Trapping is a part of life for most Alaska bush families. The weather can be extremely harsh, and fur is the only thing that will keep us warm. Chuck has been a trapper most of his life, and when we married he taught me to trap with him. This year, the boys were delighted when their daddy said he'd teach them to trap.
Now, the boys and I have two lines that we snowshoe every other day. Sometimes we stop and build a fire along the trail to warm our hands, drink a cup of hot chocolate and have a snack. Recently, they were thrilled as we approached our last set on the trapline. There they found their first marten! (Marten and Sable are the same animal.) After skinning it, the boys wanted to dissect it. Both thought that was neat, but Jed especially enjoyed getting to learn all about the giblets. Here's a slideshow of our day on the trapline (no giblets). If it doesn't show, then click on the title above (Boys' First Trapline), and it should show up there.
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