Author: Terrie Hanke (433 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – I LOVE MY JOB!

Take a look at this dog team leaving the JR Iditarod start in 2017. Katie Dietz and a very excited City Slicker team charge out of the chute toward Yentna Station Roadhouse. The dogs are filled with energy, clearly showing their love for running and pulling. Authorities on working dogs tell us that dogs doing …


Eye on the Trail: Musher Symposium in Michigan UP

As the foliage of the deciduous trees changes color, as the days become shorter and as the temperatures drop, clearly fall is in the air. Ed and Tasha Stielstra of Nature’s Kennel in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan provide another sure sign of fall, the Annual Mid-west Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference. This …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – The Cooker

Mushers are required to carry certain pieces of equipment during the race.  During the Summer Iditarod Teacher’s Camp held at Vern Halter’s Dream a Dream Dog Homestead, we staged the required gear.  In the photo you’ll see dog food, sleeping bag, trail mail, snow shoes, axe, booties, Heet, vet book, cooker and cooking pot.  A …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Good Vibes from Kids

I’m forever impressed by all the work that goes into hosting a checkpoint.  It’s an endeavor that brings the community, both young and old and everyone in-between together.  People cook and provide delicious food for the mushers and volunteers, there’s organizing the musher parking, readying places for the mushers and volunteers to sleep and of …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Better By 12 Days

This photo of a team coming into Nenana in 2017 caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, it shows how concentrated traffic is coming into the first checkpoint of the race. Only 4 minutes earlier, DeeDee Jonrowe passed by and now there were four teams on the horizon – a photographer’s paradise even …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Look Behind You

DeeDee Jonrowe, running her 35th Iditarod in 2017, is approaching the checkpoint of Nenana at about 18:35.  The sun is dropping below the trees and the shadows are getting long.  Teams have been coming into the checkpoint one right after the other.  My attention, as well as my camera have been focused on the teams …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Schultz & Van Zyle Collaborate

What do you get when Jeff Schultz and Jon Van Zyle collaborate to create a piece of Iditarod Art? The result is guaranteed to be more stunning than any Iditarod fan could imagine! The photographer and artist have recently announced their joint effort. Schultz has photographed the Iditarod since the early 80’s and holds the …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Tanana Night Sky

Mushers often share vivd descriptions of the night sky they experience while running between checkpoints.  How would the dogs describe what they see of Mother Natures night time art?  Between sunset on March 8th of Iditarod XLV and sunrise of March 9th, she decorated Tanana’s night sky.  It was minus 28 degrees without even a …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Aliy at 4th & Cordova

Some race fans caller her Aliy, others fondly refer to her as the “Queen of Hearts.  Aliy Zirkle has been in Alaska for 25 years.  She moved to the Last Frontier to work for U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  She acquired her first sled dog, Skunk, and the rest is history.  Her career in long distance …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Mitch at 4th & Cordova

Look at the pure joy, excitement and energy in the eyes of the front end of Mitch Seavey’s team as they round the corner at 4th & Cordova.  1049 miles later, Seavey claimed his third Iditarod Championship, setting a new time record of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes & 13 seconds.  Mitch’s first victory …