Celebrating the Frontier Spirit

The Iditarod. I’m sure you have heard of it. If not then may I ask where you have been hibernating? The Iditarod (otherwise known as the “last great race on Earth”) is a race where mushers and their dogs from all over the world cover over 1,049 miles in 10 to 17 days in some of the harshest/most beautiful terrain in Alaska. The ceremonial start is tomorrow and occurs downtown Anchorage (where I live). I am very excited to stand along the streets of downtown and cheer for these amazing teams (especially the dogs since dogs rule!) It’s truly inspiring to think what they will endure – it’s man versus nature.


You may know about the Iditarod, but did you know about the Fur Rendezvous (also known as “Rondy“) that occurs for 1 week before the start of the Iditarod? We Alaskans have to have something to party about especially since we have been dealing with five months of legit winter (record setting snowfall this year) and are suffering from cabin fever. Last week I watched the downtown landscape change as a carnival went up in a few hours. That’s quite a site to see…a ferris wheel in the middle of snow piles. I also watched them build a half pipe near Ship Creek in Anchorage. I couldn’t believe the excitement and apparently it has rubbed off on me. Matty K (the hubs) and I will be heading downtown this weekend to check out a few of the happenin’s – to include the Running of the Reindeer, fireworks, the start of the Iditarod, snow sculpture competition, and a beer.

Reindeer Run 2011 – image via Rondy

Cabin Fever is in full effect, but thank goodness for Rondy 2012! Enjoy the weekend!

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