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Finishing in Nome

Paws Along the Trail with Finishers   Walking around Nome, I feel like I am in Hollywood, seeing famous mushers just strolling around like everyone else.  Nic Petit, Deedee Jonrowe, Jeff King, Lars Munson, and Michael Williams, Jr., are all looking rested and relaxed.  Did you know that when a musher is two miles away …

Mushers

Paws Along the Trail with Musher Stories Being in White Mountain gave me extra opportunities to talk with the otherwise busy mushers.  Since they hang out for eight hours, I could ask a few questions and overhear some conversations.  Much of the trail the weather was warm with lots of snow.  Coming into White Mountain, …

Checkpoints

Paws Along the Trail with Checkpoints Many of the checkpoints have “closed.”  That means the veterinarians, race judge, pilots, communications people (who type in the times and numbers of dogs), and trail volunteers who have been keeping everything running well for the mushers leave or move further down the trail.  As of tonight, Elim, White …

Food

Paws Along the Trail with Food What do the dogs eat?  What do the mushers eat?  These are great questions students have asked.   The dogs eat high-performance dry dogfood called kibble.  When mushers stop at a checkpoint or just along the trail, they will melt snow in their cookpots.  To the hot water, they …

White Mountain Mandatory Math

Paws Along the Trail with Mandatory Math White Mountain is a truly beautiful checkpoint.  Two veterinarians, a trail volunteer, and I flew into the checkpoint on a plane with nine seats.  It reminded me more of a city bus as we landed in Shaktoolik, Koyuk, Golovin, and White Mountain.  People got on and off at …

Weather and the Iditarod

Paws Along the Trail with Weather If you are following the GPS Tracker on Iditarod.com, you may have seen me in Unalakleet ahead of all the mushers before I flew to Anvik, and now  here again behind many mushers.  What determines where I am is weather and airplaine availability.  For this year’s race, there have …

Booties On!

Paws Along the Trail with Booties One of the favorite aspects of watching the dog teams come in and leave is the dog booties.  Mushers put cloth booties on the dogs’ feet to prevent the wet snow from gathering between their toes and then freezing.   A bootie is just a little bag with Velcro that …

Dogs, Iditarod, and Haiku

Paws Along the Trail with Poetry I was so excited to receive an email from my class highlighting some of their poetry written while I’ve been away.  The poetry form of Haiku is based on syllables per line.  Reading some of my students’ Haiku poetry, there are activities you can do.  Determine the pattern with …

Sled Rides

Paws Along the Trail with Sled Rides A question I have often been asked by students is what happens to dogs in between checkpoints if they don’t want to run anymore or just need a break?  The musher puts the dog in the sled for a ride!   Katherine Keith and Anna Berington each brought …

As the Crow Flies

Paws Along the Trail  Preserving the Iditarod Trail and reviving the Alaskan tradition of sled dogs were the driving forces behind starting the Iditarod Race in 1973. In the 45 years since it’s beginning there have been a few changes, but the Iditarod Trail Committee still considers it “The Last Great Race” for its challenges. …