Yes, thats right, its nearly Iditarod Race Time again. The parade through Anchorage is next Saturday, and the long trek to Nome starts a week today.
But why the comment about waking up the ghosts, and the aptness of the video, you ask? Well, quite simply, for the first time in 5 years, the race actually is going to go through the town its named after, Iditarod. Normally this would happen every 2 years (so should have been 2015, and 2017), but due to climate change, and the lack of snow in the areas at the start of the race, the last 2 southern route events, have been even further north events, with the restart in Fairbank, and a revised first half of the route, which then made using the southern section a no go!
Therefore the decision has been made, that this year, as well as next year (which would be normal route), that the decision would be to go south, via Iditarod. Now strictly, its defined as a ghost town, as no one lives there any more. In truth, beyond about 1920’s hardly anyone, bar the odd trapper lived there, once the gold rush was over. Supposedly someone lived there, trapping, until the turn of the century, but then he decided the place had got a ‘bit lively’ with the dog race arriving once every 2 years, and he left town!
Supposedly, and unsurprisingly, the town is supposed to be haunted by some who lived there, over 100 years ago now. How true that is, no idea? But its fun to believe it, I guess?
No, I will never visit Iditarod, the only traffic through the place nowadays that is known about, is this dog race, and I’m not taking part in that! And I’m way past an age where I’m volunteering to help out, given the crazy freezing temperatures in that area of the world at this time of year. Anchorage? Well, maybe, assuming my back, and my body lasts until 2024, and retirement, because thats my planned reward to myself for getting that far in life. I will need to take a break somewhere en route, both ways for sure, but if I’m not working…? Nome, I’d love to, on a day trip, or an overnight flight stay while there, just to say I’d been there, but I doubt it. Mind, if I do, I’ll go more in summer than in winter! Brr!
But yes, if there are ghosts in Iditarod, and they’ve been enjoying the peace for 5 years, they’re in for a shock in the next couple of weeks! The humans, and dogs, are returning again, after so long.
Many years ago, I did use this song, when discussing Alaska, and the race before, but that was about 4 years ago. And anyway, this is a newer, live edition, not the one I used back then