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Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Recognize These Mushers?

The Restart was one of the few sunny days of Iditarod XLVI.  These two fellows seem to be soaking up the sun and good vibes of the day. Who are they?  They have a great deal in common when it comes to Iditarod. They both call the western coast of Alaska home.  This is a great …


Writing to Mushers

    Hi Boys and Girls, I’ve been trying to find Iditarod things to do since the end of the race.  The race is over, the mushers and teams are home or heading home, and all is quiet at the checkpoints.  So what now???  I’ve decided to write a letter to some of my favorite …


Mushers

Paws Along the Trail with Musher Stories Being in White Mountain gave me extra opportunities to talk with the otherwise busy mushers.  Since they hang out for eight hours, I could ask a few questions and overhear some conversations.  Much of the trail the weather was warm with lots of snow.  Coming into White Mountain, …


Eye on the Trail: Craftsmen Mushers in McGrath

Perhaps it’s by necessity but mushers seem to be very ingenious people who are good at designing and building things. In the checkpoint are two such mushers who have interesting stories. Al Eischens and his wife Tanjela operate Cable 17. It’s a sewing and embroidery company named after a dog, Cable, and the fact with …


Dogs and Mushers

Paws Along the Trail with Dog Stories Marcelle Fressineau was mushing down the trail yesterday when a wood bison meandered in front of her dogs. Her lead dogs were spooked and ran back toward her.  She wasn’t sure if the bison was aggressive, so she ran up to the bison, waving and yelling.  It got …


Eye on the Trail: Mushers Draw for Start Positions

When sixty-seven mushers gather into one room, there’s much reminiscing between peers who share the common bond of dogs, sleds and racing. Add to that friends, family, and sponsors of the sixty-seven mushers and it’s guaranteed to be a great time. Add to that representatives of all the corporations who sponsor the race – Wheel …


Eye on the Trail: JR Mushers on Trail to Yentna

Snow fell over night making the start of the JR Iditarod on Knik Lake a magical snowy winter wonderland. The temperatures were pleasant and the winds were light as the mushers prepared for the start. No matter how much preparation is done in advance of the race, there’s still plenty to do between parking the …


Writing to Mushers

Hi Boys and Girls, It sure has been quiet this week with no race to follow. I bet you are finishing activities in you classroom. One thing you may be doing this week is writing a letter to the musher or mushers you followed in the race. I know how exciting this can be. I …


Y is for Young Mushers: Girl Power on the Trail

The Iditarod Alphabet 2017 Y is for Young Mushers There are many young mushers out on the trail this year.  A musher must be 18 before the Iditarod starts in order to race.  This year’s youngest musher is Laura Neese, 20 years old,  who finished in 42nd place.  There are eleven mushers that are 30 years …


Eye on the Trail: Busy in Nome as Mushers 34 to 39 Arrive

After Seth Barnes cleared the chute but before Karin Hendrickson arrived, the bucket truck from the power company arrived to assist in re-hanging the Iditarod banner. A storm came through Nome earlier in the week and officials decided to take the sign down rather than let the wind tear it to shreds. Today the banner …