Author: Heidi Sloan (160 posts)


Flashback Photo – Heidi Sloan, 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

A favorite photo of mine from 2018 illustrates the sled dogs’ excitement and determination to run.  Tongues are lolling about and the cute husky smile is often seen on the dogs’ faces! The dogs of the Iditarod are super excited to begin the race!  They pull and tug at their harnesses, hoping for the signal …

A Great Ending!

Dear Friends, The race is done for this year!  What an exciting time it was for everyone!  Many of the mushers and us dogs are already thinking about next year…”What can we do better?”  “Will the weather be better or worse?” Two things happen at the end of the race.  The Widow’s Lamp that has …

Emergency Beacon

Dear Friends, It’s been tough for those still on the trail. Some of you may have wondered what was taking so long  to go 77 miles from White Mountain to Nome. Three mushers have scratched due to a severe ground storm with high winds past White Mountain.  That region has wind tunnels which have affected …

White Mountain

Dear Friends, Some of you may ask, “Why do teams stop for so long in the White Mountain checkpoint?”  The rules of the Iditarod race require all teams to stop for an 8- hour rest.  This slows everyone down before the final 77 miles to Nome. What happens there?  A hole in the river ice …

Family in the Iditarod

Dear Friends, We dogs have family in the Iditarod as do the mushers.  For example, some of Dan Kaduce’s dogs are litter mates. You can tell by the theme of their names:  Wonton, Fried Rice, Kimchi.  Can you figure out the theme?  Litters of sled dog pups are typically named to fit with a theme. …

Dogs in Nome

Dear Friends, Teams are coming into Nome like crazy now!  The mushers share about their amazing dogs that continued to lead the team and work together.  Dan Kaduce is the only musher to have his entire team still with him in Nome, all 14 dogs!   Why do some teams come in with fewer dogs? …

Trail Markers and Technology

Dear Friends, What an exciting day this will be!  We may have a champion come into Nome!  Right now, the mushers are looking pretty tired.  We dogs get much more rest than the humans; the mushers must be sure to take care of us first, feeding and resting us.  After that, they can rest.  At …

Wind!

Dear Friends, I hope you are enjoying watching the progress of the teams going down the Iditarod Trail!  The varied landforms and weather on this race make it hard to predict how quickly a team can progress.  Traveling through the Farewell Burn, frozen moguls of snow had formed like speed bumps.  Sled runners broke, sleds …

Resting on the Trail or in a Checkpoint?

Dear Friends, You may have noticed that sometimes mushers and teams blow through checkpoints with a very short stop.  The volunteer checkers need to check sled gear, number of dogs, and get a signature from the mushers.  Veterinarians check the teams quickly.  Why don’t the teams stay longer in each checkpoint? Some mushers feel that …

Loyalty on the Iditarod Trail

Dear Friends, Sled dogs are amazing animals!  They are loyal and work as a team.  Loyal means being committed to a team or a person, always willing to do what it takes to help and support.  Veteran musher Jeff King took over Nic Petit’s team at the last minute when Nic couldn’t go.  Jeff says …