Filed under: Iditarod! — iditalearn2010 @ 6:11 pm

img_01662thumbnailWe arrived safely in Nikolai to a warm welcome from the students and staff.

Lance Mackay who is currently in first place was sound asleep in a private room in the gym.

Lance has a broken runner on his sled and is trying to buy an extra sled here in Nikolai that belonged to Dee Dee Jonrowe.

His left sled runner shattered coming through the mountains and it looks like he tried to repair it with a similarlily shattered old cross country ski. His dogs looked wonderful–the vet told me (gary) that he was very impressed with the good condition of Lance’s dogs.

Students are so excited to meet all the new people in their village.img_01672thumbnail

Moose stew is being served for dinner. Grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. The students are raising money to take a trip to Florida next year by selling meals and crafts to all the media and visitors.

The community of Nikolai is a small community which lives a subsistance life style. The main diet is moose and salmon..

A gallon of milk costs 10.00. Milk is either powdered or boxed. Frozen pizza is 10.00. The best way to get groceries is by mail.

I’m off to see who has arrived at the checkpoint. I will be at Takotna tomorrow.


  1. Sleeping in the gym?! I think that’s been done before in Eden Prairie also but not by a dog sledder. Hope the students get their gym back soon, exercise is a good thing!

    Comment by Mr. Peterson, Eden Lake Phy. Ed. — 03/07/2007 @ 6:35 am

  2. Sorry, another comment/question:
    What kind of school activities are usually taking place in the gym in Nikolai?

    Comment by Mr. Peterson, Eden Lake Phy. Ed. — 03/07/2007 @ 7:28 am

  3. Hi Mrs. Cater! We have a few questions for you. What other mushers did you see in Nikolai? Did you get to see Lance Mackey? (When you wrote he was sleeping in the gym.) How did the moose stew taste? Are you having fun? We are using iditalearn every day! We think it’s cool that you were at the school in Nikolai that we’ve seen photos of! We’re busy tracking our mushers (it seems like a lot have scratched early – is the trail extra tricky this year?) On Monday we made husky puppies out of socks and rice with our 2nd grade buddies in Mrs. Paulsen’s class. Can’t wait to hear more from you!

    Comment by Mrs. Klukas's Class, Eden Lake — 03/07/2007 @ 11:22 am

  4. School activities in the gym include volleyball,dodgeball, excercise

    The mushers I have seen so far are Jeff King (see video), Jason Barron, Lance Mackey, Had lunch with Jim Lanier, Ed Eaton(who eat 4 grilled cheese sandwiches).

    Thanks for you comments!

    Comment by Mrs. Cater — 03/07/2007 @ 4:37 pm

  5. Hi it’s gillian from mrs.Klukas class i think it is really ool that you are in alaska. Is it cold?

    Comment by Gillian — 03/07/2007 @ 9:19 pm

  6. How is alaska? Who is in first place? I really miss you. Hope you’re haveing fun!

    Comment by maddie — 03/08/2007 @ 9:04 am

  7. How cold is it?

    Comment by Charlie — 03/08/2007 @ 9:06 am

  8. We got a snow day a week ago & we only had about 12 inches of snow! about how many inches of snow would kids in nikolai have to have to get a snow day?

    Comment by jackie — 03/08/2007 @ 3:48 pm

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