Snowhook – Our Team in the Iditarod (Updated)

And here are two members of this year’s team, Elim and Fritz. Not sure if they’re still part of the race, but they look great. – Admin


Welcome Sasha & Brenna from Tucson, Po, Smudge, Muffin & Pepe from AZ.

And here, many thanks to Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, is her report.

I received the long awaited phone call today from the Drop Dog Coordinator.  I was informed that three of Snowhook’s five dropped dogs were ready to be picked up from the women’s correctional facility.  As I parked the car, I could see our three boys—Jem, Marco and Bjourn—among the garden of dropped dogs.  After signing here, here and here, I walked along the rows to collect the pups.  First Bjourn, then Jem and finally Marco.  Each greeted me in good spirits, with Bjourn demanding a belly rub and Jem and Marco jumping up for a hug.  If they were supposed to be tired or injured, no one told them.  Jem was dropped for being tired; it happens and AJ won’t force a dog to run—it’s not our way.  Marco has a sore shoulder and Bjourn lost his appetite while on the trail.  All are in good spirits and are feeling close to tip top, if not fully tip top.  It is good to have our boys home.
I am happy to report that AJ and team have departed from Kaltag and are on their way to Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the coast.  During this long stretch of trail, AJ will pass by old Old Woman Cabin.  I believe the legend says you must leave an offering to her—most people do so in the form of candy—or she will bring you bad luck on the rest of your journey.  I hope AJ is feeling generous with his snacks.  Shortly after passing old Old Woman Cabin, the team will come upon new Old Woman Cabin.  It is an inviting safety cabin complete with a woodstove and bunks.  You may recall AJ inscribed a very special message on the guest book last year when he stopped by new Old Woman Cabin.  The message was simple: Plunder on!
As the team heads for the coast, I will board a plane on Monday and make my way to Nome where I will do one thing—wait.
AJ iPod 587

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137 Responses to “Snowhook – Our Team in the Iditarod (Updated)”

  1. Princess Sam
    10:10 am on March 11th, 2013

    Molly’s Mom is here and I got my soft-boiled egg for breakfast!

  2. Whitey-Lance
    10:24 am on March 11th, 2013

    How many times has my mama watched the video of AJ? No idea, but I’m sure it is way more than two. She says she likes a man in uniform if the uniform is insulated bibs, parka and fur ruff and the man in the uniform is tall, red-bearded giant. She says he is the most handsome musher. Ever.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    10:27 am on March 11th, 2013

    Good morning Sammy. You are a lucky girl. Barb doesn’t have time to make me an egg this morning. She over slept (muttering something about time change) and is now heading out to P.T. Cawfee only this morning for her, kibble and water for moi.

    Thank you for the pictures and Rebecca’s update. Love the story about Old Woman’s cabin. Plunder On!


  4. Alice. M. Johnson
    10:29 am on March 11th, 2013

    Dear Whitey-Lance. We were glad to see the video also. So do you know which dog was in the sled? One of the white ones is all we know.

  5. Siber-H
    10:32 am on March 11th, 2013

    Justin does the BEST interview!!!
    I am not just saying this because he is “our musher”

    Good Morning All

  6. B. Stover
    10:33 am on March 11th, 2013

    Hi Elim and Fritz! I love the “plunder on” sign. According to the tracker, AJ is going 6.0 MPH right now.

    Good morning all.

  7. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    10:34 am on March 11th, 2013

    HOH decided a gift of appreciation was in order after last night’s prayer and discussion. We told the uncles that we really love that they are here close to mom.

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:36 am on March 11th, 2013

    Patch!….They even showed a shot of the Patch!…WoOOOOoooOOOO!

  9. Siber-H
    10:36 am on March 11th, 2013

    I see Junior and the Chet the Dog patch in the video.

    I wonder if the Iditarod Insider knows how many times a particular video is played.

  10. Rose
    10:36 am on March 11th, 2013


    Thanks, Rebecca for the update!
    Whitey-Lance, meeting AJ face-to-face, I will have to agree with your mama…he is the most handsome musher. EVER!!!!!!

  11. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:48 am on March 11th, 2013

    Rose!…How are you feeling today?…sniffle!…Do you still have a cold?…wheeze!

  12. BearSpiritDog
    10:54 am on March 11th, 2013

    Yark! Help! Can’t find the video!!!
    (we here are blaming this temporary(?) brain fog on the cursed Time Change)

    Good Morning…or it will be when we have watched our Favorite Musher. Heh.

  13. Siber-H
    11:03 am on March 11th, 2013

    Bear, On the Home page, scroll down a bit until you come to “more Insider videos”. (small print) The AJ video is on that page in the second strip of videos. That is where the video is right now. They moved it from when I last watched it.

  14. Masquers
    11:06 am on March 11th, 2013

    Moi? I had NO trouble finding the video.
    Who knows what the technically challenged BSD is doing.

  15. Siber-H
    11:06 am on March 11th, 2013

    Hey guys, Do you suppose the AJ video got moved back into the strip of videos because it is getting more play than some of the other videos?

    Mom has to go get some groceries right now. I will watch the tracker and play AJ’s video while she is gone.

  16. OleyHowlers
    11:10 am on March 11th, 2013

    Mom is frantic because she can’t watch her favorite musher! She said she is on a stupid work call so she can’t play it until she can get off that call. Us? We will have to have Mom show it to us tonight. She won’t give us her Insider ID, so we have to have her log us in.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:12 am on March 11th, 2013

    Thanks for the assist Siber-H! It was Hidden…We see it now.

    Have to dash…some Sorting and Cleaning scheduled for the morning and I need to Supervise.


  18. OleyHowlers
    11:15 am on March 11th, 2013

    The video is also available in the Checkpoints videos.

  19. Masquers
    11:23 am on March 11th, 2013

    Siber & Howlers: Thanks for the tips…OFT video has been watched several times now and is set up for instant replay at a moments notice.
    Whitey: Kool Chet patch!

  20. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:33 am on March 11th, 2013

    Koyuk!…Holy crap! Mitch Seavey made it to Koyuk!…grunt!

  21. Rose
    11:34 am on March 11th, 2013

    RIO! I still have a stuffy nose and sore throat. I had some great shine in Alaska. I wish I had it now, it would really help.

  22. OleyHowlers Mom
    11:41 am on March 11th, 2013

    Sigh. I just watched OFM. What a great interview. Now I need to watch it a few hundred times more. Has W-L’s mama left for Nome?

  23. OleyHowlers
    11:43 am on March 11th, 2013

    Hi Mom!
    Jeff King made it to Koyuk, and kept going! He is now in first!

  24. Rose
    12:08 pm on March 11th, 2013

    RIO! I forgot to tell you your friend’s project last night is beautiful!

  25. Alice. M. Johnson
    12:24 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Staff says there is a clump of four mushers stopped on the trail less than a mile ahead of AJ. She is curious about that clump. It is not at a checkpoint or any reason she can see for the stop. Hopefully someone will talk about it.

    Allen Moore,
    Kelly Maixner
    Matt Failor
    Curt Perano

    Those are the four.

  26. Siber-H
    12:32 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Alice, There are two different cabins along this part of the trail that the teams can stop at.

  27. Melanie
    12:38 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Hmmm. so I take it AJ has a new video? snicker

    He has stopped for the moment and so now there is time for a story.

    Me Doing Errands.

    First, you must understand that I now have two dogs that must go everywhere I go in the car. Patsy (of course) and Grace her daughter. I get them in the Element. Grab the bowl for their water, grab their gallon of water, grab their treats for being good girls, grab the cell phone, grab my coco, grab my cane and then come back for my purse. It’s like traveling with a child!

    We head in down the mountain. First stop is the bakery that does gluten free pizza. Guess what we are having for dinner? I order it and tell them I’ll be back.

    Next is the best hardware store in the world. I get two 50 pounds of sand for the dog yard. The dog yard now has a 3 inch glacier under the melting snow. Sigh. The YOUNG woman is carrying the sand to me over her shoulders and goes to open the back. I am discombobulated and caught in the front seat trying to get my cane out and yell, “Don’t open the back!” She says, “What?”
    I repeat myself again and again until I can get out of the seat and open the back. She said, “Oh, they are so cute!” They are and get a treat for being good girls and not jumping out of the back. I don’t trust them an inch.

    The grocery store is next. Get the food, put it in a freezer zip up heavy bag. It goes onto the floor before the passenger seat. I pull the seat all the way forward so, at the least, they will have to work to get to the food.

    Stop back at bakery and pick up the pizza. It also goes to the floor in front of the seat, with the groceries on top of it, in hopes the pair of nuts in back won’t eat it.

    Dog food store. Get treats, get two 40 pounds bags of dog food, and chewies. The nuts get a treat because they didn’t eat anything.

    Home. Take the dogs in, take the groceries in, get the dog food where it belongs.

  28. Melanie
    12:48 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Now I told you all of that to tell you this.

    I use a dolly most of the time to move heavy things. Mostly the dog food bags.

    I had decided to move the two 50 pound bags of sand into the west wing. I discovered this because the sand is damp and if you leave it into the barn it freezes and I have to pound it with a blunt instrument to loosen it enough to get some sand out of it.

    I drop the bags from the car onto the dolly. I then start wheeling the dolly about 50 feet over wet crap in the front yard. Puddles of water over slush over ice, or known in this area as crap.

    Did you know that dolly tires should be full of air? I ended up having to pull with two hands, backwards for about a foot and then move myself and pull again. Okay, I was making progress when all the dogs come out into the play yard and start laughing at me. I swear they were. Barking and wagging their tails. I get to the ramp that was put in because Zoe was going to not be able to walk or do stairs for MONTHS.


    First, I have to get the flat tired dolly up the 4 inches from the beginning of the ramp and the ground. Fifth time lucky. Had to back the dolly back about 18 inches and then pull with all my might, and not fall down.

    I am now on the ramp with the dolly and the bags. The ramp is a ramp. It has elevation. I inch myself up the ramp when I realize . .


    Luckily, my sense of humor kicked in and I started laughing. A few minutes of that and I was able to do it.

    The sand is still on the dolly BUT IT’S IN THE HOUSE!

  29. Alice. M. Johnson
    12:51 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Yikes Melanie.

    A sense of humor is a good thing.

    AJ is now stopped at that cabin also.

  30. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:52 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Grunt!…I was waiting for both of the Newfies to run for it!…heh!heh!

  31. Barb & Maggie
    12:54 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Barb is back home after P.T. then the library. She says her morning was easy peasy compared to Melanie’s! Maybe because I had to stay home?

    Ordered a book at the library called The Kitchen House. Anyone read it? Think it is by Gus Grissom. Library has 4 copies, all out. Must be a book club selection.

    What is the weather like on the trail today?

    Lunch then a nap is in order. Later

  32. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    12:54 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Mel: loved the adventure story. I really like it when a newf escapes and people scream, “It’s a bear!” I always scream back…”with a (color) collar? “

  33. Tupper and Gilly
    12:54 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Melanie -(shaking heads sadly here) Have we taught you nothing about dollies? A far better way to accomplish what you did.
    Drive home with sand in back of car
    Call young, strong nephews to come help
    After they easily heft sandbags into house, give them hugs and say, “You guys are DOLLS!”

  34. Melanie
    1:12 pm on March 11th, 2013


  35. dawson
    1:15 pm on March 11th, 2013

    T&G: Don’t you know that Melanie likes to do things the hard way?

  36. Tupper and Gilly
    1:32 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Well, there’s the hard way, and then there’s the $%^%&%& way.
    tee hee

    AJ is on his way to Unalakleet. This is a mostly Native village where the economy is largely based on salmon, king crab (yum) and the local reindeer herds. The reindeer are also a big part of the Native culture and spirituality. We found this synopsis of the reindeer as a totem animal in the Alaskan Native community:

    Reindeer teaches endurance, strength, fortitude and perseverance in going the distance. He will teach the power of adaptability in adversity, caution in surroundings and tenacity to get things accomplished. Reindeer will show how to take on the roles of duality, the male and female qualities that you possess. Is it time to take a more dominating role in life and work or perhaps a softer subtler stance in situations? Reindeer/Caribou will also aid in spiritual transitions, communication and social abilities and skills. Caribou will show how to keep moving onward and flowing with the group. Reindeer/Caribou is about movement and finding your inner peace and your place as you walk through life.

  37. BearSpiritDog
    1:40 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Melanie: Yikes! Just READING about all you have accomplished this morning (with the Help of Patsy and Grace, of course. Snicker) has made me so Tired.
    Definitely Time for a Nap.

  38. BearSpiritDog
    1:46 pm on March 11th, 2013

    But, before I do…Royals, I must say your writings on the Native culture in these parts is simply Extraordinary.
    Please tell us you will be transferring all to a Special Folder.
    Or, better yet, Begin Writing a Book.

  39. Barb & Maggie
    1:49 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Thank you for that information on Reindeer. Barb checked out her Animal Speak book by Ted Andrews, and didn’t find much on Caribou. That is our go to book on magical and spiritual powers of creatures. What is your opinion of that book, T & G’s mum?

    Melanie, Couldn’t you hitch up a couple of the Pack to help you pull?

    Now we really are going to go have the nap. BBL

  40. Melanie
    1:57 pm on March 11th, 2013

    As Golinka well knows, I will start something that seems relatively easy, hit a few bumps, and then I can not quit.

    Not saying I’m stubborn or anything. snicker

    Now I keep seeing AJ with antlers coming out of his head and a huge pair of wings under his bib.

    Time for a nap.

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:18 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Stopped!…Why has our team been stopped for so long?…grunt!…This is driving me Krazy!….gaaaahhh!

  42. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    2:29 pm on March 11th, 2013

    With all the talk of native culture, we need to share this, especially since Spencer was in AZ. The formerly “Papago” (now Tohono O’Odham…sp?) word for dog is GOGS. Now back to AK and the march toward Nome.

  43. Alice. M. Johnson
    2:32 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Rio when you get down really deep on the Satellite view you can see both Allen Moore and Justin are wiggling around at that cabin. It makes me wish we had a camera there. Karin Hendrickson is also at that rest stop.

  44. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on March 11th, 2013

    HOURS!…He’s been at the cabins for hours….grump!…I hope the A-Team is not sick…sniff!

  45. Macy's mom
    2:43 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Alice, great minds think alike! I even demonstrated the “ear flap” to the man. It is sooo cute.

    Melanie, why not use your “sled dogs”?

    Has anyone heard of skijoring?

  46. Siber-H
    2:48 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom, Yes, We have heard of skijoring. Does Macy want to take up skijoring?

  47. Melanie
    2:49 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom, yes I have heard of, and seen videos of, skijoring. To me it looks like a great way to hit every tree near the trail.

    The Pack would like you to know they are Not sled dogs. They are couch dogs.

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:55 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Pants!…This explains a lot!…snort!…Wanna bet Aliy and DeeDee are testing these?…heh!

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:54 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Tracker!…Do you think AJ’s tracker is not working?…sniff!…He has not moved in hours.

  50. Siber-H
    4:19 pm on March 11th, 2013

    I am guessing AJ and the dogs are resting. It is a long way from Kaltag to Unalakleet.

  51. Barb & Maggie
    4:31 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Had a nice nap, caught up on the blog. Barb even ventured out into the backyard today and did some poop patrol. Snow has melted and some of my surprises hav appeared.

    How far from Kaltag to Unalakleet?

  52. OleyHowlers
    4:39 pm on March 11th, 2013

    According to the Insider site, it is 85 miles from Kaltag to Unakaleet.

  53. Melanie
    4:54 pm on March 11th, 2013
  54. Siber-H
    5:06 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Mike Ellis is only 4 miles from AJ.

    Mitch Seavey is slowly catching up to Jeff King.

  55. OleyHowlers
    5:13 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Siber, we here are torn. We don’t know whether to be happy about that news, or worried.

  56. Tupper and Gilly
    5:19 pm on March 11th, 2013
  57. Tupper and Gilly
    5:32 pm on March 11th, 2013

    He’s MOVING! AJ is MOVING!
    (It was our song that did it – tee hee)

  58. Melanie
    5:35 pm on March 11th, 2013
  59. OleyHowlers
    5:42 pm on March 11th, 2013

    He is moving, but slowly.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:08 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Ellis!…Isn’t Mike Ellis known for being slow?…grunt!

  61. OleyHowlers
    6:16 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Rio, Mike Ellis runs Siberians, and has the fastest time ever for Sibes on the Yukon Quest. He is hoping to beat the Sibe record for the Iditarod this year, and his team is looking very good sofar. That’s surprising, given the warm temperatures.

  62. Melanie
    6:18 pm on March 11th, 2013

    FaceBookie is saying that DeeDee is switching to a coast sled.

    Anyone know what that is?

  63. OleyHowlers
    6:20 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Mom has one of those coaster sleds. It is a little round plastic disc. Heh heh

  64. Masquers
    6:41 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Eight miles an hour…Team Snowhook is moving at a good clip now!

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:47 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Moooo!Vin!….Movin!Movin!Movin!….Woooooo!…Almost 9 miles an hour right now…snort!

  66. Siber-H
    6:50 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Mike Ellis is only 2 miles behind AJ now, but the Snowhook dogs have had a good rest that the Sibers haven’t had yet. AJ will get much farther ahead of them when the Sibers rest.

  67. Melanie
    6:51 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Thanks OH (written in sarcastic font).

    No takers on what a coastal sled is? I tried looking it up. I will try again.

  68. dawson
    6:55 pm on March 11th, 2013

    I’ve been gone all day so I missed the excitement of going nowhere.
    We’re on the trail again. Go doggies!
    Melanie: I love your opinion of ski-joring.

  69. Alice. M. Johnson
    7:01 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Dawson, how was your Monday job?

  70. dawson
    7:05 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Melanie: Hmmm. My guess is that it would be lighter because you are travelling on ice quite a bit of the time. Less to pull for the remaining dogs?

  71. Masquers
    7:05 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Dawson: Don’t youse mean skikjoring? snicker.

  72. Melanie
    7:07 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Cripes. I hit the wrong button and everything left. In a nutshell . .

    Dawson has a job?

    I asked the Iditarod Trail Committee.

  73. Masquers
    7:09 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Is it just me or has someone done some tweaking to the blog pages? So much easier to refresh the page.
    Thank you, Mike Baker.

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:10 pm on March 11th, 2013

    SiberH!…Somehow I think the A-team is going to blow those Ellis Sibers off the map…heh!heh!

  75. dawson
    7:28 pm on March 11th, 2013

    I work every Monday for one hour, sometimes two to help a little old lady (lol) with her laundry and household chores. Today she didn’t want any laundry done – she wanted cupboards cleaned out. I only lasted an hour.

    Rio: I wouldn’t count those Sibers out, especially if it starts storming.

  76. BearSpiritDog
    7:33 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Paws covering my ears…I didn’t Hear That…No Storms on Norton Sound Please. We want clear visibility with no wind.

  77. OleyHowlers
    7:38 pm on March 11th, 2013

    We are all hitting a wall here. Spent lots of time with horses.

  78. Masquers
    7:41 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Mere miles separate the leaders.
    It’s anyone’s race now!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:54 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Miles!…The miles are growing between Ellis and AJ…heh!heh!

  80. Barb & Maggie
    7:59 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Dawson, We could handle a 1 hour job. That still souncs like retirement.

    Borrowed The Kitchen House from the neighbor. The author is Kathleen Grissom, not Gus Grissom. Now that we have the right info, any readers? First novel for her.

    Getting tired already.

    Hope Rose is feeling better tonight.

  81. Tupper and Gilly
    8:00 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Creator – we thank you for the Earth where we live. We thank you for the sky, home of the stars that guide us, and soaring birds. We thank you for the seas and the oceans where the whales are singing. And we thank you for the forests and mountains, home to many of the keepers of your ways.
    Creator – tonight AJ and the team will pass through the land of the caribou on their way to the sea. As they travel through the silent forest this night, there will be eyes watching them from the woods. There will be strong, yet gentle Reindeer who see them on their way. We ask that the gifts of the caribou be given to AJ and his companions.
    From the Reindeer we learn endurance. We ask that these ten dogs who love running be given resilient muscles, strong hearts and that each breath of cold air be medicine and energy for them.
    From the Reindeer, we learn to gather strength and persevere to go the distance. We ask you to give AJ and the dogs a clear vision of the successful end to their journey so as to make the last part of the journey fly by.
    Reindeer has a cautious nature, the power to adapt, and tenacity. Should adversity cross AJ’s path, let him feel the gifts of the Reindeer, and find the best way to continue on.
    We ask that these attributes encircle AJ and the dogs as they wend their way along the snow covered trail. We also ask for guidance that we may learn ourselves from the lessons of your teachers. In times of difficulty, let us seek the solutions you have provided for us in the lessons of the wild ones.
    Creator – last night, in the quiet darkness when stars are singing, a beloved one left this earth and began her dance to you. Her family remembers her as kind and gentle, and we ask you to make the path for Aunt Vicky the same.
    We thank you for the many gifts we have, and for all the prayers that have been answered.
    Creator – we thank you for the bountiful and beautiful Earth where we live. We thank you for the open sky, home of the sparkling stars that guide us, and graceful, soaring birds. We thank you for the blue seas and the green oceans where the mighty whales are singing. And we thank you for the sacred forests and forever mountains, homes of the Keepers of your ways.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:01 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Rise!…I’m trying to get a rise out of SiberH about Ellis but he is not biting…heh!heh!

  83. Gus and BooBear
    8:01 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Great video of AJ. We had to wait until Mom got home from work to watch and we also loved the Run Dogs Run Almost Home.


  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Amen!…I forgot the time!…yeep!

  85. Sharon's Herd of Hounds
    8:05 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Amen and nighty-hight. The HOH sends pawsitive thought for sure footing on the ice and all who need good thoughts, we’re with you.

  86. OleyHowlers
    8:05 pm on March 11th, 2013


  87. BearSpiritDog
    8:06 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Barb&Magpie: We have heard of the book, The Kitchen House, but have not yet read it. It has been out for a while and has gotten Good Reviews.
    Someone here is Behind in her reading.

  88. BearSpiritDog
    8:09 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Amen and Thank you.
    (whispering in a small voice) sorry for interrupting the Beautiful Prayer.

  89. bluecat
    8:09 pm on March 11th, 2013


  90. Melanie
    8:11 pm on March 11th, 2013


  91. Gus and BooBear
    8:15 pm on March 11th, 2013


  92. Siber-H
    8:33 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Amen and Thank you, Amalia and Leonard.

  93. Siber-H
    8:37 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Rio, You are not getting a rise out of me because I have said all along that Snowhook and the Sibers are not in competition.
    Mike Ellis simply wants to beat the fastest time of a Siber team in the Iditarod. I don’t know if he will do it this year because of the warm temperatures.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on March 11th, 2013

    SiberH!…Check your North Pole SDD!…snort

  95. dawson
    8:47 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Amen to the prayer! Thank you.
    Go Snowhook!

  96. c.hobbit
    8:53 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Siber-H: go Sibes! (and Snowhook). #34: 73% of the race done; 27% to go!
    My friends and relatives are starting to ask about “my” musher.

  97. Melanie
    8:54 pm on March 11th, 2013

    I hope Bella and Coach W-L are getting safely to Nome.

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on March 11th, 2013

    CHobbit!…Heh!…Even someone’s mother asks about how “The Team” is doing…chuffle!…Now that is something.

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Nome!…Never fear our Rebecca is safely in Nome. She is staying with a co-workers family up there…snort!…I’m hoping they feed her real food and make her get some rest…heh!

  100. Alice. M. Johnson
    9:07 pm on March 11th, 2013

    It looks like AJ is only about 8 miles out. That is about an hour unless the dogs go to sleep again. I can stay up that long.

  101. Barb & Maggie
    9:11 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Thank you and good night. Amen.

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


    We were wondering if the astronaunt had become an author.

    “A huge kettle of moose soup arrived in time for supper. The leaders are on their way to Shaktoolik with serious contenders close on their tail.”

    What time do we eat? heh-heh

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on March 11th, 2013

    UP!…I want to stay up till he gets into Unalakleet!…snort!…I hope one of those lurking reindeer don’t jump on the sled…sniff!

  104. Alice. M. Johnson
    9:13 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Dallas Seavey is down to 8 dogs. Jake Berkowitz still has 15! He is my bet for the winner based on dogs.

  105. Tupper and Gilly
    9:17 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Rio – fear not. Reindeer don’t jump – they fly.

  106. Siber-H
    9:33 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Rio, I replied to your SDD.

  107. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:43 pm on March 11th, 2013


    We here loved the video. That AJ is a swooney kind of guy.

    Mom’s brain is poodled up. It is 7:41 in California, which makes it 6:41 in Nome and 10:41 at Chet’s place, except that it says that it is 9:41. That is way too much adding and subtracting!

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on March 11th, 2013

    MOOOOVIN!…The team is speeding towards the checkpoint at over 9 miles an hour…snort!

  109. Siber-H
    10:09 pm on March 11th, 2013

    I know it is getting late and I get goofy when it gets late, but AJ has been at the same mile for several updates now and yet the tracker has him moving along at a good speed.

  110. Siber-H
    10:13 pm on March 11th, 2013

    We are falling asleep.

    The tracker may not know what it is doing, but I know AJ knows what he is doing.
    I hope AJ, the dogs, and Rebecca have a good night. I am glad she has a place to stay in Nome.

    night all

  111. Siber-H
    10:17 pm on March 11th, 2013

    ok, The tracker got unstuck and moved AJ where he should be. He is almost to the coast.

  112. Whitey-Lance
    10:19 pm on March 11th, 2013

    SiberH: I never get goofy. At least I don’t think I get goofy.

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Four!…I see him out about 4 miles or so yet…snort!…Is this what everyone else is seeing?…grunt!

  114. c.hobbit
    10:20 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Alice: I think I deleted your Iditarod friend request by mistake because I’man idiottechno-challenged. And I emptied the trash before I knew what was what. It might still be on my iPhone but I will need a magnifying glass to follow the instructions. {{{sigh}}}}
    In the doghouse, your friend, c.hobbit/akclh

    P.S. Did we figure out what Iditarod friends are for?

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Whitey!…Are you reporting from Nome too?…heh!

  116. c.hobbit
    10:21 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Well, obviously I forgot to close the strike-through after “I’m an idiot.” How telling.

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on March 11th, 2013

    WOW!….AJ Zoom!Zoom!Zoomed! across the screen with that last update…heh!…My tracker was stuck too.

  118. Whitey-Lance
    10:24 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Rio: I’m blurring back and forth between home and Nome. It is not easy supervising both, but I’m up for the challenge.

  119. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Whitey!…You better get some sleep after the team lands tonight…snort!…We can’t have you blurring around all sleep deprived…grunt!

  120. Alice. M. Johnson
    10:26 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Dear CHobbit. I don’t think I would worry about the Iditarod friend thingy. If we didn’t have this blog then we would probably use it. But if we didn’t have this blog we probably wouldn’t be watching it either.

    No Problemo.

  121. Alice. M. Johnson
    10:28 pm on March 11th, 2013

    I expect the team has seen the checkpoint and have started their trot with the tails up. Silly dogs.

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Doorstep!….Our team is knocking at the door of Unalakleet!…Woooo!….This is AJ and Rebecca’s checkpoint…snorkel!

  123. Macy's mom
    10:36 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Arrival! 7:30.

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on March 11th, 2013

    YIPPEEE!…They made it….snort!…What a day…whew!…Now we can go to bed and rest peacefully knowing they are safe and sound. I hope Rebecca does the same thing….wheeze!…Go to bed Rebecca!…snort!

  125. Alice. M. Johnson
    10:54 pm on March 11th, 2013

    OK Rio, We will go to bed.

    Nighty noodle except, you know, Liz. G’day to LizF.

  126. dawson
    10:57 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Good job Snowhook! Time for food and rest.

  127. Tupper and Gilly
    11:12 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Yayyyy Snowhook!!!


  128. Melanie
    11:59 pm on March 11th, 2013

    Thank Dog, they are there.

  129. Macy's mom
    12:06 am on March 12th, 2013

    Nightly noodles.

    Macy the dog-tired Min-pin out.

  130. Melanie
    12:28 am on March 12th, 2013

    What is the difference between “scratched” and ” withdrawn”?

  131. OleyHowlers
    4:58 am on March 12th, 2013

    Drat! While we slept, AJ and the A-Team arrived at The Giant and Rebecca’s checkpoint, and have already left! Wooo Hoooo! They are making tracks for Shaktoolik. And we all know what comes after that. {shudder}

  132. T.C.
    4:59 am on March 12th, 2013

    On their way to KATS!

  133. Wose
    5:15 am on March 12th, 2013

    Amen. Thank you, Royals for another beautiful prayer.


  134. Melanie
    7:27 am on March 12th, 2013

    You know how had to leave their checkpoint. Onward to the real Rebecca!

  135. Melanie
    8:40 am on March 12th, 2013

    AJ is running at -3.2 degrees F. We have had our temperatures go up!
    Nary a snowflake in sight! Melt the snow and ice HERE. Not THERE.

  136. T.C.
    8:55 am on March 12th, 2013

    Mitch Seavey reached White Mountain a mere 13 minutes before Ally. Now they must both rest 8 hours. Then this is going to be a race to the finish!

  137. BearSpiritDog
    9:41 am on March 12th, 2013

    Melanie: Scratched vs Withdrawn…I may Know this one!
    Whitey and Siber-H can verify.
    The Musher Scratches…the Officials Withdraw…as in the case of Gerry Willomitzer when his team member went missing ala Whitey-Lance.
    The reason I have this information at hand is because the Same Question was in my mind.

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