Linda Fenton 2013 Teacher on the Trail

The Teacher on the Trail Arrives in Nome

After another amazing flight with Pilot Marty, I arrived in Nome.  We flew out of Unalakleet with blue sky and panorama for miles and miles.  The camera does not do the beauty of the land justice.  There were a few teams on the Iditarod Trail as they left the Unalakleet checkpoint on their way to …

Unalakleet’s Quiet Dogs

I flew into Unalakleet (You na la kleet)  from Anvik with Pilot Diana on an unusually clear, crisp day.  With blue skies and no clouds, I was able to see for miles up the Yukon River.  Once we landed and unloaded, I walked from the airport to the checkpoint.  After a few wrong turns and …

Linda’s GPS Tracker

Don’t worry!  Linda is NOT where the GPS Tracker shows that she is….   Unlike the GPS Trackers that mushers carry and are attached to their sleds, Linda’s GPS Tracker is in her backpack.  This means the tracker goes inside and outside, inside another building, and then outside again.  This makes the possibility of false readings …

Speaking Russian in the Iditarod

I was able to get out of McGrath Sunday morning with pilot Marty Carlson.  It was smooth flying for a while, then the low clouds moved in.  Marty reacted by turning around and getting on top on the clouds to fly me safely into Anvik.  I can’t believe I’m actually at the Yukon River where …

The Clean Up Crew

The weather plays a factor in the way a musher runs a team.  This year it has been unseasonably warm and that affects the dogs who like it much colder.  The weather also affects the flights of the vets, volunteers and the Teacher on the Trail.  The air currents on Friday were strong enough to …

A Tangled Team

One question students always tend to ask is, “What happens if a dog team gets tangled?”  Well, that happened today to James Volek as he left Takotna.  James brought his team from behind the checkpoint building and a few dogs decided to head up the trail, and a few decided to go down trail.  What …

Takotna

I flew into Takotna early Thursday afternoon.  A few mushers are here taking their 24 hour layover.  Both Rudy Demoski and Charlie Benja came through soon after I arrived.  Rudy thought he would stay a bit, but decided to continue up the trail.  Charlie stopped long enough to check his bags and have a piece …

Leaving Nikolai

After being in Nikolai for 28 hours I was flown back to McGrath.  The timing was later than anticipated due to the weather in McGrath and no flights out for most of the day.  With Marty as my pilot, we took off from the small airstrip.  The flight was exciting for me because I was …

Pee Collection? Yes, Pee Collection

As Teacher on the Trail, I was sent to this race to experience it from all aspects.  I never, in my wildest dreams, thought one of my experiences would be to collect pee from Iditarod dogs.  It is a job taken very seriously by the vets and the two women, Kidrin and Maureen, whose sole …

Nikolai Morning

The last 10 mushers are just making it into Nikolai this early morning – a few are here and a few are on the trail trying to get here.  Our friend and fellow teacher Angie Taggart just came in.  She and her dogs look good although she is contemplating dropping a dog here.  She reported …