There was still pale orange light in the western sky as the French-born Girdwood musher rode into Kotzebue at 12:08 Sunday morning. He had seven energetic dogs in harness.
People like Lolo Johnson, who’s been a race cook in Ambler for 12 years, make the busy checkpoint run smoothly as mushers come and go and come again.
Two mushers have now reached the Eagle checkpoint in this year’s Yukon Quest, with several more not far behind. Mushers still have to climb the 3420-feet American Summit before crossing into Canada.
The Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) announced last week that it’s working on a formal kennel management program to be put in place next year.
In a 2011 interview, Koyuk’s Abraham Anasogak, Sr., remembers his time in the National Guard and his work as a bilingual teacher’s aide. He shares his memories of living a subsistence lifestyle: of hunting, fishing, and running a dog team since his youth.