The official start of Iditarod 2014 was in Willow, AK. Look at the videos and pictures below of this great event. Unfortunately my videos are not the best quality. Someone keeps putting their hand in front of the camera. I wonder who that is? The race videos are in the order the mushers would go...staging area, in the line for the start, into the starting chute, up the straightaway and down the small hill we found to get a great view. Pay special attention to the woman in the maroon shirt and black ski overalls in the third video. Look at how hard she is straining to hold the dogs. The dogs are ready to go!!! What words does a musher use to tell his team to go?
On Sunday, March 2, we boarded a school bus to ride 2 1/2 hours to Willow for the official start of the Idiatrod. How fitting was it that 6 teachers were riding a school bus! How did we keep ourselves busy? We played cards. Once we arrived, we looked for a good spot to take video and pictures. We decided to go far out from the start point, past the orange fencing, out into the open, where the teams would come down a small hill. Ms. Holstien found this perfect spot for us. Later I wandered back towards the start line, stopping along the way to take more video and pictures. Today the dogs were excited and wanted to get going. It was a thrill to see this event in person! Question for you: Do you know how many Iditarod's there have been?
I am a first grade teacher and I am so excited to participate in this project with my colleagues.