Nicknamed “The Last Great Race,” The Iditarod is a grueling, long-distance sled dog race from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nome. It’s an incredible race that both humans and dogs train for all year. It takes a lot of strength and teamwork to be able to complete the race, let alone win. The person who directs the dogs, or mushers, must be prepared for all situations. Mushers are on their own during the race and face challenges as they occur.
A team in the Iditarod consists of a musher and a team of 14 dogs. To win, at least five dogs, along with the musher, must be on the towline at the finish line and cover the distance in eight–15 days or more. This race began in 1973 for mushers in Alaska to show others how well sled dog teams work together. Since its beginnings, the race has turned into an international competitive event.
Some of the challenges a team can face are blizzards, white-out conditions and sub-zero temperatures. Racers have to be ready for these situations and know how to survive through them. They can also fall victim to attacks from wild animals that might jeopardize their life or the lives of the dog team.
The traditional dogs used in this race are Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies and were chosen for strength and stamina. In modern racing, mixed-breed dogs are used because they are bred for speed, tough feet, endurance and the desire to run. In this race, the dogs are just as important as the person guiding them.
Start your explorations of Gettysburg with breakfast, but not just any breakfast. Gettysburg has many delightful bed and breakfasts worth a stay. If you book a stay at Baladerry Inn, you not only get a comfy, spacious guestroom in a historic home once a Civil War hospital, but you also dine on a scrumptious, hearty breakfast each morning, and it’s all included in your room rate.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
In recent years, Portugal has quietly become one of Europe’s top travel destinations. It’s inexpensive compared to some of its neighbors, it’s warm and sunny, and it’s easy to access from most U.S. cities. As a growing wellness destination, here are the country’s top spots for a relaxing vacation.
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