Anchorage Alaska has a weekend packed full of outdoor activities for all of us including our Anchorage Bed and Breakfast Club guests.
Saturday was the ceremonial start of the 38th Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome with 72 mushers of which 22 are Rookies (first time.) Alaska's Great Last Race is more than 1000 miles long.
The dogs are checked before and during the race from feet to teeth along with the heart to make sure they are healthy and fit. This year's mushers are from Jamaica, South Africa, Scotland, Belgium, Canada, the lower 48 states and of course Alaska. It is a dream for people all over the world to race in Alaska. One of Rita's (Alaskan Frontier Gardens B&B) guests was in the ceremonial start after successfully bidding to ride in the sled of Karen Ramstead. Karen uses all Siberian huskies.
Keep up with the race online
Sunday is the Tour of Anchorage cross country ski marathon race which is 4 distinct races: a 25k classical race, 25k, 40k and 50k freestyle. Races start in waves with the faster skiers in the first wave. Rita has four racers from France staying at her B&B for a week taking in some of Alaska before the race. This is another race where people from all over the world come to participate. Rita's French guests did a cross country ski tour in Quebec, Wisconsin and now Alaska.
It has been a fun week to be a hostess giving out Alaskan hospitality to people enjoying our Alaskan outdoor sports.