Sounds of travel: deafening and soothing in Jasper, Alberta

View from the dogsled near Jasper Alberta (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

View from the sled near Jasper, Alberta, with Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

It’s easy to remember to watch and look when you travel, and smells find their way into your brain whether you want them to or not. Touching things is often unavoidable (sorry, germophobes) and we all have to eat, so taste is always part of the trip.

What about sound?

I decided that I wasn’t paying enough attention to capturing a bit of the audio portions of my journeys, so I downloaded the SoundCloud app to my phone and started experimenting.

After spending time in Edmonton, Alberta I took the train to gorgeous Jasper in the Canadian Rockies. An afternoon of dogsledding was perfect for someone like me who doesn’t do any snow sports – I tried to shut up talking and LISTEN while I was there (hard to believe, I know.)

Here are two distinct sounds from that day: sled dogs in full canine chorus in anticipation of getting going again after a stop, and the very quiet shoosh-shoosh sound of the dogsled skis that carried me across miles of new-fallen snow.

What do you think?

Here are the dogs….they really got going when I walked toward them holding up my phone….direct link to the audio of 38 seconds

Sled Dogs Saying They’re Ready To Go at Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding BC Canada by SheilaS

Here is the sound of the sled that was beneath me….the dogs go silent the minute they start running, so this is all you hear out in the woods….direct link to the audio of 32 seconds

Dog Sled Ski Sounds 2 at Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding BC Canada by SheilaS

What are some of your favorite sounds related to travel? Let us know in the comments!

(Disclosure: I was a guest of Jasper Tourism and Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding for this experience, but opinions are my own.)

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  1. Sheila Scarborough March 4, 2013

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