Teacher on the Trail Stories

2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Annie McGuire’s Most Memorable Moments

There are two memories that stick out in my mind when I think back to my year as the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  The first memory occurred while in Tanana. Tanana had only been a checkpoint a few times before, but they could not have been more welcoming! The night I was in …

2006 Teacher on the Trail Terrie Hanke’s Most Memorable Moments – Teacher on the Trail to Eye on the Trail

It’s very difficult to select just a few experiences from the trail to share or to summarize my journey as the 2006 Wells Fargo Teacher On The Trail.  Everyday of the 4 weeks spent in Alaska for Iditarod XXXIV was filled with meaningful experiences and unique memories.  Never once did I wonder what I was …

2014 Teacher on the Trail Jen Reiter’s Most Memorable Moment

Every teacher who has served as the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail has the same reaction to the question, “Share your most memorable moment from the trail.” The reaction? An immediate sigh followed by an utter feeling of defeat as you know you will never be able to do your journey justice with one memorable …

Charles’ Last Run

  What do mushers do with their sled dog when he/she retires? Just as they had the best life before their journey through the Iditarod, they have the best life still, but more relaxing. Our best bud here at Vern’s, Charles, retired as a sled dog on March 1, 2014. Charles is a 10-year old …

Teacher turned Dog Handler

My journey today was quite interesting, however, it was awesome.  This morning Terrie Hanke, author of the Eye on the Trail blog for the Iditarod, and I went to breakfast before beginning our shopping list for camp.  When we got back to Vern’s Dream a Dream Dog Farm we started helping Linda prepare sandwiches for the 9:00 tour group, …

Behind the Scenes

Part of me lives at the Smithsonian now… And my students’ artwork is there too… Talk about being honored and proud! I recently had the honor of visiting the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and taking a “backstage” tour with Jane Rogers, curator of sports.  You may remember that I first met Jane two years ago …

The Sleeping Bag Patch

One thing that each Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ is required to do is to create a patch for inclusion on the official Teacher on the Trail sleeping bag. You can learn more about this tradition and the sleeping bag here: LINK I decided a long time ago, that this was going to be a …