Iditarod 2006
Lois and Barbara
Lois and Barbara

2/22/2006 2:44:31 PM

I met Lois Horne at a restaurant in Staunton, VA on her way to my daughters' house before heading to Alaska. Lois has recently joined the Bootie Brigade. We had a great visit, and we also met on my way back.

Lake Superior

2/25/2006 11:53:25 AM

Frozen Lake Superior from the plane. To avoid strong headwinds and try to make up some lost time, we took a more northern route.

Lake Superior
Eve
Eve

2/27/2006 2:05:09 AM

Eve is one of Margie's dogs (where I stayed most of the time). Eve and Taylor get to sleep inside. Eve was a real sweetheart and loved attention.

Taylor

2/27/2006 2:05:52 AM

Taylor also was a sweetie, but when she came in the house, she went straight to a kennel. But she switched kennels every night!

Taylor
Rivers, the blind sled dog
Rivers, the blind sled dog

3/14/2006 9:37:16 PM

In the past, Rivers and the other dogs would take a treat from me then run away, but this year they were all over me and I loved it! At one point I was lying on my back and Rivers licked my stomach. It tickled and I burst out laughing! Rivers is blind, so to have him come near me at all was really special.

Mushing 101

2/27/2006 5:46:11 PM

GB Jones taught me Mushing 101. After 3 spills I pretty much got the hang of it. It's a small track; mostly all curves and that's what made it difficult. But it was so much fun!!

Mushing 101
Waldo
Waldo

2/27/2006 6:31:18 PM

My favorite dog at GB's is Waldo. And he's a great lead dog.

The Redington Boat

2/27/2006 8:15:13 PM

The Redington Boat has been here as long as we can remember. We don't know the story about it, but it's quite picturesque.

The Redington Boat
Blue Sky
Blue Sky

2/27/2006 8:15:35 PM

The sky was so blue I thought it was a pretty day for taking pictures. Unfortunately, the mountains across the inlet blended in with the water and sky and are hardly visible.

Bjornar Andersen's Truck

2/28/2006 4:51:15 PM

Bjornar Andersen's and Robert Sorlie's truck was in the Iditarod Headquarters. Their dogs were getting their EKG's done. Robert said he was just a tourist this year.

Bjornar Andersen's Truck
Robert and Bjornar
Robert and Bjornar

2/28/2006 5:13:47 PM

Robert Sorlie and Bjornar Andersen watching the vet techs getting blood samples from their dogs.

Bjornar Andersen

2/28/2006 5:17:07 PM

Bjornar Andersen watching the dogs getting their EKG's and blood work.

Bjornar Andersen
EKG's
EKG's

2/28/2006 5:20:37 PM

This dog is getting his EKG. I sat where Robert is sitting last year when GB Jones brought his dogs in and the vet put the clips on my fingers when I questioned whether the clips hurt the dogs. They definitely do NOT hurt. The vet tech was a bit camera shy, but when he finally agreed to smile, he turned out to be quite photogenic.

Joe Runyon

2/28/2006 5:25:31 PM

Joe Runyon came in and agreed to pose with me for a picture.

Joe Runyon
Robert Sorlie
Robert Sorlie

2/28/2006 5:29:02 PM

Robert also agreed to be photographed with me, but whoever took the photograph cut off part of his head. But look at those blue eyes! Bjornar posed also, but the camera person moved the camera and the picture came out blurry.

Kim Cummins

3/1/2006 1:37:39 PM

Kim Cummins, wife of Randy Cummins, and one of their dogs. Randy had just finished vet checks and was doing paperwork with the vets. Both Kim and Randy are very nice; I enjoyed talking with them.

Kim Cummins
Randy Cummins
Randy Cummins

3/1/2006 2:19:22 PM

Randy Cummins looked me up in Iditarod Hqs when he was finished--he didn't have to do that. I made booties for him this year with the Bootie Brigade and hope some of my booties go to him next year.

Betty Walden

3/1/2006 2:34:42 PM

Our friend Betty Walden from Texas. It's funny how our friends who live in other parts of the United States all congregate in Alaska.

Betty Walden
Lake Lucille
Lake Lucille

3/1/2006 4:58:00 PM

Bob Keasey (in the picture), his wife Kay and I drove down to Lake Lucille for some picture taking. Bob walked to the dock; I walked to the deck of the restaurant. Under the snow was ice and I wasn't too crazy about falling. While we were there a pickup truck drove onto the ice, but I wasn't quick enough with the camera to get his picture.

Mountains

3/1/2006 5:00:01 PM

The mountains on the other side of Lake Lucille.

Mountains
Musher Bob
Musher Bob

3/1/2006 6:34:26 PM

Bob Keasey takes out a 2-dog team at GB's kennel. And didn't fall at all!

Bob Keasey

3/1/2006 6:34:29 PM

Yeah Bob! It's such a proud feeling to come around that circle--you'd think we'd just finished the Iditarod!

Bob Keasey
Kay Keasey
Kay Keasey

3/1/2006 7:02:16 PM

Kay and Sport. Sport has the run of the kennel and is quite spoiled.

GB and Sport

3/1/2006 7:11:44 PM

GB and Sport. Sport is dressed up in her bandana. Behind them on the right is my rental car, a 4-wheel drive Ford Escape. Directly behind them is a campfire with bales of straw for seating. Who says you can't have a cookout in the winter?

GB and Sport
Military Blanket
Military Blanket

3/1/2006 7:15:18 PM

Kay made this blanket for GB with the idea that his Idita-rider could use it during the Ceremonial Start. GB always had American flags on his sled and American themed booties and bandanas for his dogs. Because of illness he didn't run the Iditarod this year. I'm sorry he got sick, but his not running was a huge plus for his fans. We had so much fun learning how to run dogs. I was out there almost every day.

Going Around Again

1/1/2004 3:08:29 PM

I went around again! The bushes were a bit inconvenient, but they were the least of my worries. Once I learned to lean inside the circle I quit falling! BTW, from here on out the dates and time are wrong. For some reason the camera reset itself and I didn't notice it until I got home from Alaska.

Going Around Again
Me Again
Me Again

1/1/2004 3:09:30 PM

I could go up there and do nothing but run dogs around GB's little track if my body could stand it. I learned to do 2 laps a day only!

Pam and Barbara

1/1/2004 3:10:38 PM

Pam (also from Texas) fell on the 1st turn; I fell on the 4th turn. We both finally got it down and felt so proud of ourselves. After my first fall when I landed on my face, I took my glasses off. I certainly didn't need to break them.

Pam and Barbara
Kim Kittredge
Kim Kittredge

1/1/2004 8:40:08 PM

I met Kim Kittredge at the Musher's Banquet. I made dog booties for him also, via the Bootie Brigade and would like to do so again.

Betty Walden

1/1/2004 9:02:12 PM

Betty got presents to go with her orange snowsuit. The star on her hat is for the star of Texas. She also got orange fingernail polish (with glitter!) and orange lip gloss. Keith and Mike are looking on.

Betty Walden
Moose Sweaters
Moose Sweaters

1/1/2004 10:01:38 PM

Betty bought us these moose sweaters last year. In back left to right--Mary Dillingham, June Price; front--Barbara Lake, Betty Walden.

Batdog

1/1/2004 1:01:54 PM

I finally get to meet Batdog, whose registered name is Seeley Lake. Jerry and I sponsor him (he belongs to Karen and Mark Ramstead of North Wapiti Kennels) and we call him our long lost son!

Batdog
Kisses
Kisses

1/1/2004 1:02:28 PM

Kisses from Batdog. I was so excited to finally get to see him. He's a beautiful dog (they all are), but it's more special when you sponsor one. We're so excited that he made the Iditarod team. Karen and Mark took 20 dogs to Alaska (they live in Alberta, CN) but only 16 could make the team.

Colleen

1/1/2004 1:05:27 PM

Colleen, Karen's handler was so nice and helpful. I would have loved to had time to get to know her more.

Colleen
Batdog Again
Batdog Again

1/1/2004 1:25:11 PM

Batdog looking so handsome sitting on his house. What a gorgeous dog!

Canadian Flag

1/1/2004 2:54:00 PM

The Canadian Flag with one of Mark's crutches as a flag pole.

Canadian Flag
Pretty Trees
Pretty Trees

1/1/2004 3:05:23 PM

Pretty trees to go with pretty dogs. I think this is the trail Karen takes from the kennel when she takes the dogs for a run. Batdog's house is just to the right front of this picture

Batdog

1/1/2004 3:07:49 PM

Batdog (Seeley Lake) sitting so cute on his house. He let me sit beside him and tell him I'm his step-mother!

Batdog
License Plate
License Plate

1/1/2004 3:14:21 PM

Karen's and Mark's truck has a license plate that reads "HAW GEE" meaning left and right for dogs (and horses).

Dog Truck

1/1/2004 3:14:37 PM

Karen's and Mark's dog truck with the Canadian maple leaf cutouts on each dog's door. This is a top-of-the-line dog box that can hold 24 dogs.

Dog Truck
Paw Prints
Paw Prints

1/1/2004 3:15:20 PM

I love the paw prints on the truck! You can see the red dog box behind the truck

Unplowed Street

1/1/2004 3:15:57 PM

This is what some of the streets look like that don't get plowed. Driving on them isn't difficult as long as there isn't ice under the snow. I kept looking for moose and eagles. Never saw a moose but saw 2 eagles; however I was driving on the interstate and could not take pictures. One eagle was sitting on a tree top and the other was flying overhead. That one was magnificent!

Unplowed Street
Sign
Sign

1/1/2004 3:17:15 PM

Don't see these signs around here!

Husky Hat

1/1/2004 8:00:57 PM

Kay Keasey bought a husky hat and wore it to GB Jones' banquet at the Sourdough. Bob was talking to someone next to him.

Huskey Hat
GB Jones
GB Jones

1/1/2004 8:51:50 PM

This is at the Sourdough Restaurant. GB came to every table--he must have had at least 100 people there; I didn't know 3/4 of them. But everyone was nice, the food was great and I had a wonderful time. Thank you, GB!

GB and Betty

1/1/2004 8:52:17 PM

GB gives Betty Walden a big hug!

GB and Betty
Maureen and Bob
Maureen and Bob

1/1/2004 9:01:39 PM

Maureen and Bob Morgan. Maureen helped with the Bootie Brigade this year by collecting them all and giving them to the mushers. If the musher didn't have "Bootie Brigade" as a sponsor, he or she did not get the booties.

Mike Campbell

1/1/2004 9:05:15 PM

Mike Campbell was our entertainment and was 2 years ago also. He has a rich deep voice and does a great job. It was nice to see him again.

Mike Campbell
Bob and Kay Keasey
Bob and Kay Keasey

1/1/2004 9:10:43 PM

At least I got a good picture of Bob this time!

Yvonne and Tony

1/1/2004 9:11:18 PM

Yvonne and Tony worked hard all evening setting up door prizes. There were almost enough for everyone! They also help keep GB's dogs supplied with dog food.

Yvonne and Tony
Sundae
Sundae

1/1/2004 9:52:44 PM

Now THIS is a sundae! I promised I wouldn't identify who it belonged to, but it's not mine. If it was, it would have had chocolate ice cream!

Tennessee Vet

1/1/2004 10:51:37 PM

I wish I could remember this man's name, but he's a vet from TN who belongs to the Knoxville Ski Club and went up to GB's (along with a bunch of others) to learn some mushing. Next year he wants to volunteer to be a vet on the trail. He won a door prize early and picked an Iditarod Trail marker. I would have loved to have that but he wouldn't trade!

Tennessee Vet
GB's Nephew
GB's Nephew

1/1/2004 11:06:28 PM

This is GB's nephew Justin from Utah holding a picture someone took of he and GB and framed for him.

Barbara and GB

1/1/2004 11:11:08 PM

Barbara and GB, still at the Sourdough, but the party was winding down We had a great time.

Barbara and GB
Karen Ramstead
Karen Ramstead

1/2/2004 10:16:12 AM

Karen is having one of her dogs' chips verified. Each dog has a small chip about the size of a grain of rice implanted in the back of its neck that identifies it. It's real purpose is so racers cannot substitute dogs once the race has started, but it also identifies a dog should it get loose. Karen has learned how to take mini naps anywhere, even while holding a dog! Mark is in the background on crutches.

Two Noses

1/2/2004 10:24:01 AM

There are obviously 2 dogs in this dog box with 2 noses and 1 eye visible here.

Two Noses
Kisses for Karen
Kisses for Karen

1/2/2004 10:56:21 AM

This is too cute for words! Batdog is giving Karen a big kiss.

Barbara, Karen, and Batdog

1/2/2004 10:56:30 AM

Barbara, Karen and Batdog standing in his dog box. I was so excited to learn Batdog was in the ceremonial start! Mark told me all the dogs were in the truck, "they don't learn anything staying at home," he said. But at that point I still didn't know if Batdog was actually running the Iditarod. And I definitely wasn't going to ask Karen if he was running in the restart on Sunday. There's a saying "If you can't handle the answer, don't ask the question!" Turns out Batdog is running the Iditarod as I write this and we are so proud of him! My pictures this year focus on him, but there are plenty of pictures of Karen's dogs on our website for 2004 and 2005 at Karen's open house.

Barbara, Karen, and Batdog
Eric Rogers
Eric Rogers

1/2/2004 11:19:43 AM

I finally met Eric Rogers. He and his wife are very nice; so are the friends and sponsors who were hanging around. Wait till you see what else they had!

Eric's Buffet

1/2/2004 11:41:43 AM

Eric's place was the only place that had food set up. They were offering all the police and handlers (and me) hot coffee and hot chocolate for free. They also had orange juice, fruit, hot eggs, sausage and cheese sandwiches, and huge, warm sticky buns. They were delicious!

Eric's Buffet
DeeDee Jonrowe
DeeDee Jonrowe

1/2/2004 11:49:16 AM

In the background is DeeDee's dog truck; notice she has Microsoft as a sponsor, but it looks like Taco Bell is still her main one. She was on the other side of the truck and I couldn't cross the street. There is an idita-rider in the sled but the musher must be with the dogs.

Kim Kittredge

1/2/2004 12:16:35 PM

Kim Kittredge goes out the starting chute on 4th Ave. in Anchorage. Kim is one of 3 that I made dog booties for via the Bootie Brigade.

Kim Kittredge
Kim Again
Kim Again

1/2/2004 12:16:39 PM

Kim as he's leaving. You can see how professional photographers lean on the sides of the chute for pictures, although some handlers are quite rude and block the view for the rest of us. As soon as all the teams leave, trucks will come in and pick up the snow and the street will be pretty much clean again.

Orange Booties

1/2/2004 1:32:54 PM

I don't know whose team this is, but he was parked just behind Karen's. I thought this was a cute dog.

Orange Booties
Amateur Radio Setup
Anchorage Amateur Radio Club

1/2/2004 1:48:32 PM

I stopped in here when they allowed us in the street and signed their guest book. Nice folks. They invited me to come back, but I couldn't because I couldn't get onto the street by then. Too bad--it would have made a nice viewing spot almost at the start line.

Bandanas

1/2/2004 1:56:53 PM

This was Karen's original Yukon Quest bandana for her dogs. She added Iditarod when she withdrew from the Quest. I love the maple leaf print on the fabric.

Bandanas
Batdog
Batdog

1/2/2004 2:08:51 PM

Colleen was nice enough to take my camera and take a picture of Batdog dressed up in his bandana. He didn't have his booties on yet. Batdog was on the street side of the truck and I could not see him from the sidewalk.

Mark on Crutches

1/2/2004 2:17:47 PM

I was surprised at how well Mark was getting around on crutches. But at this point he's had several weeks' practice. I'd be nervous about falling on the ice that was under the snow.

Mark on Crutches
Jumping Dog
Jumping Dog

1/2/2004 2:23:12 PM

Check out this dog on the other side of Karen's sled. Is he raring to go or what?

Karen's Mitten

1/2/2004 2:26:02 PM

I love Karen's mittens!

Karen's Mitten
Dog Feet
Dog Feet

1/2/2004 2:27:20 PM

Don't know whose truck/dogs these are but I thought those feet sticking out of the door was cute.

Karen Ramstead

1/2/2004 2:27:47 PM

Karen, very calmly waits her turn for the start. We love you, Karen.

Karen Ramstead
Musher Mark
Musher Mark

1/2/2004 2:32:37 PM

How many mushers have you seen ride a sled holding crutches? Mark only rode to the start line, but it was fun to watch.

Waiting for the Start

1/2/2004 2:34:12 PM

Some of Karen's team waiting for the countdown. Karen insists her dogs walk to the start line, not run, and the handlers let go of the dogs at the 10 second mark. From then on the dogs are Karen's responsibility. As far as I know, Karen is the only musher who does it like that. I love it! From where I was standing I was not able to get a picture of the entire team.

Waiting for the Start
Batdog Howling
Batdog Howling

1/2/2004 2:34:46 PM

Just before the start Karen got the dogs to start howling and I was lucky enough to get a picture of Batdog (in the white jacket). This picture brought tears to my eyes.

Karen

1/2/2004 2:35:26 PM

At the Start Line!

Karen
Open House at Dillingham's

1/3/2004 1:51:12 PM

Last row: Bob Keasey, Rosemary Dunn, Mary Dillingham. Sofa: Kay Keasey, Judy Shellnutt. I don't know the names of the ladies on the floor.

Open House at Dillingham's
More Open House
More Open House

1/3/2004 3:12:14 PM

Mary, June, Me, Betty, Judy

Sport

1/3/2004 5:11:10 PM

GB's dog Sport has the run of the kennel. And the van, and the house.

Sport
GB and Kay
GB and Kay

1/3/2004 5:13:04 PM

GB gave Kay a ride in the sled. The first time around he let go of the sled and about gave her a heart attack, but he was only a step behind her. Bob and I thought it was funny! Kay wasn't so sure.

Barbara

1/3/2004 5:18:34 PM

I never look too happy when I'm actually on the little trail--I'm concentrating and hanging on for dear life!

Barbara
Barbara Again
Barbara Again

1/3/2004 5:19:04 PM

But once I've stopped, I have a big smile on my face! I learned not to wear my glasses on the trail after I fell face down in the snow and skinned my face a bit my first day out. But I was proud of my skinned face--I worked hard for that! You can tell by the turtleneck and t-shirt that the weather was warm.

Pam

1/3/2004 5:21:16 PM

This is my new friend Pam from Texas. She bought a little sled that would have been just my size at a yard sale for $25! She gave it to GB and we had fun with that, too.

Pam
GB Jones
GB Jones

1/3/2004 5:25:27 PM

One of the dogs slipped her collar and GB is putting it back on her.

Antoinette and Sport

1/3/2004 5:26:59 PM

Antoinette has a hot dog in her hand--I think Sport eventually got a piece of it. And Antoinette got a kiss in return.

Antoinette and Sport
Siding
Siding

1/3/2004 5:38:34 PM

This is beautiful wood that GB gets for $35 a load and he's using it for FIREWOOD! The rest of us think he should use it for either inside or outside siding on the cabin he's going to build next summer. It's beautiful wood. I wouldn't mind having it for siding on our house.

Fuzzy

1/3/2004 5:42:50 PM

This is Fuzzy, another of GB's dogs, doing a little dance.

Fuzzy
Antoinette and Kobuk
Antoinette and Kobuk

1/3/2004 5:41:58 PM

All of GB's white dogs are shy, but Antoinette can get close to them. This is Kobuk.

Sponsor Boards

1/3/2004 5:46:10 PM

Our names are on GB's sponsor boards; so is my Mom's name.

Sponsor Boards
Sadie
Sadie

1/3/2004 5:48:29 PM

Sadie is a favorite of Kay and Bob.

No Snow

1/3/2004 7:15:12 PM

The mountains hardly had any snow on them this year.

No Snow
More Mountain, No Snow
More Mountain, No Snow

1/3/2004 7:18:19 PM

Another picture where there isn't much snow. Here there isn't even much on the ground. This was taken through the car window somewhere between Wasilla and Anchorage.

Parking Lot

1/4/2004 10:13:23 AM

This is the WalMart parking lot in Anchorage--Just kidding!! I had planned to fly to the Finger Lake checkpoint and was wondering if this was the plane I'd be on. I do think it's cute the way the plane is parked with the cars. Unfortunately, I didn't get to go because of bad weather (snow) in Anchorage and Finger Lake. It was the first time in 4 years Rust Air had to cancel. I was really looking forward to going to an Iditarod checkpoint. This is the plane I would have flown on. Maybe next time.

Parking Lot
Rental Car
Rental Car

1/4/2004 12:55:12 PM

This is my Ford Escape 4 wheel drive. The 4 wheel only kicked in the first night I was there when there was a terrible snow storm. I decided to stay in Anchorage rather than drive an hour to Margie's in Knik. The roads were fine the next morning.

De-icing the Wings

1/5/2004 9:54:17 AM

De-Icing the wings of the plane before we could take off from Anchorage (it was snowing).

De-icing the Wings
Flying Home
Flying Home

1/5/2004 2:27:45 PM

Flying over mountains, probably the Rockies, on my way home. I had a great time, but it wasn't the same without Jerry there.


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