Linda Fenton 2013 Teacher on the Trail

Nikolai

I lost my lead (for those of you who are tracking me on GPS) and flew back down the trail to Nikolai.  The pilots of the Iditarod Air Force have been wonderful flying me across the beautiful state of Alaska.  With pilot Danny, I was able to see the Iditarod Trail from the air and …

Skwentna to McGrath

SKWENTNA  CHECKPOINT CONT. “Dog traffic.”  That’s the start of the Communications (Coms) report from the Skwentna River to the cabin at the top of the hill.  Martin Buser was the first musher to arrive at 8:45 PM.  He stopped briefly to snack his dogs, then he was off down the river.  Mushers soon arrived at …

Iditarod Restart

March 3, 2013 – THE DAY – The official  start of the 2013 Iditarod.  It was a beautiful day with Denali clearly visible in the distance.  Dog teams and mushers arrived at Willow in small trucks with or without trailers or large trucks with huge trailers. Men, women, rookies and 30 year veterans have been …

Ride Of My Life!

On Friday, March 1, 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage was bustling with cars, buses, taxis and people everywhere.  That night, truckload after truckload of snow was hauled into the over 13 city blocks and dumped in the streets.  Overnight, 4th Avenue changed from a busy car street to a busy dogsled trail.  This is it …

Mushers

[wpvideo VaNj2RQT] Thursday was a busy day for Iditarod Mushers.  They gathered early for a mandatory pre-race meeting.  Race sponsors were introduced and applauded for helping keep the race going, mail packets were signed, a trail report was given (the snow looks good!) and they heard from the head Vet and others.  At lunch mushers …

Iditarod Dogs!

I had to ask myself today, “How many pictures of dogs do I really need?”  Not enough it seems.  I wanted to share a few on this post, but realized “a few” was the hard part.  The mushers we teachers have met over the past few days have all been open about sharing their dogs …

Hello Texas!

The 2013 Winter Conference for Educators is now officially underway.  Teachers and presenters are gathered here from Alaska and the Lower 48 states.  New for the conference this year is presenter Barbara Cargill who is the chair of the State Board of Education in Texas.  Barbara is committed to Science curriculum in her state, and …

Iditarod Vet Check

The other day, while visiting Iditarod Headquarters, I had the opportunity to witness a vet check.  Cim Smyth was there with his dogs getting their pre-race check-up.  This included having blood drawn and getting an EKG – the dogs, not Cim.  🙂  A few of the dogs were skittish about coming into the vet trailer, …

And The Winner Is . . .

[wpvideo DSczz9d8] Congratulations Noah Pereira, the winner of the 36th running of the Junior Iditarod.  It wasn’t a run-away victory – Noah and Conway Seavey shared the lead throughout the race.  Conway followed Noah into the chute 4 minutes later to take second place. The first woman to come in and third place finisher was …

The Junior Iditarod

Standing on Knik Lake, I watched 13 young men and women ages 14 -17 venture out on the 150 mile Junior Iditarod.  It was exciting seeing them leave the chute, go across the lake, and disappear into the wilderness.  About 8 hours and 75 miles later, the first teams arrived at Yentna Station.  All mushers …