Author: Terrie Hanke (679 posts)


Taking “Schultz” Style Dynamic Photos

Teacher on the Trail, Jim Deprez, featured Jeff Schultz in a recent Voices of the Volunteers post.  Schultz has brought the race to fans around the world with his photos since 1981.  He knows every nook and cranny of the trail and uses both art and science in his trade.  His photos are lively, they …

Virtual Trail Journey – Ophir

BOO!  Being that the next two checkpoints on the trail are located in GHOST TOWNS, my story should begin with a ghostly greeting!  So, what’s a ghost town?  It’s a deserted town.  The residents have left usually because their jobs no longer exist or because of natural disasters, fires or wars.  That’s exactly the case …

Descriptive Writing Inspired by Hudson Stuck

By Terrie Hanke, 2006 Teacher on the Trail and Eye on the Trail Journalist Hudson Stuck’s Ten Thousand Miles With A Dog Sled has been on my “to read list” for quite some time.  Stuck was an Episcopal Priest who served the scattered population of the Yukon River Valley in Alaska.  He traveled by dogsled, …

2006 Teacher on the Trail Terrie Hanke’s Most Memorable Moments – Teacher on the Trail to Eye on the Trail

It’s very difficult to select just a few experiences from the trail to share or to summarize my journey as the 2006 Wells Fargo Teacher On The Trail.  Everyday of the 4 weeks spent in Alaska for Iditarod XXXIV was filled with meaningful experiences and unique memories.  Never once did I wonder what I was …

A Tribute to Gail Somerville, Friend of Iditarod EDU

Iditarod Educators, both near and far, wish to pay tribute to and celebrate Gail Somerville’s life and contributions to Iditarod EDU.  Our dear friend, Gail passed away on May 23, 2021. Gail left Los Angeles for the last frontier in 1978.  Shortly after arriving in Anchorage she found herself at the Iditarod table at the …

Sled Dogs – The Ultimate Athletes

A standard marathon is 26.2 miles in length.  Iditarod’s Gold Trail Loop of 2021 was 832 miles long.  That is pretty close to the length of 32 marathons.  If you’ve ever met a marathoner at the finish line, the runner is spent.  Even if you give your runner something to drink, a chunk of banana …

Eye on the Trail: Special Awards 49th Iditarod

When it comes to Iditarod history, the 49th race was indeed unique.  It was a combination of perseverance, innovation, teamwork and determination.  There was COVID-19, a new route that went up the down staircase, minimal interaction with villagers and camping in frigid temperatures and like always there were stories and events that made the race …

Eye on the Trail: Sled Dogs – The Ultimate Athletes

A standard marathon is 26.2 miles in length.  Iditarod’s Gold Trail Loop of 2021 was 832 miles long.  That is pretty close to the length of 32 marathons.  If you’ve ever met a marathoner at the finish, the runner is spent.  Even if you give your runner something to drink, a chunk of banana and …

Eye on the Trail: Red Lantern Race Was Close

The last two mushers were waiting in SKW-WM for their required 8-hour rest to expire.  Victoria Hardwick of Bethel took to the trail at 14:57.  Dakota Schlosser of Willow was released at 14:59.  The two mushers were competing for the honor of perseverance -THE RED LANTERN and a Jon Van Zyle original painting.  It wasn’t …

Eye on the Trail: Hal, Larry and Will in Deshka

Hal Hanson was resting in SKWM (Skwentna White Mountain) and talked to Liz Raines, Insider’s Back of the Pack reporter.  Throughout that interview Hal kept coming back to not wanting the race to be over.  His dogs were maturing and he was very proud of their growth and development.  His team started the race in …