Terrie Hanke

Eye on the Trail: Building the Trail on 4th Avenue

  On the eve of Iditarod, 4th Avenue in Anchorage is being transformed from a regular city street to a trail covered in clean snow for mushing.  One right after the other, trucks dump loads at intervals along the avenue.  Graders follow to smooth the snow into a three inch trial.  A thicker trail creates …

Eye on the Trail: Musher Banquet

It was an extended day for the mushers of Iditarod XLVII.  They attended the all day musher meeting.  There was a break at lunch when the mushers and Idita-riders enjoyed conversation over a pizza lunch.  Then they participated in the Meet Greet prior to the Musher Banquet.  The musher meet and greet began at 3:30 …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Tuesday – Mandatory Gear

Meredith Mapes is changing to a new sled in McGrath on her rookie Iditarod run in 2018.  There’s certainly a pile of gear on the ground.  Is it all going to fit into her new sled?  An important question here would be, “What’s mandatory?” Mandatory gear is listed in Rule 16. Here’s a copy paste of the …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Tuesday – DeeDee

I’ve been scrolling through all of my 2018 photos.  The purpose is to select my 3 best and share with my photo club for the Best of 2018. There’s more than one reason this photo has made the cut.  1) DeeDee Jonrowe, the inspiring energizer bunny of mushers, has retired as of 2018; 2) Snow during …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Tuesday – From 16 to 14

The 2019 rules allow the mushers to start Iditarod with no more than 14 dogs and no fewer than 12.  With the race just a little more than a month away, now is a great time to review the rules and become familiar with the changes.  Use this link to access the current 2019 rules. …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Tuesday – Sunshine on my Shoulders

 

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Dashing Through the Snow

 

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Oh, the Weather…

 

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Tuesday – Christmas Morning

 

Eye on the Trail: When Does Iditarod Start?

When does Iditarod start? That’s a question I hear often. My answer is always, “The last Saturday of February.”  If you’re an avid race fan, you’d quickly correct me saying, “Hey everyone knows Iditarod begins on the first Saturday of March!”  Hear my out on this. On the last Saturday of February, exactly one week prior to …