Welcoming Arm in Huslia

Welcome to Huslia.  Huslia is a small village located on the banks of the Koyokuk river, which is a tributary of the Yukon River.  This is the home town of the late, great dog musher George Attla.  Huslia has a historical significance to the world of mushing and the Iditarod race that has made this…

Still in Galena

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…

Tanana in the Morning

Another cold morning in the bush.  We spent the night in the Tanana Teen Center.  First thing you do when you are sleeping with others who are also trying to find a place to stay is to stake out your spot.  Unroll your sleeping bag to claim your ground.  Make sure that your spot is…

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…