Author: Terrie Hanke (331 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Sleds to the Trail

What’s the rule for mushers sending sleds out to checkpoints on the trail? The past few years have proven that sleds can and do break. Coming through the Buffalo Tunnels or over the snow starved Farwell Burn can tax event the sturdiest of sleds. Also, different portions of the trail lend themselves better to faster …


Eye on the Trail: Iditarod and Beargrease Combine for Educator’s Conference

Duluth, Minnesota was the site of a conference in early November where educators gathered to learn more about the education programs and resources of Iditarod and the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Educators far and wide know that sled dog based real life applications captivate and motivate students. This is the first time the two …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Heat of the Day

The heat of the day is a time when mushers often choose to rest. Late morning and the first few hours of the afternoon are when the temperatures peak and the sun, if out, is at it’s warmest. Resting the dogs during a time when mushers might personally prefer to run is a deliberately planned …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Are those your real ears?

Two Face, a dog belonging to Matt Failor, seems to be asking Kim Henneman, DVM, DACVSMR from Utah,  “Are those your real ears?”  Or maybe, the dog is inquiring about the shamrocks as the photo was taken on St. Patrick’s Day in Unalakleet. Each year there are approximately 45 veterinarians who come to the Iditarod trail to …


Eye on the Trail: North Carolina Teacher’s Conference

Teachers and Iditarod enthusiast from three southern states (North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia) gathered in Asheville, North Carolina to feed their passion for Iditarod. Former Iditarod Teachers on the Trail™, Martha Dobson (2011), Cathy Walters (2009) and Terrie Hanke (2006) presented sessions that provided the attendees with a sled full of material to enrich classroom …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Special Delivery

Mushers had been arriving at McGrath through out the day on Wednesday, the fifth of March. Most of the teams arriving on this day were choosing to take their 24-hour rest in McGrath. Those leading the race (Aliy Zirkle, Nic Petit, Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Sonny Lindner and Robert Sorlie) had gone through the day …


Eye on the Trail: Symposium Open House at Nature’s Kennel

It’s a pleasure to visit Nature’s Kennel to see the tour dogs, the race team dogs and the PUPPIES. The Sunday morning open house is the final activity of the Midwest Musher Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference. Ed and Tasha Stielstra along with their staff run a first class sled dog kennel. Ask any of …


Eye on the Trail: Michigan Symposium Keynote by Kristi and Anna Berington

“Our first sled was made of a pair of skis and a milk crate that clipped neatly into the bindings. Then we borrowed a handle from one of my Dad’s carts. We had two dogs, a Border Collie and a Great Pyrenees that we harnessed up for our team.”  That’s the story Kristi and Anna …


Eye on the Trail: Symposium/Conference in the UP of Michigan

Mushers and teachers gathered at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this final weekend of September. Mother Nature has been stingy with the brilliant colors that typically mark fall but the air is crisp and morning temperatures are dipping lower and closer to the first frost. …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – McGrath Sunset

McGrath is an important communications, transportation and supply center for interior Alaska. The same is true for the Iditarod. McGrath is one of the major hubs for the race. The village hosts a checkpoint in the community center. A race logistics center is located in the Café near the airstrip. Once the race moves over …