Terrie Hanke

Eye on the Trail: Babes in the Forest

Twice each day at Summer Camp, the teachers join Musher Vern Halter for a puppy walk. Currently Halter has 15 puppies at Dream a Dream. Seven lanky bundles of energy were born just after Iditarod and are 3 months old. They are the gems – Topaz, Sapphire, Ruby, Zircon, Jasper, Onyx and Quartz. Eight little …


Eye on the Trail: Meet the 20th Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Heidi Sloan, a fifth grade teacher from Virginia, will serve as the 20th Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. Heidi arrived in Alaska for the 2017 Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp. During the next two weeks she’ll participate in training for her duties on the trail during the 2018 Iditarod and participate in Teacher’s Summer Camp picking …


Eye on the Trail: Teachers at Summer Camp

Thirteen teachers are experiencing hands on professional development at its finest. Teachers from Delaware, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Alaska, Washington, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois are in Alaska at Dream a Dream Dog Homestead with the goal of filling their teacher backpack with ideas and resources for using Iditarod as a theme for education. Iditarod …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Picture Worth 1,000 Words

You’ve heard it more than once, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Such is the case with this photo from outside Nome in 2017. The photo reveals so much that it may be worth a few thousand words. Alan Eischens wearing bib #35 is closing in on his third Iditarod finish. He’s about the …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Musher Canine Bond

 A picture can be worth a thousand words. This photo tells the story of the profound bond between musher and canine.  After arriving in Nome, claiming the Red Lantern Award of Iditarod XLV, Cindy Abbott and her leader, Banana, share a moment under the Burled Arch.  


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Buser and King Honored

Iditarod icons Martin Buser and Jeff King have been honored as inductees of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on April 27th at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Iditarod fans know these two guys are among the handful of people who have claimed Iditarod Gold four times. That, in …


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: Telephoto Story – Finisher’s Banquet 2017

The count down for Iditarod XLVI has begun. The clock is ticking in the left side bar on the front page of Iditarod.com. As time passes and the start of the 46th Iditarod on March 3rd of 2018 draws closer one second at a time, there’s no better occasion to look back at Iditarod XLV. Is …