Galena is a checkpoint that is usually only used when the trail runs the northern route on even years. Since last year, 2014, was an even year the mushers, dogs, and volunteers stopped here. 2015 being an odd year the Iditarod Trail would not have made this a checkpoint but due to lack of snow causing the re-start in Fairbanks, Galena gets back to back races. It has been brutally cold the last few nights. Dipping down to around -50°F. The only upside to cold nights are the Northern Lights. The last few have had some spectacular displays. They are mostly green but they are dancing around and cascading towards the ground. Here are a few shots from last night from the checkpoint in Galena.