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WE HAVE A WINNER

  Hi Boys and Girls, Joar Leifseth Ulsom crossed under the Burled Arch at 3:00 am AST.  His time was 9 days 12 hours 0minutes and 0 seconds. Congratulations to Joar!       See you on the trail, Gypsy

Zoom Lens – Pizza

Andrew Nolan fed his dogs and went to the checkpoint for some sourdough pancakes and bacon.  Then he slept for a couple of hours. When he came back to where his dogs were resting, it looked as if they had called Peace on Earth, the pizzeria in Unalakleet, and ordered a pizza to share.  A …

Daily Update 10

  Hi Boys and Girls, WOW! What a race!  Due to going the wrong way, Nicolas Petit loss his lead to Joar Leifseth Ulsom.  They have both arrived into White Mountain for their mandatory 8 hour rest.  I’m sure both are forming a strategy for the last 77 miles to Nome.  We’ll know tomorrow who …

Zoom Lens: S’Mores

I was invited to a bon-fire up on Army Hill.  The menu includes s’mores.  I went to the store to see what it would cost to purchase the s’more ingredients.  Here are photos of the Graham Crackers, Hershey Bars and Marshmallows from the Alaska Commercial Store in Unalakleet.  Compare the cost of the same ingredients …

A Wrong Turn!

Hello Friends, Woowoowooo! The leader, Nicolas Petit left Shaktoolik on his way to Koyuk with my K9 friends fast and ready to race. Somehow, he lost the trail on the ice on Norton Sound. Once he reached shore he realized his mistake and went back. As you can see in the picture – the dark …

Daily Update 9

  Hi Boys and Girls, Happy Monday!  The teams are moving down the trail. The top 3 teams have left Shaktoolik and the next 2 are in Shaktoolik.  Nicolas Petit is still in the lead and is about 2 ½ hours ahead of Mitch.  Can he hold this lead?  The teams should start getting into …

Iditarod Citizenship!

Hi, Teachers! I was an athlete!  I belonged to a sports team….the sport of dog mushing which is the Alaskan state sport. Being an athlete requires stamina, determination and the ability to work together with others on a team.  My team just happened to be other dogs. On other sports’ teams everyone has their own …

And the Winner Is . . . Not Yet!

                                                                               Hello friends, What a race! We don’t know who the 2018 Iditarod Champion is yet, but …

Zoom Lens: Problem/Solution

In setting up the Unalakleet checkpoint, the straw the mushers use to bed their dogs was all stacked behind the checkpoint.  There are sixty-three mushers expected into Unalakleet.  Sixty-three bales of straw need to go down to the slough.  There’s the problem.  What will the solution be?  It’s Saturday so kids were around.  They jumped …

Daily Update 8

  Hi Boys and Girls, It’s been 6 days since the Ceremonial Start.  In just a few days we will have a winner.  I wonder who that will be.  The first 31 teams have all left Grayling and are headed to Kaltag.  It’s 132 miles between checkpoints.  The top mushers should get into Kaltag shortly.  …