Iditarod (Cont’d)

“How was the trip?” Admin says on the phone.

Spence’s voice comes through the speaker. “Less said the better.”

“But you got to Tucson?”


“And you’re on three panels today at the Tucson Book Festival?”

“Looking forward to it.”

“First, here’s the report from Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, our team in the greatest sled dog race on earth.”

As of Friday evening, AJ and the team arrived in Shageluk—the village of the dog people.  I expect him to rest for several hours before calling, “Ready!” and then, “Let’s go!”  It was another long day, and one that was run in forty degree temperatures.  Not to mention the hills.  Oh, how AJ dislikes the hills on the southern route.  The southern route is run every other year.  In 2011, the first year AJ ran the southern route, he ran up each of the hills to lighten the load for the dogs.  As he neared the top of each hill, he convinced himself it was the last hill.  Time and again, he was disappointed as he saw the next next ascent.  Soon he will leave behind the hills, and run along the mighty Yukon River.  Until then, they rest. 

(Note – Rebecca’s written a story about those hills – coming soon.)

Welcome Aisha, Mazie, Katie & Emma, Lexi from NJ, Toby (Tibetan spaniel).


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196 Responses to “Iditarod (Cont’d)”

  1. Princess Sam
    10:14 am on March 9th, 2013

    Good morning. Gosh, I’m tired because I had too much to do last night. But a diva’s gotta do what a diva’s gotta do.

  2. OleyHowlers
    10:14 am on March 9th, 2013

    Good morning. Enjoy the Tucson Book Festival, Spence!
    Only 6 more miles to Anvik, and OFT looks to be moving out well.

  3. B. Stover
    10:35 am on March 9th, 2013

    Wonder what happened on the way to Tuscon.

    Go Snowhook.

    Good morning all.

  4. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:36 am on March 9th, 2013

    Anvik!….Coming up!…snort!….I hope the small-dawg-iditarod-team is ready to greet The Giant and the A-Team….Woooooo!

  5. Barb & Maggie
    10:36 am on March 9th, 2013

    Good morning all. Thanks for the report from Rebecca. Spence, enjoy your trip. I hope no one throws anything at you!

    Sammy, rest up you little diva.

    Quiet morning here. Barb did some work on her taxes. Not fun!

    Safe travels today to A.J. and his team. Hope the hills are soon behind them. What a guy, running along the team to lighten their load.

  6. Macy the min-pin
    10:37 am on March 9th, 2013

    The team should be pulling into Anvik anytime now. No hills on the river!
    Good morning Sam and Howlers.

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:37 am on March 9th, 2013

    Stover!…My best guess is a flight or two were cancelled because of the storm(s)…sniff!…We are enduring another one here right now, although the snow isn’t to bad yet. In other parts of the state it is a lot worse…sneeze!

  8. Macy the min-pin
    10:39 am on March 9th, 2013

    Wow, lots more folks showed up while I was posting. Good morning everybody.

  9. B. Stover
    10:46 am on March 9th, 2013

    Thanks Rio. Hope your storm stops soon.

    Good morning Macy.

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 am on March 9th, 2013

    Stover!…Got yer winter photos in the mail – just what I wanted to look at. More Snow!…snort!….My friend says I have to tell you “Thank you very much, they are lovely.”….grunt!

  11. Macy the min-pin
    11:07 am on March 9th, 2013

    He’s there! Yukon here we come!

  12. B. Stover
    11:07 am on March 9th, 2013

    According to the Insider email message, AJ checked into Anvik at 07:00 Alaksa time.

  13. dawson
    11:08 am on March 9th, 2013

    Spence: Enjoy the Tuscon FOB. They even have therapy dogs in case someone throws something!

    I couldn’t find AJ on the map. He was ahead of where I was looking.
    Go Snowhook!

    Macy and the Small Dogs Happy Anvik Checkpoint coming right up.

    Princess Sam: Up and at ’em, girl. This is the Iditarod we’re talking about. You can rest next week. Time to greet the team, so get happy!

  14. Gus and BooBear
    11:08 am on March 9th, 2013

    Good Morning and GO SNOWHOOK!!!!

  15. B. Stover
    11:08 am on March 9th, 2013

    Rio: LOL! Sorry about the timing. Tell your friend, “Thank you.”

  16. B. Stover
    11:09 am on March 9th, 2013

    And, by the way, there’s hardly any snow here. Heh!

  17. Melanie
    11:13 am on March 9th, 2013

    I was wondering why Mattie put her backpack of many pockets on and headed out of here in a hurry.

    He’s there! Took 10 minutes to update that sucker. Jeeze Louise.

  18. OleyHowlers
    11:14 am on March 9th, 2013

    (Whispering) Are Whitey-Lance and his lady sleeping? No post when the A-Team left Shageluk and still no post (here or fb) about arrival at Anvik. We worry about Bella, and we hope she is o.k.
    On the YUKON! Woo HOo!

  19. Staff
    11:19 am on March 9th, 2013

    BStover, Your letter to Dawson was received here yesterday also. It is with all the rest of her stuff that I am piling up in the quilt room spare bedroom.

    Dad’s 89th birthday today and we are going to get his hair cut and then to the co-op for member appreciation day. They are honoring Mom. I am taking lots of kleenex.

    Also a niece from Green Bay is in town and we will be seeing her for a little this morning. Busy busy busy.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    11:21 am on March 9th, 2013

    I know this is off topic, but has anyone been following the Jodi Arias trial? And does anyone believe a word that comes out of her mouth?

  21. dawson
    11:21 am on March 9th, 2013

    SnowBella is probably feeding the dogs who stayed behind.

    Good job Snowhook, now…do you run a little longer before the real heat of the day arrives?

    Macy MinPin is on the job. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her up so early. WhooHooo! Go Small Dogs! Go Snowhook!

  22. Barb & Maggie
    11:22 am on March 9th, 2013

    Happy Birthday to Staff’s papa. Hope he has a nice outing. How special that they are honoring your mother!

  23. OleyHowlers
    11:25 am on March 9th, 2013

    Looks like he is on the move!

  24. B. Stover
    11:25 am on March 9th, 2013

    Great Staff. Thank you. Happy birthday to your Dad.

    Who is Jodi Arias?

  25. Macy the min-pin
    11:26 am on March 9th, 2013

    Just got the email. Moving..yes!

  26. B. Stover
    11:26 am on March 9th, 2013

    Yes, the Insider email has AJ leaving Anvik at 07:20.

  27. OleyHowlers
    11:27 am on March 9th, 2013

    Happy Birthday to Staff and Dawson’s pop! We here will grab our kleenex too.
    B&M, we must be in “the vortex” because we don’t even know who Jodi Arias?

  28. Siber-H
    11:30 am on March 9th, 2013

    I am looking forward to Rebecca’a story about the hills. If anyone has written about them before, I have missed it. I enjoyed what she wrote for this morning’s post, but the hills do not sound like much fun.

    I hope Spence has a good time in Tucson and the weather is good for him.

    Kat went somewhere disguised as me, lol. I wonder how she shortened those long legs and how she colored that Siberian red hair color.

  29. Barb & Maggie
    11:37 am on March 9th, 2013

    There has been a lot of news coverage about Jodi Arias lately. She is on trial for the 2008 murder in Phoenix of her then boy friend.

  30. Melanie
    11:39 am on March 9th, 2013

    Happy Birthday Staff, Dawson, Turtleman, Catty Librarian, and someone else’s Paw!

    I’m beginning to breathe again. I was worried about AJ and the dogs last night.

    Hills, yuck.

    Today I wasn’t racing, but my new walking staffs came in, and I took them out for a spin. (Down the block and back) At some point the inflammation will subside in my lower back and hips, but now I can keep moving (slowly) without lurching. Little children and dogs will stop thinking I am a monster. The townspeople will stop with the torches.

  31. dawson
    11:54 am on March 9th, 2013

    Oh my!
    Staff: I am thinking of you and Dad. Your post turned on the waterworks for me.

  32. Whitey-Lance
    12:07 pm on March 9th, 2013

    My Lady and I are here. She tried staying awake to watch him leave Shageluk, but they next thing she knew he was already in Anvik.

    Happy birthday to a certain pop!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:10 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Staff! (and Dawson!)….sniff!….It will be a good day albeit a hard day for youse guys….wuffle!…I hope your Paw will be okay and not get too sad.

  34. O'Howlers
    12:10 pm on March 9th, 2013

    The A-Team is making tracks toward the Rescues’ checkpoint. There are a lot of us rescues at this here place, so we are bursting with pride. GO SNOWHOOK!

  35. Barb & Maggie
    12:12 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Staff, It would be nice if there is some way you can share today’s comments about your mom. She was a remarkable lady.

  36. Tupper and Gilly
    12:37 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Staff – Please tell your dad HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of us here. And we hope the memorial brings wonderful memories, and cleansing tears.

    GO SNOWHOOK! Hope today is a grand day on the river.

  37. Whitey-Lance
    12:53 pm on March 9th, 2013

    This song reminds my mama of the mighty Yukon. The sections of it that she has seen are massive.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:03 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Martin!….I wonder if Martin Buser will ever slow down…grunt!

  39. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    1:04 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Hey, everyone, a great idea while mom is busy putting away groceries. She is always spoiling the peck of parrots, so…we propose a parrot race too. All we need is 3 more pecks to make a bushel of blabermouths, con…er, talk mom into making them insulated suits and boots like the Lady does and dad can make little sleds. If anything goes wrong and they freeze, well, chicken for the freezer. What do ya’ll think? Oh, oh, cheese it, here she comes!

  40. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:12 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Bee, you must be the only person in North America who doesn’t know who Jodi Arias is. Obviously you don’t watch Nancy Grace, lol!

  41. Barb & Maggie
    1:16 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Wolfie, I am glad you have heard of her. After Oleys said they didn’t know who she was, I thought maybe I was really out there!
    We here are voting for Guilty!

  42. Whitey-Lance
    1:17 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Wolfie: My mama is sitting next to Professor B on the bench of those who don’t know who Jodi Arias is.

  43. O'Howlers
    1:17 pm on March 9th, 2013

    There are at least 2 of those who don’t know Jodi: Bee and our mom.

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:18 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Cares?….snort!…We here do not know who this Aries is either…sniff!….Do we care? NO.

  45. Barb & Maggie
    1:19 pm on March 9th, 2013

    We just saw that CSPAN has live coverage of the Tucson Book Festival. Does that mean Spencer will be on TV, or are just certain panels televised?

  46. O'Howlers
    1:25 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Thanks for the heads-up, B&M. We will check out CSPAN.
    Here is a good article on the status of the frontrunners. We here have been thinking Burkowitz has the best shot for awhile now.
    Pay special attention to the end, when he talks about the oh-so important shake-your-booties.

  47. B. Stover
    1:26 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Who is Nancy Grace?

  48. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    1:32 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Jodi and Nancy who?

  49. O'Howlers
    1:32 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Bee, she is a real big-mouth on Faux News.
    (whispering) sorry.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:34 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Tucson!…Did I miss Spencer? I am watching CSPAN2 and Santina someone is talking…grunt!

  51. O'Howlers
    1:35 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Woo! Only 2 miles out from the Rescues’ checkpoint. We can imagine there are a lot of 4-leggeds running with the A-Team now!

  52. B. Stover
    1:35 pm on March 9th, 2013


  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:36 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Faux!…News!….grump!…I wouldn’t say to much more if you know whats good for the discussion…sniff!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:38 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Panel!…I do not see Spencer on the panel that is being televised…snort!…To bad. That would have been amazing to see how short he really is…heh!

  55. Macy
    1:41 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Sorry, we are unaware of said Jodi person either.

    We have been watching Yukon Men, and winter is closing in on them. We are way too wimpy to live the extreme Alaska experience. Being without a diswasher IS roughing it for mom. Being without running water, well, that does not even compute.

  56. Macy
    1:43 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Rio, mom has hugged OFA and he is not that short, maybe 5’9″

    OFT is nearly to Grayling, then a looooong haul to Kaltag.

  57. c.hobbit
    1:48 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Happy b-day to the birthday Pop!
    Still packing and clearing up the house to put it on the market. It seems like a never-ending task.

  58. Macy
    1:50 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Wow, that is enough to talk mom out of trying to sew booties! Who knew? Maybe some of the Native people can start a moccasin bootie business.

  59. Macy
    1:52 pm on March 9th, 2013

    WHAT?? The decision to Move South has been made? We must have missed that announcement CHobbit.

  60. dawson
    1:55 pm on March 9th, 2013

    I’m thinking he will take a rest in the heat of the day…

    BBL Off to the Rendezvous.

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:56 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Macy!…I have a feeling that the Charming Mr. Abrahams is not a shortie, but it has been mentioned how small Spencer is on this here blog many moons ago…snort!…It’s something I have not forgotten. He also mentioned his pointy head and his inability to type very fast…heh!!

  62. B. Stover
    1:57 pm on March 9th, 2013

    AJ checked into Grayling at 09:50.

  63. Melanie
    1:57 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Ummm, I have no idea who those people are either.
    Rescuers alert! He is there.
    Back to my nap.

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:57 pm on March 9th, 2013

    CHOBBIT!….What have I missed? Did you make some sort of announcement earlier?….grunt!

  65. Mollypop's Mom
    1:59 pm on March 9th, 2013

    This is Mardi Gras weekend here at Holiday Valley. About a million people are here skiing. The will be a parade in town tonight and Punxatawney Phil the Groundhog will lead the parade. (Isn’t he supposed to still be sleeping?)

    Dawson – Thankfully we do NOT throw frying pans. There’s been way too much drinking already.

  66. Melanie
    1:59 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Before my nod off once more. It says that it is 21 degrees there. Not great, but better than 40.

  67. Barb & Maggie
    2:01 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Nancy Grace IS a big mouth! She is a really opiniated attorney who is sort of into sensationism. She was also on Dancing With the Stars a few seasons ago. We are not big fans.

    Jodi Arias also has ben on legitimate news lately. I believe they devoted an entire hour to her trial last week. Se is a bit of a nut job, IMHO.

  68. Macy
    2:04 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Population 208 — This will be the last village checkpoint the mushers see until they reach Kaltag, 130 miles further up the trail. There is a village store here. The checkpoint is in the old community center.

    Race Mile: 506

    What about Eagle Island? Maybe because there is no village there?

  69. Barb & Maggie
    2:06 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Just switched over to Cspan and saw the same guy Rio mentioned. Spence said he was on a panel at 12:30, so we are thinking that is 1:30 Central Time. Will check again in 25 minutes.

    Barb also go a hug from Mr. Quinn, and we would guess 5’9″ or maybe 5’10”.

  70. Macy
    2:08 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Heh-heh, we remember when Nancy Grace popped out of her dress on DWTS. That will knock you off your high horse, at least for a minute.

  71. c.hobbit
    2:13 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Macy and Rio: I am relocating 450 miles south (at least it is in the right direction). Putting my house on the market by the end of the month and we will see what happens. I rented a storage unit to stash stuff to make my house more showable. I have discovered that I have too much stuff…

    When I relocate to Anchorage (or around there), I will invite/challenge any Plunderer to stay with me during the Iditarod next year.


  72. Gus and BooBear
    2:14 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Does anyone have DirectTV and can tell us if we have CSPAN2? We just scrolled thru the guide and couldn’t find it!

  73. Barb & Maggie
    2:14 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Macy, We must have missed that. Do you mean her costume ripped, or was it one of those “wardrobe malfunctions”?

  74. Whitey-Lance
    2:17 pm on March 9th, 2013

    I had a wardrobe malfunction in my first Iditarod. One moment I was in my harness and the next moment I was nekkid except for my collar.

    CHH: I didn’t know you decided to move to southcentral. How exciting!

  75. Macy
    2:19 pm on March 9th, 2013

    1. AJ checked into Grayling at 09:50 per email.
    2. “Official Iditarod Race Standings can be found here.”
    3. You go there and it still doesn’t show him arriving yet.

    UPDATE already.

  76. OleyHowlers
    2:19 pm on March 9th, 2013

    G&BB, We have DirectTV and we do get cspan2. It is one up from cspan, which we think is 350? Could be wrong on that…we’ll check.

  77. Macy
    2:20 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Wardrobe Malfunction heh-heh. Well-endowed lady + tight dress =oops!

  78. Tupper and Gilly
    2:21 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Macy – fear not. AJ and the team have a checkpoint after Grayling. He will pull into Eagle Island – The Native American Veterans Checkpoint.
    We have contacted many veteran friends and asked them to put prayers there at Eagle Island for AJ and the team. When he gets there, he should be surrounded by good thoughts, peace, strength and energy.
    And one of our friends said she would have a really hard time watching her husband go off on a race like this. She wanted to know how Rebecca is doing. When we explained the sleepless night, the anxiety and the cheesecake, this friend dedicated her Eagle Island prayer to Rebecca, so that she will also feel a sense of peace when AJ gets there.

  79. Macy
    2:23 pm on March 9th, 2013

    CHobbit, I hear Willow is nice this time of year! Or Wasilla. I hear that you can see Russia from your porch there.

  80. Gus and BooBear
    2:27 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Thank you, OH’s! Found it. Mom just scrolled right past it.


  81. Barb & Maggie
    2:28 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Good one Macy!

    We have Comcast, so can’t help with Direct TV. It is 951 on Comcast.

  82. OleyHowlers
    2:32 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Argh! They just said they’ll take a half-hour break for some panel on Navy Seals.
    Macy, Mom spit out her milk.

  83. c.hobbit
    2:32 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Macy: I have been considering other places besides Anchorage. I haven’t lived in a city EVER but am willing to give it a try in order to be near family. Besides I can always escape to Willow and pat dogs if I get too stressed. 🙂

  84. Macy
    2:35 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Question answered:

    “As background, consider that Eagle Island is just a place mid way at mile 559 between Grayling village at mile 505 and Kaltag at 624. The only infrastructure is a tent camp and also a personal cabin on the island.”

  85. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    2:36 pm on March 9th, 2013

    G&B CSPN2 is ch 351 on Directv here in TN

  86. OleyHowlers
    2:36 pm on March 9th, 2013

    We didn’t think Anchorage was a big city, but it has a population of 295,570. That is pretty big!

  87. Macy
    2:41 pm on March 9th, 2013

    CHobbit, maybe you can be on Buying Alaska, where they show you around to different properties on TV. I am not sure why we are so interested in this show. Outhouse? hmmm. NO. In bear country. )*&&^ no!!

    Mom’s auntie lives in Chugiak, just a little jaunt from the city. I would not want to live in Anchorage myself. I hear some parts of it are quite dangerous, but then again that is true of Dallas, as well.

  88. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:48 pm on March 9th, 2013

    We here think Jodi Arias is guilty as charged.

  89. OleyHowlers
    2:51 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Those “Current Race Standings” still aren’t updated. Grrrr
    W-L, Do you know which 2 dogs were dropped in Iditarod yet?

  90. B. Stover
    2:53 pm on March 9th, 2013


  91. Macy
    2:55 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Interesting update B ;-}

  92. B. Stover
    2:58 pm on March 9th, 2013

    G&BB: I don’t have Direct TV (I have Comcast cable) and Nancy Grace is on HLN. (I don’t know what that stands for.)

  93. B. Stover
    3:00 pm on March 9th, 2013

    G&BB: Ignore my last message.

  94. Barb & Maggie
    3:00 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Bee, He didn’t say, so we assumed it was 12:30 in Tucson, not Cape Cod.

    Love the ice sculpture, MPM!

  95. B. Stover
    3:10 pm on March 9th, 2013

    I’m laughing at my 2:53 message. Let’s see…what was I trying to say?

    12:00 Eastern
    11:00 Central
    10:00 Mountain
    09:00 Pacific
    08:00 Alaska…..I think.

  96. B. Stover
    3:11 pm on March 9th, 2013

    And I keep meaning to tell Mollypop’s Mom that I like the Cheshire cat.

  97. Tupper and Gilly
    3:17 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Hey everyone. Mama just had a “discussion” with Comcast….again.

    Did you all know about the Comcast “my tv” pricing plan? We didn’t. Turns out that we can get Basic Plus, add on the “Life” package, add on the “Movie” package, delete all the razzlefrackin silly sports channels, and pay $60 LESS a month. Holy Kats! The basic plus now includes things like USA and Lifetime and a lot of stuff that you used to have to pay for.

    It seems that you have to request this package. But to save that much a month – we’re in!


  98. OleyHowlers
    3:17 pm on March 9th, 2013

    We think MollysMom and Dawson live in places that are so much more fun than where we live.
    Current Standgs have finally updated.

  99. SnowBella
    3:19 pm on March 9th, 2013

    T&G: Please ask your mum to tell her friend thank you for the prayer offering. AJ will cross that line in the next couple of days where he is coming back to me even though each step takes him further away. The miles before the line is crossed are the most difficult.

  100. Melanie
    3:19 pm on March 9th, 2013

    You all are cracking me up. About wardrobe malfunctions. I don’t have them. I wear jeans, shirt and a sweatshirt. The only thing that happens is a heck of a lot of drool.

    I like the word “Grayling”. Doesn’t it sound like they should have Middle Earth creatures there?

    Macy, Excuse me. Did I read your post correctly? You have a relative that lives in the COLD? Amazing.

    Naps by all have been great today.

  101. Whitey-Lance
    3:20 pm on March 9th, 2013

    CHH: Rio’s cabin in the woods will be up for rent soon. 🙂

  102. B. Stover
    3:45 pm on March 9th, 2013

    There’s a Grayling, Michigan also.

  103. c.hobbit
    3:58 pm on March 9th, 2013

    W-L: remember what I said, “I have too much stuff.” I made the mistake of buying a house bigger than I needed a few years ago (a divorce sale). At first I had a lot of space which I enjoyed. And then I filled it up. Houses evidently are like purses–if you buy a big one, you fill it up.

    Back to sorting….

  104. Gus and BooBear
    4:00 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Do you think we missed SQ? Doesn’t sound like he’s next. Rats!

  105. Whitey-Lance
    4:15 pm on March 9th, 2013

    CHH: We have twenty acres and Charlotte, Noel and I could help you dig holes to keep your stuff. The bigger the pockets, the more treats.

  106. Macy
    4:21 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Annnd spring has arrived in N. Texas. We are under a severe t-storm warning. Maybe Auntie has room for us. But we are not fans of helicopter size mosquitoes either. It’s always something.

    Yes Melanie, and said relative was here last week for a funeral. She said that it was really hard to leave the warm dry place for the cold slushy, melty place.

  107. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    4:47 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Mom read an article about how hard time changes can be for 4 leggers, let alone their 2 leggers. She goes off the deep end, what a surprise! We’ve been moving ahead by 1/4 hour for 3 days

  108. Melanie
    5:17 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Good luck in the sale and the move!

    I hate time changes. When we came back from England, many years ago, my body’s circadian rthym got stuck around Greenalnd time.

    YSAS just got out of the sword and shield class. He picked a much smaller sword today. snicker

  109. Barb & Maggie
    5:31 pm on March 9th, 2013

    C.Hobbi When Barb made her move last fall, she got rid of a lot of stuff. She took about 10 carloads to the thrift shop and donated it. Great way to clear things out, and also gives you a tax deduction. She also gave things away to neighbors and friends. Barb’s idea when she was packing was if she didn’t love it, she didn’t need it. Thankfully, I was in the Love It column!

  110. B. Stover
    5:39 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Circadian….love that word.

  111. Siber-H
    5:58 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Spence won’t be doing the time change in Arizona because that state doesn’t go on Daylight’s Savings Time.

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:15 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Arizona!… They are one hour ahead of me and SiberH’s time…sniff!…We know because my friend has been waiting all day for a banker in Arizona to call her about her loan…grump!…He never did. We were stuck inside anyways with the snow so no skin off my nose. She got two more projects completed today while she waited, so it was not a complete waste of time…huffle!

  113. OleyHowlers
    6:33 pm on March 9th, 2013

    HOH cracked us up.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:41 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Bear!…We are catching the recent episode of Justified right now…Wow!…Jailhouse surprises!…snort!…Raylan’s Paw is one tough old bad-guy…wheeze!

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:44 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Yeep!….Not tough enough though…gah!gah!gurgle!!…Did not see that coming…wheeze!….Where is Bear and that Jazz Kat, Maskers?

  116. Melanie
    7:34 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Is anyone else having trouble with the Iditarod site?

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Trouble!…What kind of trouble…burp!..I just got back from begging my supper.,..heh!

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Melanie!…You don’t mean the troubling part about our team not moving, do you?….heh!heh!

  119. OleyHowlers
    7:36 pm on March 9th, 2013

    It was slow for us, Melanie, but alright now. While the team is resting, we are going to watch the movie “The Flight”. BBL

  120. B. Stover
    7:46 pm on March 9th, 2013

    AJ left Grayling at 15:40.

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:51 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Really?…My tracker shows him going Zero miles per hour right now…sniff!…I hope he has left with enough rest for everyone and ready for a long journey again…chuffle!

  122. dawson
    7:56 pm on March 9th, 2013

    CHobbit: I am in the same situation as you…too big of a house and too much stuff. Slowly we are getting rid. Eventually we will move…we’re thinking either to the Yukon where health care is absolutely free or to Vancouver Island where my US family will visit me.

    Go Snowhook!

  123. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Moving!…Our Team is on the move as Stover said!…WooooHoooo!…My tracker finally updated…grunt!

  124. Melanie
    8:00 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Woo Hoo! He’s on the go!

  125. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:01 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Stuff!…My friend thinks we are in too big of a house with too big of a yard…grunt!…But the good news is we can be a good ways away from her mother when she is in her crabby-ass mood…snort!…Downsizing seems out of the question for now…gruffle!

  126. Melanie
    8:01 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Golinka and the Storyteller are having internet problems. They will have it for two minutes and then it leaves. She then has to reboot the router (?) modem (?) something.

    She is doing her best on the prayer and getting it ready for 9 pm

  127. Melanie
    8:03 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Zoë says she’s never moving. She doesn’t want to go through all this stuff in the house.

    Now OTAS and GLAD have their own house . . I should get him to go through his stuff and get it out of here.

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:09 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Stuff!…My friend says this coming May when someone is off on her long ole bus trip to Iowa, she is going to get rid of lots of STUFF…heh!heh!…It will be just like when she was a kid and her mother would throw away stuff that was very special to her when she was at school…chorkle!

  129. Whitey-Lance
    8:13 pm on March 9th, 2013

    I’ve been supervising my mama while she’s been painting the bedroom. She bought some discount paint from the oops section and did her best to pass the time while the team rested. I told her she should sleep while they slept. She couldn’t do it. She said something about ‘anxious,’ but that was right before I dozed off.

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Sleep!…It is so under-rated….yawn!burp!

  131. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Staff!…My thoughts have been on Staff and her Paw this afternoon…sniff!…I have been wondering how they are faring this day…wuffle!

  132. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:33 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Speaking of time changes, don’t forget to “spring forward” tonight.

    We here are not happy about this.

  133. Jasper the Poodle
    8:50 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Greetings from the west side of the mitten. Mom and I are at sissy’s house for this weekend because mom is going to do some training for the busy place on Monday here in Grand Rapids.

    I spent the afternoon being wonderfluffed. Aunt Mimi took my picture with mom. I’m quite handsome, don’t you think?

    Go Snowhook!!

  134. Macy
    8:58 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Jazzy…what, no nail polish? *gurglesnort*

  135. Tupper
    9:02 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Melanie – quick – check SDD

  136. Tupper and Gilly
    9:03 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Creator – we thank you for giving us a peaceful night, and another rising sun to take us through the day. We thank you for all the wonders around us, for the signs of spring to come, for the sight of deer in the woods, for the sound of thunder in the distance, and for the sight of birds soaring through the sky.
    Creator – we come to you each night in prayer, gathered together to give wings to our friend AJ and his faithful team. We send those prayers up with sage, to be carried to you on the wings of eagles. Tonight is a special time, as AJ heads for the place the Eagles are. Let our prayers be around his shoulders, to be carried to you by the Eagles when he reaches their place.
    Creator – you have given us the Eagle as a teacher. From him we learn to be aware of our situation. Eagle will wait until the time is right, and only then will fly to accomplish his task. From Eagle we learn that listening is more important that speaking for Eagle does not sing his own song of glory, nor does he create loud, raucous sounds, but he will cry in the glory of flight, or scream his defiance when challenged. From Eagle we learn to care for those dependent upon us, just as Eagle cares for the young in its nest. And we learn to soar high, to seek the best we can be, to come to you in prayer and thankfulness for the pure joy that is life.
    Creator – tonight there are many prayers waiting at Eagle Island. There are prayers from Warriors who have defended this earth. There are prayers from the Medicine Ones, and Clan Mothers. We add the prayers of this family, all these people who care for AJ and Rebecca and the team. Let our prayers refresh their bodies; let our prayers lead them on a safe and swift trail. Let our prayers be a song that makes their running a joyous dance along the snow, let that song lift their hearts and spirits along the way.
    Creator – we thank you for giving us a peaceful night, and another rising sun to take us through the day. We thank you for all the wonders around us, for the signs of spring to come, for the sight of deer in the woods, for the sound of thunder in the distance, and for the sight of birds soaring through the sky. Tonight as AJ continues on his journey, let our prayers be around his shoulders and be carried to you by the Eagles.

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Jasper!…sputter!…Don’t you dare let them put nail polish or powder-fluff on you in those beauty barns….grunt!

  138. dawson
    9:04 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Jasper: Nary a hair out of place.

    Rio: “Paw” did not go out. It’s his birthday (89) so he can do what he wants. Nancy, the Turtleman and “E” are playing cards so, depending on who is winning, they are doing fine.

  139. Siber-H
    9:05 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Jasper, you look very clean and bright.

    We are not happy about the time change either.

  140. BearSpiritDog
    9:07 pm on March 9th, 2013


  141. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    9:07 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Amen and goodnight since in our brains it is an hour later, mom said so.

  142. Whitey-Lance
    9:09 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Amen. Thank you.

  143. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:09 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Eagle!….The Eagle checkpoint prayer. Amen!…Oh how wonderful …snuffle!…Thank you so much for this amazing gift as we all wait and watch for all of our team members to arrive safely at the Eagle Island checkpoint…chuffle!

  144. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    9:10 pm on March 9th, 2013

    OH: She won’t let us near the laptop unsupervised since afternoon. Were we mean? She seems miffed with us.

  145. Masquers
    9:14 pm on March 9th, 2013

    A purfect prayer as always and especially for this night when the team heads to Eagle Island.
    We have company…will see youse later tomorrow.

  146. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Standings!…I just refreshed the Standings page and they still have AJ at Grayling….grunt!

  147. BearSpiritDog
    9:20 pm on March 9th, 2013

    A Heartfelt Thank You to A&L.

    Computer is shutting down for the night.
    Goodnight Everyone – Bear

    P.S. to Rio: We MUST catchup on Justified!

    Go Snowhook!!!

  148. Barb & Maggie
    9:21 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Good night, and thank you Amalia and Leonard for the peaceful night and for the Eagle.

    Love the picture of Jasper and Mom.

  149. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:27 pm on March 9th, 2013


    Jasper, both you and your mom are beautiful.

    Go Snowhook!

  150. Whitey-Lance
    9:31 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Jasper and Mom: Looking good!

    My mama watched Downton Abbey while she was paiting today. Sniff…sniff.

  151. Siber-H
    9:32 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Amen and Thank You Amelia and Leonard. Your prayer is like what I imagine a peaceful run on the Yukon must be like.

  152. Melanie
    9:34 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Amen. Love eagles. We have a nesting pair of Bald Eagles that include our area in their territory.

    I am going to bed now because it’s ten thirty except it really isn’t. Pondering.

  153. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Rebecca!…What color is everyone going to be when you finish painting?…heh!snort!

  154. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Standings!…Still say AJ is in Grayling…grunt!…I hope there is no technical problem which will mess up his standings…wheeze!

  155. Whitey-Lance
    9:42 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Rio: Everyone is going to be their original color when I finished painting. I found a light blue color for the bathroom and light green for the bedroom. Both rooms desparately needed painting.

  156. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Painted!…So you mean no one is snuffling or snorting around the paint cans or walking on the paper where the droplets fall?…heh!heh!…Oh I remember the days when someone used to paint her house…heh!

  157. bluecat
    9:49 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Amen and thank you A&L.

  158. OleyHowlers
    10:21 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Amen and thank you for the prayer, A&L. We are sorry we are late. The movie is really really good.
    Why aren’t those standings updating?

  159. Whitey-Lance
    10:27 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Rio: My mama said something about ‘barricade,’ whatever that is. Tenzing tells me that things are piled in front of the entraces to each room so he can’t get in for further inspection.

  160. Siber-H
    10:38 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Aliy is off the Yukon and on her way to the coast.

    Cool Runnings tonight AJ and dogs.

    night all
    We are like Melanie, we don’t really know what time it is.


  161. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Time!…heh!snort!heh!…I love my pal SiberH…snorkel!

  162. OleyHowlers
    10:48 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Mom submitted a ticket to the Insider sight, whatever that means. Still, the standings do not reflect that our team left Grayling 3 hours ago.

  163. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Howlers!…Thanks for doing that – its been bugging the crap outta me that his standing are not updating. They probably misspelled his name somewhere causing a glitch….snort!

  164. OleyHowlers
    10:57 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Until they update that page, we can’t tell if he still has 13 dogs. Thats the part that really pisses us off.
    By the way, do we know yet who the 2 dogs dropped at Iditarod?

  165. OleyHowlers
    11:00 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Have any of youse seen the movie “Flight”, starring Danzel Washington? What a great movie! You must see it.

  166. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:10 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Movie!…Get this, my friend and I are watching that oldish movie called “Coal Miners Daughter”….ssnort!…Seems my friend could never handle wathching Sissy Spacek movies after seeing “Carrie” all those long years ago, and forgot about this here movie…heh!…Well, it is being offered free On Demand, so she decided it was finally time to watch another Sissy Spacek movie…wheeze!dork!sneeze!

  167. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Plus!…It’s all about them Hillbilly folk and she just loves those guys…gah!

  168. OleyHowlers
    11:21 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Aah, that’s about Loretta Lynn. We here love Loretta Lynn.
    They still did not update the standings! This is unbelievable. AJ will be at Eagle Island before they say he left Grayling.
    We noticed on the boards that there is some sort of controversy about vets making one musher drop a dog.

  169. OleyHowlers
    11:21 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Not our musher. We don’t want to post a name though.

  170. OleyHowlers
    11:25 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Must. Go. To. Bed. Good night.

  171. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:31 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Energy!…I do not have the pug-energy to go check the forums or the chat-room for what is going on…sniff!…I’m too tired tonight. But we are staying up for our team as long as we can. I would Love!love!Love! to watch them get to Eagle Island tonight…chuffle!…That is the goal, it may not happen, but that is the goal right now…sneeze!

  172. Staff
    11:39 pm on March 9th, 2013

    Rebecca, I love this song. My favorite version is by Bluegrass Musician Rhonda Vincent with harmony sung by Keith Urban.

    Dad was all dressed and ready to go get his hair cut when it started to rain on our snow. He didn’t want to get his feet wet but also didn’t want to put on boots instead of his slippers. (I have no idea why)
    So we didn’t go out and his hair is still pretty wild and we didn’t get to the co-op for the member appreciation party with their picture up on the wall. And cake. Dagnabbit.
    But all his daughters and granddaughters and daughters-in-law called to give him some love. And we sang happy birthday to him at supper.
    I think we were all a little disappointed but that is the way things go sometimes.

    My niece told me of a documentary she watched on PBS about the women’s movement. It is called The Makers and I have been watching it online. Great story (so far) and weird to see something I lived through as ancient history. I am not that old…cough cough… am I????

  173. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:00 am on March 10th, 2013

    Awwww!…Staff!…Too damn bad you couldn’t have gone by yourself to hear your mothers appreciation….sniffle!..I was really hoping you would be there for it, dagnabit!..grunt!

  174. Staff
    12:03 am on March 10th, 2013

    Yes I was disappointed too Rio. This was the picture they will have up at the Co-op to honor both parents.

  175. Staff
    12:16 am on March 10th, 2013
  176. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:24 am on March 10th, 2013

    Aurora!…Borealis scares me….sniff!…Something makes me think we are not really supposed to see that yet, I don’t know why….yeep!

  177. Alice M. Johnson
    12:25 am on March 10th, 2013

    I have been trying to find the musher Mr.Husky wouldn’t name who is less one dog. No can do. I hope he will tell me about it tomorrow morning. I am curious kat.

  178. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:30 am on March 10th, 2013

    Photo!…Great photo Staff..sniffle!…Your parents made a difference, they were involved. They loved all of you very much…snufffle!…Your Paw, he is still going. I’m sure you cherish your time together everyday. I know Dawson will be there for some quality time too….chuffle!…Do not worry, there is time.

  179. c.hobbit
    12:47 am on March 10th, 2013

    Staff: a wonderful, wonderful photo of your parents. Perhaps someone filmed the event for you???? Blessings.

  180. dawson
    12:53 am on March 10th, 2013

    Staff: Ramey Smith was made to drop a dog a day or so ago. Ramey was not happy. He said the vet “scared” the dog. The dog’s heart rate was elevated the vet said. The dog was a lead dog.

  181. Melanie
    12:55 am on March 10th, 2013

    . . So if it’s one forty here it’s now five hours ahead of AJ because he hasn’t gone past midnight . . Will his time change? Or has gone past a time zone in AK?

    And when will the Blog change? Will it have it’s own time?

    Patsy didn’t run in her sleep tonight. I think she was soaring with eagles. She was snorting “Ya Hoo!”under her breath.

    I see that OFT continues to continue. Plunderon Snowhook, smooth and save running.

  182. dawson
    12:58 am on March 10th, 2013

    AJ is moving right along but it’ll be another couple/three hours until the team gets to Eagle Island. I’m hitting the sack.
    Go Snowhook!
    Maybe I will watch just one more update.

  183. dawson
    1:04 am on March 10th, 2013

    They finally updated AJ and he is down to 11 dogs. Those 11 doggies and one Giant musher are Plundering On!

  184. dawson
    1:31 am on March 10th, 2013

    The Native American Veterans and especially the Navajo Code Talkers checkpoint of Eagle Island will be reached while most of us are snuggled deep in our beds. All honor for these special veterans.

    Go Snowhook doggies!

  185. bluecat
    3:15 am on March 10th, 2013

    It looks like he’s 14 miles from the Eagles and it’s 24 degrees. Godspeed Snowhook. Thinking of Rebecca.

  186. Whitey-Lance
    4:51 am on March 10th, 2013

    The team made it into Eagle Island a while ago. I am so proud of AJ and the dogs.

  187. OleyHowlers
    6:08 am on March 10th, 2013

    Eagle Island! Now AJ and the A-Team are surrounded by all of those prayers. He will feel restored.
    Is the weather still bad there?
    Wonder who those 2 dropped dogs are.

  188. Melanie
    8:05 am on March 10th, 2013

    Yawwwwnnnn . . Patsy knew that it was the correct time. Even though she woke me up an hour early. Does she read clocks?

    Patsy is getting a bath this morning. And then we will be watching OFT.

  189. OleyHowlers
    8:54 am on March 10th, 2013

    It looks like OFT is on the move!

  190. Melanie
    9:36 am on March 10th, 2013

    Hi OH. I just gott the email. Safe and smooth Runnings. Go Snowhook!

  191. Alice M. Johnson
    9:38 am on March 10th, 2013

    Here is a cute picture of one of Jake Berkowitz’s dogs.

  192. Alice M. Johnson
    9:40 am on March 10th, 2013

    well drat, I will try once again.

  193. Alice M. Johnson
    9:41 am on March 10th, 2013

    Dagnabbit. It must be too early for my brain.

    It is in the Sebastian Schnuelle post labeled Kaltag Checkpoint Shots.

  194. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    9:57 am on March 10th, 2013

    do, do, do, do. This morning feels like the twilight zone. News isn’t forthcoming and feel out of touch…time change, even though we tried to prep:( Morning to anyone who has survived. Looks like lots of dogs a dropping. Most all are running an 10-14.

  195. OleyHowlers
    10:10 am on March 10th, 2013

    It is finally drying up enough here to put the horses in what we call the creek pasture. It is the first they have actually had grass to eat all winter. They look very happy.

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