Welcome to today's vibe!
We are "mushing" our vibe together with Ruckus the Eskie and his hop called Sepia Saturday!
Go on by and visit his blog! You wont regret it!
Today's post is all about the Iditarod.
I am sure you have all heard of it.
the Iditarod is a sled dog race in Alaska.
I am not going to claim that I know a whole lot about the famous race. but I have a furriend on FB who does, feel free to check out her profile and her info on the Iditarod!
These photo's and info are credited to Tikaani The Husky!
Take a moment to enjoy a video done by Tikaani as well. A 3 dog sled pull!
Click HERE for the video! This video has three huskies pulling a kicksled. This is what I would LOVE to do with my huskies! Just for fun, just on local trails. I am currently teaching them the mushing commands while we are out walking. Learn more about the commands further on in the post.
Here is what the official Iditarod site had to say about the race:
“The Last Great Race on Earth®”
You can’t compare it to any other competitive event in the world! A race covering 1000 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.
It has been called the “Last Great Race on Earth®” and it has won worldwide acclaim and interest. American film crews as well as film crews from around the world have covered the event. Journalists from outdoor magazines, adventure magazines, newspapers and wire services flock to Anchorage and Nome to record the excitement. It’s not just a sled dog 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. Hundreds of volunteers, men and women, students and village residents all help to organize and stage the event. They man headquarters at Wasilla, Anchorage, and Nome. They fly volunteers, veterinarians, dog food and supplies. They act as checkers, coordinators, and family supporters of each musher.
For more info regarding the above, click HERE.
So i found this super hilarious photo also on her page that I know you will love!
It is ongoing as we speak!
There are a ton of different opinions on this race, to do with the dogs, and how they are being cared for.
I am here to tell you, things have changed, and the care of the racers (the huskies) come first above all!
Yes it is a long race.
Yes the terrain can be rough. (especially this year)
BUT this is what huskies do best!
They were born for this!
They love this!
And these dogs look forward to this every year!
I liked this image so much I had to make a sepia version! BOL!
That being said, is only being said for those who take the time to learn their dogs, know their dogs, and know when they have had enough, or even just know when it is time to put their booties on in the rough terrain.
I have watched a ton of video's and read up a lot about this race before doing this post. And I found out that any human not taking proper care of their dog, is disqualified.
Which made me happy, needless to say.
This race and it's rules have came a long way, because if I remember correctly, there were a lot of stories about dogs dying on the trails and not being properly cared for. BUT as far as I can tell, this has all changed.
Below is a map of the trail.
The anatomy of the sled.
Now enjoy some beautiful photo's of some huskies doing what they do best on the Iditarod trail this year!.
Now some history of the trail from the official Iditarod site:
The Spirit of Alaska! More Than a Race…
The race pits man and animal against nature, against wild Alaska at her best and as each mile is covered, it is a tribute to Alaska’s history and the role the sled dog’ played. The Iditarod is a tie to that colorful past.
The Iditarod Trail, now a National Historic Trail, had its beginnings as a mail and supply route from the coastal towns of Seward and Knik to the interior mining camps at Flat, Ophir, Ruby and beyond to the west coast communities of Unalakleet, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain and Nome. Mail and supplies went in. Gold came out. All via dog sled. Heroes were made, legends were born. In 1925, part of the Iditarod Trail became a life saving highway for epidemic-stricken Nome. Diphtheria threatened and serum had to be brought in; again by intrepid dog mushers and their faithful hard-driving dogs. Throughout the years, the sled dogs were important to day to day life in the villages and throughout Alaska. All of these examples and more are a part of Alaska’s history.
Mushing command and definitions:
These are the most common commands for the Iditarod or any other sled race for that matter although some people use slightly different ones.
"Hike!" - Go! get moving, or Forward!
"Gee" - Turn to the right
"Haw" - Turn to the left
"kissing sound" -Speed up! Faster!
"Easy" - Slow down!
"Woah" - Stop!
"On by" - to pass another team on the trail
So there you have it! The Iditarod!
**Please note, all of my information came from doing online research and from my pal Tikaani's page, so if I am incorrect about anything, you have my apologies! **
Now for some PAWsome shots of MY snow dogs, stylin' in Sepia! I did some enhancements to make their eyes the original color and the rest sepia, hope you enjoy!
|Mika's bi eyes made this enhancement a bit different! BOL|
That's all for now! Have a great weekend everyone!
P.S for anyone returning from yesterday's post :
Friday Growls, Guilty husky destruction and wondering if the packs sentence was carried out. Sadly it was not.
They gave me those big bright blue and bi eyes, and I melted, and gave in. They got their treats!