Terrie Hanke

Eye on the Trail: Final Trio for Thursday in Nome

Iditarod spectators really weren’t hearing things or seeing double this afternoon. The siren sounded twice announcing the arrival of Anna Berington and Kristy Berington. There were two squad cars waiting down near Subway and the movie theater to escort the twins to the Burled Arch. Then there were two teams heading down the left side …


Eye on the Trail: Busy in Nome as Mushers 34 to 39 Arrive

After Seth Barnes cleared the chute but before Karin Hendrickson arrived, the bucket truck from the power company arrived to assist in re-hanging the Iditarod banner. A storm came through Nome earlier in the week and officials decided to take the sign down rather than let the wind tear it to shreds. Today the banner …


Eye on the Trail: Finishers 26 to 33 in Nome

The 26th musher to cross the finish line in Nome was adventurer Lars Monson. Looking at his bio, adventure should be his middle name. His trademark is long expeditions. Iditarod, a native word meaning far distant place, certainly qualifies. Monson has spent 4,500 nights in a sleeping bag with more than half of that being …


Eye on the Trail: Mackey, Robert Redington, Vergnaud, Diehl and Peterson in Nome

Have arrived in Nome so switching from Unalakleet gear to Nome gear. I’m very happy to have been in Unalakleet to speak with the final musher to make the coast from Kaltag. From Unalakleet to Nome, the trail is anything but down hill. Upon leaving Unalakleet for Shaktoolik the teams have to climb through the …


Eye on the Trail: Final 4 Make the Coast

It’s March, so talk about the Sweet 16, the Elite 8 and the Final 4 is the buzz. Sure it’s usually about basketball be it high school or college but today it’s about Iditarod mushers.  This afternoon, on day 9 of Iditarod, the Final 4 arrived in Unalakleet. They had camped at Old Woman Cabin …


Eye on the Trail: More Teams Make Unalakleet

Rookie Justin Steilstra is just 300 miles from earning the coveted Iditarod Finisher’s Belt Buckle. Justin was born in Texas but was raised in Michigan. Justin started mushing in 2014 by helping his Aunt and Uncle, Tasha and Ed Stielstra at Nature’s Kennel in the UP of Michigan. He helped Ed, an Iditarod veteran, train …


Eye on the Trail: A New Batch in UNK

Rookie Justin High arrived in Unalakleet just after the sun rose. High is brightly attired in gear sewn by his wife Jamiee. Together the Highs own High’s Adventure Gear. Justin is happy to be on the coast. He says it’s anything but down hill to Nome from here. Three hundred miles to go along the …


Eye on the Trail: Watching the Finish from Unalakleet

Watching the race through GPS Tracker and Insider from Unalakleet is quite exciting.  There are races within the top-ten that will unfold through out the day and into early tomorrow morning. Looks like Mitch Seavey will claim his third Iditarod Gold medal. Dallas is in pursuit but with only thirty miles to go to the …


Eye on the Trail: A Small Group in Unalakleet

As the sun rose in Unalakleet on day eight of the 45th Iditarod, there are two mushers, Charlie Bejna and DeeDee Jonrowe parked on the slough. Much earlier this morning Seth Barnes and Laura Neese arrived and departed from the checkpoint. Laura Neese is making her rookie run to Nome. She’s a Yukon Quest veteran so …


Eye on the Trail: UNK on Monday Evening

Mushers turned their bibs in at Nenana for safekeeping.  Even so there were plenty of bibs here in Unalakleet late this afternoon. The skiers participating in the community ski race were all wearing bibs, it wasn’t the mushers.  The ski race takes place directly across the slough from the checkpoint on the dragon’s back. One can …