Moving through Manley

The mushers have reached Manley Hot Springs.  This is their second checkpoint for the 2015 Iditarod.  This is the last checkpoint on the road system.  They are mushing through sub-zero temperatures today and last night to get here. Despite the cold weather, the dogs are still running with enthusiasm.  The Manley Hot Springs community is…

Nenana Here we come.

Today is the re-start of the 2015 Iditarod.  Due to the lack of snow the re-start was moved from Willow to Fairbanks.  The last time the trail started in Fairbanks was 2003.  12 years later we are back again. A new crowd of excited fans that haven’t had the opportunity to witness The Last Great…

And they're off!

Today was the Ceremonial Start of the 2015 Iditarod.  Mushers new and old gathered downtown on 4th Avenue to start The Last Great Race in front of thousands of elated fans.  They braved wind and rain on an unseasonably warm March day.  With the temperature hanging around the high 30’s, the snow that was brought…

March 4, 2015

Today was the mandatory Veterinary Check for this years Iditarod.  Mushers brought their dogs to the Iditarod Headquarters so that volunteer veterinarians can make sure that the dogs are healthy to run in this years race.  The Veterinarians come from all over the world to give their time and expertise to make sure that the…

Food Drop 2015

We’re 17 days away from the Iditarod Anchorage ceremonial start day. More and more preparations are going on. Last night I photographed a pilot planning meeting. Today a group of over 40 volunteers, including a large contingent from the Alaska Military Youth Academy, helped to unload, sort, tag, stack and move thousands of musher’s food…

Straw Bagging

Iditarod is coming around the corner. It felt like “old-home week” again today when I went to Airland Transport and saw many of the same volunteers bagging over 1600 bales of straw. The assembly line precision made short work out of unloading, bagging, tagging, palletizing, shrink wrapping, labeling and reloading the straw. Amazing !! Here’s…

Northern Lights 300 Wrap Up

I recently held my first ever dog mushing and night sky photography workshop during the Northern Lights 300 sled dog race at Winterlake Lodge — the turnaround checkpoint of the race. Despite a one-day weather delay in flying out to the lodge, it was a great success. There were 3 participants of the maximum of…