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Old 07-11-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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I have had some elders from Point Hope visiting here in Barrow for meetings, They are spending most of their off time @ our house here. this is indeed a true pleasure. Everyone knows of the winner for the very first Iditarod in 1973, But no one remembers what happened to Ron Oviok, from Pt. Hope he placed 14th, he had to walk most of the way, his dogs became sick, and they ran out of food, The packages of seal meat and maktak and caribou is all that these dogs had ever eaten. But none of this was arriving in time at the check points, He stayed two days at one checkpoint hoping for food to arrive. All he could find or obtain was a big bag of friskees, he sat down with his dogs and ate the friskees with them, they followed his lead .



He finally entered Nome, during a white out at 1:30 a.m. No one was at the finish line, he went straight to the bar-room, some women from point hope recognised him and he felt right at home, among close friends. His 21 day journey was over.
I asked him, how do you ever find your way in the blinding white out, he said, you don't yell at the dogs; or the dogs will take you back home.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Homosassa, Florida
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I Think The Iditarod should write up code of conduct ordinance. Having the entered Dog Mushers do active community service. About 50 hours. The Dog Mushers are walking away clean for not doing Public Relations.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I have had some elders from Point Hope visiting here in Barrow for meetings, They are spending most of their off time @ our house here. this is indeed a true pleasure. Everyone knows of the winner for the very first Iditarod in 1973, But no one remembers what happened to Ron Oviok, from Pt. Hope he placed 14th, he had to walk most of the way, his dogs became sick, and they ran out of food, The packages of seal meat and maktak and caribou is all that these dogs had ever eaten. But none of this was arriving in time at the check points, He stayed two days at one checkpoint hoping for food to arrive. All he could find or obtain was a big bag of friskees, he sat down with his dogs and ate the friskees with them, they followed his lead .



He finally entered Nome, during a white out at 1:30 a.m. No one was at the finish line, he went straight to the bar-room, some women from point hope recognised him and he felt right at home, among close friends. His 21 day journey was over.
I asked him, how do you ever find your way in the blinding white out, he said, you don't yell at the dogs; or the dogs will take you back home.
Someone just quoted this to me and I think it is appropriate... "A quiter never wins".... No matter what he hung in there and finished. Thanks Sity

Great adventures... what is life without those right?
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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I Think The Iditarod should write up code of conduct ordinance. Having the entered Dog Mushers do active community service. About 50 hours. The Dog Mushers are walking away clean for not doing Public Relations.
You MUST be kidding Bob. Why would they need to do community service? Walk away clean? I'm not sure what you are talking about.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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I have had some elders from Point Hope visiting here in Barrow for meetings, They are spending most of their off time @ our house here. this is indeed a true pleasure. Everyone knows of the winner for the very first Iditarod in 1973, But no one remembers what happened to Ron Oviok, from Pt. Hope he placed 14th, he had to walk most of the way, his dogs became sick, and they ran out of food, The packages of seal meat and maktak and caribou is all that these dogs had ever eaten. But none of this was arriving in time at the check points, He stayed two days at one checkpoint hoping for food to arrive. All he could find or obtain was a big bag of friskees, he sat down with his dogs and ate the friskees with them, they followed his lead .



He finally entered Nome, during a white out at 1:30 a.m. No one was at the finish line, he went straight to the bar-room, some women from point hope recognised him and he felt right at home, among close friends. His 21 day journey was over.
I asked him, how do you ever find your way in the blinding white out, he said, you don't yell at the dogs; or the dogs will take you back home.
Are you back in Barrow?
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Are you back in Barrow?
Nope.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Nope.
I have had...past tense.

I am in Anchorage -heading back to Barrow (very soon).
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:35 PM
 
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I have had...past tense.

I am in Anchorage -heading back to Barrow (very soon).

Have had is past tense, but when you added the "here in Barrow" part it made me think you were back up there. Just needed clarification. Thanks
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