta’s Heywood Kennel Dog Sled Adventures, arrived before the event was officially canceled. They hooked up the dog team after speaking to the couple from New Hampshire. “We didn’t have the heart to say no to them,” Howe said. (read more at Kennebec Journal)
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