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Zoom Lens: Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle finished the 2017 Iditarod in 3rd place for the race and her husband Allan, who gives their younger dogs a first look at the trail, finished  in 32nd place.  Of course Aliy was at the burled arch to welcome Allen and the dogs. This was Allen’s finish but Aliy did answer one question …

Zoom Lens – Tytte and Miriam Osredkar Reunite

March 16, 2016:  Miriam Osredkar had been in Unalakleet since that morning.  The previous night when she was between the Old Woman cabin and Unalakleet checkpoint, she stopped to change out a couple of dogs.  Another team came by at about the same time.  As the other team passed there was a minor tangle.  Once …

Zoom Lens: Hand Warmers for Dogs?

The Berington Twins are noted for their excellent dog care.  They use massage and heat for easing sore muscles.  Anna is holding a custom made dog sweater that has pockets sewn in for hand  warmers.  It’s anything and everything for the dogs!

Zoom Lens – Sunset

The sunset over the Bering Sea at UNK.  Sometimes beauty is just too stunning to describe.  

Zoom Lens: Flying to UNK

Some race personnel fly with the Iditarod Air Force for relocation and others fly on larger aircraft like this very nice Navajo that 9 of us flew to Unalakleet in. The flight from McGrath to Unalakleet took about an hour.  That’s as the crow flies. Had we flown over the trail it would have been …

Zoom Lens: Moose in McGrath

Figuring I’d like a special shot of the final musher to leave McGrath, I walked a mile or so up from the checkpoint to where the boat landing is.  On the walk to my desired photo opportunity, I noticed a moose with a calf lying in the brush by the side of the road.  The …

Zoom Lens: McGrath: A Hill and a Sled

Back of the pack mushers found the short trail from the checkpoint down to the Kuskokwim River to be very much like the worn down Happy River Steps.  As each musher runs down the bank, a little more snow is gouged out by braking.  Finally, there’s a big trench that mushers have to negotiate.  Some …

Zoom Lens – Siberians

Rob Cooke departed McGrath March 11, 2016, after his 24-hour layover with 15 Siberians.  He dogs were happy and strong as they charged down the hill and out onto the river for the run to Takotna.  Cook was one of the mushers who  run distance doubles with Iditarod and Yukon Quest.  He completed the distance …

Zoom Lens: Flannel Shirt

This harness reminds me of my favorite very old flannel shirt.  I’ve got pretty new shirts but they hang in the closet as I prefer the well worn old one that’s a little ragged but soft and fits perfect.  Seems this dog may feel that same way about his harness.

Zoom Lens: All Eyes

Busy, Busy, Busy at McGrath.  One team checking in while another team approaches on the frozen river.  There’ll be plenty more action as the night wears on.  Noah Burmeister was the sixth musher to bring his huskies into the checkpoint.  His dogs are all eyes!