Mushing on ice - a family trip with David and his daughters

Mushing on ice – a family trip with David and his daughters

Susan and David’s daughters, Tekla and Chisana, are both avid mushers in their own right. Scroll down to learn a bit more about these impressive young women.

Tekla Monson

Tekla has been mushing her whole life and has travelled hundreds of miles with each of her parents. She has twice travelled to Nome by dog team, first at age 11 and again at 17, accompanied by her sister and father. Currently, Tekla is entering her final year of high school, where she is active in theatre productions and nordic skiing. In 2011, she traveled to Rwanda with a group of fellow students, where she taught English at a school for girls. Last year, she attended the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, also with a group of students. She will return to Rwanda again this summer, only this time, she will be leading her group. Following her trip to Rwanda, she will be returning to Endinburgh, where she has been invited to intern with a professional theater company.

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Chisana Monson

Chisana (pronounced shoo-shan-a), age 12, has been working with dogs her whole life. In 2012, she, along with her father and sister, mushed along the Yukon River, crossed the frozen Bering Sea, and ventured all the way to Nome — over 600 miles! Currently, she is training a new team of puppies for more mushing adventures next winter. When she’s not working with her dogs, Chisana is passionate about the creative arts, including singing, playing piano, painting and sewing. She currently attends a school that is dedicated to outdoor and environmentally responsible activities, through hands-on experience.

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Chisana with Freddy the dog

Chisana with Freddy the dog

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