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In photos: Takotna

Nell and the cooking crew

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.


  1. Bobbie Varien on March 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the photos. Good luck to all the mushers and their “puppies”. Have a safe journey. I hear there is no snow up there.
    Do you need wheels??????

    • Laura Collins on March 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by to check out the site! Snow is certainly sparse this year, but at this point in the trail, seems things are enough to make mushing a pleasure. We’ll see how things go when they hit the coast! Wheels might be necessary. Things are certainly pretty bare in Nome this year.

  2. Larry Phillips on March 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Nell and the community of Takotna you Rock!