The Iditarod from Fairbanks Alaska

Eider Duck, our Alaska cousin, brought us some photos from the starting point of the Iditarod in Fairbanks.   The Iditarod is a dog sled race in Alaska.   Some call the Iditarod the “last great race.”   The race usually begins in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Nome, Alaska.   This year, however, there was not enough snow in Anchorage for the beginning of the race.   The race was Re Started Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Fairbanks, Alaska.    The awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Nome, Alaska.

These are some of the photos Eider shared with us.   These photos were taken from a distance, so we are not sure whom the mushers are, but we love these.   Thanks Eider!

Sled with well wishers

Sled with well wishers

Getting ready

Getting ready

Dog team and sled

Dog team and sled

Dogs ready

Dogs ready

Let's go

Let’s go

Are we going soon?

Are we going soon?

Running

Wanting to run

Run now

Run now

Great photos Eider.   Thanks!

Ice Sculptures in Fairbanks, Alaska

Last time we showed you some snow sculptures from Breckenridge, Colorado.   My Alaska cousin, Eider Duck, sent us some photos of ice sculptures from the ice park in Fairbanks, Alaska.   We think these pictures are really great.

Eider Duck on ice train.   Cindy is also with Eider and his dad today

Eider Duck on ice train. Cindy is also with Eider and  dad today

Ice Bear

Ice Bear

 

Look behind you, Eider!

Look behind you, Eider!

 

Love this fish

Love this fish

 

Hope he is not mad

Hope he is not mad.  He is big!

 

 

This is carved from ice.  Wow!

This is carved from ice. Wow!

 

Such detail

Such detail

 

This are carved from ice blocks from a pond in Fairbanks.  The ice is so clear!

Lights of different colors really enhance the sculptures

Lights of different colors really enhance the sculptures

 

The first stage of ice carving is done with a chain saw.   The final stages with small hand tools, some power tools, for the perfect final touches.

Even an ice bridge

Even an ice bridge

 

We love this ice peacock

We love this ice peacock

 

Perfect details and great colors from the lights.

Perfect details and great colors from the lights.

 

And fun for young humans in Fairbanks, Alaska

And fun for young humans in Fairbanks, Alaska

 

Alaska: At home and beginning The Quest

Last time we saw photos of Eider, my Alaska duck cousin and my human cousin at Chatanika Lodge in Alaska.  Today we have photos of Eider at home in North Pole, Alaska.  I think there is a gas grill under there.

No cooking outside today

No cooking outside today

Eider, that is quite a snow hat on the tree behind you.

Snow hat on tree behind Eider

Snow hat on tree behind Eider

Eider’s dad shoveled snow so the people could deliver propane-heating oil to their house.

Clear a path so heating oil can be deliver

Clear a path so heating oil can be delivered

Eider is sitting on a snow bank.  Cold duck feathers!!

Snow, snow, snow

Snow, snow, snow

Somebody or something is looking in the window at Eider.

He is watching you!

He is watching you!

Wow!  Eider has a moose in the back yard.  Now the moose is enjoying a snack in Eider’s yard.

A moose has to eat

A moose has to eat

In Alaska there are many dog racing teams.  Many people have heard about the Iditarod dog sled race.   There is a second famous dog race.  Eider and dad went to the beginning of the Quest dog race.  They sent these pictures to me and I want to share them with you.

Starting the Quest

Starting the Quest

The dogs wear boots to protect their feet.  The orange boots are easy to see.

At the beginning of the Quest.

Ready to race

The Quest begins

Allen Moore.  This team won the Quest

Ready to run

Ready to run

This race began in Fairbanks, Alaska and ended in Whitehorse.  Whitehorse is in the Yukon Territory of Canada.  This is a 1,000 mile international sled dog race.  Next year the race will begin in Whitehorse and end in Fairbanks.

We love getting pictures from Eider.  Many of the activities in Eider’s life and in Alaska are very different from our life and interesting to us.

Can we have a moose?

Can we have a moose?

Chatanika Lodge, Alaska

Hi.  Zeb the Duck here and I am so surprised and embarrassed.  You all know my Alaska uncle and my Alaska cousin.  Today I got a letter and pictures from them and I learned my Alaska cousin has a name.  I never knew that.  The name is Eider and Eider is also a large sea duck that live and breeds in the Arctic.  Eiders can fly at speeds up to 70 mph.  I learned that from Wikipedia.  My cousin, Eider, is a true Alaskan!

Eider and family went to Chatanika Lodge, about 28 miles from Fairbanks.  These are some of the photos we received.   The entrance to the lodge has real moose antlers and much natural fur.

Entrance to Chatanika Lodge

Entrance to Chatanika Lodge

The eagles are carved from wood.   Here Eider is sitting on a rail made of spruce.

Eider on spruce rail with bumps

Eider on spruce rail with bumps

The bumps on the cedar are all natural.   These carved wooden bears are inviting on this winter day.

Eider on snowy bears

Eider on snowy bears

Eider is sitting on a snow bank and looks cold.

Eider on snow bank.  Brrr

Eider on snow bank. Brrr

Take him inside Alaska uncle!

Inside the lodge is a small restaurant.

Eider on lamp shade near bear skin

Eider on lamp shade near bear skin

There are a lot of old Alaskan art and artifacts.  Here is Eider on a doll.

Eider on antique roll

Eider on antique doll

Eider is sitting on old sewing machine by a Harley Davidson motorcycle lamp.

Eider on sewing machine

Eider on sewing machine by Harley lamp

They visited Chatanika Lodge during Christmas, so we can see some decorations.

Looking at snowy outdoors

Looking at snowy outdoors

This time Eider is sitting on a bear trap.

Eider.  You are on a bear trap!

Eider. You are on a bear trap!

Be careful cousin!  This is my cousin Cindy holding Eider by a dall sheep.

Cindy holding Eider near dall sheep

Cindy holding Eider near dall sheep

Dall sheep are known for their curled horns.  The horns grow in the spring and summer and then in fall and winter the growth slows and stops.  The growth pattern forms rings, called annuli, and the age of the dall sheep is determined from the horns.

In March Chatanika Lodge holds Chatanika Days festival.  One of the events is outhouse races.  Teams build outhouses, a person must be in outhouse and the teams race down a course.  This is the original outhouse entered by the lodge for the outhouse races.

Ready for outhouse races

Ready for outhouse races

Be careful Eider.

This looks like a great place.  To see more visit www.chatanikalodgeak.com  Thanks for sending pictures Eider.