On our last day in Alaska, we hopped on a school bus for the drive to Willow for the Re-start. We realized once we got there that the event would take place on a frozen lake! There was so much excitement in the air. People were cooking, ice fishing, playing hockey, and riding snow mobiles.We walked about a mile away from the crowds and settled in to watch the race.
Skyping with Ms. Holstien
The Musher Banquet
We were lucky enough to be invited to the Musher Banquet. At the banquet, the mushers draw for the order in which they will leave the starting point in Willow.
We boarded a bus early Wednesday morning and headed for Iditarod Headquarters where Mushers check in and dogs are checked by Vets. We spent a wonderful morning there checking out the Headquarters themselves, playing with dogs and watching the veterinarians check each animal thoroughly.
Skyping with Mrs. Wold's Class
Dream a Dream Kennel
The kennel is owned by Vern Halter who has run the Iditarod himself. He and his wife, Susan, have completed 26 Iditarod or Yukon Quest 1000 mile races. They have completed forty to fifty 200 and 300 miles races. Susan was awarded the Challenge of the North-best musher-best care award as a rookie. She is a veterinarian.
Cindy Abbott is racing dogs from Vern Halter's Dream a Dream Kennel. We had the privilege of meeting here while at the kennel on Wednesday. You can read about her here.
The Convention Begins
One of the highlights of the first day of the conference was hearing each of the finalists from the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail competition speak about their Iditarod curriculum. You can read more about the finalists here: http://goo.gl/lxl581
Skyping With Mrs. Brewer's Class
Visting With the Official Iditarod Artist: Jon Van Zyles
Jon Van Zyles is not only an artist, he also has his own spectacular kennel on the grounds of his house.
Skyping With Ms. Wright's Class
Thanks to Mrs. Wolff's Hot Spot, we were actually able to connect via Skype with Ms. Wright's class in spite of the remote location of the Seavey Dog Adventure headquarters.
And last, but most importantly, the dogs.