Saturday, March 04, 2006
The first Saturday in March means....
the Iditarod is beginning! The start of the Iditarod is always in Anchorage on the first Saturday in March. This is a ceremonial start and the real race begins the next day from Willow. The event is really remarkable in it's full scope and contrary to popular opinion the dogs are extremely well taken care of.
The ceremonial start is unique on its own because all night tonight they will be trucking snow into Anchorage to build the 4th street pathway, pictured at left, for the start. Staying at the Hotel Captain Cook you can watch them as they spend the night preparing. It seemed strange to me the first time I was there, but when you stop to think that Anchorage is a busy thriving city the rest of the week it starts to make sense.
If you should go sometime don't miss Gwennies for a great breakfast complete with reindeer sausage.
Come on DeeDee this is your year!