Iditarod And Snowhook (More)

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“Day one is in the books,” Spence says. “And here’s what Rebecca – “

“Of Snowhook,” Admin says, “our team.”

” – has to say. And hat tip to Melanie for the screen shot above showing AJ and the wonderful team hitting the trail.”

When AJ said he wanted to run dogs, I made him this promise that I would do everything in my power to get him to the starting line, he just has to get the team to the finish line.  Seeing the team leave the starting line brings mixed emotions—pride, joy, the tightness of separation from one another that I can’t shrug from my shoulders among them.  The departure means I’ve done my part of the job—hopefully well.  I still have other logistical tasks, but no longer work against what sometimes seems an impossible deadline.  AJ’s  part alters, moving from training to racing. 

On a day of mixed emotions, we were fortunate enough to be surrounded by good friends and the family we have chosen.  Before stepping on the runners, AJ passed out hugs and handshakes of gratitude.  Rose and the Professor became insta-handlers as we harnessed the dogs, hooked up the team, and prepared to leave our dog truck and move toward the starting line.  Rose and Professor also served as a much needed distraction and offered humor for me once the team took their leave of home and headed for Nome. 


It was wonderful to share the starting line with part of the Plunderers.  They will be missed.  However, Rose has talked of making a career change to handler. 


At the time of this post, AJ and the team have left the second of two checkpoints and are currently listed in 22nd place.  There is no need to get too excited about ranking right now—a lot can happen in thousand miles.  You won’t win the race in the first 300 miles, but you can lose the race in the first 300 miles. 

“And this from Rose:”

Layers….the secret to warmth!



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286 Responses to “Iditarod And Snowhook (More)”

  1. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    8:02 am on March 4th, 2013

    Melanie’s right. We must remember to breathe. HOH does good, but mom gets forgetful, then screams and cries, we doon”t know why but she says it is exciting. Our thoughts are with Snowhook.

  2. OleyHowlers
    8:10 am on March 4th, 2013

    Snowhook is looking good. But what is Buser doing?

  3. Barb & Maggie
    8:23 am on March 4th, 2013

    Rose is gathering memories that will last a lifetime. How wonderful for her and The Prof. to be involved.

    315 posts yesterday. I know that has to be a new record!

  4. Barb & Maggie
    8:40 am on March 4th, 2013

    We also wanted to say a special thanks to Amalia for mentioning Barb and her recovery in last night’s prayer.

    Barb is starting the last phase today – outpatient p.t. Good thing it is MWF this week, because tonight we are supposed to get another big storm. Roads will be bad tomorrow.

  5. B. Stover
    8:59 am on March 4th, 2013

    Another great report and pictures. Thank you Spence (and Melanie, Rebecca and Rose).

    Good morning all.

  6. Melanie
    9:34 am on March 4th, 2013

    Woo Hoo! Justin is headed to our Checkpoint!!!
    And then On To Siber-H!

    What the heck is Martin B. doing? He’s rested his dogs for minutes only each time.
    He must have some plan, but I’m stumped.

    Maybe he just wants to get so far ahead that the extra time he has to wait at his 24 hour layover won’t count?

  7. Barb & Maggie
    9:39 am on March 4th, 2013

    Melanie, Did you get enough sleep? You were posting really late last night! Thanks for the great pictures.

  8. Princess Sam
    9:48 am on March 4th, 2013

    Mommy says that now it’s time for me to calm down. Hopefully there will be no excitement until the finish. We don’t need the lost on the ice stuff like we had last year.

  9. OleyHowlers
    10:08 am on March 4th, 2013

    Snowhook dogs are moving out! Woo Hoo!

  10. Melanie
    10:16 am on March 4th, 2013

    Posting? Late? Moi? I believe you are talking about Patsy.

    By the way, if AJ saw a large black dog running with the team yesterday, it was Patsy. She ran in her sleep quite a bit.

  11. Masquers
    10:18 am on March 4th, 2013

    A quick Good morning!
    I’ll be back after the GPS is checked!

  12. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:20 am on March 4th, 2013

    Fingers!…Our Giant and the A-Team (go Junior!) are on Finger Lake it looks like – almost to the Checkpoint…wheeze!…The team are really making great time!

  13. Melanie
    10:23 am on March 4th, 2013

    Looks like he’s there. The GPS has him going 0 miles per hour!

  14. Melanie
    10:25 am on March 4th, 2013

    Whew, when I wrote that all of the Newf Pack went blurring off in a gust of wind that rattled all the windows.

    Looks like they’ve gone to their Checkpoint to give some headbumps and licks to the Snowhook Pack.

    Except for Mattie, has anyone seen the Macy and the Small Dog Iditarod team?

  15. OleyHowlers
    10:29 am on March 4th, 2013

    We are at Melanie and Zoe and The Pack’s checkpoint!!!!!

    Rio, just for you: Here is a picture of Rio getting/giving loving that friend of Snowhook Phillip posted on facebookie.

  16. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:30 am on March 4th, 2013

    Gasp!…My tracker shows him above the checkpoint – he didn’t miss it, did he?…wheeze!

  17. Masquers
    10:32 am on March 4th, 2013

    Melanie: Didn’t someone invite me to be a honorary member of the Small Dog Team?

    B: It’s National Grammar Day!

  18. Staff
    10:40 am on March 4th, 2013

    Rio Jr. looks like he really needs that hug. Melanie, I was reading Sebastian Schnuelle’s blog and he also is wondering what Martin Buser is doing.
    Now I am going to read Joe Runyon’s blog to see what he says.

    Snowhook is looking good. Hope Rebecca can get some rest. I wonder if she needs some more cheesecake money since the other went to the dog truck?

  19. OleyHowlers
    10:46 am on March 4th, 2013

    Why does Brent Sass look like he is in the lake?

  20. Staff
    10:49 am on March 4th, 2013

    Brent might be camping on the frozen lake. The dogs want to be cold.

    I read the Joe Runyon blog about Martin Buser. Funny. No one can figure out his race strategy.
    Check it out. It is the one called “Finger 1:33 a.m. arrival of Martin Buser.

  21. Staff
    10:51 am on March 4th, 2013

    On second thought. Since Brent is moving, not stopped, he might be taking a short cut. I noticed a lot of that in the Yukon Quest.

  22. BearSpiritDog
    10:51 am on March 4th, 2013

    What a Beautiful Day for a Race!

  23. BearSpiritDog
    10:53 am on March 4th, 2013

    Will be Back after Breakfast.

  24. Macy's mom
    10:54 am on March 4th, 2013

    Don’t Buser’s dogs have to eat? Maybe they have feedbags like horses. I am worried that he is pushing them too hard.

    Last I heard from the SDT, they were leaving Willow, after having circled Willow Lake two or three times, just for grins. Holly decided to hitch a ride with Jan Steves. I bet she was surprised when she opened her sled bag. I hope Holly can catch a ride back with the IAF, or someone is going to have to blur up to get her.

  25. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:56 am on March 4th, 2013

    Snowhook!….Looks like they are running in 8th place!…Wow!Wow!…I know it is early, but this is really amazing…wheeze!

  26. OleyHowlers
    10:57 am on March 4th, 2013

    Buser stopped long enough at the checkpoints to give his dogs frozen meats.

  27. Mollypop's Mom
    10:59 am on March 4th, 2013

    Rio Jr. is a very handsome dog. Love that close-up picture.

  28. OleyHowlers
    11:01 am on March 4th, 2013

    A.J. Blew thru Melanie’ checkpoint. Are The Steps before or after Rainy Pass?

  29. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:04 am on March 4th, 2013

    Junior!…What a great guy! What an awesome racer! What a good boy!….chuffle!snort!

  30. dawson
    11:05 am on March 4th, 2013

    Thanks to Spence & Admin, Melanie, Rose & Prof, Snowhook Bella and the Snowhook Team for the post today. Go Snowhook!

    I woke in the night wondering if I should go look at the green flags of the gps tracker. I didn’t and now the team has already arrived in Finger Lake! Wow! Twig must’ve gotten into one of her “pass anything that’s ahead of her” moods. Or maybe she was looking forward to seeing the RiverBearPack eating a delish burrito at their Finger Lake checkpoint. This checkpoint is dedicated to Melanie and Zoe and the River Bear Pack and the many losses and hardships they have endured this last little while and the respect and love the Plunderers have for these two fabulous women and their drooling pack of Newfoundland dogs!
    Go Melanie, Go Zoe, Go River Bears and Go Snowhook!

  31. dawson
    11:09 am on March 4th, 2013

    Snowhook is in 5th place according to the leaderboard – right behind Aliy Zirkle. Go Snowhook!

  32. BearSpiritDog
    11:11 am on March 4th, 2013

    Double Ditto to what Dawson said!!!

  33. Siber-H
    11:14 am on March 4th, 2013

    Good Morning All!

    Thank you for another wonderful start to the day, Spence, Rebecca, and Rose.
    Thank you Melanie for all the photos you are putting up on the blog.

    I haven’t been to the Iditarod’s website yet, but am going now. I have no idea what Buser is doing except in last year’s race he ran ahead of the other mushers like this and then fizzled out.

  34. Melanie
    11:20 am on March 4th, 2013

    The Newf Pack has come home (except for Mattie) and they said they would really like some frozen chicken skins. Yuck. They refrained from eating Snowhook’s. Head bumps and licks abounded.

    They came in looking like frosted Newfs, but now they have warmed up and the house has more humidity in it.

    On the leader board AJ is in 8th place.

  35. Masquers
    11:22 am on March 4th, 2013

    Siber: Wasn’t Buser’s son running in last years race? He seemed to be concerned about him and that most likely took his mind off his own race.

  36. Siber-H
    11:28 am on March 4th, 2013

    Masquers, yes, Buser’s son ran in last year’s race, but I think in the beginning Martin was out to win the race and then something happened to slow him down and so he was then able to pay more attention to his son. I am just guessing.

  37. BearSpiritDog
    11:30 am on March 4th, 2013

    Am I reading this right? The GPS shows AJ ahead of Lance MacKey!

  38. Whitey-Lance
    11:31 am on March 4th, 2013

    Whitey-Lance reporting from Race Watching Central, or RWC for youse in the know. I can report that my mama slept for three hours during the night, and then woke to watch the race. She says I should use the word ‘watch’ loosely because AJs tracker didn’t update for three hours. AJ is heading to Rainy Pass. SiberH, are you going to blur to your checkpoint?

    I can also report that our VIP handlers are leaving for home tonight. Sniff. We are going to miss them. I have it on good authority that Wose has been considering if she can leave her laundry behind and use her carry-on to carry a pup. And, the Professor spent some quality time with each of us in the kennel after the team left the starting line.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    11:33 am on March 4th, 2013

    Never mind…LM has stopped.

  40. dawson
    11:35 am on March 4th, 2013

    Thanks for the update Whitely-Lance: You may have to count the puppies before Rose leaves.
    The trail to Rainy Pass: After leaving Finger Lake, the trail climbs steeply over a ridge to Red Lake, runs along it for a mile or two, swings up a ravine, and then follows a series of climbing wooded shelves interspersed with open swamps. About ten miles from Finger Lake, the trail drops down a series of wooded benches toward Happy River, then onto the river itself via the dreaded Happy River steps. Then it’s down the river to its mouth, up the Skwentna River for a few hundred yards, and back up a steep ravine to the plateau on the south side of the Happy. The trail will cross Shirley Lake, then Long Lake (11 miles from Rainy Pass Lodge) and then run along the steeply sloping mountainside above the south side of the Happy River valley to the checkpoint. There are two nasty stretches of sidehill trail in the last eight miles. (from

  41. Masquers
    11:39 am on March 4th, 2013

    Good morning, Whitey.
    I will be setting up the FTD later tonight to follow our intrepid travelers on the first leg of their journey home.

  42. Siber-H
    11:46 am on March 4th, 2013

    I wish I could blurr to Rainy Pass, Whitey-Lance and I could wish all the Snowhook Dogs Godspeed in person. Mom won’t let me. She says I would never come back until summer arrives in Rainy Pass.

    Since mom won’t let me do this, I think she should order me those sled dog treats that are advertised on the Iditarod’s home page.

  43. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:51 am on March 4th, 2013

    Steps!…So this means our team has conquered The Steps already?…snort! snort!

  44. BearSpiritDog
    11:55 am on March 4th, 2013

    How come my Leader Board shows Different Stats than the GPS Trackers?

  45. Melanie
    11:59 am on March 4th, 2013

    Siber-H, maybe someone else can blur for you and give you an update.

    Dawson, thanks for the info on the trail. I have sent that on to my sister.

    I HAVE to go grocery shopping. I HATE grocery shopping.

    But the sooner I go, the faster I’m back.

  46. Macy's mom
    12:00 pm on March 4th, 2013

    One of the reports on the home page says that many a musher has popped to the top of the stats, then dropped into obscurity fr the rest of the race. Let AJ not be one of those!

    I love the graph thingy, it tells just about everything you want to know. I especially like seeing the altitude changes, and the speed changes, and the rests, and and, everything!

    REBECCA..what is the correct pronunciation of your last name?

  47. Whitey-Lance
    12:04 pm on March 4th, 2013

    SiberH: If it would put your mom at ease, we could send Luna with you to make sure you come home at a decent hour. As we say in the kennel, “Even if you’re not Luna’s offspring, ain’t no one mess with mama.” Of course, those treats sound like a good alternative. My mama is a bit ashamed to say she has subsisted on cookies the professor bought yesterday morning at the PTA breakfast.

    AJ’s planned his schedule to run the Steps in the day light. Once the team reaches SiberH’s checkpoint, he will rest them through the heat of the day.

  48. Siber-H
    12:10 pm on March 4th, 2013

    AJ will gain 1689 feet in elevation by the time he gets where Buser is now. I love the elevation thingy on the Tracker.

    I am glad AJ is doing the steps in daylight. I remember that video from last year where we could all hear AJ as he started down the steps. He did good.

  49. Whitey-Lance
    12:10 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Macy: People make our last name more difficult than it actually is. Suh-vee-dis (dis rhymes with miss as in Miss Macy)

  50. OleyHowlers
    12:10 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Thanks Dawson for the trail explanation. And thanks W-L for sharing race strategy. Going to the tracker to see how close we are to the steps.

  51. OleyHowlers
    12:12 pm on March 4th, 2013

    He is past the steps!

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:17 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Whitey!…Great reporting from RCW Whitey …snort!…Do you or do you not think they have gone through the Steps already?…grunt!

  53. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:21 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Howlers!…Thank goodness! Now I can wheeze easier…gurgle!

  54. BearSpiritDog
    12:26 pm on March 4th, 2013

    No one answered My Question about the GPS vs Leader Board. Sniff.

  55. dawson
    12:27 pm on March 4th, 2013

    The descriptions of the trail can be found if you click on the “About” tab and then, from the drop down menu, on the “Iditarod Trail”. Then you click the trail section you want described and voila!

  56. Siber-H
    12:28 pm on March 4th, 2013

    AJ is well away from the Happy River now. He is crossing a little lake and then he will have another little lake to cross.

    Bear, I am going to go back and read your question again.

  57. Siber-H
    12:31 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Bear, I think the answer to your question is that they are slow to update the leaderboard because they want the information on it to be correct. I always rely on the Tracker for up-to-date information instead ot the leaderboard.

    I am worried about the Russian guy and his dogs because he started out with only 12 dogs.

  58. dawson
    12:32 pm on March 4th, 2013

    The descriptions of the trail can be found if you click on the “About” tab and then, from the drop down menu, on the “Iditarod Trail”. Then you click the trail section you want described and voila!

    BearSpiritDog: There is a discrepancy between the leader board and the GPS. Depending on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist you can choose the one where AJ is closer to the leader or further away from the leader. (I don’t know why they differ.)

    I am trying to access the “new” feature where you can tell the run/rest times. For some reason it is not working for me.

  59. BearSpiritDog
    12:34 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Thanks for the Info, Dawson and Siber-H.

  60. OleyHowlers
    12:37 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Doesn’t the Leader Board account for start time that will have to be meade up?

  61. Siber-H
    12:45 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Fellow Sibers, I don’t know. Maybe Whitey-Lance knows.

  62. Rose
    12:45 pm on March 4th, 2013


    Yesterday, was a wonderful day! Beautiful sunshine, and the start of the Iditarod. AJ was calm and collected, the picture of veteran musher. The team was calm and resting, having many photographs taken, as Rebecca, AJ and the handlers did last minute checks and preparations.

    I presented Rebecca with a bag of Swedish Fish, which I was told AJ tried to swipe from Rebecca. (Lefty has trained him well). Before the race, I presented AJ with his very own bag! :^)

    The Snowhook team looked great as they left the starting line.

    The Prof and I truly grateful to Rebecca, AJ, Jodi, and Mick (the persons) for their hospitality, kindness, and their friendship. This is a vacation the Prof and I will never forget, and we are very sad to see it come to thia quick end.

    We love the dogs, and the persons of Snowhook!

    I may be sneaking home a puppy……..

    Mama Luna and my VBFF Belle Starr were wonderful hosts. Even Annabelle let the Prof and me share her couch.

  63. dawson
    12:46 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rio: The Finger Lake checkpoint is at mile 123 of the race and the boards show our team at 124 right now…so the Happy Steps are coming up in about 9 miles or so.

  64. OleyHowlers
    12:46 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Dawson, the detailed descriptions of the trail, at least this stretch, are way too scary. Thank Dog we have an experienced and smart musher, and a great team of dogs.
    Speaking of our team, now would be an excellent time for Whitey-Lance to give us the rundown of who is on the team and the position each is running. How about it, W-L?

  65. OleyHowlers
    12:49 pm on March 4th, 2013

    According to GPS! Finger Lake is at mile 108′ and we are at 124. So we have passed the Steps, no?

  66. OleyHowlers
    12:50 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rainy Pass is at 127.

    Hi Rose! We are so happy you had this awesome trip! We can’t wait to see your photos.

  67. Siber-H
    12:55 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I believe we are past the steps.

  68. dawson
    12:56 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Oh…I read somewhere that Finger Lake was at mile 123…If it is at mile 108 then yes, we have passed the Happy Steps and are close to Rainy Pass, our own SiberH’s checkpoint! Wow! Go Snowhook!

  69. Siber-H
    12:57 pm on March 4th, 2013

    AJ has left the Happy River for good, so we are past the steps and on our way to Rauint Pass

  70. Masquers
    12:59 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Hi Rose!
    The Plunderers will be watching you and the Prof fly away home (sob) tonight and tomorrow.
    Excellent photos and reporting by the way.

  71. OleyHowlers
    1:01 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Can youse believe #61 Matt Failor is that far up? He is really flying.

  72. Siber-H
    1:02 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Wose, We want to hear all about it when you get settled in back home. Mom and I are hoping we get to send you one of those gift baskets for new puppy owners.

  73. BearSpiritDog
    1:03 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Whew! Past the Happy Steps.

    O’Howlers: Speaking of Flying…Buser and his team must be running on some kind of Power Drink. Hope he doesn’t fizzle out.

  74. Whitey-Lance
    1:07 pm on March 4th, 2013

    My mama said I could post this link.

    B: Please excuse the twang.

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:16 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rose!…Sob!sob!Sob!..You guys have to leave already?…sniffle!…That doesn’t seem fair at all.

  76. Siber-H
    1:18 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Thanks Whitey-Lance. We love that song and have it on a CD.

    We cannot believe we are setting here this early in the race and waiting for the little green flag to update.

  77. Annabelle
    1:24 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Wose is correct. I did share my loveseat with Rose and the Professor. I don’t share with just anyone. I don’t mind sharing with my Lady, but the Giant takes up more room. I bump him. He bumps me back. The Professor has a soft voice that puts me at ease and Wose has a gentle touhc. The three of us snuggled on my loveseat. As I understand it, Wose came to the dog truck yesterday after visiting the gift and craft booths. She said, “I’m poodled up.” It has somethig to do with me, but I’m furry on the details.

  78. Whitey-Lance
    1:34 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I have two reports in this post.

    First, Rose did bring my mama a bag of Swedish Fish candy yesterday morning. A short while later, AJ came in the house, sat down on Annabelle’s couch to download the Plunderer playlist onto his ipaw. When he was finished, he reached for the bag of Swedish Fish which my mama placed on the coffee table. The Giant may be fast, but my Lady is faster. She said, “I gave you my cheesecake sponsorship money. Havan’t I suffered enough?” Wose saved the day by producing another bag that she gave to AJ. My mama put them in a reseable baggie and sent them on the trail with AJ.

    Second, I am happy to report the starting line up:

    Quig (leader)
    Twig (leader)
    Elim (leader)
    Bjourn (leader)
    Louisa Mae (leader)
    Charlie (leader)
    Fritz (leader)
    Jesse, as in James
    Jem and his nose

  79. Whitey-Lance
    1:47 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Correction: Pancho did not go on the trail. He is at home. Orion is on the trail.

  80. Macy's mom
    1:48 pm on March 4th, 2013

    The graph page for AJ is blank. Fix it please!!!!!

  81. Whitey-Lance
    1:58 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Howlers: The GPS tracker shows where the team are in ‘live’ time. My mama has a love/hate relationship with the tracker. She loves being able to watch the team, but gets poodled up when it doesn’t update properly. The race standings are based on the times the musher enters and leaves each checkpoint, and at present don’t account for the 24 hour layover. Once the teams have taken their 24, you can get a better sense of where teams are ranked in the race.

  82. BearSpiritDog
    2:01 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Yark! We DO NOT like the GPS Setup this year! It must be Refreshed Manually and every time we do that we have to Reposition the Map.
    Very Annoying to say the least.

  83. dawson
    2:09 pm on March 4th, 2013

    The A-team!
    We have many leaders and that is good. Thanks for the line-up Whitey-Lance.

  84. Whitey-Lance
    2:13 pm on March 4th, 2013

    The team is into the Rainy Pass checkpoint. He will rest the team for several hours before leaving.

  85. dawson
    2:15 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Masquers the Snow Cat: That was me who thought the small dogs could use some help. You might have to disguise yourself in a dog costume. As this is the first small dog Iditarod, I thought it was going to be run in SiberH’s backyard excavation sites rather than on the actual Iditarod Trail! You small dogs (and one bear) are fast, fearless and furry!

  86. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:18 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rainy!…I sure hope Rebecca takes this opportunity to sleep the rest of the day…snort!

  87. dawson
    2:20 pm on March 4th, 2013

    SiberH’s Rainy Pass checkpoint!
    Eat and rest.
    Great job, Snowhook!

  88. Siber-H
    2:21 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Bear, It is updating automatically for me every 10 minutes.
    Look above the list of mushers on the left hand side of the map. You should see these words, “Race Time Controls”. Beneath that will be, “Position Auto-Update” Make sure that is turned on.

  89. Whitey-Lance
    2:24 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rio: That is the plan. I am going to force her to close the laptop and go get in her nice, warm bed with all her baseball toys for a few hours.

  90. Masquers
    2:24 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Dawson: As you know, when I first joined the S-Team (aka the Smoochers) everyone mistook me for a strange looking dog. I can do it again.
    btw…I’m familiar with Siber’s backyard as a night was spent at his house after the infamous Vegas trip.

    Whitey: That is a fine looking A-Team. Go Snowhook!!!
    (kool tune by the Yodelin’ Logger)

  91. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:31 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Fourth!…Can this be true? Our team is in Fourth Place right now?…wheeze!

  92. BearSpiritDog
    2:33 pm on March 4th, 2013

    The Leaderboard shows Martin Buser at Rohn!
    Maybe he’ll take more than a 2 Min. “Rest”. Heh.

    Siber-H: Although my Auto-Update shows “On” it does not seem to be updating. Gah.

  93. Masquers
    2:36 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Riö! And only 12 minutes behind Allie!

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:36 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Bear!…What version of Internet Explorer do you have?…sniff!

  95. B. Stover
    2:40 pm on March 4th, 2013

    It sounds as though Rose and the Prof had a good time.

  96. Masquers
    2:41 pm on March 4th, 2013

    BSD! Maybe you should take a nap.

  97. Barb & Maggie
    2:44 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rainy Pass, hope they get some rest there.

    Rose is heading back. I wonder if they are planning to come thru Chicago again. The biggest storm of the season is starting later tonight and we may get around 10″. Haven’t seen any reports from O’Hare, but if we really get that much, it will be causing cancellations again. Will watch news later and report back.

    Now heading to p.t. and grocery to stock up. BBL

  98. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:47 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Busier!…His team went 16 hours straight with only 10 minutes of rest….Krazy!

  99. BearSpiritDog
    2:50 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rio: We are using FireFox…it Automatically Updates to the latest version.

    A Nap may be a Good Idea now that Team Snowhook has stopped at Rainy Pass.
    Whitey-Lance has advised SnowBella is resting too.

  100. OleyHowlers
    2:53 pm on March 4th, 2013

    First, Thanks to the Great Whitey-Lance for posting the lineup. Thank Dog Orion is on the team after all. Second, Thanks again to the intrepid for posting the great song. We are juiced! Also thanks for explaining that we must wait for the real race position until after the mandatory 24s.
    Rainy Pass!!!! Woo Hoo for Siber’s checkpoint!!!!

    And#4 is our Magic Number!!!!!

  101. BearSpiritDog
    2:56 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rio: I tell you he is running on some kind of Power Drink.
    But now he is stopped for a Rest…as of 15 min. ago anyway.
    We forget…what is the next Mandatory Checkpoint?

  102. OleyHowlers
    2:57 pm on March 4th, 2013

    One possible explanation for Buser’s rush is to keep the trail clearers moving out. That could make the trail get worse by the time other teams come thru. We think it is really good that Our Team has gotten toward the front of the pack.

  103. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:01 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Tracker!…Shows The Giant in fourth!…snort!….Thats all I need to Believe!…gasp!

  104. OleyHowlers
    3:16 pm on March 4th, 2013

    OUR TEAM shows up on Iditarod’s Home Page!

  105. dawson
    3:21 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Sebastion took a picture of our patch! And gave us some news of Justin and the doggies. Go Snowhook!

  106. OleyHowlers
    3:23 pm on March 4th, 2013
  107. Melanie
    3:32 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I SPENT 30 CARPOLA, SNIGGLEFRITZING minutes in the grocery line. Don’t those people KNOW that I have somewhere to be!!!?

    I will be checking out the site in a minute. Had to catch up. I did see that the leader board has AJ and Snowhook at FOURTH! WOO HOO!

    And another WOO HOO to YSAS’s SO who now has a job in her chosen field! She start March 18th! WOO HOO!

  108. OleyHowlers
    3:33 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Woo Hoo for SO! Can this day get any better?

  109. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    3:36 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Confusion. Mom says back in the pleistocene when she nordic skiied and glacier climbed, frozen food with no/little rest was thought to lower core temp and not digest well. Ya’ll say Buser is using frozen meat and short (minutes) rest for the dogs. Is this now the way to do the food on the trail? She just worries about us of the nation within.

  110. Melanie
    3:38 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Grabbed some shots from Rainy Pass . .

  111. Melanie
    3:39 pm on March 4th, 2013
  112. Melanie
    3:39 pm on March 4th, 2013

    To me, AJ looks happy and rested.

  113. Melanie
    3:42 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Have no idea, HOH. Good question.

    I also am not receiving AJ’s analytic view.

  114. Rose
    3:43 pm on March 4th, 2013

    SNORT! Our flight from O’Hare has been cancelled! I’m poodled up again.

  115. Siber-H
    3:44 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Sharon, I just watched a video on the Iditarod’s website. They said that the air temperature is so warm the dogs do not want warm food right now. Their food is usually served warm on the trail.
    No one yet can make heads or tails of Buser’s race strategy. We will see how it shakes out for him, but I know he will take good care of the dogs.

  116. Melanie
    3:49 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I have written the contact email address of the people who supply the GPS about not having AJ’s analytic view.

  117. Melanie
    3:50 pm on March 4th, 2013

    They just wrote back saying, “I am looking into this issue, I will get back to you when I have it resolved. Thank you.”

  118. Melanie
    3:50 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rose, the world is saying you should have stayed in AK!

  119. Masquers
    3:50 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rose: Another Midwestern storm…you might know.
    Hey. You can always layover a bit in Seattle so I can visit with you and the Prof.
    Just trying to look on the bright side of things. Heh.

  120. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    3:54 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rose, never want to fly in a hurry with you but be safe and enjoy where ever Mother Nature leaves you.

  121. Staff
    3:55 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Great news. I hope AJ and the dogs get a good rest. I am going outside to do a little snow shoveling.

  122. Rose
    3:57 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Masquers, would love to visit you in Seattle. Our first cancellation, wouldn’t you know had to be Chicago. I hope there is no overnight at the Ashtray Inn again. sniff

  123. BearSpiritDog
    3:59 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I’m TWIRLING, Twirling, twirling…….WoooHOOO!!!

    And look how Cleverly Rebecca has Upgraded the Chet Patch!

  124. Melanie
    4:10 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Mikal Telpin is having to rest his dogs (or him) a lot. Those dogs are made for the cold and I think it’s just too warm for them right now.

  125. Masquers
    4:14 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Looks like no sleep for him.
    Says he’s not taking his eyes off the Insider website for fear he’ll miss some new development.
    It is up to me to be the professional here.

    Howlers: Thanks for the update from Rainy Pass.

    Melanie: Congrats to SO for the new job!

  126. Masquers
    4:15 pm on March 4th, 2013

    that would be…on the new job.

  127. Staff
    4:21 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Oh no Rose! Goodness what a hassle this air travel is. I think I will drive up when we go….heh heh heh. Not.

  128. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    4:34 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Masquers – ve still have Corgi disguises vorn by all who visited Big Vedding back a vhile ago. Von or two are very stretched out – vas very hard to stuff big, husky doggie into little corgi suit. But von vorn by pug is okie dokey. Vould you vant borrow it for being on Small Dog Team?

  129. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:41 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Suit!…snort!…I’m pretty sure somewhere in what Natasha just said is an insult…grunt!

  130. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:52 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Gebhardt!…Oh no he is blowing through Rainy Pass…sniff! There goes our 4th place…wuffle!

  131. Masquers
    5:11 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Nattie: That is very generous of you. I would be honored to be seen as a pug. snort.

  132. Masquers
    5:15 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rio: He may be blowing through Rainy…but remember it is in the heat of the day…which is why AJ and the team are lying low.
    Not a good strategy for Gebhardt in our opinion.

  133. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:18 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Lance-Mackey!..Just blew through Rainy Pass too…..grunt!

  134. Siber-H
    5:25 pm on March 4th, 2013

    It is 35 degrees at Rainey Pass right now!

  135. Siber-H
    5:28 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Mike Ellis and his Sibers and the Native Russian dogs are both moving in this heat….35 degrees.

  136. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    5:45 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Thank ya’ll for the feeding info and temp info. Mom worries about cold (even for us with double coats). Says she worries about pupcicles. Wow, so much to think about for race!

  137. Princess Sam
    5:59 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I am testing the voice recognition on my iPod and hopefully this will be very good bark bark.

  138. Princess Sam
    6:01 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I Trost AJ’s care of the dogs and I think the sleepover in the heat of the day is the way to go I don’t know what these other guys are thinking

  139. Princess Sam
    6:04 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Hee hee not bad. I forgot to add the punctuation. This is too cool.

  140. Tupper and Gilly
    6:07 pm on March 4th, 2013

    There is so much to catch up on when you are out all day. But all we can see is that AJ is in 4th place. WOOOOO HOOOOOO

    We’ll be back later – gotta get dinner on.

  141. BearSpiritDog
    6:09 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Sammie: You’re the Dog! Techie all the way.

  142. Melanie
    6:15 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Cool Princess Sam! What app are you using?

  143. Princess Sam
    6:21 pm on March 4th, 2013

    No app Melanie. I’m just using the little microphone at the bottom of my iPod screen.

  144. Melanie
    6:22 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Thank you pentosan, I’m trying this out.

  145. Melanie
    6:23 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Princess Sam didn’t turn out to wheel but that is pretty cool!

  146. Melanie
    6:27 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Sammie, thanks! I sent an email using it.

  147. Macy's mom
    6:30 pm on March 4th, 2013

    WL, what twang?

    Melanie, I also wrote to support, 5 hours ago. Still nothing.

    What an afternoon we have had. Belle had to be dropped from the team. Somehow she got a 3/4 inch gash in her forehead, all the way to the bone. It looks like she was shot right between the eyes, but the v e t said that a bb would not make that big of a hole and a regular bullet would have sent her over the rainbow. We have no idea what happened and she doesn’t seem to be aware of it. She now has 2 staples in her head the same day that Dad got rid of his staples. Gah and gah. Too much on our plate here.

  148. Melanie
    6:32 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I see that the sunsets about 6:30 pm. Question . . Might AJ wait until it sets? I see that it is 33 degrees.

  149. Melanie
    6:35 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Macy, most of the time I am getting the info now.
    Poor Belle. What a weird spot for a gash.
    Did you just reuse the staples from Dad?

  150. OleyHowlers
    6:39 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Poor Belle. Dropped so early in the race.

  151. Masquers
    6:52 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Belle isn’t the same one that was injured before is she?
    This is terrible.

  152. Macy's mom
    6:52 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Melanie, you laugh, but The Man and I thought the same thing! However, Belle got hers before Dad’s were out.

    I am still not getting analytics for AJ, and I am getting poodled up.

    Can you imagine the number of people that will come here just to see what is going on, thanks to the picture on the Insider page? Best behavior everyone!

  153. Macy's mom
    6:54 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Masquers, no, Belle is the bee-och who bit Macy. Karma.

  154. OleyHowlers
    6:57 pm on March 4th, 2013
  155. Melanie
    7:00 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Macy, the next time I’m at the big computer I’ll snap a picture of it and put it on the blog.

    Just talked to YSAS. He is headed North to NYC after visiting family in the house. It is a small town and the thing he heard the most was, “Last time I saw you, you were dead!”.

    He is very proud of his SO and can’t wait to see her.

  156. Macy's mom
    7:03 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I just heard on the news that our high temp today was 88. And a cold front is coming in and not out of the 50’s tomorrow. Texas.

  157. OleyHowlers
    7:12 pm on March 4th, 2013

    If A.J. Waits until dark, he will be hitting Dalzell Gorge in the dark.
    Next checkpoint is The Raven’s.

  158. Barb & Maggie
    7:17 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Melanie, Isn’t she an attorney? Congrats to her.

    We were going to report that Rose might be OK, but then saw that she has a cancellation in Chicago. They are saying now that the storm will really start around 3:00 a.m. and then will continue all day. We were hoping they might get ahead of the storm.

  159. Macy's mom
    7:19 pm on March 4th, 2013
  160. Macy's mom
    7:21 pm on March 4th, 2013
  161. Whitey-Lance
    7:27 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Watch for the team to leave within the next thirty minutes or so. They will have some daylight for the upcoming stretch. Please keep your paws crossed for a safe run.

  162. Masquers
    7:28 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Howlers; Great write-up.
    Not to be picky, but that doesn’t look like AJ in the picture and they refer to him as “Dustin who never, ever sleeps.”
    But who cares…at least we’re getting noticed!

  163. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:33 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Maskers!…We have to take what they give us at this point…snort!…Just wait until Dustin the Giant is consistantly in the top-ten…Woooo!…Then they will spell his name right, you betcha!

  164. OleyHowlers
    7:35 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Masquers, thanks for catching that. We didn’t even notice the picture; we were too overjoyed that the racing world is taking notice of our musher.
    Thanks for letting us in on that, W-L. We were hoping he’d try to hit the gorge before nightfall.

  165. Melanie
    7:35 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Have you guys checked this out?
    Justin in Rainy Pass in 4th.

  166. dawson
    7:36 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rose: Oh no! I will hope for another flight to take you away from the Ashtray Hotel.
    Belle: Sorry the gash on your forehead has ended your Iditarod dreams just when you were getting in the groove on the trail.
    I hope the Snowhook doggies get a good rest at Rainy Pass.
    Congrats to YSAS’s SO.

  167. OleyHowlers
    7:40 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Ally is heading out.
    Going to checkout Melanie’s video.

  168. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:41 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Melanie!…Which one?…grunt!…Is AJ in one of those videos?…sniff!….Hey its almost supper-bowl time here…wooooo!

  169. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:42 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Color!…AJ would never wear that Color in the photo, btw…heh!heh!

  170. OleyHowlers
    7:45 pm on March 4th, 2013

    AJ looks good, very relaxed. Dogs were happy to get to the checkpoint.
    W-L, hope he wakes up. We remember last year one musher said others were quietly sneaking out and he didn’t wake up.
    Rio, you’re right about the color.

  171. Melanie
    7:49 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Trying this out . .

  172. Melanie
    7:50 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Darn I’m good (said with a rural VA accent) Don’t worry, I’m entitled to that accent.

  173. Macy's mom
    7:51 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Dustin wears orange? Must be AJ’s long lost twin.

  174. Macy's mom
    7:56 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Melanie, thanks for the capcha. I am still poodled that I can’t get it.

  175. Melanie
    7:59 pm on March 4th, 2013

    He is such a good Doggy Daddy.

    I am off to take my shower (in more ways than one). I will be back later.

    Oh, and to take a screen shot with the iPaw.
    Hold down the big button at the bottom and hit the lock button. Don’t hold it too long because it just turns off. (Rolling eyes here. I did THAT several times) You held it correctly if there is a white flash and the sound of the camera going off.

    It is then in your camera roll.

  176. Whitey-Lance
    8:00 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Correct facts seem to be lacking from time to time when it comes to the Giant. My Lady and I try not to get poodled up about it, but sometimes it is more difficult than others. The job listed in that little write up was something he did before he and my Lady moved to Alaska. My Lady snorted when it listed her as training the team. She will be quick to tell you that it was all AJ. And, the orange clad ‘Dustin’ is actually a man by the name of Kelly. Last year, if I remember correctly, they posted a video a with AJ in the title and it was LM.

  177. Melanie
    8:01 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Wake up Lady Bella! He’s racing again!

  178. Melanie
    8:04 pm on March 4th, 2013

    There’s the Lin going up!

  179. Staff
    8:04 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I remember that video last year Rebecca. Hey R, did you check your SDD today?

    I did like the video of Justin under the checkpoints tab on the video page. I can see why Rebecca likes to listen to him. What a great voice. Great picture of the dogs coming in also.

  180. dawson
    8:05 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Team Snowhook on the move!

  181. Staff
    8:06 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Another video from that group that was really funny was mushers reacting to Martin Buser’s fast start. No one wanted to say it was stupid but many of them expressed confusion. heh.

  182. BearSpiritDog
    8:11 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Whitey! Paws, tails, toes and eyes are crossed here.

    Feet be nimble, feet be quick
    Guided safely along the trail
    A clever plan’s now the trick
    Checkpoint reached without fail

    Go Snowhook! Onward to Rohn!

  183. Whitey-Lance
    8:11 pm on March 4th, 2013

    We are up and at ’em and have been for quite some time. We had some technical difficulties, but are back up and running. Who taught my Lady such language? A certain evil pug?

  184. OleyHowlers
    8:13 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Ahhh we are moving. W-L, What time does it get dark up there?

  185. Princess Sam
    8:14 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I am not sure about Alaska, but here we have about 20 minutes of twilight after sunset.

  186. OleyHowlers
    8:17 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Thanks Sam. So maybe between 11:00 and 11:30 our time?
    Melanie, What is the lock bitton?

  187. OleyHowlers
    8:17 pm on March 4th, 2013


  188. OleyHowlers
    8:24 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Why is it that everyone is discussing Buser, but nobody is talking about Matt Failor, who has pushed it so much faster than Buser?

  189. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:26 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Old-Guy!…He finally left today and now everyone can stop walking on eggshells around here..grunt!…Unfortunately Beau just couldn’t stand the old guy snuffing around his toy-box any longer and decided to piss on everything…wheeze!heh!…The others in the house were not pleased at all. Everything had to be washed – all the chewies, bones, stuffed toys, you name it, it got washed…grunt!…Luckily, my favorite baseball toys were safely tucked away in my warm soft bed…wuffle!

  190. Beau - The Black Pug
    8:27 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Sneeze!…I didn’t do it I swear!…sneeze!sniffle!

  191. Siber-H
    8:33 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Beau, you were simply re-claiming them as yours…perfectly normal dog behavior.

  192. dawson
    8:35 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Matt Failer (second place) is running some Martin Buser dogs as he has done before. He and Martin Buser are running the same race so far: Only stopping for quick snacks – no long rest at all until Rohn. I wonder if they actually trained the dogs this way. Seems unsustainable for humans and for dogs.

  193. OleyHowlers
    8:39 pm on March 4th, 2013

    But Matt Failor is Bib #61. He started the race 2 hours later than Buser!

  194. Staff
    8:41 pm on March 4th, 2013

    How did you get the analytics to show up? I still can’t get Justin’s to show.

  195. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on March 4th, 2013

    24-Hour!…After the time adjustment Matt Failor surely has to wind up in front, don’t youse think?…snort!

  196. dawson
    8:43 pm on March 4th, 2013

    OleyHowlers: I know! Martin stopped in Rohn for some rest but I think Matt went on through, although he could be camped right outside of town. They have had virtually no rest.

  197. OleyHowlers
    8:45 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Siber, where is the Dalzel Gorge on our gps map? Is it right at that river just before Rohn?

  198. Siber-H
    8:47 pm on March 4th, 2013

    It is still very early in the race…anything can happen and it often does. I am speaking of the mushers that are in the lead right now.

    I love that video of AJ and the dogs. Mom and I like the quiet way he talks to the dogs. We see people at the dog park trying to talk their dogs to death. I can’t stand that.

  199. Masquers
    8:49 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Zombie mushers on the trail!

  200. Siber-H
    8:50 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I’ll look at the map, Howlers

  201. dawson
    8:50 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Oh, Matt Failor is stopped at Rohn also.

  202. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on March 4th, 2013

    SiberH!…Which video of AJ and the A-Team???…snort!…I’m missing something big here. What is the name of the video?

  203. OleyHowlers
    8:58 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Twig: Pass King. Good girl.

    That’s our telepathic message. 🙂

  204. Tupper and Gilly
    9:00 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Creator – we thank you for another wonderful day that has passed. It has been a day of joy and happiness and excitement. We thank you now for the deep quiet stillness of the night, for it is now that we can listen and hear the heartbeat of the universe.
    Creator – you have given all creatures a great gift in common. Each one of us has a heart, from the tiniest ant tunneling through the earth to the giant blue whale, singing her song in the depths of the oceans. Our hearts beat in rhythm with others of our species, tying us together in the music of life.
    Tonight, in the stillness, we ask you to let us hear the strong heartbeats of the dogs of Snowhook as they continue their journey across the snow. Sixteen brave hearts are running in joy, running in freedom, and running for the love of the one who asks them to run. Let us be silent and listen for the harmony that they create by working together.
    Tonight in the quiet elegance of the dark, the strong heart that leads this team is in two places. The heart of the one he loves beats with his as he travels further away. We ask you to bring peace to both hearts and let them hear each other’s soul across the distance.
    Creator – tonight, the hearts of this family travel with AJ and the team and also surround Rebecca with their love and support. Let the song of our hearts lift them both up during their time apart.
    This earth has a heartbeat that we can feel within our souls. It is as strong as the beating hearts of our mothers, our lullaby even before we entered this world. Just as our mother’s heartbeat brought us comfort and security, we can now hear the heartbeat of the earth that tells us we are safe and we are loved and that we are never alone.
    Creator – we ask you keep all these hearts strong. Let all our hearts beat together with the sound of paws running across Alaska. Let the melody and the rhythm carry AJ and the team easily across the snow, making their journey swift and filled with wonder.
    Creator – we thank you for another wonderful day that has passed. It has been a day of joy and happiness and excitement. We thank you now for the deep quiet stillness of the night, for it is now that we can listen and hear the heartbeat of the earth, and the ones we love.

  205. Siber-H
    9:05 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I think the Dazel Gorge is on that creek right before the trail gets to that bigger river. Not a lot of water flows through the Dazel Gorge from the videos I have seen of it.

  206. BearSpiritDog
    9:07 pm on March 4th, 2013

    With our Love and Gratitude
    Thank you, Amalia & Leonard

  207. Siber-H
    9:09 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rio, Go to the Iditarod’s home page. Scroll down just a bit to where it says in small print, “more insider videos”. AJ’s video is in that group.

    Let me know if you can’t find it or maybe someone can make Rio a link. I really want him to see it.

  208. OleyHowlers
    9:10 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Amen,lthank you A&L.

  209. Macy's mom
    9:11 pm on March 4th, 2013

    This is what Karen Ramstad (sp) says race judges do.

  210. OleyHowlers
    9:14 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Thanks, Siber.
    Rio, Someone posted that link above, but here it is again. Look at the bottom for the one that says “Justin Savidis 4th into Rainy Pass”.

  211. Siber-H
    9:15 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Thank You Amalia and Leonard. Reading your nightly prayer helps calm dogs like me who can get hyper over the Race.

  212. SnowBella
    9:21 pm on March 4th, 2013


  213. bluecat
    9:29 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Amen and thank you.

  214. Rose
    9:31 pm on March 4th, 2013


  215. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:34 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Prayer!…Just what I needed – I was getting All Poodled up over some small things…wheeze!…Amen!

  216. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rose!…Where in the world are you?…sniffle!

  217. Melanie
    9:36 pm on March 4th, 2013


    The team has been doing some climbing. I noticed that near the top AJ stopped. I bet some goodies and pats were given after the climb.

    Bear, if you have the camera lens at the top of the iPaw while you are looking at it, the lock bottom is on the right top edge.

  218. Melanie
    9:39 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Staff, I don’t know how I’m doing this. I’m afraid to go off the link!

  219. Siber-H
    9:45 pm on March 4th, 2013

    gah The temperture has only dropped a couple of degrees for AJ and the dogs.

  220. Barb & Maggie
    9:53 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Amen, and thank you, Amalia and Leonard.

  221. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    9:54 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Amen to another heartfelt prayer. What a day. Mel, thanks for the graphics. Rose, safe trip. Going night-night here before mom falls asleep on the laptop and drools on it.

  222. OleyHowlers
    9:58 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Same here. We are off to bed. IPaw is about dead anyway. We’ll be checking on progress during the night. Godspeed and Dogspeed AJ and Snowhook.

  223. Masquers
    10:01 pm on March 4th, 2013

    AJ…5 miles behind Allie…in 8th place.
    The Mackeys have advanced to 3rd and 5th positions.

    Our Rose would like everyone to keep all paws crossed she and the Professor have a safe and uneventful trip home.
    No more schedule changes!

  224. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Maskers!…Where is Rose and the Prof right now?…sniff!…Are they in the air or waiting to get up into the air?….shudder!

  225. Melanie
    10:24 pm on March 4th, 2013

    The Newf Pack has heard that Prof got himself a nickname while he was in AK!

    I am goin to sleep now. Hopefully, I will wake up and watch AJ’s flag come into the Raven’s Checkpoint.

    Smooth running, Snowhook!

  226. Staff
    10:27 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I posted my problem on facebookie and they got right on it. That is what I did when I couldn’t get any video’s. If you put it out there in the public you get an immediate response. After about 5 minutes Jusin’s analytics appeared on my computer screen.

    Heh heh heh. Go to the public that is the answer.

  227. Tupper and Gilly
    10:43 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Staff – squeaky wheels get the grease, and melt-downs get respect. tee hee

  228. Siber-H
    10:46 pm on March 4th, 2013

    We are going to sleep soon.

    AJ appears to be off the trail right now, but, remember, the red line on the GPS Tracker is only there to give us a general idea as to where the trail goes. AJ isn’t really off the trail.

    Wishing Rose and the Professor a smooth journey home,


    night all

  229. Staff
    10:52 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Tupper and Gilly, Youse guys are my mentors. I will follow you and your Mom while learning how to melt down in all the most effective ways.

    Tell your Mom thanks again for the lovely prayer.

  230. Masquers
    10:58 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Riö: Their flight is scheduled to leave Anchorage at 12:39 am and arrives in Seattle at 5:05 am tomorrow morning.
    Next flight leaves for Chicago an hour later…arriving around noon.

  231. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Money!…Someone asked about ways to raise money for their favorite Musher…snort!…I sort of outlined it for them, but if I forgot something, you guys should pipe up out there on the “Does Money Matter” topic….grunt!…There are some blow-hards out there all off-topic, just ignore thoses guys..sniff!

  232. Staff
    11:02 pm on March 4th, 2013

    In keeping with my new policy of taking it to the source I have just posted this on the Iditarod Facebookie.

    “Why are all the ‘featured’ video’s on the from last year or instructional ones from this year. When is that going to be updated. So far in order to see current video’s you have to go to the Checkpoint video’s.”

    Hopefully they will do something about that so Rio can find AJ’s video’s more easily.

  233. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Friend!…Hey, I got a New Friend request out on the Iditarod website – I accepted (what does this mean?) I’m not engaged or anything, right?…heh!heh!….The guy/gal is a real looker. I hope Tattoodawg1 comes over here someday….grunt!…I’ve asked, lets see what happens.

  234. Masquers
    11:12 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Riö: Check your SDD.

  235. Staff
    11:19 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Has anyone looked at the weather reports for some of the next Checkpoints? They are talking about RAIN!


  236. Masquers
    11:24 pm on March 4th, 2013

    I wonder…did Rebecca ever get the info about the recovered GPS from AJ’s 2010 Iditarod?

  237. Masquers
    11:26 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Rain on the trail…and yet the Midwest is due for another winter blast…just doesn’t seem right somehow.

  238. Staff
    11:28 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Masquers, yes Rebecca did get that info and the Tag is on it’s way home. It wasn’t the GPS, it was a dogtag.

  239. Masquers
    11:32 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Staff: Whitey-Lance’s I presume?
    Snow is falling in Kaltag.

  240. Macy's mom
    11:39 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Families come in all shapes and sizes.

  241. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:40 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Chattie!…I just chatted up the chat-room. Making new friends and rubbing paws with mover and shakers…heh!heh!

  242. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:42 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Pigs!…Kat and her pigs. I’ll be a bug-eyed pug…sniff!…My friend says little piglets look a lot like little puglets…grunt!…I don’t think so.

  243. Macy's mom
    11:42 pm on March 4th, 2013

    How do you get back in the chat room?

  244. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:44 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Gah!…I want to stay up and watch our teams little flag, but we are going to bed now…grunt!…I hate this…wheeze!

  245. Masquers
    11:52 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Signing off here for a bit.
    The niteshift is coming up in a couple of hours.
    Some of youse nightowls might even be around then.

  246. Staff
    11:58 pm on March 4th, 2013

    Now that I can get AJ’s analytics I watched the temperature. It is going UP! It is at 33 degrees now on top of that Mountain. YIKES. It is supposed to be colder at the high elevations.

  247. Staff
    12:00 am on March 5th, 2013

    Abbie wants supper so I better go get ready for bed. Night all. Except Liz. Hope all is well in OZ.

  248. Macy's mom
    12:30 am on March 5th, 2013

    The analytical shows AJ out of Rohn on Dec. 31 at 2 pm. That is some layover!

  249. Masquers
    12:35 am on March 5th, 2013

    Macy: At least he’s out!

  250. Masquers
    12:37 am on March 5th, 2013

    I really must sign-off now.

  251. Masquers
    12:38 am on March 5th, 2013

    HA! We’re over the top!

  252. Macy's mom
    12:57 am on March 5th, 2013

    Masquers, check out the date above, heh-heh Dec. 31

  253. Macy's mom
    12:58 am on March 5th, 2013

    378462 hours and 20 minutes in checkpoint!

  254. dawson
    1:03 am on March 5th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom: Some layover is right! I saw a Dec 31st date on another mushers leave date. Too funny.
    The numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt:
    Right now AJ is in 3rd! or 13th! depending on which board you look at. Either way, it is still early, as SiberH says, there’s a long way to go. With this warm weather, the way might be wet. ((shiver))
    I just got in and trying to figure out where AJ is. They are moving so fast I’m getting dizzy. He is in Rohn already. Raven’s checkpoint. The Trickster! The Raven has all those mushers close by looking at AJ & team and thinking, where did they come from? Heh, heh, heh!

  255. Melanie
    1:08 am on March 5th, 2013

    Patsy here, the Raven oversaw the arrival of the Snowhookteam and AJ. He said they have wings on their feet, wings in their souls.

  256. dawson
    1:19 am on March 5th, 2013

    Patsy! I hope Melanie isn’t hogging the whole bed by the time you get back.

  257. Melanie
    1:23 am on March 5th, 2013

    There is some cooler air 21 degrees, for the next five Checkpoints. at Shageluk on there is a severe weather warning. A storm must be coming in.

    Stay safe Snowhook and smooth running.

    The Newf Pack

  258. Melanie
    1:24 am on March 5th, 2013

    Dawson, if I don’t hug the bed, I don’t get any cheese!

  259. Melanie
    1:25 am on March 5th, 2013

    Hog the bed . . Paws are too big.

  260. dawson
    1:33 am on March 5th, 2013

    There are severe weather warnings from Shageluck all the way to Nome. It didn’t say what kind of severe weather. I do hope it isn’t rain.

  261. Melanie
    1:35 am on March 5th, 2013

    Hi Dawson. I’m back and had to wrestle the iPaw away from Patsy.

    If it’s rain do you think AJ will just carry the sled? He is a giant.

  262. Melanie
    1:41 am on March 5th, 2013

    Here’s Anvik

    Now – Wednesday, Mar 6, 6:00pm
    * SNOW…4 TO 8 INCHES.

  263. dawson
    1:42 am on March 5th, 2013

    I hope it is snow. I saw some videos from previous years with sled going over large dirt patches – must be hard on the sled runners. If everything turns to mush – ugh. It will be so hard on the dogs. Specially those Chukchi ones and the Siberians.
    Looks like AJ is resting awhile in approximately 8th place…

  264. Melanie
    1:45 am on March 5th, 2013

    Patsy again. I barked and barked at her until she promised to go back to bed.
    These two leggeds have no sense. The Plunderer four leggeds are on duty.

    Nite all, for now.

  265. dawson
    1:46 am on March 5th, 2013

    Yikes! Not that much snow!

  266. dawson
    1:48 am on March 5th, 2013

    A watched tracker flag never moves.
    Thank you for the prayer A & L

  267. c.hobbit
    2:26 am on March 5th, 2013

    It is nice seeing people staying up later than usual to watch over AJ and the team. That is dedication and love. May I say that I am proud of us for what we do? And I continue to thank Siber-H for getting us interested in the Iditarod and specifically Snowhook in the first place and Rio, of course, for yammering at everyone all the time.

  268. Masquers
    3:46 am on March 5th, 2013

    Gah! dozed off for a bit but now im awake
    Awake i tell you. where’s my control?

  269. Melanie
    3:56 am on March 5th, 2013

    Sounds like you need some coffee there, Masquers.
    No movement yet. Patsy decided she wanted out! Out! OUT!

    Going to turn the controls over to you.

    Rock a bye,Snowhook, on the valley so low.
    Lay your heads down on the hay over snow.
    Soon AJ will come with some tummies and treats,
    And off you will go throughout the Land of the Snow.

  270. Masquers
    3:57 am on March 5th, 2013

    Hold on Rose…I’m coming to see you off!

  271. Masquers
    3:58 am on March 5th, 2013

    Cawfee? Yes! That’s the ticket.

  272. Masquers
    4:28 am on March 5th, 2013

    Boarding has begun.
    The Prof & Rose will be leaving in 15 minutes.
    Let me take this opportunity, in behalf of all the Plunderers, to wish you a comfortable and safe journey home; with no further cancellations.

  273. Masquers
    4:40 am on March 5th, 2013

    Flight #1548 is ready for take-off.
    See you in 3 hours in Seattle!

  274. Whitey-Lance
    4:58 am on March 5th, 2013

    Masquers: My Lady arrived home a short while ago after saying good-bye to Rose and the Professor. She brought hot wings back to Race Watching Central. You’re welcome to them for katting the FTD.

  275. Masquers
    4:59 am on March 5th, 2013

    Green flag on the left
    Blue plane on the right
    Here in the middle are we.

    Traveling through the night
    One goes by dog sled to Nome
    The other flies by plane home.

    Green flag to the left of us
    A blue plane on our right
    Time for say..Good night.

  276. Masquers
    5:01 am on March 5th, 2013

    Whitey! my man, er dawg. the hot wings are MOST welcome right now.

  277. Whitey-Lance
    5:06 am on March 5th, 2013

    My Lady is trying very hard to stay awake to see the team to their camping spot. Maybe it will help her stay awake if I get some rest.

  278. Masquers
    5:08 am on March 5th, 2013

    Great Kat! Are we ahead of Lance Mackey?
    Why yes, I believe we are. Heh, heh, heh.

  279. Masquers
    5:12 am on March 5th, 2013

    You’re right, Whitey, time to catch a few zzzzs before dawn’s early light. See you in a couple of hours.

  280. Masquers
    5:12 am on March 5th, 2013

    Wait! Where is their camping spot?

  281. bluecat
    6:25 am on March 5th, 2013

    AJ’s moving. Godspeed Snowhook!

  282. OleyHowlers
    7:51 am on March 5th, 2013

    AJ is still up with the front of the pack! Go Snowhook!!!!
    Heading toward Wookie.

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