The 45th running of Alaska’s Iditarod race takes place this weekend. Thousands will gather for the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage this Saturday. The mushers (racers) and their pups will then make their way to Fairbanks for the official re-start on Monday.
One year ago, my Russian and I visited Alaska for the first time. We spent three days enjoying the great outdoors, exploring the cities of Anchorage, Willow, Talkeetna and Wasilla and had the thrill of witnessing the start of the Iditarod – America’s last great race.
Aside from taking part in this historic tradition (learn more about attending the race here), we also had the chance to experience Alaska’s other great draw – it’s natural beauty. From its majestic snow-capped mountains to rushing streams and dancing northern lights, there is no place quite like it. Below are a few of my favorite images taken during our trip that will hopefully inspire you to explore Alaska, America’s last frontier.
DAY 1: IDITAROD RACE ON WILLOW LAKE
A musher and her pups get off to an energetic start at Alaska’s 2016 Iditarod in Willow
Pups lined up and ready to race in Alaska’s 2016 Iditarod
A quiet clearing along the race path
The Russian and his snow-mobile
DAY 2: TALKEETNA
Our cabin in the woods – The Meandering Moose Lodge in Talkeetna
Exploring the Talkeetna River Park
A serene view of the Talkeetna River
The sun setting over Mount McKinley
A blurry glimpse of the Northern Lights. This taught me to always travel with a tripod!
DAY 3: ROAD TRIP TO WASILLA
An SUV takes a shortcut across the frozen Wasilla Lake
After passing several “moose crossing” signs, we finally spotted a real one just before our flight back home.
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