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This is Me…Teacher on the Trail in ’23

“This is the biggest mistake of my life,” I said to myself as I boarded the Alaska Airlines flight as an Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Finalist last February. To be fair that isn’t the first time I’d uttered this phrase. In fact, it is my “go-to” response whenever I am overwhelmed by fear and …

Flashback Photo – Cathy Walters, 2009 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about my Iditarod experience was realizing the magnitude of women’s contributions to the sport. Seldom in professional sports do men and women compete together, vying in the same arena, against the same elements, for the exact same prizes. However, from Libby Riddles’ victory in 1985, to Susan Butcher’s four victories, …

“It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later”…

There is a popular quote that states, “It’s not  goodbye, it’s see you later”. These words couldn’t be more relevant as I sit down to write my final post as Teacher on the Trail™. It’s hard to believe that it was during the Summer of 2019, when I started working on my application. Since then, …

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 …

Flashback Photo – Linda Fenton, 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

This summer, Jane Holmes challenged us to find a favorite “Flashback Photo” and write about it. I knew EXACTLY the picture I would choose. This has always been one of my favorite pictures. Here’s why . . .  In March of 2012, I went to the Iditarod Education Conference as a Teacher on the Trail …

Voices of the Volunteers: Martha Dobson

  For the final installment in this series of posts, the volunteer who I interviewed is a former Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. Martha Dobson served as the teacher in 2011, and knew after her year was over, that her time with Iditarod was not ending, but rather, adjusting. She has volunteered in a couple …

Misconceptions and More: Dogs vs. Wolves

  One common misconception about sled dogs is also a question I frequently get from my students: “Why do the dogs look so much like wolves, are they part wolf?” This misconception is not helped by the 1995 Disney cartoon movie “Balto”, where it is falsely stated that Balto is half wolf and “can’t  be …

Voices of the Volunteers: Karin Hendrickson – Race Judge

  Karin Hendrickson is a familiar name and face in the current Iditarod scene. This year was her 10th Iditarod race as a musher since her rookie year in 2009. However, during her non-racing years, she has still been an important part of the race, serving as a Race Judge on a few occasions. This …

Sled Dog Rhythms and Routines

Libby here!  As I get close to being one whole year old, I’ve been remembering all the changes that have happened in my life so far.  A lot of what I remember are the rhythms and routines of my puppy year.  The first rhythm I remember was my mother’s heartbeats. Thumpa thumpa thumpa!  Our squirming …

The Determination of Togo

Leaping Libby here, the puppy who dreams of being a real sled dog someday.   Now that the snow is flying, it’s getting more serious around here. The team gets howling when it’s time to hook up to the sleds. They focus on pulling-pulling-pulling.  They slam into their harnesses, trying to get the sled to go …