Saturday, March 01, 2014
Today was the ceremonial start of the Iditarod and that stirs up so many emotions for me. I remember going downtown as a kid and watching the mushers & dogs. You could feel the excitement in the air. The mushers hustled around their sleds double checking that every dog was securely in their harness. Dogs were jumping, panting, barking, ready to go. For years, I didn't give much attention to The Last Great Race, but I couldn't help but pay attention four years ago. I was in ICU at Alaska Regional and a day or so before the start of the Iditarod Nurse Shamese decided I needed a room with a better view. The morning of the Iditarod my room starting buzzing with family & nurses' anxious to see the teams. I so longed to be out of that hospital bed and out in the cold, cheering on the dogs. Two years after that day, I was on the sidelines cheering the teams on as they headed out of town. Hooray for getting better!!!