We arrived at Wasilla. To learn about the Iditarod -- The Last Great Race on Earth -- the spirit of Alaska! You can't compare it to any other competitive event in the world! A race over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A RACE EXTRAORDINAIRE, a race only possible in Alaska.
From Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast, each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days. It's not just a dog sled race, it's a race in which unique men and woman compete. Mushers enter from all walks of life. Fishermen, lawyers, doctors, miners, artists, natives, Canadians, Swiss, French and others; men and women each with their own story, each with their own reasons for going the distance. It's a race organized and run primarily by volunteers, thousands of volunteers, men and women, students and village residents. They man headquarters at Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome and Wasilla. They fly volunteers, veterinarians, dog food and supplies. They act as checkers, coordinators, and family supporters of each musher.
Iditarod -- The Last Great Race on Earth -- the spirit of Alaska!
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (IATA: ANC, ICAO: PANC, FAA LID: ANC) is the major airport in the state of Alaska located 4 nautical miles (7 km) southwest of downtown Anchorage.
Fairbanks and Juneau are the next busiest airports. Anchorage traffic peaks during June, July and August when passenger numbers are twice as high as between October and April.
Some of the most popular destinations in Alaska are: Anchorage, Denali Park, Fairbanks, Seward, and Talkeetna.
We would suggest flying into Anchorage, renting a car, and then driving to Wasilla. To learn about the Iditarod.
We have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of the various places in Alaska; as well as hotels, and rental 4 wheel drive vehicles; when visiting this beautiful State.
Priceline.com can also arrange very nice Alaska Cruises; which we highly recommend.
Cruises are usually taken during the warm late spring through early fall seasons, due to the freezing temperatures of the winter.
|The Headquarters At Wasilla||The Iditarod|
The Last Great Race on Earth!
|The spirit of Alaska!||Audrey Found A Puppy!|
|George Wants The Puppy Too!||In A Short Time|
He Will Be A Champion Sled Dog!
|Audrey "Mushing!", With Puppy!||For A Donation|
You Can Ride The Sled!
|We Get On|
The Dogs Are Ready!
|Off We Go! What A Ride!|
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