Sunday, April 30, 2017

End of Season Break-Up

Break-up means a few different things here at the kennel.

Spring break-up on a fast track in Two Rivers with the snow nearly all melted. The yard has been very damp and "Mud season" is upon us. Allen has a water pump draining various lowland sections of the yard so that everyone has a dry spot to spend the sunny afternoons.

Break up also means our crew has dispersed around the globe. Ruth has returned home to Norway to her husband and dogs. As she reports, winter still has a hold of northern Scandinavia. Chris is now living above Juneau on a glacier for another summer introducing tourists to the love of dog sledding.


Ruth and Chris enjoy a final evening together at SP Kennel with Springtime cocktails.

Moira is now home in New Zealand after taking a few days to visit Oklahoma City to watch some NBA basketball (as the Thunder's starting centre is a Kiwi!) She is now beginning yet another season of winter!


Moira cheers for the one and only Kiwi playing in the NBA.

Aliy and Allen are currently in the lower 48 visiting with family. They left the kennel for a week in the trustworthy hands of Wendy and Wes; as well as good friends and hard workers: the Earle Girls. Thank you guys for "holding down the fort".

Break-up also means that activity here on the DogLog will slow down. Thanks for being with us through this racing season, we have enjoyed bringing you coverage of racing and training. There is one more "Aliy Cam" video from the 2017 Race and she is also working on a long over due 'Race Recap'.

We will try to bring you some interesting happenings from around the kennel and elsewhere over the summer. Keep checking back occasionally to see what we are up to, and remember, everything ramps up again in September and October!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ID: "Aliy Cam" Shaktoolik to Koyuk

This year, as with many other years, Aliy carried a hand held video camera to capture sections of the trail she wanted to share with you all.

In this video, the fifth in the series, we see three different sections of the trail between Shaktoolik to Koyuk. You will get to see up close, the Shelter Cabin we often talk about, and get to experience a little wind!

Monday, April 24, 2017

ID: "Aliy Cam" Onto Sea Ice

This year, as with many other years, Aliy carried a hand held video camera to capture sections of the trail she wanted to share with you all.

In this video, the forth in the series, the team steps onto the sea ice just after the checkpoint in the village of Shaktoolik, heading towards Koyuk.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

ID: "Aliy Cam" Near Kaltag

This year, as with many other years, Aliy carried a hand held video camera to capture sections of the trail she wanted to share with you all.

In this video, the third in the series, the team is heading towards Kaltag at sunrise. Isn't it gorgeous?

Monday, April 17, 2017

ID: "Aliy Cam" Five Miles From Koyukuk

This year, as with many other years, Aliy carried a hand held video camera to capture sections of the trail she wanted to share with you all.

In this video, the second in the series, the team is about five miles from the village of Koyukuk, travelling through some moose country.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ID: "Aliy Cam" Towards Huslia

This year, as with many other years, Aliy carried a hand held video camera to capture sections of the trail she wanted to share with you all.

In this video, the first in the series, the team is heading towards Huslia and Aliy talks about her team and the trail.

Monday, April 3, 2017

ID: Red Team Video

A glimpse of the Red Team's journey in the 2017 Iditarod including snippets from "Aliy Cam" that will be posted separately during spring.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Artistic License - Celebrity Jury

Aliy has been invited to be part of the "celebrity jury" for a fun new project. The state of Alaska is opening a call to all Alaskans to brainstorm, create, and submit designs for their ideal license plate.


The panel of Alaskan judges will choose finalists, and a statewide vote will decide the winning design.

The new plate will be available for all Alaskans to put on their cars as an official DMV-issued license plate for a limited run through the next four years, before the call opens again, and a new design is chosen.

So, if you are an Alaskan with a flair for design the panel wants to hear from you. Click here for more details including design guidelines and how to enter.