Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Heading North to Nome for the Iditarod Race!

If you've been around this blog for any amount of time, you know I grew up in Alaska and lived in Nome for several of those years. It was quite an adventure, moving from Portland to what was an extremely remote spot of the world at that time in the late 60's. Finally I have the opportunity to return and for an exciting reason, to see my nephew run the Iditarod race! I'm so proud of him, at just 21 years old he has been mushing all his life, and running this race has always been a dream of his. 


The race starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome over a 1,000 miles later. 




I lived in Nome when the first Iditarod was run in 1973, a race commemorating the 1925 serum run to Nome by mushers that saved the children from a diphtheria epidemic when planes where unable to reach the town from Anchorage. It was exciting to hear the fire siren go off at all hours of the day or night, announcing a musher was nearing town. Virtually everyone would head down to front street, regardless if we were in school or asleep in bed, to cheer them in.

A week ago I was out with my mom when she began talking about the trip, how not only would my older brother be there to see his son come in, but also my younger brother. She talked about staying in our old house, having the opportunity to stay there as they know the people who currently reside in the home. As a coincidence, they just happened to have plans to be out of town during the event and needed someone to watch their dog. Then it clicked and all of a sudden I thought, "Well why aren't I going?! I have to go. Should I go? Is it okay if I go? Is there room?" And I promptly got on the phone to my husband, asking if it fit into his schedule for me to be gone and could he look into a ticket. And that was that.

How often do you get a chance to return to your childhood home, with all your original family members, and to actually have the chance to STAY in the home? Weird. It's going to be quite the trip I'm thinking.

With a ticket booked, I'm off to REI today to stock up on winter gear. If I fear anything in life it is being cold. My younger brother is already planning our outings and adventures and I want to be able to keep up with him. And that means being prepared!

19 comments :

  1. How incredible! Enjoy cheering on your nephew and time with your family rekindling those memories! I would love to see an Iditarod race, sounds exciting!

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  2. Janell,
    Can't wait to follow your adventure up north. When I met my husband, he was a teacher in Teller. I spent 6 months there in 1993. During that time I served as chaperone on several student trip, typically to other villages. Getting to go to Nome for two days once was such a treat. There was a store with vegetables! And a restaurant! Thanks for triggering some great memories. And I hope you have a great time!

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  3. That is an incredible opportunity! Have fun and keep warm. Can't wait to read all about it. Good luck and safe journey to your nephew.

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  4. That is so exciting. I live in Anchorage and was so surprised when I read your post about Nome. We will be watching the start of the race here in Anchorage.

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  6. This sounds incredible! I can't wait to hear how it goes.

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  7. How wonderful Janell! Not only is it an amazing opportunity to go back to your childhood home but how special to be there and support your nephew. I think this was a " meant to be"....a true gift. I am excited for you.

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  8. What a wonderful opportunity for you and your family. I wonder about mushing conditions and lack of snow, just reported as a hindrance to this year's Iditarod, with particular hazards for the dogs' feet. That issue aside, lots of us will look forward to your photos and report of the trip. Have a fabulous time!

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  9. Oh wow, how wonderful, I LOVE the Iditarod race and its wonderful when they show all the mushers on TV and the whole event. The dogs are truly inspirational and unbelievable - it is a grueling race - have a blast! I'm lucky that my Dad still lives in the house I grew up in back in NJ so when I go home, I really go 'home' to visit. ;-))

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  10. It isn't something very many people are able to do...go home. Even if it's just for a time!

    This sounds so exciting. Can't wait to hear all about it!
    keep us posted. Pat

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  11. How fun! What a great experience for all of you! Good luck to your nephew!

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  12. wow! that looks like it will be a great time. and how did i not realize about your alaska childhood-what do you make of all the tv shows there, now? bering sea gold is in nome, right?

    also, we're crossing an alaska land and sea tour off the bucket list this summer, but i'm really stressing about....footwear. is that weird? what does one wear in july in alaska?

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  13. What a wonderful opportunity that fell into your lap. I hope you share photos as I love seeing other places in the world and i'm not sure when I will get to Nome. Good luck to your nephew.

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  14. Janell! How fantastic! Of course you must go, and it will make so many more memories. I am so excited for you to be a part of your nephews adventure. Cheer him on for us, and have a wonderful trip! Cant wait for you to blog about it.
    xo Nancy
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    P.S. Go get that red handbag, I love it!

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  15. that's so neat!! I've heard about the race but after reading this, I went on Wikipedia to read more about it. Good Luck to your nephew! sounds like it's a tough race, mentally and physically. God Speed to the pups too! :o)

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  16. How fun! It will be such a fun adventure. Enjoy your time with your family!

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  17. I'm catching up on your blog and saw this fascinating post! I am so excited for you because this is a chance of a lifetime!

    Have SO much fun! Liz

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