Post banquet Pre start

Filed under: Iditarod! — iditalearn2010 @ 12:26 am


The excitement is building hour by hour. Hearts are beating louder and louder!

Filled dump trucks bring snow to line the streets of downtown Anchorage for the start.

Dog truck after dog truck enters the city limits.

Mushers with hay hanging from their clothing appear as though they spent the night sleeping in the straw with their dogs. The mushers are not sleeping in hotel rooms, they are sleeping in their dog trucks!

Dogs are taken out of their boxes every 4 hours to “shake and bake.” They’re watered, fed, stroked, loved then placed back in the safety of the box they call home, awaiting the big day, Iditarod 2008!

Now we have John Clay with smile after smile as he meets mushers he has only read about and attends the musher banquet which had the largest sold out audience in the history of the race!

I’m not sure who is more excited about the ceremonial start tomorrow: the dogs, the mushers or John anticipating his dream riding in the sled with Matt Calore, number 30.

Watch for them, clap for them, cheer for them!

Mrs. Cater

1 Comment

  1. I am Matt Calore’s dad, also a teacher. I am happy to hear that you all had such a great time on the start day. I hope to be there in 2011 after my wife and I retire from teaching here in Massachusetts. We joke that we don’t know whether to thank Gary Paulson or be angry at him. It was his books that developed Matt’s early interest in dog mushing. He always liked an adventure and camping, even winter campouts. He does love Alaska, and although he has had to work very hard and lives a different type of life “off the grid”, he would say it is a wonderful experiance and wouldn’t live anywhere else. Mr. Clay, I envy you for the ride you had. The pictures look like you had a great time. I’ve actually never ridden in a dog sled. I hope you all have a good finish to your school year.
    Frank Calore

    Comment by Frank Calore — 03/11/2008 @ 8:34 pm

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