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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 …

Living Your Values With Iditarod ~ by Kathy Thompson

Paw Print = Maryland Exploration Feeling = Appreciative Live Your Values with Iditarod What can I say about my experience as a 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Finalist?  How can I conclude this incredible voyage in one final post?  There were so many powerful moments that this last post makes it difficult to wrap …

Reflection and Impact of my time in Alaska by Cindy Emmons

Before my time in Anchorage as a Teacher on the Trail finalist I taught the Iditarod in my third grade classroom and as a grade level because the stories of mushers and sled dogs, grit and determination and themes such as perseverance, skill, community and compassion weaved in beautifully with my third grade content and …

Welcome to Debski’s Diner: Lesson Ideas from the I.C.E. Cohort

Our first Iditarod Certified Educator’s cohort is off and running down the trail! Their first challenge was to develop a quick lesson idea based on the theme of Debski’s Diner. Debski is the amazing cook for all of the volunteers in Nome. She serves as a kind of den mom for all of the volunteers …

Starting from Scratch – By Juli Westrich

Originally, I wrote an entirely different post to conclude my 2022 Iditarod experience.  In fact, it’s sitting in draft, ready for just one final click of the publish button.  Then White Mountain happened.  My intended post was about the Iditarod as family.  There is a legacy and multigenerational nature to Iditarod, both mushers and volunteers. …

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 …

Insider in the Classroom: Race Edition 2022

It’s that time again – race time!  The teams are burning up the trail and the Insider crew is trying to keep up with them.  The Iditarod EDU department is committed to helping you busy teachers find useful Insider video clips for teaching. Check here daily for updates on the newest video clips posted and …

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 …