The 2015 Iditarod is still a few weeks away, but the Yukon Quest is going at full speed. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that “Two-time defending champion Allen Moore claimed the lead in the Yukon Quest on Sunday night at this desolate Steese Highway checkpoint.” See that link for more details and great photos.
That is some strong ice. (Image via Reuters.)
This is a photo of the Central checkpoint at the Yukon Quest this year (2015). See the Yukon Quest’s official Facebook page for many more photos of the sled dogs, trail scenery, and videos.
It was just a little bit windy in Wasilla, Alaska recently, as this truck that fell into Evangelo’s parking lot shows. (Image from Twitter.)
The moon setting over some mountains, somewhere in Alaska. (Photo from this Twitter link.)
Sorry, I don’t remmember where I saw these images -- I know it was on Twitter, but I can’t find them now -- but these bears on trash dumpsters in Anchorage, Alaska shows some of the spirit of Alaska. (While these are nice, I really love the painting on these dumpsters in Seward, Alaska.)
An Alaska musher uses his dog team to deliver coffee.
From the Last Frontier Magazine, this is a painting by Gerrit Hjellen of a roadhouse in Wasilla #Alaska from 1957.
Dallas Seavey reported on Facebook that it was 25 degrees in Willow, Alaska yesterday (September 26, 2014). If you know Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies, you know that means they were ready to run.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Talkeetna, Palmer, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, Alaska just now (Septmber 25, 2014). This photo comes from this tweet.
When I drove up to Alaska for the first time, way back in 2007, I stopped at a little restaurant in a small town in Canada, and learned the story I wrote about on this photo. On a related note, if you’ve never seen the movie Insomnia, I recommend it. Robin Williams doesn’t play a nice guy in the movie, but he does a great job in portraying the character.
If you've ever had (or known) a Siberian husky, you know this look. Usually there's an antsy wagging tail, and they're getting pretty close to jumping on you as well.
I just ran across this story that links to some web cams that let you watch bears catching salmon (and doing other things) at the Brooks Camp on the Alaska Peninsula. You can read that story, or just follow this link to explore.org to watch the bears. The bear cams are available as a cooperative project between Katmai National Park and Preserve and explore.org.
A great thing about the weather in Talkeetna, Alaska is that it's very consistent, especially in the spring and summer.
In honor of the snow falling across the United States in mid-April, 2014.
Here’s a sample Alaska travel itinerary, for those interested in driving the state during an 8-10 day vacation. This was part of a travel plan for when I was living in Talkeetna, and my mother and aunt came up for a little while.
Wow, after 8 days of racing, the leader, Jeff King, had to drop out of the race 25 miles from the finish line in Nome. Dallas Seavey came from behind to win it, and Aliy Zirkle (female racer, dogs with pink boots) came in two minutes after Dallas, finishing second for the third straight year.
At the finish line:
Reporter: “How did you do it?”
Dallas: “What’d I do?”
Reporter: “You just won the Iditarod.”
Dallas: “What? I thought that was my dad behind me. Where’s Jeff and Aliy?”
(Quote from this story on adn.com.)