Saturday, March 1 marks the third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race for long-time Edmonds resident (and 1974 Edmonds High School grad)Jan Steves, who will again be mushing through the Alaska wilderness with her beloved team of dogs.
You can follow Steve’s 975-mile trek across Alaska via her “Living My Dream” blog here. Her blog entry for Friday, Feb. 28, the day before the race, starts this way:
What a full day ! It started this morning at 5 am getting up. Since my car was in the shop in Anchorage, I got a ride to the Mushers Meeting with Lev, my across the highway neighbor. When we got there, we picked up our trail mail and got it all signed and then signed a classroom letter.
We listened to Dr Stu Nelson, the Iditarod Veterinarian talk about dog issues on the trail. We also heard about the trail conditions and saw pictures of the trail. Hard and fast…like cement. Glad that I have a helmet. I am not going to think too much about the trail, or I will end up worrying too much. I am going to just deal with it as it comes…and pray. I did pick up elbow, knee pads and shoulder pads.
Steves this year will be joined by her daughter Nicolina Johnson, a 2000 Edmonds-Woodway High School grad, who willl ride in her mother’s sled at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod.