The lady who gave us the ride to the tour was a friend of Bill’s and an interesting person. Back in the early 1960’s when she was a very little girl, her family moved from the States to Alaska to homestead. It was just wilderness then, and even now is pretty remote. They got 160 acres in return, and had to build a home and start a farm. Hard life, but she stayed and her mom still lives on the original site.
It was really interesting learning about how Bill prepares for and conducts the race, and how he takes care of the dogs during this arduous event. Clearly he does not sleep much during the two weeks or so of the race. Here are some photos from seeing the beautiful sled dogs.
It was a warm day, and the dogs panted to cool themselves.
Bill Hall is fit and trim at age 65 or so, and ready to get back out on the Iditarod Trail this coming March.
How do you train huskies without snow? They seemed to adapt well to pulling this four-wheeler.
He gave the dogs a water break partway through their run, and they seemed to enjoy it.
When we arrived at his home, the dogs who had been left behind went nuts but eventually calmed down.
Some the Iditarod race numbers from Bill and his wife. Men and women compete equally, and there is only one winner. Susan Butcher, the first woman to win this race, died from leukemia in 2006.