|Team Baker walks to the start line |
in downtown Anchorage
The ceremonial start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race is crazy fun with hundreds of dogs and thousands of people. On this one day each year there is a designated trail from downtown Anchorage to the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center which is approximately 8-miles. Each dog team has an individual lucky enough to win a bid for a thrilling ride in the sled.
|Crawford, Simeon, and Laura |
|Simeon Patkotak, Sr. with John and |
Crawford Patkotak in second sled
It was truly an honor for John to have Simeon with him. These days there are very few sled dogs in Patkotak’s hometown and the opportunity for him to travel with dogs is reminder of a time when dogs were an integral part of life for the people of the Arctic.
When Baker and the Patkotak family visited later, the conversation about the brief ride rekindled memories and produced new stories.
Check out the video of the ceremonial start at: