This Post Is Dedicated To Justin Savidis (AJ)

From Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, our team in the Iditarod.

At long last AJ and the team have made it to the White Mountain checkpoint where they will enjoy a mandatory eight hour layover before they can continue.  Seventy-seven miles remains of their race.  Word from a volunteer at a checkpoint is that the dogs are doing well, yet AJ is sick.  How sick and with what, I don’t know.  But, I haven’t time and time again said that AJ is the strongest person I know both mentally and physically for no reason.  They have traveled through unseasonably warm temperatures, slogged through poor trail conditions and have truly plundered on through every trial on the trail.  To say that I am proud of AJ and the team doesn’t come close.  

The rule of thumb is that teams will cross the finish line approximately twelve hours after leaving White Mountain.  The team will leave White Mountain shortly after 5:30 a.m. (Alaska)  C. Hobbit Harris and I will prepare to greet Snowhook under the burled arch early afternoon on Thursday.  We will celebrate under the arch, care for the dogs, and then engage in an activity that is long overdue—rest.  

I want to thank the Plunderers (that includes Spence and Admin) for all your support.  For helping us get to the starting line, for cheering us on in person and in spirit, and for being the best damn cheering section.  Ever.  

Here are two sterling members of the team, Doc and Rio.

Doc and Rio Jr.

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323 Responses to “This Post Is Dedicated To Justin Savidis (AJ)”

  1. Whitey-Lance
    8:55 am on March 14th, 2013

    Oops! I was tired when I sent the update to Spence last night. It should be early evening, not early afternoon. Gah!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:56 am on March 14th, 2013

    Standings updated…AJ left White Mountain at 5:34 AKDT..exactly 8 hours. Will hope Rebecca is right on time (for all Snowhook’s sake). Know Plunderers et al will be waiting with baity breath (oops, no fish this am..)we mean baited breath this evening :)

  3. Whitey-Lance
    8:58 am on March 14th, 2013

    Did someone say something about fish? Yum!

    Melanie: As coach of the team, I am making the executive decision for the team to be ushered by the ever so rare, long tail polar bear (a.k.a. droolsalotius).

  4. Siber-H
    9:04 am on March 14th, 2013

    Yes!! A post dedicated to AJ!! He has given us the defination of plundering on during this race…what with almost unbearable warm temperatures, crummy trail conditions, some sick doggies, and now he is sick. We are very proud of AJ!!!

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the team today. We will be glad when AJ gets off the trail and hopefully can start recovering. Mom says no way would she want to be doing what AJ is doing and be feeling sick at the same time.

    Onward to Nome, Snowhook!!!

  5. B. Stover
    9:07 am on March 14th, 2013

    AJ checked out of White Mountain at 05:50 according to Iditarod Insider. I hope he is feeling better. I’m watching the finish line. Go Snowhook!

    Good morning all.

  6. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:07 am on March 14th, 2013

    Get-Along!….Yip-EEE-Yiiii-AAAA-Kiii-OOOO!…Snort!

  7. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:08 am on March 14th, 2013

    I will be thinking of AJ and the team all day. We here are so proud of him.

  8. Siber-H
    9:10 am on March 14th, 2013

    Junior is looking very professional in the photo.

  9. OleyHowlers
    9:12 am on March 14th, 2013

    Good Morning! Yippee Our team is on the last leg of the long journey. Siber said it so well. Team Snowhook epitomizes the rally call of “Plunder On” !!!!

    GO SNOWHOOK!

  10. Whitey-Lance
    9:13 am on March 14th, 2013

    Poor guy, he’s still looking for his eyebrows. I told him they might be in a place called Nome right before they left the starting line. Anything to motivate the rookies, no?

  11. Masquers
    9:13 am on March 14th, 2013

    We are on the Trail with AJ and the Team in spirit. All of Us!
    God Speed Team Snowhook!!!
    Today You Reach Nome.

  12. OleyHowlers
    9:20 am on March 14th, 2013

    W-L, Do you know who the last dropped dog is? We know it wasn’t Junior, because we saw a white dog in the sled. Junior has proven himself as very resilient in his rookie race.

  13. Siber-H
    9:22 am on March 14th, 2013

    Alrighty and gah

    How do I get the live stream operating that enables us to see the teams coming into the finish line? I click on the correct bar on the home page and this strange looking page comes up and I don’t know what to do once I am on that live stream page.

  14. Siber-H
    9:34 am on March 14th, 2013

    umm, nevermind. I have it figured out. They simply weren’t broadcasting when I was looking at it. Aren’t you guys glad you don’t have to explain it to me.

  15. Whitey-Lance
    9:35 am on March 14th, 2013

    Howlers: I have no idea who else has been dropped. My mama went to the dog lot in Nome yesterday in case any of our dropped team had been sent there, but they didn’t have any of us. She is going to check back later today. A white dog? There are three white dogs left on the team. Marco was already sent home. There is Garrett, Abe—both of which are my boys—and Jesse. My guess is it was Jesse.

  16. B. Stover
    9:35 am on March 14th, 2013

    Siber-H: Here is a link to the live stream. Nothing is happening at the moment.

    http://iditarod.com/live-finish/

  17. Masquers
    9:39 am on March 14th, 2013

    My question is: What happened to the sound on the live stream?
    We had it briefly yesterday…now nada…Gah.
    Of course, this may have already been explained…way behind in reading posts here.

  18. Siber-H
    9:42 am on March 14th, 2013

    Thank you, Stover. I have it up and running now, or rather they have it up and running.

    This is a good time to mention how well Junior has done in the race. Many times the young, first-timers get dropped somewhere along the trail to Nome because of their inexperience and not really being able to grasp what the Iditarod is all about. It is part of their learning experience. Junior has plundered on!!!

  19. Siber-H
    9:45 am on March 14th, 2013

    Race fans are starting to complain on the live stream’s page. The Insider gave us lots of warning that this was new and untried for them, so I will be more patient than usual.

  20. Masquers
    9:51 am on March 14th, 2013

    Siber: I agree. It is GREAT to have the live stream so there will be no complaining here.

  21. Siber-H
    9:55 am on March 14th, 2013

    Mae has been found!!!

    They are reporting this as confirmed in the Forums.
    She traveled 150 miles, lost a bit of weight, and has some sore feet, but otherwise is just fine and on her way home.

  22. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:57 am on March 14th, 2013

    Yesterday Mom met with the little boy she’s tutoring and told him somebody won the race, but AJ is still racing, so they’re still cheering for him. Go AJ!

  23. Macy's mom
    10:06 am on March 14th, 2013

    This guy is a real swinger!

  24. BearSpiritDog
    10:06 am on March 14th, 2013

    Yark! Iditarod 2013 has to be an All-Time Record for teams scratching from the Race…1 was withdrawn and 10 have dropped out since leaving Willow.
    That AJ & the dogs have Plundered On in-spite of major difficulties just goes to show How Special Our Team Snowhook Is.

    Siber-H: Mae Found! This is the Best News!!!
    Is it true she was on her way home?

  25. Wookie's Dad
    10:08 am on March 14th, 2013

    I just want to echo what others have said about how incredibly proud we are of AJ and his resiliance, and of the entire team. It is truly a real honor to be associated with Snowhook Kennel. I know that Wookie gave them a paws up as they sailed out of Elim yesterday (and then spent some time cleaning up the chicken wing bones that were left) before he departed for Nome himself to be with Rebecca and CHobbit at the finish line.

  26. Macy's mom
    10:09 am on March 14th, 2013

    Mike Ellis and team are next in, Siber!

  27. Macy's mom
    10:10 am on March 14th, 2013

    One nice thing about being a spirit dog: all the chicken bones you can hold!

  28. Herd of Hounds
    10:11 am on March 14th, 2013

    Official standings site still shows AJ with 9 dogs. Yeah for Mae, thank dog, our toes were getting cramped from being crossed. Dogspeed to Snowhook!

  29. Macy's mom
    10:16 am on March 14th, 2013

    I just received this from our niece who is in Kuwait with her husband and 2 year old.

    Please keep Cole, Bailey & Addison in your prayers.

    “Bailey had to take Cole to the emergency room the night before. He went to light their gas grill and it fireballed on him. He has first degree burns on his face, lost his lashes and eyebrows, 2nd degree burns on his chest and arms. and 3rd degree burn on the back of of his legs where the knee bends. In Kuwait, they really don’t believe in giving any type of narcotics for pain management. Bailey said that what they gave him is barely touching the pain.”

  30. Macy's mom
    10:21 am on March 14th, 2013

    So sad that Cindy Abbott had to scratch. She made it up Everest, but the Iditarod did her in.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    10:23 am on March 14th, 2013

    Oh, Macy’s Mom! We are So Sorry to hear this.
    Strong Prayers are On the Way for Cole, Bailey & Addison, along with Positive Thoughts and paws crossed for a Quick and Complete Recovery.

  32. Gus and BooBear
    10:27 am on March 14th, 2013

    Prayers being said, Macy’s Mom!

    Go Snowhook and AJ!! We are very, very proud of you!!

  33. BearSpiritDog
    10:29 am on March 14th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom: Yes, it is very sad she had to drop out of the race.
    An almost certain contender for the Red Lantern Award, Cindy Abbott was heartily cheered on by most of us.

    Does anyone know What Happened to Jason MacKey? When we click on his GPS link nothing happens, which is usually an indication the musher is no longer in the race.

    Mike Ellis almost into Nome! Setting up now.

  34. OleyHowlers
    10:29 am on March 14th, 2013

    We do not get sound!

  35. Siber-H
    10:33 am on March 14th, 2013

    Fellow Sibers, I am watching for Mike Ellis without any sound!

    Yes, Mae was on her way home to her own kennel.

  36. Masquers
    10:35 am on March 14th, 2013

    WoooHoooo! Sibes into Nome!!!

  37. Masquers
    10:41 am on March 14th, 2013

    As stated before no sound here either.

  38. OleyHowlers
    10:41 am on March 14th, 2013

    Look at thise happy wagging tails! :)

    Macy, prayers here for the neice and her husband and child.

    No sound made us miss the firs sightings, as we are in the office working while waiting. Thankfully we will all be home in front of the large screen tonight.

  39. Melanie
    10:42 am on March 14th, 2013

    Thinking of him (and them) in Kuwait.

    I do notice there is now audio on the live finish.

    I believe it’s the SIBE TEAM!

  40. Melanie
    10:43 am on March 14th, 2013

    That was supposed to be “no audio”. Wonder if they took it off for a reason . . snicker.

    The Sberian Husky record has been broken!

  41. Melanie
    10:43 am on March 14th, 2013

    Let us not forget that AJ and team also had a broken sled.

  42. Melanie
    10:45 am on March 14th, 2013

    I have thought of doing the Iditarod (coming not actually doing) next year.

    I will not be joining you unless circumstances change. It is too difficult in our 200 year old house during the winter.

    Whoops, there they go . .

  43. OleyHowlers
    10:48 am on March 14th, 2013

    They beat the record!!!!! Anyone know by how much?
    Team Tsuga is now the fastest Sibe team in both The Quest and The Iditarod!!!!

  44. Melanie
    10:53 am on March 14th, 2013

    Someone said about a day. That is pretty cool.

    I think the next musher in is Kelly Maixner, less than 2 miles out.

  45. Siber-H
    10:53 am on March 14th, 2013

    We are so proud of those Sibers and Mike Ellis!

    The fastest Siber team before Mike was Blake Freking(sp?) in 2010. He finished in 42nd place and Mike finished in 30th place!!!

    sniff, sniff, sniff

  46. Melanie
    10:57 am on March 14th, 2013

    Ahhh, they are cute. Did they bring a musher with them?

  47. Siber-H
    10:59 am on March 14th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom, Prayers for Cole and his family. Can they get Cole out of Kuwait?

  48. Melanie
    10:59 am on March 14th, 2013

    Wade Marrs next. Less than three miles out.

  49. Trigger
    11:04 am on March 14th, 2013

    GO SNOWHOOK!!!

  50. Melanie
    11:07 am on March 14th, 2013

    Hello Wade. Welcome to Nome.

  51. Whitey-Lance
    11:07 am on March 14th, 2013

    Macy: Many prayers for your family.

  52. Melanie
    11:09 am on March 14th, 2013

    Wow. That’s quite a wind they are having. Coach W-L was correct.

  53. Siber-H
    11:10 am on March 14th, 2013

    I hope they can get the sound fixed before Snowhook comes in. Fans are really complaining.

  54. Masquers
    11:10 am on March 14th, 2013

    Mom says we must turn off the computer for a while.
    The work is piling up around here and we will be glued to the GPS and live stream soon enough. Heh.
    Now is the time sound would be appreciated on the Insider coverage in Nome so we could listen whilst we work.

  55. Wookie's Dad
    11:16 am on March 14th, 2013

    Macy’s mom: Prayers going out for your family members in Kuwait.

  56. BearSpiritDog
    11:16 am on March 14th, 2013

    Heh, heh. Has anyone noticed how that area around Golovin Bay and White Mountain Resembles the Boot of Italy?

  57. Melanie
    11:17 am on March 14th, 2013

    The Long Tailed (now) Polar Bears have left. The bleach has made an interesting pattern on the living room rug. Hmm. Why couldn’t Mattie have done all the bleaching outside. Gracie is carrying a note for AJ explaining that they are not, as Rose put it (colder white bears). but really the Pack.

    I can only hope that AJ can read the note after it has been in Gracie’s mouth.

  58. Melanie
    11:18 am on March 14th, 2013

    52 miles for Snowhook.

    May they have wings on their feet.

  59. Whitey-Lance
    11:21 am on March 14th, 2013

    BSD: Jason scratched a couple of days ago. He is ill.

  60. Melanie
    11:21 am on March 14th, 2013

    Going off the air for awhile. I should really do something. Have no idea what. But I should do something.

  61. BearSpiritDog
    11:25 am on March 14th, 2013

    Thanks for the Update, Whitey.
    The info wasn’t on the Leader-board.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    11:27 am on March 14th, 2013

    Needless to say we here are Behind in the Latest Information.

  63. Whitey-Lance
    11:32 am on March 14th, 2013

    BSD: My mama was watching Jason’s race. Jason and AJ ran near each other in the Northern Lights 300. It was Jason that presented AJ with the ‘Love of Dogs’ award. My mama became concerned when she saw Jason’s time slow. His scratch was a brief blurb on the race updates and facebookie.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    11:41 am on March 14th, 2013

    Strong prayers going out for Cole in Kuwait.

    So glad Mae was found. 150 miles with probably no food. Amazing!

    A few more hours and they will be in Nome. Godspeed to AJ and his team.

  65. dawson
    11:43 am on March 14th, 2013

    “Dedicated to Justin Savidis (AJ)” A well-deserved honor for AJ.

    I’m bursting with pride for our team and hoping that AJ feels better today. Go Snowhook!

    CHobbit and Snowhook Bella: WhoooHoooo in Nome!

    Ouch! Macy’s Mom: Prayers being sent to Kuwait.

  66. Herd of Hounds
    11:45 am on March 14th, 2013

    Macy: HOH’s pawitive thoughts are with you family. Mom says burns are nothing to mess with!
    Long Tailed Polar Bears…go, go, go…give Mel a chance to get stuff done.
    Go Snowhook.

  67. Melanie
    12:01 pm on March 14th, 2013

    My appointment with the refrigerator smash the you know whats on Monday.
    Then the next week I have my yearly doc exam. Where she will probably say, for someone how is sick you are in good health.

    Someone about to make an appearance.

  68. Macy's mom
    12:20 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Bear I saw Italy yesterday, but I am glad someone else sees shapes like I do.

    Cole is working in Kuwait on a one year contract. He is pretty much stuck there. Thanks for all the good wishes for him.

  69. Macy's mom
    12:25 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Husky chat “You told me we were just running down for some bread” “Ha ha, punked you, rookie”

  70. Belle Starr
    12:27 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Today seems like a special day, but I have no idea why. Nothing seems as special as Wose visiting me, me, me.

  71. Tupper and Gilly
    12:28 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Wow – we are gone for just a little while, and all kinds of things are happening.
    Macy – rest assured that prayers are being sent right now for your family.
    Siber – we are happy for you and your “cousins”. Good job!

    And we are so happy that tonight, AJ and Rebecca will be together again. Along with 9 grinning, tired, but happy doggies. And a Hobbit.

    Add cheesecake, ice cream and hot wings – and life is perfect.

  72. Whitey-Lance
    12:36 pm on March 14th, 2013

    My mama and our Hobbit had caribou stew last night and then had cheesecake for dessert. Since the team left White Mountain my mama may have had 3 golden Oreos for breakfast.

  73. Siber-H
    12:47 pm on March 14th, 2013

    The live stream has sound now.

    Whitey-Lance, Today your mom should have all the Oreos and cheesecake she wants.

    I can’t really understand what they are talking about on the live stream. Mom says that may be a good thing.

  74. Melanie
    12:57 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I think your mom is correct. I had to look up golden Oreos. Didn’t know they made them.

  75. Siber-H
    12:58 pm on March 14th, 2013

    They just turned the sound off, or broke it. One guy was pounding something and another guy was barking.

  76. Melanie
    1:12 pm on March 14th, 2013

    About forty miles way now.

  77. Wookie's Dad
    1:21 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Question for Siber-H or maybe W-L. This is something that I have been wondering about for a while and haven’t been able to figure out. Why is it the distance from the start for each checkpoint (as appears on the list of checkpoints) and the indication of race miles associated with each checkpoint,as appears on the GPS map, are somewhat out of sync?

  78. Rose
    1:23 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Godspeed Snowhook! The Prof and I have been thinking about AJ and Rebecca since the race started. I hope AJ is not very sick, and that the doggies are well.

  79. Melanie
    1:41 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That is driving me nuts, Wookie’s dad. Then I discovered that if , on the GPS map, if you click and hold on the checkpoint it now gives you some information about the checkpoint and the correct mileage.

  80. Siber-H
    1:41 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad, umm We need my pal, Whitey-Lance, for your question, but here is my best guess.

    I do know that the actual distance of miles traveled in the Iditarod is different every year because the folks that put in the trail will follow the route that looks the best to them each year. The route that will be the best terrain for the teams to get over and around.
    This is why the red line on the GPS Tracker and the little green flags can be so far apart sometimes.

    The mileage on the Iditarod’s website when they give us the mileage between the checkpoints is just a general guideline to go by.

  81. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:45 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Safety!….Hey! Our team is closing in on checkpoint Safety!…snort!snort!…This is the Retirees checkpoint, is it not?…wooooo!

  82. BearSpiritDog
    1:48 pm on March 14th, 2013

    On my way to Nome to join Whitey, Wookie, C.Hobbit & The BDHW, who is soon to be joined by the Giant & Team.
    I come Bearing Gifts for All. Snickers Bars & Slim Jims with Lots of Cheesecake (heard youse were running low on this Race Staple. Heh)

  83. Macy's mom
    1:50 pm on March 14th, 2013

    doggone, my husky chat was funny. Somebody better laugh, right now! heh-heh

  84. Masquers
    1:51 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Whitey! I’m back for a minute sneaking a quick message to you.
    Tell your mama to check her SDD asap.

  85. Siber-H
    1:52 pm on March 14th, 2013

    AJ and the dogs are making good time today.
    Mom and I aren’t getting much else done today but that is okay. It is a Holiday!

  86. Siber-H
    1:58 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom, I went back and read it. I get it now. LOL, LOL, and LOL (cute)

  87. dawson
    1:59 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom: I’m laughing! Picturing AJ telling Junior that tale.

    SiberH: What holiday?

  88. OleyHowlers
    2:01 pm on March 14th, 2013

    What are golden oreos?
    T&G, those Sibes are our kin too! We are so proud of them, and nobody better call us Slowberians again.

  89. Siber-H
    2:05 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Dawson, It is a Holiday because AJ and the team arrive in Nome!

    Fellow Sibers, You got that right about Slowberians!

  90. Macy's mom
    2:06 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Here is a picture of Rebecca’s breakfast.

  91. Melanie
    2:08 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I can’t go back far enough. Dognabit. Earlier I saw a comment about you being friends with a Internet genius named Siber-H. Snicker

  92. OleyHowlers
    2:11 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Macy’s hitting on all Cylinders this afternoon!

    We want to party bigtime tonight.

  93. Tupper and Gilly
    2:19 pm on March 14th, 2013

    oops – Howlers….no disrespect intended. Of course those wonderful Iditarod Sibers are your cousins too. And we don’t give a hoot if youse guys are slower than some Alaskan Huskies – as AJ said about Quig and Twig – they aren’t the fastest, but they just go and go and go.

    safe TEEEEE safe TEEEEE safe TEEEEEE!!!! Wooo hooo
    And then on to Nome!

  94. Barb & Maggie
    2:19 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Macy, we like both of your jokes.

    Haven’t heard of golden Oreos either.

  95. OleyHowlers
    2:19 pm on March 14th, 2013

    We do not like Joe Runyan. No we do not.

  96. dawson
    2:21 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I saw that comment too, Melanie. Some one kept asking who had a Husky and Macy’s Mom said she had a good friend called CyberH who was a whiz on computers.

    Safety! The Retirees checkpoint. That’s me! I’m a happy retiree to see our team strutting into the last checkpoint but one. Go Snowhook!

  97. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:26 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Raven!…Some of those Chattie-Cathys are going on about a HUGE Raven seen in the shoot…snort!snort!…Dan made it after all.

  98. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:34 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Flying!…Next stop Nome!….Woooooo!WEEEEEE!

  99. Siber-H
    2:34 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Thank you, Macy’s Mom. You are a good friend. The rest of you can laugh if you want to. ok, I’ll admit it is kinda funny.

  100. Masquers
    2:52 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Go Team Go!
    Go Team Go!!
    GOOOO SNOWHOOK!!!

  101. OleyHowlers
    2:55 pm on March 14th, 2013

    We are thru Safety, aren’t we? We don’t seem to be getting emails now. And Current Standings did not update.

  102. Rose
    3:00 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom: Strong prayers coming from Westchester.

  103. Rose
    3:01 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Belle Starr: There is no other day in my life that could be as special as the day I met you, you, you!

  104. Tupper and Gilly
    3:01 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Be it ever so humble,
    There’s noooo place like Nome

    Where the burgers are costly
    Near ocean’s frozen foam

    There’s no place like No oo om
    Where the race trial does roam
    Where Rebecca is waiting
    There’s nooo place like NOME!

  105. Rose
    3:02 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I am so proud of AJ and Rebecca and all the dogs of Snowhook Kennel!

  106. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:02 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Live!…Next racer is really close to coming in…snort!

  107. Siber-H
    3:02 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Howlers, Yes, We are through Safety…breezed right on by.

  108. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:06 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Kamera!…How come Rebecca and The Hobbit are not jumping up and down in front of the kamera for us?…grunt!

  109. BearSpiritDog
    3:08 pm on March 14th, 2013

    OMD!!! Look!!! The Raven In Nome!!!

  110. Herd of Hounds
    3:09 pm on March 14th, 2013

    T&G: Whoo hoo hoo who hoo.
    We’re singing too.
    Hope AJ feels ok.
    Snowhook is on the way!

  111. C.hobbit
    3:30 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Wicked wind today. I am wearing 3 layers of clothes, 2 pair wool knee socks, insulated bib snow pants, fleece vest and two winter coats. I am puffy. Rebecca and I put together and set up all the dog crates in our assigned spot in the dog lot so we are ready. Dog lot is fun. Met a volunteers who has volunteered for 15 years. Ar first she lived in Atlanta and now she lives in Colorado Springs. Warming up at headquarters.

    Later we hope to go out to Farley’s Point to meet the team with AJ’s favorite drink (Diet Pepsi) and the Plunderer sign. Siomeone told us about it he point so we hope we cn find it. Photo op :)

  112. Melanie
    3:32 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Zoe and I figure that The Raven is having a good time.

  113. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:38 pm on March 14th, 2013

    CHobbit!…Don’t detain AJ and the team too long you will mess up there Time…snort!

  114. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:45 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Ravens!…Now there is 3 ravens mulling around the chute…heh!heh!…They are having a party.

  115. Macy's mom
    3:48 pm on March 14th, 2013

    TandG arrrooooooooooo

  116. BearSpiritDog
    3:54 pm on March 14th, 2013

    There’s a whole Bunch of Polar Bears with me under the Burled Arch.
    Hmmm…there’s Something Familiar about them.

  117. BearSpiritDog
    3:57 pm on March 14th, 2013

    NO! Leave that Knapsack Alone!
    We have to Wait to Celebrate.
    It won’t be long now! WoooHooo!!!

  118. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:02 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Grump!…What do you bet my friend will be driving home from the busy-place when AJ pulls into Nome?….sniff!

  119. Herd of Hounds
    4:03 pm on March 14th, 2013

    What’s going on? My Nome web cam has had no pict all day. (It was b&w before.) BSD’s shows color. Standings page doesn’t show AJ to Safety yet. Crazy.

  120. Melanie
    4:08 pm on March 14th, 2013

    So that was the loud hissing and howling. Whew.

    Trying to take some short naps so I can be awake for the big event!

    Anyone ever planted plum trees?

  121. Tupper and Gilly
    4:10 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Sharon – you might want to close down your web page with the Iditarod web site, and reopen it as a new window. Sounds like it is stuck.

  122. Melanie
    4:11 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Twenty miles away?

  123. Herd of Hounds
    4:18 pm on March 14th, 2013

    T&G Been there, done that. Even restarted the %#@*& thing. Well, will just hope for best this evening.

  124. Tupper and Gilly
    4:20 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Sharon – do you have internet computer?

  125. Herd of Hounds
    4:22 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Yeah! got a half a pict from None. “Better ‘n a branch across the snout” as Granpa Hound used to say.

  126. Herd of Hounds
    4:24 pm on March 14th, 2013

    T&G What is “internet computer”? Have old Dell pos and access internet via aol.

  127. Tupper and Gilly
    4:29 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Lets try this – do you have a modem?

  128. Tupper and Gilly
    4:37 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Sharon – if you have dial up internet, I can’t tell you how to work with it. IF you have a cable internet service, you have a box near the computer that has solid and flashing lights on the front, and phone and electric wires in the back.
    Sound familiar?

  129. Herd of Hounds
    4:40 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That is on the old fart’s computer. I use the wi fi access he put in. Is that right?

  130. Tupper and Gilly
    4:41 pm on March 14th, 2013

    If you have a box like that, close any web windows you have open but leave your computer turned on. Unplug the telephone and electric cords from the back of the box. Wait 2 full minutes, and plug them back in. (Make sure you know which holes you unplugged them from)
    After you plug the phone and electric cords back in, the lights on the front will be flashing or yellow for a couple minutes, and then will go to solid green. At that point, open your web browser again, and try the Iditarod web site again.
    Paws crossed

  131. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:42 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Tupper!…Ask her what version of Internet Explorer she is running….snort!

  132. Staff
    4:42 pm on March 14th, 2013

    MR.Husky do not listen to the Royals. They are trying to confuse HOH. snicker…

  133. Tupper and Gilly
    4:43 pm on March 14th, 2013

    AJ is 15 miles away from a big, slurpy kiss from Rebecca!

  134. Herd of Hounds
    4:47 pm on March 14th, 2013

    T&G gotcha. BBL (I hope)

  135. Staff
    4:47 pm on March 14th, 2013

    http://www.alaskaair.com/flightstatus/FlightTracking?FlightNumber=38

    A Catty Librarian is getting closer to Minneapolis.

  136. Barb & Maggie
    4:47 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie, Years ago Barb planted plum trees, but doesn’t have much knowledge of them. What are you needing to know? Maybe we can help.

  137. Staff
    4:50 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Sending out prayers to Kuwait for Macy. How hard to have it happening so far away.

    Loved the Raven in the finish Chute. I am sure he was inspecting it for safety for our team.

    I complained on Facebookie about the lack of sound at the finish line. sniff. No response so far.

  138. Melanie
    4:53 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Just wanted to know what types people liked and how they do in cold weather.

    I just might be able to stay wake for AJ without another nap!

  139. Tupper and Gilly
    5:00 pm on March 14th, 2013

    We just found that “Husky” restaurant by going to the close up satellite map. Its right on front street, towards the beginning of town. Wish they were LIVE satellites….

  140. Siber-H
    5:03 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Staff, Don’t worry. I am not listening to the Royals, but I am keeping my paws crossed for Sharon.

  141. Staff
    5:04 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie. I would check your county extension office. I sent you a link on your SDD.

  142. BearSpiritDog
    5:10 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Yeep! The Scary Close-Up Camera!
    Royals youse are Living Dangerously.

  143. Masquers
    5:12 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Sharon: Paws crossed!

  144. Masquers
    5:16 pm on March 14th, 2013

    We here have 2 GPS trackers going…one zooming out…the other ZOOMING IN.

  145. dawson
    5:18 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie: There was a plum tree next door to my house in Montana. Delicious! It got plenty cold there in the winter. Don’t know what kind they were.

  146. OleyHowlers
    5:21 pm on March 14th, 2013

    What is the link for clear webcam?

  147. Tupper and Gilly
    5:22 pm on March 14th, 2013

    They were plumb cold, that’s what they were!

  148. Melanie
    5:24 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Thanks Staff.

    Going to check what’s going on.

  149. Gus and BooBear
    5:28 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Mom has her iPad going on the way home from work. No sound and no arch but a split screen with 2 views. Is this what y’all have? And how far/long for AJ?

  150. Siber-H
    5:29 pm on March 14th, 2013

    This is so exciting. AJ is getting so close!

  151. Staff
    5:29 pm on March 14th, 2013

    O’Howlers, do you mean the Nome webcam?

    http://www.visitnomealaska.com/nome-web-cam.html

  152. Macy's mom
    5:29 pm on March 14th, 2013

    The arch is between the two views.

  153. Staff
    5:30 pm on March 14th, 2013

    It looks like Justin has a whole group chasing him. heh heh. Fly Justin fly!

  154. Siber-H
    5:32 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Gus&BooBear…..11 miles!!
    WOO WOO

  155. Macy's mom
    5:32 pm on March 14th, 2013

    He won’t get to spend much time under the arch before the next team comes in. :(

  156. Masquers
    5:33 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Siber: What’s your estimate on the time?

  157. OleyHowlers
    5:36 pm on March 14th, 2013

    G&BB, You are seeing what we are seeing.
    Staff, Thanks for the link, but the one people have been talking about is Kaisercam or something.

  158. OleyHowlers
    5:46 pm on March 14th, 2013

    10 Miles!!!!!! Woo Hoo!!
    We see that point! Hope Bella and the Hobbit got to see him!
    Not having sound on the live stream is annoying us, but the rents are home now and we are operating our laptop onto our 48″ screen, PLUS our 2 iPaws!

    Bella, With the way so many mushers have dropped out due to illness, we here are in total awe of the BLM (Best Looking Musher).

  159. Tupper and Gilly
    5:53 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Howlers – where is that point? We couldn’t find it

  160. Herd of Hounds
    5:54 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Hey Lucy….I’m home! Boy was that scary. Have things looking more normal. TY T&G and Siber and all crossed paws. Learned something today. Now for the exciting part of the day, waiting for the bootiful Snowhook babies and their musher, of course!

  161. Siber-H
    5:55 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Oh Masquers, I am the wrong dog to ask that question of, but an hour?

  162. Tupper and Gilly
    5:55 pm on March 14th, 2013

    8 miles!!!

  163. Masquers
    5:56 pm on March 14th, 2013

    AJ and the team stopped briefly at that little mound looking place on the map.
    Hopefully they got to say a quick hi and bye!

  164. OleyHowlers
    5:57 pm on March 14th, 2013

    T&G, We think it is close to where that land juts out a bit. Right after that, the trail crosses a road. We are guessing they could drive to that road and meet him. Trouble is, they don’t have a car, do they?

    Can house guys imagine being in Nome chowing down in the restaurant that looks out over the sea ice? How cool would that be? !!

  165. Tupper and Gilly
    5:58 pm on March 14th, 2013

    The finish line is a 936 miles. AJ’s GPS puts him at 928 miles. Currently traveling at 6.7 mph, but the dogs will pick up speed when they sense the town ahead. We think an hour is a reasonable estimate – not that we are leaving for even a minute

    Whew – Sharon – we are so glad our Mama didn’t lead you down the garden path…

  166. Tupper and Gilly
    6:02 pm on March 14th, 2013

    There are silly people posing at the arch. We keep checking the live feed to see if a pink Stormy Kromer shows up.

  167. Melanie
    6:03 pm on March 14th, 2013

    As we wait . . My sister’s math classes all got together to do pie out to the hundredth number! My sister is there at the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=RSU0i9VhkfY

  168. dawson
    6:06 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Kaiser Racing Kennels dot com has 3 web cams, one is Nome. If you go to their site the link to click is on the right hand side marked “cams”. I can’t get any video on the Nome one although White Mountain comes in fine.

  169. dawson
    6:07 pm on March 14th, 2013

    It is National Pi Day.

  170. Riö - The Evil .Pug
    6:14 pm on March 14th, 2013

    HOme!…Someone is home!…snort!…She didn’t miss it afterall…whew!

  171. OleyHowlers
    6:14 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Thanks, Dawson.

    6 !

  172. Tupper and Gilly
    6:26 pm on March 14th, 2013

    5!

  173. Gus and BooBear
    6:26 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Can’t wait! Can’t wait!!

  174. Barb & Maggie
    6:27 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Almost there! This is so exciting!

    So happy that Raven was able to be there.

  175. OleyHowlers
    6:27 pm on March 14th, 2013

    #22 is closing the gap. GO SNOWHOOK!

  176. Melanie
    6:28 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I just visited a site, http://urbanmushingclinic.com, that teaches you how to mush your dogs in an Urban setting. And they teach if (get this) over the internet!

    Using a bike, you hook up two excited dogs to your bike and AWAY you go.

    After I picked myself up from the floor. I thought about how the Newfs would do . . hmmm, I could drag them behind me.

  177. Siber-H
    6:30 pm on March 14th, 2013

    lol Hooking up two Sibers to a bike could mean disaster for the human.

  178. Herd of Hounds
    6:31 pm on March 14th, 2013

    We don’t know whether to hold our breaths or pant…let’s divide and conquer…Go Snowhook.

  179. Tupper and Gilly
    6:33 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Herd of Hounds – BREATHE!!!! Other wise we will have a herd of Bluetick Hounds

  180. Tupper and Gilly
    6:36 pm on March 14th, 2013

    4!

  181. Tupper and Gilly
    6:37 pm on March 14th, 2013

    AJ is going 6.3 – the guy coming up behind his is going 8.9. Sheesh – what kind of caffeine is he giving HIS dogs?

  182. Princess Sam
    6:39 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I can’t take it. I’m too excited!

  183. Wose
    6:39 pm on March 14th, 2013

    AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ!

  184. bluecat
    6:41 pm on March 14th, 2013

    SNOWHOOK
    SNOWHOOK
    SNOWHOOK

  185. Melanie
    6:41 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Ten minutes is a long time.

  186. Herd of Hounds
    6:42 pm on March 14th, 2013

    In “honor” of Rio who seems to be missing…poodled up, splort, belch.

  187. Tupper and Gilly
    6:42 pm on March 14th, 2013

    RUN QUIG!!! RUN TWIG!!!!
    GO SNOWHOOK!!!
    Woo hooooooo!

  188. OleyHowlers
    6:42 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Kat’s godmom went to a class to learn how to mush 2 of her dogs (1 at a time) from a bike-like device, she loved it. Mom wants to try it with us.

  189. Melanie
    6:44 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Ha! He has sped up! 3 miles. yikes

  190. dawson
    6:44 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie: So funny! I can picture Patsy sitting in her little wheeled cart and you harnessed up as lead dog.

    Yippee!

  191. Melanie
    6:46 pm on March 14th, 2013

    When I was really sick, I had a scooter. Part of the Pack was still being shown and I would exercise them with that. I then got an old golf cart (now gone, sigh) and used that to trot them down the road. When they got tired they would just ride in the golf cart with me.

    That was fun.

  192. Masquers
    6:47 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Gah! Beals is trying to move up.
    Fly like the wind Snowhook!!!

  193. Melanie
    6:47 pm on March 14th, 2013

    If the other dude passes AJ it means AJ will have more time under the arch. snicker

  194. Gus and BooBear
    6:48 pm on March 14th, 2013

    This ten minutes has lasted an hour because we are so excited. Does the screen keep going out of focus for y’all too? People are starting to come out to the fence.

  195. Tupper and Gilly
    6:48 pm on March 14th, 2013

    3!

  196. Masquers
    6:51 pm on March 14th, 2013

    How are youse zooming in so close? My GPS is at max. Do I have it on the wrong setting?

  197. Siber-H
    6:52 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie, Good point about that dude passing AJ.

  198. OleyHowlers
    6:52 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Can anyone spot Rebecca and C.Hobbit yet?

  199. Macy's mom
    6:52 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Did the newfs get to drive?

  200. Macy's mom
    6:53 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Kaiser cam is clear, but stationary.

  201. Masquers
    6:54 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Why is the tracker data showing Beals ahead when the GPS has AJ in front?

  202. OleyHowlers
    6:56 pm on March 14th, 2013

    How did you get Kaiser cam? Ours doesn’t come in for Nome.

  203. Melanie
    6:57 pm on March 14th, 2013

    They tried to Macy’s Mom. In fact I had gotten out and was talking to a neighbor when Patsy pressed the accelerator and started to run us over. That was fun.

  204. Riö - The Evil .Pug
    6:57 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Wind!…I wonder if the wind is causing the camera focus to go in and out…grunt!

  205. Tupper and Gilly
    6:57 pm on March 14th, 2013

    2!

  206. Melanie
    6:59 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Arg . . I hope next year they don’t put the cameras up with duct tape. The wind is getting them and they go out of focus.

  207. OleyHowlers
    6:59 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That camera is Dog-awful. Grrrr

  208. Melanie
    7:01 pm on March 14th, 2013

    The other Nome web camera I have doesn’t even have the arch in it.

  209. Gus and BooBear
    7:01 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Our video keeps fading in and out! Gah!

  210. dawson
    7:02 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I think the Kaiser Cam for Nome is done. My guess is that after Peter Kaiser finished the race they turned the camera off because they were paying for the expensive bandwidth to keep it going.

    That young impertinent rascal passed AJ with only a couple miles to go.

    Go Snowhook!

  211. BearSpiritDog
    7:03 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That guy is Trying to Steal Our Glory! Grrr.

  212. OleyHowlers
    7:05 pm on March 14th, 2013

    We see Rebecca!

  213. Tupper and Gilly
    7:05 pm on March 14th, 2013

    There is a pink Stormy Kromer at the finish line!

  214. BearSpiritDog
    7:05 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Our Stupid Green Flag still Shows AJ Front.

  215. Melanie
    7:05 pm on March 14th, 2013

    YSAS says “Go Snowhook!”

  216. Staff
    7:06 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I saw Rebecca’s pink stormy kromer under the arch…

  217. Wose
    7:08 pm on March 14th, 2013

    AJ! AJ! AJ! AJ!

    SNOWHOOK!!!!!!!!

  218. Melanie
    7:10 pm on March 14th, 2013

    There’s AJ!!

  219. Melanie
    7:12 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That’s a heck of a lot of happy dogs!

  220. Melanie
    7:12 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Let’s see . . can you see this at all?

  221. Tupper and Gilly
    7:13 pm on March 14th, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS AJ
    WELL DONE!!

  222. Gus and BooBear
    7:13 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That guy just barely beat AJ but he had more dogs.

  223. Wose
    7:14 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie, the picture doesn’t seem to enlarge

  224. Melanie
    7:14 pm on March 14th, 2013
  225. Gus and BooBear
    7:15 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Thank dog that the camera stayed in focus just long enough to see AJ finish!!

  226. Wose
    7:15 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Doesn’t enlarge. :(

  227. Melanie
    7:16 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That’s because the image on the computer is so small.

  228. Melanie
    7:16 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Have to wait for C.Hobbit’s pictures.

  229. OleyHowlers
    7:17 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Fantastic!

  230. Gus and BooBear
    7:18 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Well done, AJ!! We can’t tell you how proud we are of you and the team!!

  231. Wose
    7:18 pm on March 14th, 2013

    WhoooooooooHooooooooooo!

    The Prof and I are so very proud of AJ! Congratulations Snowhook!!!
    Bella and AJ, we love youse guys!

  232. Herd of Hounds
    7:19 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Yeah AJ!
    Wow Snowhook!
    Plunders, what a race!
    Need to find out how AJ and doggies are.

  233. Oley Howlers' Pop
    7:20 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Well Done Snowhook!

  234. Melanie
    7:21 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Either in this one . .

  235. Siber-H
    7:22 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Congratulations Snowhook!!
    We are very proud of you!
    Good Job

    The dogs looked frisky.

  236. Melanie
    7:22 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Or this one, AJ was sneaking a kiss with Rebecca.

  237. OleyHowlers
    7:22 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Guess what? Travis Beals #22 who passed SJ at the kast minute proposed to his woman under the arch just now!!!!! Yowzer!

  238. Macy's mom
    7:22 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie, your shots are better than the live feed. I was getting dizzy watching it.

    Yeaaaaaaaaa Snowhook, now, hit the hay.

  239. Melanie
    7:22 pm on March 14th, 2013

    And then he left.

  240. Staff
    7:23 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Yay AJ! I was forgetting to watch because A Catty just got here at about 6:30. But the Turtleman gave me a prod and I got back to the computer just before AJ came in.

  241. OleyHowlers
    7:23 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Again:
    Guess what? Travis Beals #22 who passed AJ at the last minute proposed to his woman under the arch just now!!!!! Yowzer!

  242. Macy's mom
    7:23 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Yeah, I saw an interview with him earlier. They have 2 kids, so not a moment too soon, lol.

  243. Siber-H
    7:24 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Congratulations Snowhook!!
    We are very proud of you!
    Good Job!

    The dogs looked frisky…like they could turn around and do it again.

  244. bluecat
    7:25 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Congratulations AJ, doggies and Rebecca.
    I am so proud of all of you.
    Thank you for sharing your dream with us.

  245. dawson
    7:25 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Great job!

  246. OleyHowlers
    7:26 pm on March 14th, 2013

    We here are so happy, and now we don’t know what to do with ourselves. Thank you, AJ, Rebecca, and All the dogs of Snowhook!

  247. Melanie
    7:30 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That is the live feed. I just waited until the camera stopped moving.

    AJ,
    Thank you for a race well run.
    The weather was terrible, and you Plundered on.
    The sled broke, and you Plundered on.
    The dogs were fed, bedded, given tummies and affection, and you Plundered on.
    Some dogs could not finish, and you Plundered on.
    Some of the dogs were sick, and you Plundered on.
    You were sick, and you Plundered on.
    You took care of your Pack.
    That means more to me than coming in in first place.
    Thank you again.
    Melanie and the Newf Pack

  248. OleyHowlers
    7:31 pm on March 14th, 2013
  249. BearSpiritDog
    7:33 pm on March 14th, 2013

    WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU AJ AND THE SNOWHOOK TEAM!!!!!!

  250. Wookie's Dad
    7:34 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Congratulations to AJ and the entire Snowhook team. Bravo! Well done!

    OH — as to what to do next, there is March Madness and then the start of baseball season and, most importantly, to start our Snowhook support planning for Iditarod 2014. Go Snowhook!

  251. Macy's mom
    7:34 pm on March 14th, 2013

    If you go to the leaderview, AJ is not listed at all. Or I might be blind.

  252. Staff
    7:34 pm on March 14th, 2013

    OK have to go. BBL

  253. Melanie
    7:36 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Rebecca,

    You are the Best Damn Handler Wife.
    You got AJ and your mutts to the Starting Line, and you Plundered on.
    You fed, bedded, given tummies and affection, to all the other dogs, and you Plundered on.
    You watched the Green Flag stay still for much too long, and you Plundered on.
    You watched the Green Flag go over Norton Sound, and you Plundered on.
    You picked up the dropped dogs with love, and you Plundered on.
    You made it to Nome, got the dog lot ready, and you Plundered on.
    You greeted your musher and mutts, and now it is time to rest.

    Thank you.

  254. Masquers
    7:37 pm on March 14th, 2013

    The finish was spectacular on live feed!!!
    Too, too excited here to settle down.

  255. Masquers
    7:39 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie: Beautifully said.

  256. Barb & Maggie
    7:41 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie, You said it so well! We are so happy for AJ and the team and for Rebecca and C.Hobbit who are there to greet them. Job well done. We are proud of you all.

  257. Tupper and Gilly
    7:41 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Would it be ok with youse guys if we post the final prayer for the race now instead of at 9?

  258. Siber-H
    7:43 pm on March 14th, 2013

    T&G Absolutely

  259. Masquers
    7:45 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amalia, Yes.

  260. Melanie
    7:48 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I sat on my exercise ball and bounced to “500 miles” while AJ and team pulled in.

  261. Tupper and Gilly
    7:49 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Creator – we thank you. That is all. We thank you.
    AJ and the team are safe. Rebecca has her family around her again. Our family is filled with joy. We are filled with pride for this honorable man, this resolute woman, these good and willing dogs.
    We are filled with joy that their run was successful
    We are filled with joy that we have been a part of it all
    We are filled with joy that you have watched over them all these days
    We are filled with joy that the ancestors watched over them all these days
    We are filled with joy that our loved ones came back to be a part of this adventure
    Creator – on this night of joy, we ask for nothing. We are celebrating all the gifts you have given us, all the happiness we have around us, and all the love from this family. On this night, all will sleep in peace, and awaken restored.
    On this night Creator – we thank you. That is all. We thank you.

  262. Melanie
    7:51 pm on March 14th, 2013

    AMEN and HALLELUJAH!

  263. BearSpiritDog
    7:52 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen.
    Yes, Thank You. Sniff.

  264. Riö - The Evil .Pug
    7:54 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Sob!…Sob!Sob!Sob!…sniff!

  265. Melanie
    7:56 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I am now bouncing to the “Hallelujah Chorus”!

  266. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:59 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen!

  267. Riö - The Evil .Pug
    8:00 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Video!….When do you think the video will be up?…snort!heh!…sob!sob!sob!…I’m so damned happy, relieved and proud of my Team!…sob!sob!snuffle!

  268. Riö - The Evil .Pug
    8:00 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Bouncing!…How can Melanie bounce and type at the same time…snorkel!

  269. C.hobbit
    8:01 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I gave the dogs lots of pats and hugs and stayed close to Junior –he did his namesake and all of us proud. All the dogs looked great at the end and are resting in their crates filled with straw and are being fed by Rebecca and AJ. Junior takes after his namesake with regard to food. Rebecca says that is what they want to see at the end. A few dogs are resting and not eating much which she says is ok too since they have run 1,000 milestone someone who has had a tough race and been sick, AJ looks wonderful

    I snagged all the booties have kept Junior’s separate–who knows where they will appear next? We also have AJ’s second bib (last year it disappeared with someone). More later

  270. OleyHowlers
    8:03 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen.

  271. Riö - The Evil .Pug
    8:04 pm on March 14th, 2013

    CHobbit!…Thank dawg you are there scavenging things for the next Auction!….WOOOOOOO!…heh!snort!heh!

  272. dawson
    8:05 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen and WhooooHoooooDeeeeeDooooo!

  273. Siber-H
    8:06 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen, Thank you for all the nightly prayers, Amalia and Leonard. It has been a good day and we are thankful to the Creator for everything.

  274. Melanie
    8:07 pm on March 14th, 2013

    C.Hobbit, Thank you for the news! Keep us up to date when you can.

  275. Melanie
    8:10 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Patsy is snorting and harumphing so it’s time to go upstairs. I’ll check in up there.
    Want to see that video!

    I was sleepy all day and now I’m bouncing.

  276. Riö - The Evil .Pug
    8:13 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Sound!…Now they get the sound fixed…grunt!

  277. Herd of Hounds
    8:14 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen times five from the HOH. Headbumps and kisses, nighty-night.

  278. OleyHowlers
    8:15 pm on March 14th, 2013

    We are not able to post. The blog keeps telling us it is a Duplicate.

  279. Siber-H
    8:18 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Howlers, I have always had the dupicate comment show up once in awhile, but it does let me keep posting.

    I hope AJ doesn’t have to share his video with that Travis guy who also came in. I am not into sharing at the moment.

  280. C.hobbit
    8:21 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Lots of photos but my iPhone froze so I switched to my digital camera. Won’t be able to get them posted until I am home and on a computer with high speed connections.

    Rio: we think alike. Kind of scary

    Funny story from yesterday. Rebecca and I saw a Borzoi being walked in Nome while driving around in a loaned truck. We were so shocked it didn’t occur to me to take a photo. Beautiful dog. I was thinking it wasn’t our Natasha because
    1. She was being walked on a leash. That doesn’t sound like Natty
    2. She was walking calmly. I figure that our Natty would be prancing, dancing and pulling on the leash
    3. She wasn’t wearing heels. Need I say more?

    However, could our spy be doing a double fake out and be masquerading as a docile domestic doggy? Drat! I should have taken a photo. Two years in a row and we still don’t have proof of her exploits

  281. OleyHowlers
    8:29 pm on March 14th, 2013

    C.Hobbit, Thanks for being there and helping to care for our team. We are so proud of Junior. Do you know if he was the only rookie?
    We think Rio Jr.’s booties could fetch a mighty sum.

  282. Gus and BooBear
    8:32 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen and thank you all for sharing this experience with Snowhook with us.

  283. Riö - The Evil .Pug
    8:34 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Borzoi!…snort!…Agent Natasha is a very cunning spy. She tricked CHobbit into not taking a photo of her…grunt!

  284. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:35 pm on March 14th, 2013

    CHobbit!….Don’t lose those Booties whatever you do!…snort!

  285. Barb & Maggie
    8:38 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen, and thank you once again.

  286. Mollypop's Mom
    8:41 pm on March 14th, 2013

    To the Hobbit on Site: Thank you for being there – for many reasons – but now to tie up the loose ends that no one would be paying attention to.

  287. Siber-H
    9:00 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That was Natasha, disguised as a normal, well-behaved dog, that C.Harris saw.

    C.Harris, Thank you for your fine reporting.

  288. dawson
    9:09 pm on March 14th, 2013

    CHobbit: Ditto on the thanks for being in Nome for us and supporting Snowhook Kennels in person and giving us up to the second reports and photos.

    Rose&theProf: Thanks to you to also for the reports and photos.

    Whitey-Lance: Great insider views from a veteran on the trail.

    And, of course, thanks to Siber H. for everything.

  289. Melanie
    9:13 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Could someone’s please send the rest of the Long Tailed Polar Bears home?

  290. c.hobbit
    9:23 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Jem was a rookie as well but Rio Jr was the only rookie that finished. Riding back to our loaned house, AJ was hoping that the Plunderers were not disappointed in his finish time. I told him that we are very proud of him–that we support him because he gives his all and we trust that he puts the dogs first and foremost.

    Rio: if there was a way to bronze those booties, I would! pondering….

    Rio…check your SDD in a few minutes.

  291. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on March 14th, 2013

    CHobbit!…Thank you for expressing to AJ what everyone would love to tell him in person. He is our Hero paws-down….snorkel!

  292. bluecat
    9:27 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Amen.

    AJ – we’re grateful you and the dogs are safe and wouldn’t ask anything more.

    It took a village, didn’t it? Wose and The Prof and CHobbit on site with pictures – Admin and Rebecca with updated reports and pictures – all youse guys and your comments and tips on how to follow the green flag – A&L and powerful prayers each evening –
    thanks for the adventure!

    Macy – prayers with your family.

    ‘Night all.

  293. Siber-H
    9:32 pm on March 14th, 2013

    C.Harris, When AJ wakes up, take him and shake him for us and tell him that we are in no way disappointed in him.

    We are very proud of team Snowhoook and happy and thankful that they let us go along on the journey with them.

    We know that Snowhook puts the welfare of the dogs first. That and the journey itself are the two most important things in doing the Iditarod.

  294. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:33 pm on March 14th, 2013

    CHobbit – heh heh heh.
    Fooled you too.
    Vas not person on end of leash. Vas Franklin, stuffed into body suit. Leash vas part of necessary disguise – is “leash laws” in Nome.

    And reason ve valked so calmly – YOU run von thousand miles in heels and ve vill see how much YOU prance

  295. Siber-H
    9:37 pm on March 14th, 2013

    To me, the Iditarod has never really been about a race. It is about the Dogs and the Journey.

  296. Melanie
    9:39 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Dear Nattie, it’s time to send Frankin back home. Zoe misses him. The last time you kept him out late and Zoe caught you trying to sneak him . . Well that is a story for another time.

    TTFN

  297. Melanie
    9:59 pm on March 14th, 2013

    I’ve watched AJ’s coming I video about five times. He looks good, the dogs look good. And Rebecca looks happy.

  298. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:04 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Melanie – awwww. Vas just starting having the fun.
    Oh vell.
    Good night Franklin. Vas good time.

  299. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Goodnight!…What a great adventure we have all had and will continue to have this coming year!….snort!snort!

  300. Staff
    10:08 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Love AJ’s video. I am so glad he and the team are safe and home again. Hugs all around.
    Going to get ready for bed now. Nighty Nome noodles to all of you. And Liz.

  301. Siber-H
    10:10 pm on March 14th, 2013

    That is a great video!!

    The dogs look very proud of themselves, as well they should be.
    Twig, Good Job, Girl!!

    night all

  302. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:11 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Yes, we could not be prouder of AJ. He is a great man. I have tears in my eyes as I write this….

    …..because there is so much goodness here. So many good true hearts. All of us.

  303. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:17 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Just a quick word and then I must be off. The Snowhook team is just so terrific. I knew that AJ wasn’t feeling well coming into Elim, but Twig and Quig swore me to secrecy, saying they would take care of him the rest of the way in, which they did. I could never be prouder of AJ and the Snowhook team than I am now. They are simply the best. Go Snowhook!
    Wookie of Chevy Chase

  304. BearSpiritDog
    10:20 pm on March 14th, 2013

    Goodnight & A Big Thank You to the Major Players in this,
    The 41st Iditarod.

    You know who you are Oh Fabulous Ones.
    Siber-H for Starting It All.
    Wose & the Prof for Traveling Through Stormy Night & Canceled Flights,
    Our Hobbit Traveler, C.Harris, for her Trip to Nome.
    Marvelous Melanie, Maker of the Magic Photos,
    Amalia & Leonard for the Sacred Evening Prayers,
    The Infamous Whitey-Lance, our On-Site Reporter.
    The One & Only Natasha, the Nefarious Borzoi,
    But most of all Thank You to AJ, Rebecca and the Wonderful Dogs of Snowhook Kennel without which We Armchair Mushers would not be here.

    We Love You – Bear

  305. dawson
    10:25 pm on March 14th, 2013

    AJ & Snowhook Bella: Finishing with a healthy happy exhausted hungry team, that is the goal, although it was soooo exciting when you were in 4th place! WhoooHooooo!

    Rio Junior: WhooooHoooooo!
    Did you find your eyebrows?
    Congratulations Junior!
    You are no longer a rookie.
    You are a veteran.

  306. LizF
    1:15 am on March 15th, 2013

    To AJ and Rebecca and the team, big congratulations on the race run! You guys rock and it’s such a relief that you’re safe at the finish. Beautiful prayer Amalia, nice secret agent work Natty, hooray for all those beautiful dogs and people up there in the cold!!

    I can’t believe it’s over for another year…

    Hi to all youse guys.
    xxx

  307. OleyHowlers
    6:47 am on March 15th, 2013

    We want to echo what everyone else said. Of course, itwassuper exciting when our team was in 4th, but the absolutely most important thing is for our team to be healthy, happy, and safe, and for all of the dogs and AJ to enjoy the challenge and complete the trek to Nome. We are so darn proud of you all but overwhelmingly impressed with rookie Rio Jr. What a professional he has turned out to be. And Hurray for Twig, who single-led our team when AJ was sick. What a great girl she is!

  308. Melanie
    8:53 am on March 15th, 2013

    Hear Hear!

  309. Melanie
    8:54 am on March 15th, 2013

    Um, as Macy’s Mom put it . .

    What do I do now? snicker

  310. B. Stover
    10:40 am on March 15th, 2013

    Is Spence still in mountain time area?

  311. Staff
    11:29 am on March 15th, 2013

    HI Liz!

  312. dawson
    11:42 am on March 15th, 2013

    Hi Liz!

  313. Rose
    12:21 pm on March 15th, 2013

    RIO! You must be bursting with pride over your boy’s “pug”nacity.
    I am so honored to have sponsored him for the race. When I looked in his eyes, I saw the look of a future leader.
    RIO! RIO! RIO!

  314. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:35 pm on March 15th, 2013

    Proud!…Rose, I am so proud of my Junior…snort!…I didn’t even think he would make the team this year, let alone finish it…chuffle!…He’s a good boy.

  315. c.hobbit
    1:38 pm on March 15th, 2013

    Rebecca and AJ got up at 5am to start transporting dogs to the airport. Two dog crates per truck load back and forth (the magic two number). They had to get it all done by 7am. I couldn’t sleep forever last night so I slept in. Now it is their turn to sleep and I will walk into Nome. I discovered that it is time to lay off the cheesecake as I had to eliminate one of my layers this morning so that I could fit into my gear. We are invited to have muskox stew tonight. Then I will go to the airport and start my trip home, arriving around midnight. AJ and Rebecca will be here a couple of more days to wrap up their responsibilities and rest.

    Dawson: I would catch Rio Jr looking around at the finish line and in the dog lot and I figured that he was looking for his eyebrows. I wonder if Rebecca has introduced him to a mirror yet. It is so funny when dogs see themselves in the mirror for the first time (some dogs see a dog in the mirror and bark, some don’t see anything).

    Rio: did you get the photos I sent last night? It took 11 minutes for each photo to be sent. I kept getting up and checking–part of what kept me up last night.

  316. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:49 pm on March 15th, 2013

    CHOBBIT!..(now i am typing like Rose)…snort!… I did get the photos but I am waiting to post them when my friend gets home from the busy-place…sniff!…That is if we ever get a new post from our fearless leader(s)…chorkel!

  317. Macy the min-pin
    2:13 pm on March 15th, 2013

    CHobbit, please see if you can find out what color the dog truck to the airport was. On the live feed were talking about this one truck that was going back and forth in front of the camera. Maybe it was a dog shuttle.

    I walked into the resale shop this a.m. and the first thing I saw was the book “The Last Great Race” by Tim Jones. It was not being featured, just sitting on the shelf. After a major investment of $.50 itis mine. One more way to extend the experience!

  318. Melanie
    2:52 pm on March 15th, 2013

    Thanks for the update C.Hobbit.

    I am sending my niece’s karma with those tickets!

  319. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:02 pm on March 15th, 2013

    CHobbit!…Can you buy tickets anytime?…snort!…My friend says she needs to go through her finances this weekend before I can commit Beau’s Treatie Fund to this raffle-daffle…sniffle!

  320. Melanie
    3:07 pm on March 15th, 2013

    Just for fun. . “Paper is not dead”

    http://vimeo.com/61275290

  321. BearSpiritDog
    3:38 pm on March 15th, 2013

    Has anyone Heard Any News from OFA?
    We here Forgot a couple of VIPs in last night’s Dedication.
    (Rio the Evil Pug being one of them)
    And, youse know how I Worry.

  322. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:00 pm on March 15th, 2013

    Author!…Spencer prefers not to talk to me…snort!…When he does, he grits his teeth…heh!heh!

  323. c.hobbit
    4:01 pm on March 15th, 2013

    Macy: The truck is silver gray.
    Going around Nome and picking up stuff for future auction and mercantile. Lots of items of interest
    If I wasn’t retired, I would get a job in Nome. It is quite cosmopolitan for a village. More of a town, really. I’ve always wanted to visit Nome and I regret I didn’t do it earlier

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