iditarod race

anonymous asked:

Hi ! Can you please recommend some good lengthy destiel fics pleaaaase. Please exclude out of the deep, the soul piece and redemption arc. Thank you babe !

Well, here are some long one from my bookmarks, which need updating.

An Assembly Such as This  by @unforth-ninawaters 151k - Regency AU. Think Jane Austen but with Gay porn! 

91 Whiskey - by @cuddlebabies. 400k, WW2 AU, be ready to cry forever!

Clear Air - by @anactorya. 121k. Amazing sort of sci-fi duystopia AU.

For All You Young Hockey Players Out There, Pay Attention - 143k. Hockey AU! Very sweet and fun.

I Wanna Get Outside (Of Me) 142k- My absoloute favorite D/s fic at the moment. Really cool take and very sexy.

The Last Great Race - Iditarod! I love this one muchly. Puppies and Destiel and SNOW!

And Cause I’m a whore:

Best Laid Plans - by me, 74k ABO, hate then sex then love.

Let It Be - also by me  143k Mary lives, raises the boys as hunters. Cas is there. Corgi and lots of drama feels.


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In just a few short years, fat biking has become one of the fastest growing winter sports in the United States.  In 2014, the BLM Hartman Rocks Recreation Area near Gunnison, Colorado held its Winter Growler Fat Bike Race, and this year, the BLM showcased its outstanding winter riding opportunities at the first-ever Fat Bike Expo in Anchorage in late February. 

The BLM booth at the Expo featured BLM’s partnership with the International Mountain Bicycling Association. It also featured the new National Conservation Lands recreation mapping project and the MTB Project, a mountain bike guide and trail map website presenting the top 20 BLM Backyard to Backcountry rides on public lands.

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Mushing on With Over 1,000 Dogs: @katieorlinsky Captures the Magic of Iditarod

To see more of Katie’s images and videos from the event, follow @katieorlinsky on Instagram. To feel like you’re in Alaska watching the race, check out #Iditarod2016.

In the state of Alaska, dog mushing is the official sport, and for many Alaskans, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is the year’s most anticipated event. Race action happens 24 hours a day, according to freelance photographer Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky) who’s on the scene photographing the entirety of the race — some 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) in just over two weeks. “There is no other human or animal that can do what they do. They are the world’s most impressive endurance athletes,” Katie says. “The race is so exciting and interesting. The dogs are the best thing ever, and the beauty along the trail is breathtaking.”

Photo above: Athabascan beadworker Lilly Pitka of Fort Yukon, Alaska made these dog blankets in 1926. Dogs would be decorated with fancy blankets like this during special times of year, when families would come in from traplines in wilderness areas of the state to gather together in celebration.

ALL ABOUT THE DOGS – Dog sledding, or dog mushing, has a long tradition in Alaska. It was used by early residents as a means of transportation. Today, rural residents still rely on dog teams to hunt and travel in remote areas, as do hobbyists who enjoy exploring the backcountry with their highly-trained athletes.  

Alaska also hosts a variety of big-name races. Thousands of fans follow along as mushers spend days competing in long distance wilderness events like the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. There are also sprint mushing races that are run through the streets of the state’s largest cities.

In the earliest days of tourism in Alaska, visitors found depictions of men and their dogs to be extremely compelling. They sought to bring home reminders of these people and their trusted companions of the trail. Many of these items were created by Alaska Native artists as souvenirs.

Luke Saganna carved this hunter and dog team (below) sometime around 1984 in Barrow. It is carved from caribou antler and has sinew tow lines and harnesses.

The museum’s history & ethnology collection features thousands of items that depict the Native cultures of Alaska. Many of them feature dog-related carvings or depictions. Jotham Seppilu is a Yupik artist from Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island. He carved this piece from walrus ivory.

This year in Alaska, the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race had to move its restart location from Willow, near Anchorage, to Fairbanks in the Interior due to a lack of snowfall. That’s more than 500 miles away from the ceremonial start location in the state’s largest city. And it means an extra day for mushers to scramble to get ready for the race. Fairbanks officials expect hundreds, if not thousands, of race-related visitors for the event.

Some of them might be in search of something to commemorate the experience, such as souvenirs or artwork like this piece of mineralized walrus ivory carved by Greg Stradiotto in 1984.

Even though this has been a relatively mild winter temperature-wise, many mushers and visitors will be sporting head gear like this marten fur “trapper-style” hat used extensively in Alaska. The flaps can be worn down or up, depending on the weather.

This depiction of a dog team and driver was commercially produced and marketed to tourists.


This is a picture of Lance Mackey embarking on the 35th Iditarod Sled Dog race in 2007. The traditional starting ground (the frozen surface of Willow Lake) is covered in snow.

This year, warm temperatures and unusually low snowfall have forced the Iditarod to change course. The ceremonial start was still held in Anchorage, where dogs ran through slushy streets and light rainfall. But for the actual start yesterday, the dogs and mushers moved up to cooler Fairbanks.

Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

-alexisanne  asked:

What is your opinion on the popular race the Iditarod? (Takes place in Alaska if you didn't know) It is very popular up here and while huskies love to run and enjoy the snow; I can't help but think sled dog racing isn't such a fantastic sport?

Hi there! I didn’t know about this race so I started searching. I do see it as something bad and here is a little explanation I’ve found:

According to the Sled Dog Action Coalition, at least 136 dogs have died in the Iditarod or as a result of running in the Iditarod. The race organizers, the Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC), simultaneously romanticize the unforgiving terrain and weather encountered by the dogs and mushers, while arguing that the race is not cruel to the dogs. Even during their breaks, the dogs are required to remain outdoors except when being examined or treated by a veterinarian. In most U.S. states, keeping a dog outdoors for twelve days in freezing weather would warrant an animal cruelty conviction, but Alskan animal cruelty statutes exempt standard dog mushing practices: “This section does not apply to generally accepted dog mushing or pulling contests or practices or rodeos or stock contests.” A.S. 11.61.140(e). Instead of being an act of animal cruelty, this exposure is a requirement of the Iditarod.

At the same time, Iditarod rules prohibit “cruel or inhumane treatment of the dogs.” A musher may be disqualified if a dog dies of abusive treatment, but the musher will not be disqualified if “the cause of death is due to a circumstance, nature of trail, or force beyond the control of the musher. This recognizes the inherent risks of wilderness travel.” Again, if a person in another state forced their dog to run over 1,100 miles through ice and snow and the dog died, they would probably be convicted of animal cruelty. It is because of the inherent risks of running the dogs across a frozen tundra in sub-zero weather for twelve days that many believe the Iditarod should be stopped.

The official Iditarod rules for 2009 state, “All dog deaths are regrettable, but there are some that may be considered unpreventable.” Although the ITC may consider some dog deaths unpreventable, a sure way to prevent the deaths is to stop the Iditarod.

Inadequate Veterinary Care

Although race checkpoints are staffed by veterinarians, mushers sometimes skip check points and there is no requirement for the dogs to be examined by veterinarians at the checkpoints. According to the Sled Dog Action Coalition, most of the Iditarod veterinarians belong to the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, an organization that promotes sled dog races. Instead of being impartial caregivers for the dogs, they have a vested interest, and in some cases, a financial interest, in promoting sled dog racing. Iditarod veterinarians have even allowed sick dogs to continue running, and compared dog deaths to the deaths of willing human athletes. However, no human athlete has ever died in the Iditarod. {x}

I know Huskies are from those areas and that they have to be active, but in this particular case you can see that the interests are profit and human recognition, this is never done for the dogs. 

Yesterday, the streets of Anchorage filled with hundreds of Alaskan Huskies for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod® race. #Iditarod2016


Matt Hayashida has completed 7 Alaskan Iditarod races. Although he has yet to win, just completing one of these races is quite a feat. He leads tours of a sled dog training facility in Skagway. On our visit he passed out puppies to the tour group, a big hit with kids young and old. Not only does it make for a great experience for his customers, it helps with the process of acclimating the pups to people and strange situations.  


Meet Karen Deatherage – BLM Interpretive Park Ranger and recreational musher

Karen’s first grade teacher traveled to Alaska, sparking in her a dream to move to this amazing state when she grew up. To get to Alaska, she traveled over a year throughout the United States and Canada, visiting public lands and parks across both countries. During the summer, Karen works for the BLM in Coldfoot along the Dalton Highway, made famous by the reality show “Ice Road Truckers.” Karen had an Alaskan Malamute (the Alaska state dog) for 14 years. 

She skijored (had her dog pull her on skis) for many years and took the opportunity to mush anytime she could borrow some dogs. She also hosted Iditarod racing teams in her backyard in downtown Anchorage from 2006-2008, as well as handled dogs for the mushers at the starting line. She patrolled Denali National Park with a sled dog team, and most recently adopted a retired husky from the park’s kennel. Chinook is a fantastic all-purpose sled dog who can skijor, kick sled and lead any team of sled dogs down a mushing trail. “If you have a dog that likes to pull, you can do all kinds of fun recreational activities with them, including skijoring, kick sledding, biking or mushing,” Karen says. “I’ve seen Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers and even Schnauzers pull people on skis or small sleds. My first leader on a team was an 8-month old black lab”. Karen’s dream is to someday rescue abandoned sled dogs and build a small recreational mushing team.

Fairbanks District Office employee Deke Naaktgeboren starts the Yukon Quest 300 sled dog race in downtown Fairbanks on Saturday. The 300-mile race is a qualifying event for the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, which started earlier Saturday, as well as the upcoming Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The race course follows Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River at several points before ending in the community of Central. Good luck to Deke and all of the Quest mushers!