<![CDATA[The EE Iditarod Experience - Ms. Wright - 3rd grade]]>Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:00:13 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[The Iditarod Musher Banquet - 2014]]>Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:24:37 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/the-iditarod-musher-banquet-2014Picture

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<![CDATA[A Red Lantern Reminder]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:03:13 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/a-red-lantern-reminderPicture
Yesterday we traveled to the Iditarod headquarters where the official vet checks took place.  We were thrilled to meet many mushers who were very busy and focused on having their dogs checked by the volunteer Iditarod vets on duty.  This is required to be able to race the Iditarod.  
Jan Steves was the first musher there, and it was a pleasure to visit with her.  She loves her dogs so much, and she started mushing in 2009.  Wow!
She was also the Red Lantern winner her rookie year; which is the coolest thing!  I snapped a photo of the official red lantern trophy in the headquarters.  I love the idea that the last musher is honored in this way.  It is not when you finish, but that you tried that matters! She answered some questions I had, and I so appreciated her time! Here is the link to her bio, photo and video below:


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<![CDATA[Musher Alert!]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:41:41 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/musher-alertI have been meeting mushers this week during the teacher conference, both past and present.  These are amazing people who have a real passion and love of dogs and Alaskan heritage.  Today I met Angie Taggart a two time veteran.  She is a teacher from Ketchikan, Alaska, and ran her first race in 2011, again last year, and is taking a break this year.  She was actually quite tall, and was kind enough to "lower" herself to meet me in the photo!  I also have a picture of her belt buckle.  This is given to every musher and team that survives the trip and passes the finish line into Nome.  It doesn't matter when you arrive, you are honored with this special buckle if you are a rookie musher. Angie was the 105th woman to ever finish the Ididarod, and she was wearing it proudly when I met her.  She said, "It was the greatest time of my life."
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<![CDATA[How to Mush!]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:44:41 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/february-27th-2014Watch Mike the Guide as he explains how to mush on a sled and lead a team without falling off!!
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<![CDATA[Mike the Guide, Goofing Off, and Snow Angels]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:24:29 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/the-art-of-dog-sleddingIt has been a whirlwind of activity here at the Iditarod Teacher Winter Conference.  We are treated like out of town royalty and we have been amazed at the access we have been given to the dogs, vets, teachers, and officials here.  Wonderful food and friends make this a wonderful teacher training.  I am a little behind in my blogging, so I am going to try and catch up with a post about dog sledding.  I was really surprised at how my impressions changed about how to mush at the Ididaride dog sledding tour.  We are all so glad we had this first experience before the race started to see what dog sledding is really like.  
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Thank goodness for GPS !!!  I don't think we could have found Ididaride on our own.  It is actually right next door to a National Park, tucked away in the woods of Seward, Alaska.  

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Some of us looked a little nervous as Mike explained the commands for the dog and the breaking system!

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Mike was our guide and gave us a 5 minute talk about the sled before we got going.  I saw some fear in the eyes of the others....was that it?  But we realized quickly that dog sledding is an art that you can't learn unless you do it!

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We stopped off and got some hot chocolate before our ride.  All over Alaska are these adorable, tiny buildings for coffee.  This one was in the shape of a coffee cup.  So fun!  That hit the spot for sure.  Now we were ready!

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Before we went dog sledding we had time to kill, so obviously we goofed off.  We made snow angels, practiced "sledding" and played with moose antlers we found.  It was fun being a kid again!

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<![CDATA[Ididaride!!]]>Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:20:26 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/ididaridePicture
I am a real musher!  We had the time of our lives at Mitch Seavey's homestead.  Mitch Seavey, of course, won the Iditarod last year, and his family has 3 generations of Iditarod racers in his family.  His sledding tour company was absolutely on our bucket list.  It was an amazing experience!

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<![CDATA[An Amazing Ride to Seward!]]>Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:49:14 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/an-amazing-ride-to-sewardWe arrived in Anchorage around midnight, but after a few hours of rest, we woke up, dressed in our sled gear, and headed out to Seward, Alaska to fulfill the dream of all of us...to dog sled!  We went to Mitch Seavey's homestead, and his dog sledding tour company called Ididaride.  We stopped along the way to snap amazing photos of the beauty of the wild around us!
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<![CDATA[February 25th, 2014]]>Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:41:57 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/february-25th-2014Picture
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<![CDATA[Incoming!]]>Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:31:54 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/incomingSo, this was the longest flight for me.  We were exhausted adjusting to the time difference over several time zones.  However, we all got excited watching the airplane map on the video screen on our seats as we flew over Canada and made our landing in Anchorage.   You could see Russi You can see Mrs. Brewer and Mrs. Wolff were watching all the action!  Let the journey begin!
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<![CDATA[A Very Small Airplane!]]>Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:27:46 GMThttp://eeiditarod.weebly.com/ms-wright---3rd-grade/a-very-small-airplaneSo, ummm, this was a small plane as you can see.  I am 5 ft. tall and my head hit the top of the plane.  My teacher friend, and fellow musher, Mrs. Brewer and I had to laugh about it.  The second airplane was much, much bigger and luckily held our luggage!  
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