<![CDATA[The EE Iditarod Experience - Ms. Holstien - 2nd grade]]>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 07:32:26 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Wrapping it Up]]>Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:40:14 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/wrapping-it-up

For one of our concluding writing assignments with Iditarod, I asked my students to write about their favorite activity. Their second question of the writing prompt was to describe a musher:

1. My favorite thing about Iditarod was getting to track our musher.
Because it's cool that you can see where they are and if there 
Resting or not. And if you click on the number your musher is 
It will show you your musher and facts. And you can click on
a Graf and it will show you line Graf. Also if you go back you
can see who is top five and once you've seen that you can click
on more and you will see all the mushers.and If you click on your 
Musher you will get facts about like where there born or how long
They have been a musher. And you can also see videos of your musher
At maybe a checkpoint or leavening a checkpoint. Sophia

2. I describe a good musher as brave smart,kind, and capable. Emory
1. My favorite thing about Alaska & the Iditarod adventure was the unforeseen beauty. For instance, I went there with such low, uncertain, expectations - plus I was a little nervous about the cold weather. After a long journey to Anchorage and a late night arrival, the colors of Alaska were the first thing than captured my attention on our Drive out to Seward to do dog sledding.

Tea, coffee, cards & teacher talk.

New friends.

A great date...

Network with apple professionals. (I had never been out to a power dinner!) Skyping, late night blogging, an engaging conference, THE BEST BREAKFAST EVER, THE MOST INCREDIBLE HALIBUT OF MY LIFE. 

hiking, moose spotting, dogsledding, 

**A magical late star when we returnedt**

loosing things (names shall remain anonymous to protect the innocent).

2. I would describe a musher as brave, thorough, strong, savvy, responsible, a good samaritan and friendly.  

Not to mention the leap of faith with turning your classroom over to the unexpected and the mind blowing race itself.

The stories of triumph, tragedy, heartbreak, injury, the will to survive and the drive to come back for more.
<![CDATA[A Shocking Finish....]]>Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:26:21 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/dallas-seavey1I was speechless when the race concluded.... Got texts from my teacher friends who went, and emails from a few of my students. Honestly though, I was just in dismay and array. I am not a betting woman (or teacher). I hardly care who wins what race anymore. But this was just so different than I could have ever predicted... These people are such tough, friendly hardworking mushers.  
    2nd time Iditarod Champion                          3rd time second place winner  
             Dallas Seavey                                                      Aliy Zirkle

Jeff King was slated to win (or at least had it in the bag with the last leg of the race...) I think one of my tables who picked him to follow & win really thought he would take the title (I know I certainly did!)

Aside from that, he had this charm & humor that made me root for him too. (Plus his daughter was lovely a dancer, so sort of a sole sister from the get go...)

I went to bed thinking he would win one night over spring break. When I woke up, everything had changed... Jeff can tell it way better than I would every paraphraze it... If you want to, you should Take a gander.

This next week back at school we will be writing our mushers. Please comment if you want me to print this out because we will be getting packages together to send to our Alaskan pen-pal mushers.

I never dreamed my musher, Hugh Neff, would have scratched also. This really is one of the last great races.... 

I have so much respect for EVERY MUSHER who has attempted this great race, regardless of completion. And the ones who keep coming back for the fight are gladiators, matadors, mushers. Many thanks, may you be blessed in all future journeys. 

My unrelated, ice-picking tale

<![CDATA[Willow Videos]]>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:03:01 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/willow-videosThe actual race started at 2. The musher who drew BIB number two was Curt Perano all the way to BIB number 70 who was Sonny Lindner. When the race started each musher followed 2 minutes behind the person in front of them. This race took a lot of coordinating with volunteers & planning for the mushers.

           Jeff King                                           Dallas Seavey

I learned that volunteers go and put the trail markers out from checkpoint to checkpoint. They are usually just one day ahead of the lead pack of mushers.
                                        PEOPLE WERE ICE FISHING! 

It took me about 30 minutes after we got off the bus to realize this event was like tailgating at a UT football game (of course on a bigger scale.) There were people prepared to camp, ice fish, fires, BBQS, snowmobiles, cross country skiers, weekend cabins and finally a lot of other tourists like us having no idea what to expect.  
<![CDATA[Munchen with a Moose!]]>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:48:29 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/munchen-with-a-mooseOn one of our last days in Alaska we set out on an adventure to find a moose. We hiked, leaped, sifted and looked for tracks and then.....
when we had almost given up.... Mrs. Wolff spotted a....
MOOSE! It was sooooooo exciting. (Mrs. Wold joked that we needed to give it a muffin - HA!) This one was just a young one so it did not have antlers. I learned that moose can by skittish like a horse, since they are much bigger they can be very dangerous. Luckily we were in a car while we snapped these photos so we were completely safe. 

All the native Alaskans say they are everywhere. This one was very happy to chomp away at all these branches. 

Question: What does skittish mean?
<![CDATA[3,2,1..... BLAST OFF!]]>Sun, 02 Mar 2014 08:09:19 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/321-blast-off
Mrs. Wright and I were able to volunteer as dog handers Saturday for the Iditarod ceremonial start here in Anchorage. (which means we helped the mushers get their teams of dogs through the heart of downtown Anchorage. It was really cold this morning, and a bit stressful because the dogs were really hyper since there were so many people. There were 69 different mushers. Each team started with 12 dogs today (and 16 tomorrow.) There were hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of fans and spectators. 

More than anything, it was meaningful meeting the mushers and having a tiny fingerprint on a historic event that spans across the biggest state in our country. 

Tomorrow we will drive for a few hours to make it to Willow where the 2nd checkpoint is and the race will officially start with the mushers "being on the clock"

The most response we have received from Alllll the Alaskans is "how cute" Texas is...

Fun fact: Alaska is actually almost three times the size of Texas. Alaska has a total area of 663,268 square miles, while Texas has a total area of 268,820 square miles.
<![CDATA[Hours Away....]]>Sat, 01 Mar 2014 09:03:35 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/hours-away
They are working all night long to cart in snow to transform downtown Anchorage to a winter wonderland ready for the ceremonial start tomorrow at 10. 
Fun Fact: We learned that there are only 7 paid positions in all of Iditarod. (The pilots, photographers, checkpoint helpers, dog handlers, & many other coordinators are all doing it for the love of the event.) Everyone else involved in this amazing race is not making any money. It is tradition like this that really makes you feel proud to preserve history. 
<![CDATA[Staying Warm]]>Sat, 01 Mar 2014 08:08:17 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/staying-warm
I finally learned the secret to keeping your hands warm. LAYERS, LAYERS, & MORE LAYERS.

Cindy Abbott's trainer said she will wear 2 to 4 layers of wool gloves & then those HUGE PADDED gloves over.

I learned that he packs all 3 of her bags to be flown out to every checkpoint. He is extremely organized and every bag is packed with the same stuff for every checkpoint. (Example bag 1: the dog's food & supplies bag 2: Cindy's food & supplies Bag 3: Extra gear & clothing)

Math Challenge: If there are 24 checkpoints and 3 bags at every checkpoint, how many total bags will they send out on the trail?
Cindy showing us how to slow down her sled by hooking a chain under the runner to cause more friction. They said with the trail conditions being very icy this year they are taking extra steps to be cautious & safe.

Cindy has a rare hip disease. While training she has managed to keep her full time job as a professor at Cal State and she will race to raise money & awareness for rare disease. 
<![CDATA[Vet Checks & Insider Information]]>Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:32:50 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/vet-checks-insider-informationPicture
These were a group of rookie veterinarians who were doing the last vet check before the race began and then they were going to be stationed at different checkpoints throughout the race. 

Fun Fact: Most of Iditarod is run by volunteers. (All of these vets are volunteers, pilots to deliver food & return dogs, people to helps with the race & track information) 

Mark  was a handler who was helping to check in 20 dogs for his musher. He really helped explain the race. He prefers sprint races because he likes the speed (where the dogs go 20 miles per hour) & sleeping in his own bed instead of on the trail. 

The vets were checking the dogs teeth, paws, EKGS, scanning their chips, numbered the dogs & started their notebooks that travel through the whole race. They said about 40% of these dogs actually had a heart murmur. 

<![CDATA[KennelsĀ ]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:28:16 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/kennelsPicture
It is so interesting the way these kennels were designed to section off the dogs depending on their age & if the dogs were in heat. 

We have been to several kennels now & this one was the only one where the dogs were trained not to bark. Amazing!

Every other kennel we have been to those dogs were barking like crazy. I also found that the only time the dogs were not barking is when they were actually mushing.

<![CDATA[The Real Race]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:13:03 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-holstien---2nd-grade/the-real-racePicture
I have learned so much about the history of Alaska, life in a rural community, dog care, race strategy and the way the race has changed over time.

The main thing I had to clear up is the race really started in honor of the old sled dog route from Seward to Nome. They used to transport gold, mail and other supplies from port to port by sled dog. It was a very honored job in Alaska. When you survey the Serum run, and the Iditarod trail they do overlap a lot towards the end of the race but Iditarod was created mainly to preserve the old sled dog travel across Alaska thanks to Joe Redington Sr.