Musher Stories

Monica Moving to the Starting Line!

She’s ready to go! [wpvideo fdbthYI3]

Tales from the Trail: Nathan Schroeder

Today I will check another item off of my Bucket List:  being an Idita-rider in the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod.  I’m riding with Nathan Schroeder from Minnesota.  My students have been very concerned about the idea of me riding eleven miles in a dog sled.  It may be my fault; I may have filled …

Rock Start Sighting: Dallas Seavey!

I got a chance to check in with Dallas Seavey at the ExxonMobil Welcoming reception for the Winter Conference for Educators last evening.  The question on everyone’s mind?  The trail conditions.  Dallas’  point of view is that it’s the Iditarod and it’s not supposed to be easy.  He says this isn’t the first time the …

Tales from the Trail: Special Delivery

This year, two mushers will be carrying special packages on their sleds to make a special delivery in Nome. In order to promote vaccine awareness, Martin Buser and Aliy Zirkle will carry vaccine from Anchorage to Nome.  Vaccines are given to children to help prevent various diseases.  This event is being organized by Lisa Schobert, …

Tales from the Trail: Monica Update!

We checked in with Monica a few weeks ago, and her busy training schedule finally gave her a chance to get back to us! She and Tim have been training up in the Fairbanks area and last week they competed in the Denali Doubles. The Denali Doubles is a unique race that runs 265 miles …

International Sled Dog Race

The formal name of the race we all know as the Iditarod is the Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race.  And it truly is an international pool of mushers this year.  A quick look at the musher list shows seven different countries (US, Norway, Jamaica, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden) and seven different states (Alaska, …

Tales from the Trail: Monica’s on the Road Again!

With all this crazy warm weather in Alaska, Monica, and many other mushers are traveling the state in search of snow.  Maybe they should think about turning their trucks south and heading in this direction!  Several races have been cancelled, including the T200 which Monica was planning to run.  It has really put a damper …

Tales from the Trail: Monica Update!

So we can finally break the big news!  Monica Zappa has a wonderful new sponsor……. Introducing…. Petchup! Yes, petchup…. As in ketchup (and mustard too) for your pets…. You can learn about Petchup here:  http://mypetchup.com/ Before we went on Winter Break, we checked in with Monica to get an update on her training. She reports …

Tales from the Trail: Mini Monica Update!

Monica and the boys are working on their December update, but here’s a quick check- in while they work!  The snow around her kennel has gone from bad to worse because it rained and so there is a layer of ice on top of everything.  So, to improvise, Monica and Tim packed up the dogs …

Tales from the Trail: Monica Update

We are learning a lot about being ethical news reporters!  A film crew visited our school and even after a forty minute interview, they still managed to report that I am competing in the Iditarod! They boys have taken that to heart and are applying their new sense of justice to all of their reporting …