Friday, March 26, 2010

The return of the sleds

Many people just assume that once the last musher crosses under the Burled Arch in Nome, the race is over. While it's true that the racing is over, the mushers are far from being able to simply turn their thoughts to home, kick back and relax. For instance, did you ever wonder what happens to all the sleds and gear that was sent out along the trail? How does it get home to the mushers from Nome? Bonnie Foster happened on the return of a bunch of sleds to Iditarod Headquarters here in Wasilla the other day. The sleds are flown "home" to Wasilla, where it becomes the mushers' responsibility to collect them or arrange for further shipment home. It's obviously more complicated for those who don't live nearby, but I've seen several dog trucks headed in that general direction over the last few days, so bet most of these sleds are home now. In the meantime, some areas of Iditarod Headquarters temporarily took on the look of a "used-sled yard".

Monday, March 22, 2010

Random Shots from Nome, Alaska, at Iditarod Time

All photos from Nome courtesy of Bonnie Foster.

Jim Lanier
Mike Williams and Andy Anderson, a race judge.

Newman catches some zzzzz' in the sunshine.

Newton finishes!

Tonya Mackey in the crowd.

Animal Control, Nome Style

Look closely at the "officers" in the Animal Control vehicle.
All photos courtesy of Bonnie Foster.
"So, what do you think? Should we put out an APB on some cats or something?"

Nome's streets are surely safe with this fine duo on patrol.

Make sure you get that license number!

Photos from Nome -- Finishers' Banquet-- courtesy of Bonnie Foster

All photos this entry courtesy of Bonnie Foster