On the Iditarod Trail

Many, many thanks to Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook – our team! – for these thoughtful and well-written reports:

The race has many miles. There are the beginning miles that hold newness and the excitement of another adventure, and the last miles that offer a glimpse of the finish line. And, then there are the middle miles. These middle miles can be difficult. They may not have the rollercoaster ride of the Happy River Steps or the bone jarring bumps of the Burn, but this section of trail has its own hazard of dismay. With the starting line far behind and the finish line not close enough, discouragement can become a companion while traveling the middle miles on the Yukon River. The team is at the last checkpoint before exiting the Yukon River and heading for the coast where the team will leave the middle miles behind.

Once the team leaves Nulato, it will be a fairly short run to Kaltag, but a much longer run onto Unalakleet. We can expect AJ to camp the team between Kaltag and Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the coast. He will likely stop at new Old Woman cabin, a safety cabin on the trail that offers respite from the run. However, old Old Woman cabin is not so welcoming. Before he reaches the new cabin, the team will pass by the run down remains of old Old Woman cabin. With the clean quarters of the new cabin not much further down the trail, why may AJ stop at the shanty? Call it race strategy. Custom holds that passersby, in this case mushers, should leave an offering at old Old Woman cabin or her spirit will bring you bad luck on the rest of your journey. A bit of candy left on the woodstove should satisfy her sweet tooth.

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Melanie was on the mind of our musher as he reflects on his run from the Steps through the Gorge and onto the Burn. If you have the Insider, you can see an interview with AJ where he speaks of our dear friend.

Melanie—You are loved. Never forget it.

Welcome new friends Josie, Bear, Finn the snow dog.

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156 Responses to “On the Iditarod Trail”

  1. BooBear
    11:20 am on March 9th, 2014

    Wasn’t it at the old Old Woman’s Cabin that AJ wrote the note on the wall to Plunder On?

    I still can’ get his video to play!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    11:20 am on March 9th, 2014

    Melanie, you are loved and mom can’t get the lyrics from “And the lights all went out in Massachusetts” out of her head.
    Have a swift Sunday :)

  3. Wose-the small and meek
    11:21 am on March 9th, 2014

    Greetings!

    Thinking of our Purple Pricess, And Truman .
    Creator, please offer your loving touch to our Pixie so that she remains strong and healthy, and to AJ and the team, to ease the ache of their bodies, and help them to see clearly the Burled Arch in Nome.

  4. Wose-the small and meek
    11:25 am on March 9th, 2014

    Pixie , how are the Plunderfest pups doing?

  5. O'Howlers
    11:26 am on March 9th, 2014

    Good morning, Admin.
    We are sitting here looking at our copy of “Born to Run” with Annabelle and Tomboy’s pictures. Sniff
    When Mom was out at the store where she restocks the pantry and fridge, she picked up her very own little bunch of yellow daddodils. They are now just starting to open. Spring!
    Yesterday did feel like Spring here, and monday and Tuesday will be even warmer, then, it is back to winter with cold and snow. Mom and pop are not happy about that. Us? We love every season. Oh yes we do.
    We love Melanie.

  6. O'Howlers
    11:30 am on March 9th, 2014

    According to Current Standings, both Aliy and King have left Shaktoolik!

  7. Barb & Maggie
    11:32 am on March 9th, 2014

    Good morning, or almost afternoon to all.

    Thank you Rebecca for the informative update.

    Love and blessings to Melanie and Truman this Sunday.

  8. B. Stover
    11:40 am on March 9th, 2014

    I love the concept of the Old Woman and her spirit. (It reminds me of the Fates and the Weird Sisters.)

    Diane: I wrote a response to you at the end of yesterday’s comments.

    Go Snowhook!

    Good morning all.

  9. Diane C.
    11:44 am on March 9th, 2014

    Hello Everyone–Nice to see there’s a new post up.
    Melanie–thinking of you as I put on my church purple.

  10. Diane C.
    11:49 am on March 9th, 2014

    B. Stove–I was thinking in terms of the Wagner operas, but they DO have names (Urd, Verdandur and Skuld–charming, huh?, and here’s a link with more than you might ever want to know about the Norse Norns: http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/norse-mythology.php?deity=NORNS

    Still don’t get why they HAVE to be involved with spinning, weaving, etc.
    Visual interpretation to be posted separately.

  11. Diane C.
    11:50 am on March 9th, 2014

    B. Stover–And here’s the visual (note chestwear)

  12. Buddy and Leno
    11:56 am on March 9th, 2014

    So what’s this about videos from the team? Amazing to think of internyet access out there. Wonder if they still use hams for race and emergency comms on the trail? (Yes, random.)

    No outright aggression between cats, but Jaz is still growling and hissing a little at Jasper. And also a little at Leno this morning. Think she must be saying, “Hey, this is my home, don’t no one take me back to that shelter!” I really don’t think it will be very long before peace and harmony reign in our house, the discord isn’t terribly discordant anyway.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    11:59 am on March 9th, 2014

    Just went out to the mailbox and retrieved mail from yesterday. We had a nice surprise from C. Hobbit. We can keep the map right next to the computer, which will make it easier to keep track of A.J. They have had over a 20% scratch rate so far. We are at 15, with 24 being the highest ever, but then they had 15 more starters that year.

    We are already using our new bookmark. Thank you, Carol. As soon as it gets warmer and the snow is gone we will be putting our bumper sticker on as well.

  14. Tupper
    12:00 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Good day all.

    We are hoping that both our travelers have a smooth path today.

    And we have a theory as to why the Norms “have” to be happy little domesticated sewers – probably because those writing about them were men.

  15. Siber-H
    12:01 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Thank you Rebecca. Love the Insider video of AJ. We are all thinking of Melanie and holding our love for her close in our hearts.

  16. B. Stover
    12:05 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Diane: LOL! It almost looks as though her belt contains bullets. The weaving has to have something to do with the “tapestry of life” metaphor. The Greek Moirai were worshipped as birth-goddesses, thus controlling destiny from beginning to end. (More things to ponder.)

    “Weird” is derived from Old English “wyrd” meaning fate or destiny.

  17. Masquers
    12:06 pm on March 9th, 2014

    B: I don’t know why the link doesn’t work for you…just tried it here and it goes straight to the article Philip mentions. Try it from his F/b page (it’s on yesterday’s comments).
    BooBear: Yes, believe AJ did leave that message at Old Woman’s o Cabin one year…along with his offering of course…it’s not wise to tempt the fates!
    Diane: You & B are sure having fun with this!

  18. Siber-H
    12:09 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Buddy, Congratulations on your new family member. I am sure it will all work out soon.
    To answer your question about AJ’s video…One has to subscribe to the Iditarod Insider to see that video. With the mood I am in with the Iditarod Insider this year, I cannot recommend subscribing. Their level of incompetence has grown by leaps and bounds this year.

  19. B. Stover
    12:11 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Tupper’s theory is making me laugh. That may also be why the connotation of “weird” changed from “powerful” to “strange.” Yes, I love the English language.

  20. BearSpiritDog
    12:17 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Hard to believe I’ve been Up for Hours and have not yet had Sunday Brunch. What’s up with that?

    Holding our Weary Travelers and Loved Ones under the Quilt in our Hearts & Prayers.

    May this be a Good Day. Smooth Runnings Everyone.

  21. Masquers
    12:25 pm on March 9th, 2014

    B: Yet another fact we did not know. Very “strange” indeed (and weird) the description of weird going from powerful to strange.
    B&L: You have a very positive outlook on things. We like it!
    Yay! Looks like we are almost to the next checkpoint Kaltag.

  22. B. Stover
    12:33 pm on March 9th, 2014

    And now I’m thinking of Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” and all of the Pre-Raphaelite artwork on her. (I’m not getting anything done around here.)

    http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/tennyson/loslist.html

  23. Billy's Buddy
    12:34 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Linda here. I have finally taken the plunge and am posting on Chet’s blog. I hope all of you have a wonderful Sunday. Love to Melanie and all. GO SNOWHOOK!

  24. BooBear
    12:38 pm on March 9th, 2014

    SiberH, mom does subscribe to the insider and made sure she was logged in. She can watch the other videos, but the one of AJ just shows a generic Iditarod short video and then says no related video found. The video before and after AJ’s are both watchable.

  25. ML
    12:50 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Welcome Linda, aka BB. Grab an avatar and join the fun

    The clock says 9 something but my body says zzzzzzzzzzzz

    Later taters

  26. Siber-H
    12:51 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Linda!! WELCOME!!! WOO WOO

    BooBear, The videos are working for me, but I know they are not working for everyone. I wish all of you could see AJ’s video.

  27. Barb & Maggie
    12:51 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Linda, We can’t call you Linda the Lurker any more. Welcome. Now you need an avatar!

    Over 50 dog biscuits now. This is going to take all day! Gah.

  28. Masquers
    12:54 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Hi Linda!
    Our team is into Kaltag! WoooHooo!!!

  29. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:57 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Billy’s Buddy???…snort!…Linda???…grunt!….Linda the Lurker?…heh!heh!….Wassup Lurker?

  30. BooBear
    12:59 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Finally!!! Mom did a restart on the big computer and got to watch AJ’s video. She knows she should always restart when she has a problem, but thought that since the other videos were viewable, that couldn’t be the problem. At least she finally got to see it. Whew!

    Snowbella, any word on who the 3rd dropped dog is?

  31. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:59 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Trakker!…I still can’t figure out why my GPS tracker does not update every 5 minutes….grump!…Does anyone else have this problem?…wheeze!

  32. Billy's Buddy
    1:01 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Rio, when you said you love me (on this here blog) I couldn’t resist posting. Who can resist the love of a pug? Or any other four legged for that matter.

  33. Masquers
    1:01 pm on March 9th, 2014

    BooBear: So sorry the video is not working for you.
    B: LOL. We are not getting anything done around here either.
    sooooo….BBL

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:02 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Problems!…Refresh!…Reboot!…Rejoice!…grunt!…Linda The Lurker, I do not recall saying I love you…(cough!)..

  35. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:08 pm on March 9th, 2014

    SiberH!…CHobbit!…Run like the wind and check your SDD’s…sniff!…My friend is threatening to take us out on a brutal walk because it is so nice outside…grump!

  36. Barb & Maggie
    1:14 pm on March 9th, 2014

    How long will he rest the dogs between Kaltag and Unalakleet?

    Linda, tell us more about Billy, please?

  37. O'Howlers
    1:18 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Welcome, Buddy’s Buddy (aka LL)!!! It is so nice to see you on this here blog, since you have been part of our family for so long.
    BB, glad you got to see OFM’s video.
    Kaltag! Woo Hoo!!!
    We all just had some cheesecake in solidarity with Bella (aka TBDHW). Ours was NY style, and the ‘rents had truffle.

  38. Siber-H
    1:23 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Rio, Let me do a bit of research before I reply to your SDD

  39. Barb & Maggie
    1:25 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Shutting off the dog bone maker at 62. Need a nap, after 4 hours of non-stop baking. The will resume and make 24 more.

    Question for youse – these dog bone treats are peanut butter or applesauce with organic chicken broth base. They are 4″ X 1″ and will be put in bags with a cute little bow and ribbon. Would you charge $1.00 for 3 or $1.00 for 4?

  40. Billy's Buddy
    1:30 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Rio, maybe you said you love my pretzels. Close enough for me.

    Barb, Billy is a spirit kat, but I think he is back and forth like Bear. He fit perfectly into my strange family of all men except me. He was the best buddy I could have had.

    In our local newspaper yesterday, there was an article about a native to this area who is running in the Iditarod. His name is Dan Kaduce and I think his number is 5.

  41. Siber-H
    1:31 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Barb, $l.00 for 3.
    You have put a lot of time and effort into this project, and it is for a worthy cause.

  42. Siber-H
    1:33 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Billy’s Buddy, I recognize the name Dan Kaduce from past Iditarods.

  43. O'Howlers
    1:36 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Dan Kaduce is in Kaltag with AJ right now.

  44. Buddy and Leno
    1:40 pm on March 9th, 2014

    I’d say 2 or 4 because I don’t like odd numbers, but for no terribly good reason other than that. Alena would say 3, because she does like odd numbers, or at least she likes 3. Melanie (my wife, you understand) would probably agree with me, as she has the same aversion to odd numbers.*

    * My aversion to odd numbers does not extend to 5. 5 is an honorary even for some reason. Maybe it’s an odd reason.

  45. Diane C.
    2:08 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Tupper–Interesting theory (but a cooking symbol would work, too, in that case–and nourishment would be involved!) but you have a point.
    Masquers–It IS fun! And why the symbols should overlap (as they often do) is kind of a mystery (even if Tupper is right).
    B. Stover–why worry about doing anything else? The Pre-Raphaelites are so cool, beautiful pictures, and the housework and homework and bills will still be there after you’ve enjoyed some beauty for a bit.
    Does anyone know any attributes of fate deities for non-European cultures? (e.g. Something other than 3 women doing textile-related stuff?)

  46. Diane C.
    2:09 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Band M–Assuming you’ve already done a cost analysis, go with $1 for 3. If it’s for a good cause this forces anyone living with two dogs to buy two pkgs (and the goal is to raise money, I assume).

  47. Herd of Hounds
    2:14 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Then 3 it is !

  48. Diane C.
    2:18 pm on March 9th, 2014

    B and L–An odd reason!–I just got it. Sorry, I’m slow today.

    These IS some footage of the 2014 race available on Youtube including a silent 20 second clip of Team Snowhook passing. It appears to have been taken before the perilous stretches…

  49. Diane C.
    2:21 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Oops–I think that’s just footage of the “ceremonial start”…

  50. B. Stover
    2:24 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Diane: I especially like the Waterhouse painting with the Lady entangled in the yarn, and the Hunt painting of the same image. And the line, “The mirror crack’d from side to side;/ ‘The curse has come upon me,’ cried the Lady of Shalott” is one of my favorites. A question I always asked my students was, “Why does she have to die?” We had lots of interesting discussions on that.

    (Does everyone recognize an Agatha Christie title?)

  51. Wose-the small and meek
    2:24 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Whoooohoooo! Linda, welcome to this here blog, : )

  52. Wose-the small and meek
    2:29 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Mama Luna: I left a post on yesterday’s blog for you. I hope you would never consider disembowling Pixie, The Giant, Belle Starr, the rest of the dogs, or your adopted daughter. You are so nurturing. I can’t imagine squeaky toy entrails hanging from your mouth.

  53. Wolfie
    2:29 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Hi Linda! Come on in, the water is fine!

  54. B. Stover
    2:34 pm on March 9th, 2014

    I received an email from the Insider that AJ has checked in to Kaltag.

  55. Herd of Hounds
    2:44 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Oh Linda, so glad to have you on board. Lurking is good…Speaking is better!!!!!

  56. Herd of Hounds
    2:48 pm on March 9th, 2014

    OK. a little over a year ago we’d lurked the spoke. took forever for others to jump in. Now ALR, Linda, and others are a part of this here family…Trust us..it is family.

  57. BearSpiritDog
    3:12 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Hounds: Same Here…Lurked for a while (from 2009)…then after meeting B at Chet’s Appreciation Society F/b page was encouraged to join the fun.
    We posted, sporadically at first, then more regularly.
    Nana always tells everybody who will listen that the ChetTheDog Family of Plunderers Saved Her Life.
    I do not doubt it.

  58. Buddy and Leno
    3:18 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Yeah, Linda, trust me. As a sporadic poster here who still doesn’t have everyone and their doings straight yet, I can tell you this right here is a great bunch of folks. They still put up with me and even seem glad to see me when I resurface. So welcome aboard!

  59. Herd of Hounds
    3:24 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Buddy (and Leno) when will you understand?????We are family!….I got all my family with me!!!!

  60. Barb & Maggie
    3:24 pm on March 9th, 2014

    I think we will go with 3 for $1. Diane, if we were doing a cost analysis, there would be no doing this. 8 hours of labor (well not intensive, but have to be here for 8 hours, plus make 4 batches of batter). 72 bones =24 bags = $24.00. Oh well, it’s a fund raiser!

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:26 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Gang!…Everyone here is okay except for that Alice Johnson…grunt!…She needs to go find her own Kat Blog somewhere…sniff!

  62. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:30 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Trouble!…So none of youse guys are having Trakker Trouble like I am?….sniff!…This STINKS!

  63. Princess Sam
    3:32 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Linda!!! Wonderful to actually have you here.

  64. Princess Sam
    3:36 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Our local musher is Rick Castillo. Can anyone tell me how he’s doing?

  65. Princess Sam
    3:41 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Oops – Rick Casillo

  66. Masquers
    3:47 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Sammie: Looks like he is almost to or in Kaltag. Bib No. 30

  67. Siber-H
    3:48 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Rio, I am not having any problems with the Tracker because I am not using it. I dislike it.

    Princess Sam, Rick is running in the middle of the pack. He is doing okay.

  68. Masquers
    3:50 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Riö, Our GPS seems to be working okay.

  69. B. Stover
    3:58 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Sorry Masquers. I didn’t remember that you had already mentioned that AJ was in Kaltag.

    Sam: Since MPM mentioned him before the race started, I chose Casillo as one of the mushers I receive alert for. I received the message that he was in Kaltag about one hour ago.

  70. B. Stover
    4:06 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Casillo is down to eleven dogs according to “current standings.”

  71. B. Stover
    4:08 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Rio: I hate the tracker but I can use it. I zoom out as much as possible, and move it around to see more of the field.

  72. c.hobbit
    4:23 pm on March 9th, 2014

    A photo can never do justice to the brightness of daffodils glowing in the sunlight. Joy and remembrance

  73. Wolfie
    4:35 pm on March 9th, 2014

    I hope everything is well with Bella, I am worrit.

    Barb, mom is a tightwad, and she would buy two biscuits for a dollar.

  74. BooBear
    4:35 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Pretty flowers, C.Hobbit!

    On my tracker, AJ’s flag has turned the orangish color. Does that mean anything?

  75. BooBear
    4:36 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Maybe the Pixie is picking up the third dropped dog?

  76. Tupper and Gilly
    4:38 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Greetings everyone – so much going on we don’t know where to start.
    Welcome Linda!! Woo hoooo! See – all you Lurkers out there, and you know who you are, we love it when our Lurkers become posters. Come on, join us. We may be diverse, unique and serendipitous – we are also close, supportive and have a collectively wicked sense of humor.

    Hobbit and all who have joined the Daffodil adopters – thank you for pictures of joy. We really need that.

    Now, back tot he educational portion of our programs – Diane and Bee – if you think about the time from of the writings of mythological beings, women of any station in life above servant HAD servants who did the cooking and the laundry and the cleaning. Ladies of rank were regulated to the chores of spinning and sewing and needlepoint. Think about it – surely Lady McBeth or Lady Capulet never soiled their hands with chopping on onion – but they could sit in their towers with their handmaidens creating tapestries.
    The servant women who did the cooking and gardening and cleaning were probably not even noticed by the men who were recoding the legends and myths – they were too far down in the social structure to matter, hence the female deities no matter how minor would only be pattered after the ladies of station.

    How’s that for a Sunday afternoon discussion?

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:48 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Trakker!….I liked last years tracker…sniff!…This one updates sporadically….wheeze!…I can pretty much count on it to stop updating the musher I am watching – no matter who it is….grump!

  78. Wose-the small and meek
    4:50 pm on March 9th, 2014

    CHobbit, The flowers are beautiful, and I love the way you photographed them.

  79. c.hobbit
    4:52 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Boo Bear: On the list of Iditarod standings in the race, orange indicates a change since the last update. Don’t know what it means on the tracker flags.

  80. Basil and Sage
    4:53 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Rio – none of the rest of us are having any trouble at all with the webtrakker. It is only you, you, you – it’s a conspiracy.

    giggle

  81. Barb & Maggie
    4:57 pm on March 9th, 2014

    What a beautiful vase of daffodils. If Barb was not leaving town Tuesday she would be buying some too.

    T & G, That was an excellent thought about the cooking and cleaning and gardening that you brought up. Heavy thinking for Sunday afternoon. We are impressed.

  82. Princess Sam
    5:11 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Thanks for the update on Rick Casillo. His sister’s friend is Josie who does Mommy’s, my girl’s, and Molly’s mom’s hair. Mommy is going to see her tomorrow night so she will give her the update.

  83. Barb & Maggie
    5:22 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Bye for now. Barb is heading over to Josh’s with a bag full of dog treats and some extra things for dinner. They are doing tuna steaks, salad and whatever else Josh and Jess are fixing. BBL Will catch up when she gets back home.

  84. O'Howlers
    5:23 pm on March 9th, 2014

    We have been outside all afternoon, having a “snowbepit”. Does that sound o.k.? Anyways, we are back in and munching has commenced.
    Onward Snowhook!

  85. O'Howlers
    5:26 pm on March 9th, 2014
  86. Cherokee
    5:39 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Yeah, Mom got me some cheesecake so now I feel like I am officially a member of the team!!! Happy Sunday! Go Snowhook! Sloppy kisses to Melanie!

  87. Herd of Hounds
    5:43 pm on March 9th, 2014

    So many of us…so little time. We are strong! GO SNOWHOOK!

  88. B. Stover
    5:43 pm on March 9th, 2014

    As I mentioned yesterday, the orange flags on the tracker indicate that a musher has stopped or that the GPS has no updated info.

  89. BearSpiritDog
    5:43 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Cherokee: Cheesecake? Lucky Dawg!

  90. Cherokee
    5:47 pm on March 9th, 2014
  91. BooBear
    5:54 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Love your avatar, Cherokee!

  92. O'Howlers
    5:59 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Hey Cherokee! Us too, we had cheesecake, because godmom said it is good for us!

  93. BooBear
    6:04 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Just went back to double check and the Pixie hasn’t posted at all today. I hope she is okay and just taking care of the kennel.

    Sorry, B. We forgot that you had said that about the orange flags. Hopefully, AJ’s color change on the flag has nothing to do with the Pixie missing from the blog today.

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:35 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Rebecca!….Maybe she is finally sleeping…grunt!…Not that she needs rest and good food, but maybe that is why she is not posting. Do not beg her to post. She needs to get a lot of rest….grunt!

  95. Masquers
    6:36 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Wow! Jeff & Aliy in Koyak within a MINUTE of each other!
    Cherokee, Good photo!
    Maybe Bella went to pickup the last dropped dog.

  96. Masquers
    6:38 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Very good point, Riö.

  97. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:16 pm on March 9th, 2014

    TEAM!….The A-Team is on the move!….WoooooooHooooooo!

  98. Masquers
    7:18 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Linda: Thank you for the info on Dan Kaduce. There is a video interview with him on yesterday’s Insider.

    WOOOHOOO: AJ checked out of Kaltag about 10 minutes ago!

  99. Tupper's Mama
    7:33 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Dear Plunderers I have made a commitment to post a prayer every night for AJ and Mekanie and all others on need. I will be saying prayers tonight, but I will ask all of you to take over too.
    Melanie continues to await her first step on the next path. Her sons are being so loyal and loving, it eases my heart, knowing my best friend is being so well cared for.
    Tonight I will not be home to do the prayer. My father’s best friend has taken a bad fall and is in the hospital. I have brought my father here to be with his friend and will be here for a while.
    I am going to ask you all to be not only a part of the prayer tonight, but to actually BE the prayer. At 9 please post your thoughts of hope, of support , of love.
    Although there will be many voices saying different words, I know both AJ and Melanie will hear you.
    Thank you, my family.

  100. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:44 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Nine!….Nine o’clock whose time?….sniff!…Even the blog is an hour off because of the damned daylight savings…grump!

  101. BooBear
    7:56 pm on March 9th, 2014

    I think 9 eastern time, Rio. But even if its each persons 9, it will be oky

  102. Billy's Buddy
    8:00 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Thank you all for welcoming me.

    God bless us everyone.

    And for all who are ours, let us truly give thanks.

  103. BooBear
    8:02 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Creator, I am not eloquent with words like many in our chosen family but my prayer is from the heart. Take special care of Melanie. She will know when it is time to let go. We know many of her pack left to go over the bridge this past year. Perhaps they felt they would be needed there to welcome Melanie, and the two that stayed behind are to comfort Zoe in the coming months.

    Continue to keep AJ safe and strong. Take special care of the wonderful dogs that speed him to Nome. We all live his dream.

  104. Wose-the small and meek
    8:04 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Amen.

  105. Princess Sam
    8:05 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Amen.

  106. O'Howlers
    8:05 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Thank you, Creator, for the gift of this family. Please watch over and protect the heart of each of us. Help us each to dance thru our own universe.

  107. bluecat
    8:11 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Amen.
    Creator, hear the silent prayers of our hearts.

  108. Barb & Maggie
    8:13 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Bless Melanie as she awaits the next step on her journey. Our love surrounds her and her family.

    Creator, Keep AJ and his team safe tonight as they start the next leg of their race to Nome. Keep the remaining dogs healthy and sound. And keep Rebecca well and rested as she awaits their return.

  109. c.hobbit
    8:15 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Creator please watch over Melanie and AJ and all who are in need of strength and comfort at this time. May loved ones feel the warmth of love flowing in their direction and may it resonate within them as it flows on again,

  110. Wose-the small and meek
    8:25 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Creator, Thank you for giving us another day on this great Earth. You have blessed this day with the warmth of the sun, and it has brought our Plunderer family ever closer. And on this day, I humbly ask you to remember those in our family who walk a difficult path.
    With your warm touch, please help ease the pain of Melanie, our beloved Purple Princess. May you reach out for her hand and help guide along the long path she travels. Embrace Melanie’s sons, such wonderful young men, and Zoe in the warmth of your arms.

    I also ask that you keep AJ and the team strong, free of pain, and safe as they make their way to the Burled Arch.
    I also ask that you touch our Pixie with your loving hands so that she may not be afraid, keep her health strong, and reassure her that soon she will be reunited with her humble and gentle Giant, and the loyal and trusted dogs that run with AJ in this great race.

    I also ask that you restore good health to our friend Truman, and Amalia’s father.

    Creator, You who have given so much, I ask for these things not for myself but for my Plunderer family, who mean so much to me. I love them dearly.

  111. Cherokee
    8:33 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Amen

  112. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    8:43 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Wose. Beautifully said. Amalia would definitely approve. Amen.

  113. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Prayer!….I have a few things I’d like to say…..ahem!… Lord God tonight we gather together and ask for your strength and your wisdom to guide our team safely through each checkpoint and finally to Nome. I know you have a plan for each of us. I wish you would let us in on your plan so that we could plan for our plans…sniff!…Of course you like to surprise us and bewilder us which in turn makes us lean closer to you for strength and guidance. We rely entirely on you Lord to bring our Team home safely and securely. In you Lord, we place all of our trust. Amen!

  114. Wose-the small and meek
    8:52 pm on March 9th, 2014

    RIO! Amen

  115. Beau - The Black Pug
    8:56 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Amen!…Rio stole my prayer…sneeze!…I had it all tippity-tapped out and den he took over and fixed all da spelling and grammar stuff and posted it as his own…sneeze!…I do not care, but just so youse know….cough!sneeze!

  116. Basil and Sage
    9:05 pm on March 9th, 2014

    It’s ok Beau -we know how those dawgs can be – ummmm, you ARE a Kat, aren’t you?

  117. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:12 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Kat!…I am no damn ole Kat…sniff!snort!grump!…I am on Kat-Watch everyday – day and night – night and day…wheeze!…I spit and sputter and grump and growl and run through da house and slam off da walls to get to the back door when I see a Kat on my front porch…SNEEZE!gasp!…Funny thing though, I never see dem in da back after I see dem in da front…grump!

  118. Herd of Hounds
    9:30 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Melanie, we love you. Please go in peace. Truman, heal when possible. No more tears on this keyboard…it will short out! Love and hugs.

  119. Diane C.
    9:34 pm on March 9th, 2014

    B. Stover–Yes! “The Mirror Crack’d”. I’ve loved that line ever since encountering it in a Jas. Thurber story, where the narrator is putting someone’s “big city” ways down with the statement “Back in Ohio we used to say “the mirror crack’d from side to side” ” in reference to some remark about ladies’ monthlies…

  120. Herd of Hounds
    9:42 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Diane, ARL, Lurkers, Buddy et al. we need to bind together to stay strong. Thank you for joining us in this venture. The more we have, the stronger we grow. Love, peace, caring. Strength to AJ. GO SNOWHOOK!

  121. Diane C.
    9:43 pm on March 9th, 2014

    T and G–about women of rank–hmmm, you may be right (although spinning is kind of heavy-duty work, and one of the Norns apparently took time off occasionally to double as a Valkyrie warrior-maid–oh, but that would be cool because it’s MEN’s work, right?)
    Thanks for the analysis–I’m really enjoying it.

  122. Diane C.
    9:49 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Divine Beloved–What all the others, more eloquent that I, have already said. Hold all of us in your heart and let us attend and heed your slightest whisper as we move forward on the paths that open before us. Please take special care of those traversing the most challenging passages, and let them feel our love and support as well.

  123. ALR
    10:03 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Herd of Hounds Mom, Sharon, I do bind together with you all in prayer and in wishes. I have taken your joys and your concerns to my heart. Tonight’s prayers are such wonderful expressions of love and may I add my blessings to those.

    Someday I may tell you all about another extended family that started out online and grew as close as if we are all in the same room together sometimes……and many, many times we have been almost all together in one place! I may even tell you about the initials ALR…they are not my actual name! These little mysteries keep us going.

    And may the Creator’s mysteries and spirit be with us all with an extra dose of strength and peace.

  124. Herd of Hounds
    10:16 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Jodi and Mick, the people not the dogs, Digger Daddy Dawg and I love you and hope we will see you again soon. Please stay in touch…right now an owl is hoo-hooting just outside our window. A message for sure.

  125. Barb & Maggie
    10:34 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Hope Grandpa’s friend is doing ok.

    Night all. Wishing all have a safe and peaceful night.

  126. Diane C.
    10:36 pm on March 9th, 2014

    …it’s probably too late for those of you in the East (and I hesitate to do such an abrupt change of subject, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is coming up with “Cosmos” 2.0 tonight…

  127. Diane C.
    10:40 pm on March 9th, 2014

    B. stover–Just revisited your question about the Lady of Shallott. Are you familiar with a book about Victorian images of women in art called “Idols of Perversity”? I think you’d really enjoy it, especially in connection with this question.

  128. Herd of Hounds
    10:44 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Diane and HRH B, Love thinking about the “Lady of the Lake” and other items :)

  129. Staff
    11:05 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Here is a late winter early spring song for us to enjoy during this time of year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKMuEOxir6w

    Thank you Creator for all the beauty we have around us.

    Thank you for the lovely daffodil’s that bloom brightly yellow and cheer our hearts. Thank you for the crocus and pansies that like the cool early spring air.

    Thank you for the song birds as they start to move across the land. Help us to see and enjoy the beautiful spring colors as they come back to us.

    Help us to see and hear the melting snow and ice and to feel the soft spring breezes against our face.

    Thank you for the music of the drops of water starting to move down to the rivers and then out to the oceans.

    Thank you for the little things we often ignore that make every day more peaceful and joyous.

  130. Dawson
    11:09 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Please take away our sorrow and replace it with joy, take away our anger and replace it with love, take away the chaos and replace it with peace.
    Watch over Melanie, AJ and Truman and help them travel on their journeys.
    Watch over all the mushers and dogs on the trail and guide them safely to Nome.
    Please keep Amalia’s father’s friend pain free.
    Bless all my brothers and sisters, my father and all the plunderers and lurkers (hi to Billy’s Buddy), even Rio.
    Amen to all the prayers

  131. BSD & Masquers
    11:10 pm on March 9th, 2014

    We echo the prayers of all who have come before us expressing so well what is in each of our hearts.
    Dear Melanie go in peace knowing you have lived an extraordinary life and are dearly loved by all who know you. Each of us will treasure each and every moment spent with you.
    And may AJ & the team know they are protected & watched over as they race the Iditarod trail to Nome.

  132. Herd of Hounds
    11:12 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Staff, looking forward to Mass in March so we can add more Plunderers :)

  133. Staff
    11:50 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Lets see if this works. A set of Justin Savidis dogs sleeping at Galena…reproduction prohibited so I am linking to it.

    http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/gallery/march-8-2014b/thumbs/thumbs_140308-1D3258.jpg

  134. Staff
    11:55 pm on March 9th, 2014

    http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/gallery/march-8-2014b/140308-1D3273.jpg

    A volunteer veterinarian works with a Justin Savidas dog on Saturday March 8, during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2014.PHOTO (c) BY JEFF SCHULTZ/IditarodPhotos.com — REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION

  135. Staff
    11:57 pm on March 9th, 2014

    http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/gallery/march-8-2014b/140308-2D3047.jpg

    Volunteer veterinarian Michael Leverone examines a Justin Savidas dog on Saturday March 8, during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2014.PHOTO (c) BY JEFF SCHULTZ/IditarodPhotos.com — REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION

  136. Staff
    11:58 pm on March 9th, 2014

    Jason Mackey , Karin Hendrickson and Justin Savidas on the Yukon just before Galena , in the background on Saturday March 8, during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2014.PHOTO (c) BY JEFF SCHULTZ/IditarodPhotos.com — REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION

    http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/gallery/march-8-2014b/140308-1D3076.jpg

  137. Staff
    12:02 am on March 10th, 2014

    http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/gallery/march-7-2014b/140307-1D2220.jpg

    Justin Savidis gives his lead dog, May, a little TLC at the Cripple checkpoint on Friday March 7, during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2014.PHOTO (c) BY JEFF SCHULTZ/IditarodPhotos.com — REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION

  138. Staff
    12:03 am on March 10th, 2014

    http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/gallery/march-7-2014b/140307-1D2222.jpg

    Justin Savidis gives his lead dog, Fritz, rub down at the Cripple checkpoint on Friday March 7, during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2014.PHOTO (c) BY JEFF SCHULTZ/IditarodPhotos.com — REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION

  139. Staff
    12:14 am on March 10th, 2014

    Iditarod 2014 03 Monday
    Justin Savidis leaves the Finger Lake checkpoint, Monday March 3 during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2014.PHOTO (c) BY JEFF SCHULTZ/IditarodPhotos.com — REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION

    http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/gallery/march-3-2014b/140303-2D9922.jpg

  140. Staff
    12:22 am on March 10th, 2014

    Just because he is so pretty.

    http://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/gallery/march-4th-2014/q1t1483.jpg

    ” Texas ” , a Lev Shvarts Siberian Husky rests at Rohn on Tuesday March 4 during Iditarod 2014 . PHOTO BY JEFF SCHULTZ/IDITARODPHOTOS.COM USE ONLY WITH PERMISSION

  141. Whitey-Lance
    5:34 am on March 10th, 2014

    The team has made it to the coast! Yeep!

  142. O'Howlers
    6:47 am on March 10th, 2014

    Yark!

  143. Snowhook Sidekick
    7:14 am on March 10th, 2014

    Rio’s comments made me think of Rio Junior, who is still running strong on AJ’s team as they pulled into Unalakleet a few hours ago. If our training runs are any indication, Rio Jr. is probably still lunging in harness, barking up a storm, and annoying everybody who is trying to get some sleep in Unalakleet. Typical Junior. Man I miss that dog…

  144. Snowhook Sidekick
    7:15 am on March 10th, 2014

    Whoops! Sorry for the huge photo– was trying to get it into icon size but didn’t know how to make that work….

  145. O'Howlers
    7:18 am on March 10th, 2014

    He takes after his namesake in that way. But then he also has all of those smooches thrown into the mix. Great dog.

  146. O'Howlers
    7:20 am on March 10th, 2014

    Sidekick, to make your avatar:
    http://en.gravatar.com/

  147. BearSpiritDog
    9:13 am on March 10th, 2014

    Team Snowhook was Welcomed into Unalakleet in the wee small hours by Dima, Masquers and me. This is a Great Place to be…like the Pixie always says…the Best Pizza you’ll ever have is in Unalakleet.
    Heh. For once I haven’t woken up hungry. Burp.

  148. Herd of Hounds
    9:26 am on March 10th, 2014

    BSD: you are quite a dog!

  149. Dawson
    10:03 am on March 10th, 2014

    That Junior!
    So like his namesake. He had to be first to get his harness on then bark, bark, bark. When you went to give him some ear scritches to calm him down he would stand up and grab you tightly around the chest and soak up all the tummies and scratches you would give him. Raring to go, that Junior!

  150. Herd of Hounds
    10:06 am on March 10th, 2014

    That’s one of our boys!

  151. Diane C.
    10:14 am on March 10th, 2014

    Hmm…I see someone is still a bit late getting to the blog (it usually takes about 4-5 days to get used to the time change, in my experience).
    Melanie, you continue in my thoughts and prayers. Team snowhook and all extended family, a bright and blessed day to you all.

  152. Diane C.
    10:19 am on March 10th, 2014

    Staff–thanks for the photos–the dogs are beautiful and the Sun is so bright. Kind of makes you forget that this really is a bit of an ordeal, however willingly undertaken.

  153. Snowhook Sidekick
    2:09 pm on March 10th, 2014

    Thanks O’Howler!

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    1:36 am on March 11th, 2014

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