Martha Dobson 2011 Teacher on the Trail

The 2011 Iditarod in Review

Without Target, this article would not be possible, so, first, a thanks to Target® as the sponsor of the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ position. Its sponsorship is the reason I am writing for this E-runner. From assistance with cold weather gear to transportation to lodging to the opportunity to experience the Iditarod firsthand so …

Iditarod in the Spring

Spring is bursting out all over here, and classes are enjoying hearing about the 2011 Iditarod. Patriot Elementary students saw cold weather gear and asked questions about the race and the dogs. This school held two Idita-Reads, one for kindergarten through second grade and one for grades three through five. I Skyped with the Red …

A First-Grader’s Alaska Story

Alaska Alaska is very very cold. My grandma has ben there lots of times. There are husky dogs there in Alaska. You have to race on sleds. The dogs pul the sleds so you can go. There are 62 people on the sleds. There are 992 dogs puling you. Written by a 1st grader, typed …

Communication–How It Happens on the Trail

How many forms of communication did you use today? Generate a list. Were all of the forms on your list electronic, or did you include forms like sign language, writing, or speaking? Make a chronological list or timeline of the development of all the forms of communciation you used in one day. Now, think about …

Back in Anchorage 3.22.11

Last night the last group of volunteers, except those working in the dog lot in Nome where teams rested awaiting their flights home, returned to Anchorage. The group included cooks, dog handlers, vets, trail sweeps (people who follow the end of the race on snowmachines), Iditarod Insider crew, ITC employees, and me. On Sunday, an …

Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights 3.19.11

Nome, cloudy skies, some snow, perhaps drizzle falling today   In Takotna a week ago, the Northern Lights appeared brightly, shimmering green. A friend sent me photos he took of them that night; to photograph these, a tripod is necessary because it’s difficult to hold a camera still enough. This site, http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/auroraforecast/, gives aurora borealis …

Wattie McDonald’s Finish in Nome

View the previous post for a video of Wattie’s team in Anchorage. The photos in this gallery show were shot with the sport setting of the camera, capturing Wattie’s arrival in the chute in Nome.

Wattie McDonald’s Team & Handlers

Wattie (pronounce the a in his name like “ah”) is back again for his second Iditarod. He’s from Scotland. Notice the flags being carries, the kilts, and the dogs’ coats. [wpvideo WwwdtuuU]

St. Patrick’s Day in Nome 3.17.11

Temperature 16 degrees F, feels like 2 degrees F People sported green for St. Patrick’s Day in Nome, attended their parade, and took their pictures under the burled arch finish line attired in green. Kelly Maixner finished his race today in a St Patrick’s Day top hat.  Did you figure out what the four people …

Photos 3.16.11

What do these mushers have in common?