Tag Archives: Iditarod

Iditarod 2011: Some dreams are already over

We are only two and a half days into the 2011 Iditarod and we already have two scratches. Melissa Owens of Nome, and Zoya DeNure of Gakona. Both of the musher’s Iditarod dreams come to a screeching halt in a notorious portion of the trail, Rainy Pass. Owens, aggravated a leg injury that happened before the race even started scratched …

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Iditarod Gear: To bring or not to bring. That is the question.

On Mush! You Huskies radio show last night we talked about the mandatory gear that every musher MUST carry in his sled during the Iditarod. According to the official rules of the Iditarod it says: Rule 16: Mandatory Items: A musher must carry with him/her at all times the following items: Proper cold weather sleeping bag weighing a minimum of …

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Willow, Alaska: The mushing capital of the world

After yesterday’s ceremonial start in Anchorage for the 39th running of the Iditarod, the real fun begins today in Willow for the official start of the race. Willow, Alaska is a village of about 2500 people and the place I call home. It is about 70 miles north of Anchorage and on the “road system.” There is not much here …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Late September Dogs

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Late September Dogs As I was lying in bed the other night, between the moment of slumber and rest I could hear all of the dogs around me at the kennels in the neighborhood. There are at lest four of them within a 1/4 mile or so. I soon realized that this is what …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: 31 Days of Horror

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: 31 Days of Horror Every family has some sort of tradition. That is what makes us unique from the rest of middle-class suburbia in the middle of Americana with hot apple pie and the mini van in the driveway. Some of us go all out decorating our houses like Clark Wilhelm “Sparky” Griswold, Jr. and …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore… This past weekend I attended a symposium put on by the Willow (Alaska) Dog Mushers Association and lets just say I got schooled! I have called myself a musher for the better part of two decades and after hearing these guys talk I soon realized that everything I have …

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The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Lynyrd Skynard vs. Barry Manilow

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Lynyrd Skynard vs. Barry Manilow A lot can be said about Balance. The Yin and the Yang. The Black and the White. Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker.  The cool side of the pillow… but I am reading a book by Mitch Seavey: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way: Unconventional Sled Dog Secrets …

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