Author: Kate (54 posts)


The Finish Line is in Sight!

I arrived in Nome today and actually got to see the finish line! I was with another new friend, a veterinarian, and we were walking through town to see what we could see. We headed down the hill—and there it was! The Finish banner! It felt surreal! The sign was up and there was the …

Checkpoint Math

All eyes have been glued on the tracker today as the Iditarod starts to set up in anticipation the top five finishers’ order. Checkpoint denizens will mentally calculate the time it will take for the musher to arrive, based on GPS data from the unit each musher carries. The trail down to Unalakleet is long, …

Iditarod from the Air: Big Ideas

Today was an amazing travel day. While mushers cruised along the Yukon River at 5-8 miles per hour on average, they were able to appreciate individual trees dripping with snow, fallen branches, the craggy edges of river bends—all the details of a magnificent, slow journey by dog team. Instead, today I got a bird’s eye …

Iditarod Community

I’ve been at Galena for about 27 hours now.  In that time I’ve observed many interactions that help me understand better what community means. Here are some examples: Charlotte, who lives in this remote Alaskan village, brought moose soup for the mushers. Robert and Katie, volunteers, attend the comms desk and do a great job …

Artistic Iditarod Moments

The Iditarod is full of majestic, sublime moments that are worthy of a painting. Being on the ground and in the air on the trail has put me into close contact with the race, closer than I’ve ever been. Because I’ve only seen the Ceremonial Start and Restart prior to this, my immersion into the …

Untangle Those Dogs and Mush On

This morning I was sitting in the McGrath roadhouse having breakfast with new friends, Iditarod Trail volunteers. Suddenly a representative from Logs, the logistics arm that gets people where they need to be, rushed over. “I found you!” the agent said. “Do you want to go on a scenic flight to Ophir? It would just …

The Trail and Geography

“This is why I’ve been doing this for forty years,” Mark Nordman said, nodding at some school kids animatedly talking across the shop in McGrath where the checkpoint is located. Iditarod finisher, Race Marshal for many years, and all around amazing person, Nordman has been up and down the Iditarod Trail more than anyone. It’s …

Trail Markers

Iditarod mushers and their dogs are making their way down the trail! It’s exciting to see the tracker, watch live feed from the trail, and view Insider videos. Iditarod does such an amazing job of helping the public follow along with the race. After watching dog teams come and go on the river at the …

Skwentna Checkpoint: Celebrate Your River Crew

The Restart of the 2024 Iditarod took place on Willow Lake at 2pm! The starting chute was full of excitement as the dogs, handlers, media, and mushers readied to start the nearly 1,000 miles of remote winter trail travel. Checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail help the mushers and their dogs have a safe and orderly …

IditaRide Sensory Language

One of the things I love most about teaching writing is that I get to help students learn how to use sensory language.  Sensory language just means that writers are telling about what they see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. It’s a skill that takes a lot of practice because it’s not something we really …