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My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

Not the Iditarod, but a “pre race” in Galena

on March 8, 2014

Galena, Alaska 2003 or 2005

As the Iditarod race is running this year, on VERY LITTLE snow, I am reminded of a trip I took to Galena, Alaska about 10 years ago.  I was in town for work and picked a great weekend to be there for the Spring Festival.

Every other year, the Iditarod Race stops in Galena, this was the off year, so this race was the highlight.  It was cold that day, I’m remembering about -30 to -40 below, though a few days later it was up in the 20’s.  It was a dry cold which makes it better than the wet cold of Southeast, Alaska.

I don’t remember a lot of ‘facts’ from this day, but what I do remember is that those dogs were so pampered and loved by their owners (contrary to what others might think), and those dogs LOVE to run.  The other surprising part is how small the dogs are.I had always thought they were larger dogs but once I saw in person they are much smaller.

All and all a fun time and one of these years I will get to see the actual Iditarod!      Enjoy the pics!

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2 responses to “Not the Iditarod, but a “pre race” in Galena

  1. Tom Milan says:

    So how cold does it have to be when it’s declared to be a three dog night? Thanks for the pics. I always thought that the sled dogs were large but this is the second time this week when it was mentioned that they aren’t all that big. Do you know about how much the sleds weigh?

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