For many mushers in each year’s Iditarod, the Takotna checkpoint is all about rest – specifically, 24 hours of it.
Those who choose to linger here for their mandatory 24-hour layover are rewarded with beautiful views, relative quiet, and an ample, almost seemingly endless selection of fruit pies and hearty meals.
Dogs from the team of Karin Hendrickson, moments after arriving in Takotna.
Zip code 99675.
Writing down the times various mushers are eligible to depart after taking their 24-hour layovers.
The hospitality of Takotna – especially the quality of its food – is well known. The cooking crew headed up by Nell (pictured foreground) makes it all happen. File photo (2014): David Dodman, KNOM.
Don’t leave Takotna without having a slice of pie. Or two/three.
There’s an international feel in front of the Takotna checkpoint.
Anna Berington briefly pauses in Takotna (just before 7pm Wednesday night) before mushing on for Ophir.
Arriving into Takotna just after 7pm Wednesday, Charley Bejna.
Moments after Bejna’s arrival into Takotna.
After taking her 24-hour layover, Zirkle prepared her team to depart the Takotna checkpoint: 9:00pm, Wednesday night.