Terrie Hanke

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 …


Eye on the Trail: Awards for Iditarod XLV

Iditarod XLV Special Awards Presented at Finisher’s Banquet in Nome Lakefront Anchorage First Musher to the Yukon Award Nicolas Petit – Tanana $3,500 in freshly minted $1 bills and five-course gourmet meal   PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award Wade Marrs – Ruby $500 flight credit and John Van Zyle Art   GCI Dorothy G. Page …


Eye on the Trail – Final Four of 2017

The final four mushers of Iditarod XLV have arrived at the Burled Arch, the Widow’s Lamp has been extinguished or at least they tried and the Red Lantern has been awarded.   The last official event of the 2017 Iditarod is the Sunday afternoon Finisher’s Banquet. Paul Hansen of Kotzebue made his way off the sea …


Eye on the Trail: Jimmy Lebling in Nome

Rookie Jimmy Lebling is in Nome. Lebling arrived with a smile and twelve dogs on his gangline. Lebling has been saving all of his adult life to afford Iditarod. Under the arch he said he didn’t want it to end. Everything went very well from Fairbanks to Nome for Lebling and his canine athletes. Lebling …


Eye on the Trail: 17th Dog Racers in Nome

Prior to sunrise on Saturday morning, the announcer standing at the Burled Arch was reading the biography of Matthew Failor but the musher who drove into the chute and parked under the Arch was Michael Baker. The last anybody saw on the GPS tracker was that Failor was ahead of Baker by a mile or …