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More Photos from Anvik

photos by Laureli Kinneen Anvik was a hopping checkpoint on Friday, with a stream of race leaders – starting with Hugh Neff – passing through. Here’s a few shots of Mike Williams, Jr. and the interior of the checkpoint building. (For more photos, see today’s earlier posts.)

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In Anvik, Mushers Look to the Coast as They’re Chasing the Leaders

photos and audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman “They’re good dogs,” Ramey Smyth says of his team; but as for how they’ll fare in the rest of this year’s Iditarod, he’s reserving judgment until Kaltag and Unalakleet. Smyth (pronounced “Smith”) talked with KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen in Anvik, where he’s taking his…

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In Anvik, Mackey’s “Down” But “Not Out”

audio and photo by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman Lance Mackey has a talent for writing his own narrative: especially when he’s the underdog. “Ever since I was a little boy,” Mackey says, “I’ve had obstacles to deal with.” His latest obstacle is a simple problem of “numbers.” With days of hard mushing still…

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Neff, Table for Two

text by David Dodman; photos and audio by Laureli Kinneen When Hugh Neff arrived into Anvik early this morning, he wasn’t the only one who received an exceptional breakfast. The five-course meal courtesy of Anchorage’s Millennium Hotel was a breakfast for two, and Neff decided to invite Larry Westlake, an Iditarod race judge. (It didn’t…

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In Anvik, It’s Seared Tuna, Wasabi, and Ginger: for Breakfast

photo and audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman The Iditarod Sled Dog Race offers a wide array of extraordinary experiences. Gourmet dining isn’t usually among them, with one exception: the first musher to arrive into the Anvik checkpoint – the first stopover on the Yukon River – receives a lavish five-course meal, provided…

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In Takotna, Stielstra Talks Attitude, Dogs, and “the Journey”

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman Ed Stielstra’s staying positive about Iditarod 2011. Although he’s not looking forward to the hills on the trail after Iditarod checkpoint, the McMillan, Michigan musher (try saying that 10 times fast) says he wants “to feel good about the journey,” and so far, he seems to be…

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Anticipating the Southern Route: Ray Redington, Jr. and Sven Haltmann

text by David Dodman; audio by Laureli Kinneen When asked his views on mushing past Iditarod (the checkpoint), Ray Redington, Jr. remembered a saying of the “old timers.” “If the wind isn’t blowing directly in your face,” Ray said, “you’re going the wrong way.” On Thursday and Friday, many of this year’s mushers may sympathize…

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Is a “Bottomless Pit of Sugar Snow” Yet to Come?

text by David Dodman; audio by Laureli Kinneen The second half of the Iditarod trail may begin with a “bottomless pit of sugar snow,” says Ramey Smyth. In Takotna – where Smyth (pronounced “Smith”) was taking his 24-hour layover – the Willow, Alaska musher talked with KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen. Smyth said he was…

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