Saturday, November 29, 2008

Alaska: Home of Sarah Palin

Now that the elections are (almost) behind us, I plan to learn more about Alaska, it's geography and history.

I found this interesting article today:

.....on a whim, I decided to look at the Alaska Travel Industry Association, and sure enough — there she was. Granted, Sarah Palin is the governor of the state, but she and her family are mentioned more than once (apparently her husband, Todd, is a four-time winner of the snowmachining race “Iron Dog.”) She also graces the cover of the state’s tourism brochures which are now in wide distribution. Although they were printed before she was selected to be John McCain’s running mate, a spokeswoman for the association said, the group decided not to send the majority out until after the election to “be safe” and not affect voting.

Cont. here:

In this November Travel News Bulletin you will find:

1. Volunteers get a taste of the Iditarod without driving a sled
2. Speed demons get their fix at Alaska’s snowmachine races
3. Nome musk ox tour offers new snow-cat alternative
4. Countdown to Alaska’s 50th birthday: Celebrate with Cruise West

1. Volunteers get a taste of the Iditarod without driving a sled Last month, Alaska’s Last Great Race went prime time with the premier of the Discovery Channel’s newest extreme reality series, “Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod.” Now the same fans riveted by the likes of Captain Sig Hansen of the Deadliest Catch can follow Alaska legends like Lance Mackey and DeeDee Jonrowe along the 1,150-mile sled dog race to Nome. Those not content to sit on the sidelines can join the action by volunteering with the Iditarod Trail Committee with assignments as diverse as answering phones, dog handling, sorting food and supplies, race communications and more. With so much activity surrounding the race — from media conferences, race starts in both Anchorage and Wasilla, the musher’s banquet, food drops and more — volunteers are sure to find an option to suit their skills and interests.


2. Speed demons get their fix at Alaska’s snowmachine races Drawn to harrowing speeds, snowmachine racers brave Alaska’s harsh elements and test both machine and human stamina during the Tesoro Iron Dog and Alcan 200 races each winter. Nationally, more Americans than ever are aware of Alaska’s long-distance snowmachining races (as well as the fact that we call them snowmachines, not snowmobiles) thanks to the sudden notoriety of Todd Palin, husband of Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and four-time Iron Dog champion. Beginning its legacy in 1984 as the “Iron Dog Iditarod,” the Tesoro Iron Dog travels from Wasilla to Nome, then on to Fairbanks through 1,971 miles of some of the most remote and rugged terrain in Alaska. Teams of two battle for a hefty purse upwards of $165,000 and crown of the world’s longest, toughest snowmachine competition. Fans not able to attend the race can follow the action through GPS tracking or the DOG BLOG,

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Today's weather
Anchorage | Mat-Su | Kenai
 32° low: 19 ° high: 34°
5 day forecast | aurora
sunrise - sunset
9:43 a.m. - 3:52 p.m.
Storm to bring up to a foot of snow
Six inches to a foot of snow is expected to settle on Anchorage today and tomorrow, the National Weather Service reported Saturday.

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