Author: Terrie Hanke (227 posts)


Eye on the Trail: A Tribute to Peg Stout

The Iditarod community embraces DeeDee Jonrowe and her sister, Linda Schultz, with heartfelt sympathy in the passing of their mother, Peg Stout, on July 21, 2015.  Stout was about as invested in Iditarod as a musher’s mother could possibly be.  As a lifelong educator she also had professional reasons for embracing the Last Great Race®. …


Eye on the Trail: Musher Sign-up and Volunteer Recognition Picnic

Mushers, race fans, Iditarod Staff, teachers attending summer camp, and hordes of volunteers gathered at Iditarod Headquarters on the last Saturday of June to witness the beginning of the 44th Iditarod.  Just a bit before 9:30 when signup officially opened, mushers began rolling in with cash, check or credit card in hand, toting the abundance …


Eye on the Trail: Camp Wraps up for Teachers

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.  Well, maybe not an end, but at least relocated for new opportunities.  Midweek of summer camp, teachers and camp staff said good-bye to Vern Halter and his tremendous Dream A Dream athletes and relocated in Wasilla near Iditarod Headquarters.   Wednesday was designated …


Eye on the Trail: Teachers on Field Trip to Talkeetna

A few days into Summer Teachers Camp, campers left Dream a Dream Dog Farm located at mile 64.5 and headed north on the Parks Highway to Talkeetna.  The Talkeetna Spur Road takes a right off the Parks at mile 98.7; fourteen miles later the caravan of vehicles passed the well-known Welcome to Talkeetna road sign.    …


Eye on the Trail: Teachers Attend Summer Camp 2015

Teachers have gathered in Alaska the week prior to the annual Volunteer Picnic and musher signup ever since 2003.  They come together from around the United States and even foreign countries to share ideas of how they use Iditarod as a theme for education.  Iditarod is a great motivator for kids as well as teachers.  …


Abbott Extinguishes Widow’s Lamp

 


Strawberries Served in Nome


Eye on the Trail: Iditarod XLIII is History

Iditarod XLIII is almost history, all but one award has been announced, all but one musher has publicly offered their thanks, and Dallas Seavey’s lead dogs, Hero and Reef, have been introduced.  Just as the  festivities of the finisher’s banquet came to a close an announcement was made that the final musher was on Front …


Eye on the Trail: Through the Lens with Jeff Schultz

Last night before Alan Eischens approached Front Street, Jeff Schultz, Iditarod’s official photographer was out in the chute setting up a photo.  It was dusk or a little darker and what he had in mind was to catch Eischens and the dog team as they came into the chute with the strings of suspended Christmas …


Eye on the Trail: Best Dressed & Most Colorful

Looking at all the mushers who’ve gone down the Iditarod trail this year, I’d nominate Brian Wilmshurst for Best Dressed, Most Colorful and that really has nothing to do with the shorts he wears.  Wade Marrs has a very colorful sled bag and Monica Zappa has a very colorful parka, hat and sled bag combo …