Paige Drobny and Cody Strathe share a love of Alaska, dog mushing, and each other. Together they own Squid Acres Kennel, where they devote themselves to the other loves of their lives: Alaskan sled dogs! Paige and Cody commit themselves to the quality care and enjoyment of their dogs with a focus on wilderness travel. Together with their teams of Alaskan huskies, this Alaskan couple has enjoyed amazing adventures exploring remote regions of wild Alaska by dog sled. Their expeditions into the Brooks Range and arctic Alaska reveal their desire to experience amazing wilderness with each other and their dogs. Each partner has enjoyed tremendous success and earned widespread respect in the long distance dog mushing community.
Paige’s mushing career includes finishes in more than 3000 miles of prestigious distance races over since 2009, including the Iditarod, Yukon Quest 1000, two Yukon Quest 300’s, the top of the World 350 the Gin Gin 200, and the Solstice 100. When she’s not on the runners of a dog sled, Paige might be found in a pair of waders knee deep in the cold waters of Alaskan rivers. In summer, Paige puts her advanced degree in fisheries biology to work as a consultant for Spearfish Research, a company that she founded and leads.
Cody has his own “trail cred” in long distance mushing circles. In 2013, he finished the Yukon Quest, Copper Basin 300, and Top of the World 350. He has also competed in the , Solstice 100, Copper Basin 300, Two Rivers 200, and Gin Gin 200 in recent years. Cody, the creative entrepreneur, also launched his own business. As the owner of Dog Paddle Design, Cody designs and builds skin frame kayaks, wooden paddles and dogsleds for his own use and for sale to other top outdoorspeople in mushing and paddling. Cody is trained as an archeologist, and his traditional skin boat and paddles reflect the heritage of tested arctic designs.
Cody’s words reflect this couple’s love of the last frontier:
We travel with the seasons to train our dogs and to do field work. We have remote camps for training dogs and we travel to these places in order to get the best snow and training conditions for the season. We have a cabin north of denali, one by Manley hot springs, a tent camp in Minto Flats and the Arctic and our home base in Fairbanks.
Alaska allows me to have the freedom to explore the wilderness by dog team for over half of the year. When the ground freezes and the snow comes, we abandon normal society and hit the trails. Nothing like exploring the great land by dog team!