The Unknown Unknowns (Updated)

The Iditarod is not bean bag. Here’s the overnight report from Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, our team in the race. Many thanks, Rebecca! And below, the cover art for the next Chet and Bernie novel, coming on Bastille Day but otherwise totally unFrench. (Also – congrats to Dallas Seavey and his team, who have won the race.)

There is safety in numbers, a truth that has been proven on the trail time and again. However, AJ prefers to run alone. At times he deliberately delays his departure from checkpoints to shake a pack of teams that formed on the trail. Was this why he left a Shaktoolik an hour later than other teams only to venture on the sea ice alone? Maybe. Maybe not. And, we will not know until after the race.

As the pack ahead continued across Norton Sound, one team stopped about twenty miles out of Shaktoolik. There is a safety cabin in the area. Given that teams are fairly fresh after resting in Shaktoolik it is not a common place to camp willingly. To stop there for an extended stay usually means there is trouble. It could be a storm, issues with the dogs, or problems with equipment.

With a life currently dictated in five minute increments as the GPS tracker updates, I watched as AJ neared the point where the other team was camped. The pack ahead was long since gone. In the next five minute refresh, both teams were shown as running. With a pace that matched AJs, the musher arrived in the checkpoint within one minute of Snowhook.

I anticipated AJ to rest the dogs for six or seven hours in Koyuk before continuing on the trails so I left to catch my flight to Nome. However, when I saw that the team remained, I changed my flight to Thursday with a guess that a storm pinned the teams down in Koyuk. Finally, fourteen hours after arriving, Team Snowhook left the checkpoint. But, they were not alone.

At the time of this report, AJ and two other teams are making their way to the next checkpoint of Elim. I have been tracking all three closely. AJ is in lead, yet usually less than a mile separates Snowhook and the third musher. And, like last night the teams are running at almost the same speed.

There is safety in numbers, a truth that is likely being proven on the trail tonight.


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111 Responses to “The Unknown Unknowns (Updated)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:58 am on March 19th, 2015

    lGood morning, everyone. More rain here, in fact, the sunny 78*F of 2 days ago is about the only sun here in our part of the world. Snowhook has made progress and is resting so we are encouraged.
    Have a titilating Thursday. (i.e. when will the green flag move?)

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:02 am on March 19th, 2015

    Note to Diane, “large furry lummox” would be big, hairy, and very similar to Darah Thea 🙂

  3. Masquers
    9:12 am on March 19th, 2015

    We did not know there was a safety cabin 20 miles out of Shaktoolik. Dawson, Did you?
    AJ and Charley are resting in Elim…Curt Perano has left the (building) checkpoint.
    Have a unstressful day, everyone.

  4. BearSpiritDog
    9:23 am on March 19th, 2015

    SnowBella: We know the Giant Likes to Travel Alone, but we were oh So Relieved to see Team Snowhook crossing Norton Bay with the companionship of another team the other night.
    And, we still believe He is a Hero.

    Have we mentioned How Much We Like the New Cover? Well we do.
    We Like It a lot.

    Good Morning to the Early Birds…the O’Howlers, DianeC, and the Hounds.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    9:33 am on March 19th, 2015

    Heh, heh. Good Thing there is a Comma in there or we would have a Rock Group…DianeC and the Hounds.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    9:36 am on March 19th, 2015

    And boy, would we rock!

  7. Billy's Buddy
    9:39 am on March 19th, 2015

    Good morning, all you early birds!

    Go Snowhook!

  8. Zeus
    9:41 am on March 19th, 2015

    Good morning, all! I really love the S&S cover too!

  9. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    9:43 am on March 19th, 2015

    Good morning y’all, and happy that AJ and co. are on the move…no, wait…were, now resting, will hopefully be on the move again soon. Leno and I plan to go see Melanie. We’re sad that Hilda can’t come, Melanie hasn’t met her yet. A friend of ours is coming over this evening to help us with some annoying paperwork…said friend has another of Sharon’s pups. Same sire, different dam (which Sharon doesn’t have anymore). I think Cheyenne isn’t coming with though. Pizza and paperwork…who could ask for more? I could. Hate paperwork.

  10. BearSpiritDog
    9:48 am on March 19th, 2015

    Buddy,Leon,Hilda: But, PIZZA!. That makes up for it. Right?

  11. Tupper's Mama
    9:50 am on March 19th, 2015

    Ok – we are missing something.
    “Iditarod is not bean bag”
    Huh? What the heck does that mean. Is it some kind of colloquium we are unaware of?

    Oh – and good morning all you early birds.

  12. B.Stover
    10:09 am on March 19th, 2015

    I’m also wondering what “bean bag” refers to.

    I like the cover and the sunset colors.

    Good morning all.

  13. Masquers
    10:12 am on March 19th, 2015

    Bean bag…always a soft, sure landing??

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:27 am on March 19th, 2015

    Beans!…I’ve been called a Bean-Bag before. I have no idea why..snort!

  15. Tupper's Mama
    10:28 am on March 19th, 2015

    Ummm – Rio , we think we might understand that one….

  16. Herd of Hounds
    10:28 am on March 19th, 2015

    We just let the bean bag go over our heads. No clue.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    10:31 am on March 19th, 2015

    We just found out that a couple of nights ago those elusive Northern Lights were actually viewable in our area. Sure…the one night we didn’t check the sky.

    While Nana Warms up her Cawfee for the Umpteenth Time, I’m going to check out the fridge.
    Buddy’s Pizza Remark made me Hungry!

  18. Herd of Hounds
    10:37 am on March 19th, 2015

    AJ is moving again. Just out of Elim

  19. Masquers
    10:39 am on March 19th, 2015

    HOH: Even if the bean bag goes over your head, you can always calculate where it will land.
    The best laid plans in the Iditarod…not so much.

  20. Masquers
    10:41 am on March 19th, 2015

    Go Snowhook!!!

  21. Diane C.
    11:19 am on March 19th, 2015

    Good Morning and a Happy Thursday to all (BTW, is anyone else here a fan of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde?)
    HOH–Thanks for the explication, but I think Darah Thea is lovely and not lummox-y at all (but I do agree that we would rock)
    BSD–See above–oh yes, we would. Yeah, yeah, yeah (I do occasionally sing with Ms. Pretty; not tuneful, but she looks so cute howling with her head back. The guys just ignore us…probably busy licking their privates…)
    Zeus–Thanks for the cool photo (and cool caption).
    Bean bag–One of the first “sports” in which many of us are involved and by definition simple. (Isn’t there a W.C. Fields movie in which a young woman living in isolation confesses that the only game she has ever played is bean bag?)
    Off to wait for an “installer” who is already late. Sigh. A day of being a hostage in my own home…Go Snowhook! (Esp. since I’m not going anywhere…)

  22. Masquers
    11:33 am on March 19th, 2015

    Diane: The sport of bean bag is simple…another good observation.

  23. Masquers
    11:37 am on March 19th, 2015

    Three teams appear to be resting at the little safety cabin.

    11:56 am on March 19th, 2015

    Good morning. We were not sure about the bean bag comment, but Diane’s response sounds reasonable to us.

    We really like the new cover too. This is probably silly, and maybe just us, but the cactus on the left sorta looks like it is giving us the finger. Did it hit anyone else that way?

    Wonder when Rebecca will arive in Nome. Go Snowhook!

  25. BearSpiritDog
    12:04 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama is Happy to Be Home. We can tell. 🙂

    Barb,Magpie,Lucy: Lol. Good Observation about the Cactus.

    Zeus, Don’t even THINK about Running Away, Amigo. Chicken, or no chicken.
    Oh, Dawg. Now I’m Hungry Again.

    12:24 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Speaking of chicken, Barb just got a call from Kelly about her bad pup, Sammy. He gets into stuff all the time that he should not be eating, and he just did a doozie. He got into the garbage and devoured an entire cooked chicken carcass. Kelly fed him a bunch of bread which is supposed to cushion the bone fragments and make it easier to go thruogh his system. Any other suggestions?
    Kelly and family are leaving town for sring break tomorrow and Barb is on call for emergencies. Hopefully this will not be one.

  27. dawson
    12:25 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Good morning. I slept in. 🙂

    Masquers: I did not know there was a safety cabin 20 miles outside of Shatoolik but I’m glad there is one.

    I’ve noticed AJ likes to travel alone and it doesn’t bother me except in a few places, the Norton Sound being one. I’m glad AJ and Charley Benja are traveling together. I see that the third musher Curt Perano is pulling ahead.

    SiberH is joyfully running with the team, now heading towards Golovin whick is the MacyMinPin & Small Dogs and the Dog Truck checkpoint.

    WhoooHooo! Go Snowhook!

  28. Siber's Mom
    12:33 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Barb, A vet told me to feed them pumpkin right out of the can (most dogs like it) and a peanut butter sandwich made with whole wheat bread. My Border Collie ate a lot of strange things (it was very difficult to outsmart him) and this combo worked every time.

  29. Siber's Mom
    12:39 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Rebecca and Spence, Thank you for the report. I am looking forward to reading AJ’s stories about the journey.

    Zeus, Cute photo but don’t you dare.

    T&G Thank you for the lovely prayer last night and the adorable puppy pictures.

    12:50 pm on March 19th, 2015

    SHM, Thank you, relayed info to Kelly.

    Zeus, good advice – stay home!

    12:57 pm on March 19th, 2015

    SHM, The peanut butter sandwich seems like it would cushion the bones, but just wondering, what does the pumpkin do?

  32. Siber's Mom
    1:30 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Barb, I believe the vet said it was high in fiber. I am not sure. I trusted this vet and didn’t question him in detail over something like this. My Border Collie ate some very strange objects because he was on the drugs for seizure disorder. The dog never had to have surgery for this problem. It was always fun to have to explain to the checker at the grocery store why I was buying cans of pumpkin in July.

  33. Masquers
    1:41 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Dawson: We appreciate the info about the checkpoints. Thank you.

    About the safety cabin…I just noticed on the tracker update map there is a little peninsula jutting out from the mainland 20 or so miles outside of Shaktoolik.
    Funny…I’ve never noticed it before.

  34. B.Stover
    1:42 pm on March 19th, 2015

    I used to have a bean bag chair which was comfortable but I’ve never played “bean bag” that I can remember. Figures it’s a ball to throw. (Just kidding.)

  35. BearSpiritDog
    2:21 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Almost Forgot! Today is not only the Vernal Equinox…the First Day of Spring, but also a Total Solar Eclipse (not that anyone on this continent will be able to see it)

    Interesting Side-Note: A total Solar Eclipse coinciding with Northern Hemisphere’s Spring Equinox and Southern Hemispshere’s Autumn or Fall Equinox hasn’t happened since 1662.

  36. Herd of Hounds
    2:36 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Mom just got home from taking care of the grand cats (what she calls it won’t post…again). So glad to be in the loop of bean bag etc. And hard to believe we are at the equinox already. Mom’s going to check on the Insider, for whatever good it does, then return.
    P.S. Her lunch group loves the stories she brings in about Iditarod and the AK adventures.

  37. Herd of Hounds
    2:38 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Looks like they are about half way to Golovin.

  38. Herd of Hounds
    3:23 pm on March 19th, 2015

    AJ and #38, not the lunch group.

  39. Buddy, Leno, and Hilda
    4:23 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Randomly, who says these bully sticks are long-lasting? Leno polished off one (12 inches) in under 5 minutes. Hilda got a good bit through one in 20 minutes or so. And yes, I know what they’re made of, yes I think it’s gross, but was hoping that it might help keep Hilda quiet in the crate. It seems to, but…yeah.

  40. ML
    4:25 pm on March 19th, 2015

    I have to leave for work. How did AJ get to the bottom of the pack? I don’t have time to figure it out. GAH

  41. BearSpiritDog
    4:36 pm on March 19th, 2015

    On other parts of the Trail a Mountain of Mushers are Crossing and Preparing to Cross the Ice.

    We are Racing to White Mountain!

    4:56 pm on March 19th, 2015

    SHM, thank you for the info. I passed it on to Kelly. Hopefully he will not have problems, as they are leaving tomorrow for 10 days in Hawaii. I do NOT want to be responsible for emergency vet visits! Their dog/house sitter is a Vet Tech, so he will be in good hands.

  43. Siber's Mom
    5:06 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Barb, A vet-tech is good. I know you guys will do this, but be sure to let the sitter know what the dog ate so she can watch for any problems.
    I am not expecting any problems.

  44. Zeus
    5:56 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Buddy, I eat my bully sticks fast too. The girls eat theirs fast too because, otherwise, I would steal theirs!
    Yikes! Snowhook is on water water water!!!

  45. BearSpiritDog
    6:02 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Zeus: Now Off the Water! Almost to their 8 Hour Rest Stop!

  46. dawson
    6:11 pm on March 19th, 2015

    ML: AJ is in the middle of the pack. He did have a longer than average stay in Koyuk for reasons unbeknownst to us.

    Go Snowhook!

  47. Herd of Hounds
    6:30 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Only a couople of miles out of White Mt. now. Feed, Rest, repeat.

  48. Tupper's Mama
    6:31 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Someone needs to jump start my brain.
    We thought the next check after Elim was White Mountain, then Safety and then Nome.
    We checked iditarod’s website and they don’t wven list Golovin.

  49. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:38 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Any estimates on time of arrival yet in Nome?

  50. BearSpiritDog
    6:42 pm on March 19th, 2015

    They are putting on the Speed! Visions of Rest, Hot Food, and Paw Massages spur them on to the next stop!

  51. Masquers
    6:59 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: We see what you mean. It is obviously a gross oversight on the part of Insider. Our official map from the musher’s banquet does list Golovin.

    They have arrived!

  52. Masquers
    7:05 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Get your beauty sleep, team guys and gals. 23:00 is checkout time.

  53. Tupper's Mama
    7:14 pm on March 19th, 2015

    We just do not understand. On “the mushers’ standings”, there is no mention of Golovin either. Masquers – when you say they have arrived, is that at White Mountain, with a mandatory 8 hour?
    Sorry to be so out of the loop of information, but we haven’t had time or internet to keep up with everything.

  54. Herd of Hounds
    7:16 pm on March 19th, 2015

    That’s AKDT, right? If so it will be 3 AM here. one of mom’s usual wake up times.
    Maybe we can persuade her to keep the ipaw beside the bed for tonight 🙂 (Are we sly dogs or what?)

  55. Herd of Hounds
    7:17 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Tuppers Mama, yes, White Mt. Mandatory 8 hrs.

  56. Zeus
    7:19 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Our team is in White Mountain!!!! Almost home! We just got back from a long walk, and now the ‘rents are heading out for “Front Porch Pickins”, an acoustic jam session. Later.

  57. Herd of Hounds
    7:23 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama, I tried to SDD you a page from Insider with some stats on AJ and showing him IN White Mt. and resting.

  58. BearSpiritDog
    7:25 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Hounds: Yes! And, Midnight My Time. It will be an Early Bedtime Hour for us here so we can Follow AJ & the Team to Nome.
    Is this Exciting or What?!

  59. dawson
    7:29 pm on March 19th, 2015

    I seem to remember this. Golovin is not really a checkpoint. Or is it? It is listed on some maps but not others.

  60. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    7:38 pm on March 19th, 2015

    I’m pretty sure Golovin is an “unofficial” checkpoint. It is place where a musher can stop there if a musher wants but it does not have full recognition as a checkpoint.

  61. Masquers
    7:39 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Dawson saves the day with an explanation about the missing checkpoint.

    Wasn’t this the place where a race vehicle broke through the ice this year and ended up in Golovin Bay?

  62. Tupper's Mama
    7:42 pm on March 19th, 2015

    HOH – thanks for trying to send the info, but the insider is smarter than that. At least on this one thing. That link just took us to the “Pay here if you want information” page.
    But, we trust youse guys – if you say he is safely into White Mountain for 8 hours, we believe you.

    Dawson – we looked up Golovin – it is just a little cabin in the woods. Doesn’t look like anyone stops there. Maybe it is just a safety station after people pass over Golovin Bay.

  63. BearSpiritDog
    7:44 pm on March 19th, 2015

    W&T’s Dad: We Think it would be a Delightful Place to Stop.
    Plunderers Sponsored it so it Darn Well Better be a Checkpoint!

  64. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    7:59 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Golovin is on the map, but not listed as a checkpoint.

  65. O'Howlers
    8:06 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Macy had to run fast to catch the team.

  66. Masquers
    8:09 pm on March 19th, 2015

    At the 2010 census the population in Golovin was 156.
    It has a F/b page but it’s a closed group. Now I’m intrigued. It sounds like a kool place to visit, but how would you get there?

  67. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:17 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Rio, American Idol is on for two hours tonight. I don’t know if I can hang in that long.

  68. c.hobbit
    8:18 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Masquers: obviously by dog sled. 😉

  69. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on March 19th, 2015

    MollysMaw!….You can do it!…snort!snort!….I have hidden the remote from Ole Doc and Wyatt…grump!…All those guys want to watch is Antique Roadshow….snuff!

  70. Herd of Hounds
    8:25 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Dawason, thank you for the clarification on the non-check point Golovin. It is now as clear as mud! And we are going to try to include a foto of beautiful downtown Golovin (probably taken at rush hour).

  71. Tupper's Mama
    9:00 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Creator – thank you for the Northern lights, for pure, clean snow, and clear skies. We thank you for the stars dancing above us, for the earth below us. We thank you for the water that refreshes us and food that nourishes us. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all the wonderful gifts we have. Hear our song of thanks to you, and be with us all on this dark night.
    Creator – tonight, AJ is ever nearer to his goal. Soon he will finish his adventure, and will have only the memories of his time along this trail. Tonight, as AJ and the dogs take their rest, we ask you to hear our song for the end of the day. Let the music carry the team along on their last part of the journey.
    The Sun is setting in the west
    The Sun is setting in the west
    The Sun will rest before the day
    The Sun will rest before the day
    I am small and weak in the dark night
    And come to you with my prayer
    I am lonely and quiet in the dark night
    And come to you with my prayer
    When morning comes, and the Sun is born
    Let my feet be as new as the Sun
    Let my heart be as new as the Sun
    Let my hands be as new as the Sun
    Let my eyes be as new as the Sun
    Let my breath be as new as the Sun
    Then Sun and I will travel west
    We will share our stories and the road will be short
    I will thank the Sun that lights the road
    Until the time when the Sun will rest
    Until the time when the Sun will rest.

    Creator – we ask you to be with each one of us as we make our own journeys through this life. Please continue to carry us and guide us. Open our eyes to the paths before us, and help us to choose the one that leads to an honorable life.

    We thank you for taking us all on paths that have interconnected with each other and created our family here. Our paths have come together, and created a great road where we can travel side by side. We share the burdens of the ones who are weary. We laugh and sing with joy at all the goodness around us. We experience life with each other, learn from each other and continue to travel together. We are indeed most fortunate.

    Creator – thank you for the Northern lights, for pure, clean snow, and clear skies. We thank you for the stars dancing above us, for the earth below us. We thank you for the water that refreshes us and food that nourishes us. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all the friendships we have. Hear our song of thanks to you, and be with us all on this dark night.

  72. Herd of Hounds
    9:06 pm on March 19th, 2015


  73. BearSpiritDog
    9:13 pm on March 19th, 2015


  74. Masquers
    9:13 pm on March 19th, 2015


  75. BSD & Masquers
    9:19 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Amalia and Leonard: Thank You once again for a Beautiful, beautiful Prayer. We will miss these nightly prayer-times.

  76. Herd of Hounds
    9:23 pm on March 19th, 2015

    We always enjoy the feeling of togetherness during the Iditarod prayers.

  77. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:49 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Amens!….Amens to dat wonderful and poetically written prayers..sneeze!…I want to say a small but powerfully prayer of my own for dat Rebecca…chuffle!….She is going to be der in Nome to meet da heroic Snowhooks team. I want to ask da Creator of All Creatures Great an Small to watch over her while she is alone in dat town of Nomes waiting for da Team to roll in in all der gloriously glory…snuffle!cough!…I hear der is a lot of boisterous drunkeness in Nomes and I want dat Rebeccas to be safe from any harm from dat drunken drunkeness…Amens!…SNEEZE!

  78. Herd of Hounds
    9:51 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Thank you Beau for you pawrayer for Rebecca. Amen to that.

  79. bluecat
    9:54 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Amen to the beauty of Amalia and Leonard’s words.

    Amen to Beau’s heart-felt request for Rebecca.

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Amen!….WOOOOOO!….Rebecca is gone and Ole Doc, Wyatt and myself have managed to lock Luna and Bellie Button out!out!out!..heh!heh!….It’s the Boyz-Night-In and the Girls-Night-Out!…wooooohoooo!

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on March 19th, 2015

    MollysMaw!….Joey Cooke blew all of us off of Doc’s couch tonight!…WOW! burp!

  82. Masquers
    10:02 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Beau, Amen to your prayer for Bella.

  83. BearSpiritDog
    10:07 pm on March 19th, 2015

    No one in Nome will hassle Our Pixie.
    They Wouldn’t Dare!

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Twins!….Looks like the Berington twins are coming home to Nome together this year….snorkel!

  85. Billy's Buddy
    10:14 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Amen to both prayers.

  86. ML
    10:27 pm on March 19th, 2015


  87. Masquers
    10:32 pm on March 19th, 2015

    The twins can into Nome one year holding hands so one wouldn’t place in front of the other.

    CHobbiti: That question about Golovin…I knew you would say that.

    Riõ: Now youse had better behave yourselves while Rebecca is away.
    Well…okay…at least try.

  88. Wolfie
    10:37 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Amen, sniff. What beautiful prayers.

    Golinka’s prayer makes my heart yearn for something, I know not what.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Yark!….I just climbed up on Wyatt’s shaky shoulders and looked out the window….gurgle!….Luna is outside spitting nails. She is so mad she is literally spitting nails…gasp!…Bellie is collecting them and painting them with pink paint and sparkels…chorkel!…Okay boyz, its time to break out the Shine Mick left in the secret place for me!me!me!…heh!heh!

  90. ALR
    10:46 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Amen and bless the prayergivers…..and all the prayer recievers!

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:57 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Yeeeep!….Now Luna is running around the homestead looking for a way-in…..gasp!….Luckily, the only opening besides the locked-for-good-front-door is the wood stoves pipe through the roof…snort!…No way Luna will be doing a Kamikaze Santa Clause act tonight – we are safe!…chorkel!…Doc, pass me that Shine brother!…burp!

  92. Staff
    11:09 pm on March 19th, 2015


    AJ will be coming in during the middle of the night! Do I have the fortitude to wake up to watch the spotty Iditarod coverage? Probably not.

    I would like to add a thank you for families. Families you choose and families you have. I am glad for family here with me tonight. Tonight A Catty’s daughter and fiance are here for one night. Good times. Pizza, Key Lime pie and ginger ale floats. (Mr. Fireslippers made the Key Lime pie and as always it is superb. If he just stuck to KLP he would be an amazing chef.

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:30 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Scratching!….We hear this scratch…scratch…scratch…at the big door…sniff!…Doc thinks we should open the door…grunt!…He is so naive. Wyatt thinks we should open the door too…gah!…What is wrong with youse two old farts?…sniff!…Scratching sucks. Those who scratch are not worthy to be in the big house…heh!heh!…Now yeeeping and yarking have started up from outside the door, the big door…heh!…It is Luna and Bellie Button. They are cold and want in…but Luna will not be happy if I let her in. She will sit on me and make me gruffle “Uncle!”…yelp!…But old Doc insists we let them in. He is insistent. …gah!

  94. c.hobbit
    11:33 pm on March 19th, 2015


    Key Lime Pie is a favorite of mine. The next time Fireslippers visits he will have to make one

  95. Tupper and Gilly
    11:37 pm on March 19th, 2015

    Beau – we will say a prayer for Rebecca, but we think she is one tough, self-reliant, smart cookie. She will stay safe.

    Staff – glad you are having a lovely evening.
    Wolfie – we hope your heart finds the peace it yearns for.
    ALR – thank you.

    And now, g’night, family.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:52 pm on March 19th, 2015

    IN!…Come on in Luna and Bellie Button!….yeeeep!…I get the big-bed, right?…wuffle!

  97. BearSpiritDog
    12:07 am on March 20th, 2015

    YEEP!!! Sebastian Schnuelle Reports White-Out Conditons on Infamous Norton Sound:
    Two More Mushers Scratch.
    Thank Dog Our Team is Safe in White Mountain!

  98. dawson
    12:14 am on March 20th, 2015

    Did I make the announcement about White Mountain being sponsored by BooBear for Gus and Truman?
    I think the checkpoint is perfect for them because you need a certain amount of luck to make it this far in the race (Gus living years more than expected with a heart condition) and you also need a strong survivor spirit (Truman fighting off rare brain cancer once and only succumbing when it came back again). Gus and Truman give our team these traits among others and our team will go safely down the trail.

  99. Masquers
    12:18 am on March 20th, 2015

    Staff: You should be able to see them coming into Nome tomorrow morning. The team won’t be leaving White Mountain until 2 am CDT and they have a good 8 hours ahead of them.
    Eleven mushers are out of the race.

  100. dawson
    12:18 am on March 20th, 2015

    BearSpiritDog: I see now that 4 teams are “camped out” on the ice. I do not like that stretch of trail.

  101. Masquers
    12:39 am on March 20th, 2015

    Dawson: Nor do I, nor do I.
    Probably best to not take our checkout and arrival time calculations as gospel and do your own.
    My kat eyes are getting blurry and the brain fog is setting in.
    SnowKat signing off. WBB after a short nap.

  102. Masquers
    3:29 am on March 20th, 2015

    It looks like we are moving!

  103. Masquers
    3:38 am on March 20th, 2015

    Heh, hen. while the rest of the pack slumbers, the team slips away into the night.

  104. Masquers
    4:07 am on March 20th, 2015

    If my kat math is correct, it will be another 8 hours to Safety, then 3 more to Nome.
    That should have our team reaching the finish line around the noontime hour.
    What lucky team member will have his or her paw raised to the burled arch??
    Going to check the weather.

  105. Masquers
    4:09 am on March 20th, 2015

    White Mountain, AK

    Feels Like: 2°F
    Wind: N 12 mph
    Visibility: 10.0 miles
    Hour-by-hour | 10-day

  106. BearSpiritDog
    4:14 am on March 20th, 2015

    A Nice Night for Racing.

  107. O'Howlers
    7:16 am on March 20th, 2015

    Good morning. Thanks for the great overnight reporting, Bear and Masquers.
    We are now watching our team moving along on their way to Safety. Run Dogs Run! Onward Snowhook!!

  108. Herd of Hounds
    8:21 am on March 20th, 2015

    We tippy pawed to the iaw at 3:45 AM and have checked on the team off and on. Looks like they are going strong. Couldn’t use the ipaw long since it disturbed a grumpy sleeping bear, er, DDD.

  109. Herd of Hounds
    8:23 am on March 20th, 2015

    It looks like Snowhook has reached the coast.

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