The day started with a bit of a disappointment as the weather made it impossible to make it to Seward for the Iditaride Exit Glacier trip. So, I decided to grab breakfast and then head out to explore downtown Anchorage. The breakfast buffet included something you won’t find in Chesterfield: reindeer sausage. I tried a small bite but kept hearing Burl Ives singing, “you know, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen . . .” so, I decided I could not eat it but it is very popular here!
After breakfast I put on my brand new boots and headed out into the falling snow. The hotel is not far from where the Iditarod starting line will occur this weekend, so that was my first stop. The Fur Rendezvous Festival is going on all this week, and there is a huge banner spanning the street. The starting line for the Iditarod is right under the banner.
On the left side of the street is a statue of Balto, one of the lead dogs in The Great Serum Race of 1925. Balto was the lead sled dog in the last leg of the relay of dog teams to deliver diptheria vaccine to Nome. There was quite a bit of controversey over the statue as many felt Togo, Leonhard Seppala’s lead dog, was the true hero of the race as Seppala and Togo covered the longest and most dangerous portion of the relay.
The snow continued to fall as I enjoyed my walk around downtown. One local told me some areas have received over 36 inches of snow in the past 30 hours! Here’s a pic of Town Square Park and an incredible ice sculpture in the park.
I ventured into a Visitor’s Center and picked up a schedule for the Fur Rondy Festival. There are all kinds of activities going on all week long including dog sled rides. Woohoo! What a lot of fun! I have a video but cannot load it directly into the blog without purchasing an upgrade (bummer!). Soooo, students, I have uploaded it to our Edmodo page, so be sure to check it out! I’ve also uploaded it to youtube so everyone else can see it – click here. I loved the sound of the snow beneath the runners while on the sled and hope I have another opportunity to ride while I am here!