Teacher's Journal

Misconceptions and More: Dogs vs. Wolves

  One common misconception about sled dogs is also a question I frequently get from my students: “Why do the dogs look so much like wolves, are they part wolf?” This misconception is not helped by the 1995 Disney cartoon movie “Balto”, where it is falsely stated that Balto is half wolf and “can’t  be …

Voices of the Volunteers: Karin Hendrickson – Race Judge

  Karin Hendrickson is a familiar name and face in the current Iditarod scene. This year was her 10th Iditarod race as a musher since her rookie year in 2009. However, during her non-racing years, she has still been an important part of the race, serving as a Race Judge on a few occasions. This …

Classroom Connections: Trailbreakers – Dash & Dot Coding

    This lesson is a very fun STEM project created to relate to the job of the Iditarod trail breakers. Unlike some of the other STEM activities I have posted, this one is much quicker. It can be completed in one (longer) class session.    In this lesson, students work with a certain type of …

Voices of the Volunteers: Dan Harrelson

  Dan Harrelson has been a very big figure in the small community of White Mountain for decades. He is currently a member of the city council and is the VPSO (Village Public Safety Officer) in the community. However he had also been the mayor of White Mountain as well. But as he said, “ …

OFF the trail in Nome/Anchorage – Monday

  What an adventure… Last night was the musher banquet that formally wrapped up the 2022 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. It was a night to celebrate, for a variety of different reasons. Some for finishing their first Iditarod, some for taking a step back from the race for a bit, and still others for simply …

On the Trail in Nome – Sunday

  If you read my post from yesterday, this is really the continuation of my amazing day yesterday. Let’s attempt to do this in chronological order… After being taken to the airport yesterday with Kathy Chapoton and Sean William’s dad, I was actually able to hop on a flight with IAF pilot, Wes Erb. This …

On the Trail in Nome – Saturday

  I know I have said in the past that I have had some pretty amazing days, but today was probably the best day of this entire incredible adventure.  There were so many “never in my wildest dreams” moments that I can’t possibly get them all into one post, especially as it’s already way later …

On the Trail in Nome – Friday

After another late night of posting last night, I was determined to get today’s post done sooner. Last night after my snow machine ride, I met Nina Hansen, head vet for the Yukon Quest. After chatting with her for a while, she started talking about a research project she is working on. Being that I …

On the Trail in Nome – Thursday

Today was somewhat less busy, at least the morning. The first musher of the day didn’t arrive until 12:10 this afternoon. Rookie Joe Taylor started off the day and was then followed by long time legend, Martin Buser. While waiting for Martin to pull in, his wife was telling people in the chute how she …

On the Trail in Nome – Wednesday

  I know I have said this recently, and I will probably say it again, but today was incredible.  But let’s start with a recap of last night after putting up my post. I was able to get into the chute, under the famed Burled Arch on front street for the 5th-9th place finishers, Pete …