Into the Wild

Iditarod Air Force

The official Air Force logo

The official Air Force logo

Puntilla Lake is an official checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail. I had no idea how much effort goes into preparing the trail for this race. Not only stakes and markers, but also bridges, tree cutting, and snow shoveling are part of the preparations. This is all done by volunteers, who work long hours in the cold.

Last night a trail crew arrived in the dark, frozen beards, wet boots and all. Reluctantly they drank a cup of coffee and some water before heading back out into the night.

During the day we had a fleet of volunteer pilots drop tons of hay, dog food, and other supplies. When I say tons I am not exaggerating. It was a beautiful day for flying. There is an official logo for these volunteer pilots: The Iditarod Air Force. The pilots all seemed to be proud and enthusiastic to be part of that race.




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