People, Places, or Dogs

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – “Here Comes the Bride”

As Noah Burmeister and his Idita-rider, Natalie Miller, mushed the eleven-mile Ceremonial Start trail, the background music could have been “Here Comes the Bride.” Miller and Burmeister met last year through Iditarod when Natalie and her mother were Idita-riders. Mom rode with Noah and Natalie rode with another musher. Natalie and Noah were recently married …


Eye on the Trail: Zoom Lens – Caption This

Right after Dave Delcourt arrived in Nome on St. Patrick’s Day, I noticed this vehicle parked in front of the Nome Nugget.  The alleged driver and passenger were very interested in what was going down at the Burled Arch.  Have some fun with this – come up with a caption. Here are a few – “The only …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Cape Nome Mirage

Cindy Abbott arrived in Nome as the Red Lantern musher of Iditarod XLV. After leaving Safety, she like all the mushers made the long climb over Cape Nome then eventually drop onto the frozen Bering Sea. In this photo, Cape Nome is the backdrop as Cindy gets closer by the minute to the Burled Arch. …


Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Laura Neese

A home school graduate, Laura Neese has been focused on running sled dogs since the age of nine. She fulfilled the literature component of her home school course by reading northern adventure books. Among other great stories of peril and excitement Laura has read Shackelton’s Endurance, Libby Riddle’s Race Across Alaska and Pam Flower’s Alone …


Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Roger Lee

The first guy through the line for sign-up this summer was Roger Lee.   He grew up in England but now resides in the United States. He’s currently on sabbatical from the Air Force. For the 2017 race, he’ll be running a team of Scott Janssen dogs. Lt Col Snow Dog says his favorite race is …


Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Jimmy Lebling

Jimmy Lebling – For the past twenty years, Jimmy Lebling has been around mushing as a guide and handler. He’s been dreaming of the day he’d do Iditarod for all those years. He’s in Fairbanks for the restart of the 45th Iditarod. This is the third time in the history of the race the start has …


Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Justin High

When Justin first came to Alaska in 2009 to take a job as a handler, he had absolutely no mushing experience. Eight short years later, he’s had a lifetime of experiences and challenges and his dream of running the Iditarod is before him. Justin met his wife, Jaimee Kinzer while they both worked as handlers …


Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Paul Hansen

Iditarod has always been 61 year old Paul Hansen’s dream. Hansen was born and raised in Denver , Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1979 with a degree in Environmental Health. The following year, he moved to Kotzebue to work for the Public Health Service/Maniilaq Association. Part of Paul’s job was to travel …


Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Dave Delcourt

Dave Delcourt now calls Wasilla, AK home. Delcourt, age 29, was born and raised in Queensbury, New York. After graduating from the State University of New York at Cortland, Delcourt pursued seasonal employment in Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan and Alaska. Michigan is where he was first exposed to the sport of mushing as a winter tour …


Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Dr. Joe Carson

Dr. Joe Carson is a 4th generation Alaskan.  Given his long term familial ties to the Last Frontier, it just seems right that Joe should be standing on the runners of a dog sled and running a team of Alaskan Huskies in the Last Great Race™.  He says, “There is nothing like being on the …