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About merryfwilliams

High school math teacher and mom of 3 amazing kids. I have a high maintenance husky and am adding a knitting obsession to the juggling routine. @merryfwilliams on Twitter

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Even though I’ve been back from Alaska for a few weeks, I still have so many more pictures, videos and adventures to share!  It was challenging to find Internet access while in Alaska, and since I’ve been back at school … Continue reading

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Sunday, March 4th – the Official Start!

After experiencing the Ceremonial Start on Saturday, I was more excited than ever to go to the restart in Wasilla, which is the official start of the race.  I left Anchorage early Sunday morning, headed north to Wasilla.  The restart … Continue reading

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Saturday, March 3rd – the Ceremonial Start!

The Iditarod race has two actual starts:  a Ceremonial one on Saturday morning in Anchorage, and a re-start, which is the actual start of the race, on Sunday in Willow.  The Ceremonial start is more relaxed than the restart.  Here the mushers are quick … Continue reading

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Friday, March 2nd

  Our day started with a delicious breakfast hosted by Exxon Mobile, who sponsors the Iditarod Winter Conference for Educators.  Exxon Mobile is very much vested in supporting programs that are rich in Science, Technology, Engineering  and Math (STEM) to generate interest in … Continue reading

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Thursday, March 1st – Musher Banquet

John Baker won last year’s Iditarod, and one of his sponsors held a reception Wednesday night at the Millenium hotel.  Teachers were invited, and what an honor to hear John speak.  John is an Inupiat, the first Eskimo to win … Continue reading

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Wednesday, February 29th – Happy Trails Kennel

 Next on our journey was a trip to visit four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser in Big Lake, Alaska.  The drive offered some of the most spectacular scenery I’ve ever seen! Sometimes when you take a picture like that, you lose a sense … Continue reading

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Wednesday, February 29th – Iditarod Headquarters

Wednesday morning we had a new blanket of snow covering Anchorage as it snowed several inches overnight.  We set off early headed towards Wasilla to the Iditarod Headquarters – what a gorgeous drive! Any dog running in the Iditarod must be examined by … Continue reading

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