Thursday, March 6, 2008

Nome-ward Bound...

I am headed out to the Seward Peninsula in western Alaska tomorrow with my skis and some friends. The Seward Peninsula is a thumb of the state that points directly at Siberia. All that separates Alaska from far east Russia is the icy Bering Strait.

We will be flying into the the town of Nome on the frozen Bering Sea coast and then continuing on to the native village of Koyuk. The plan is to ski the last 200 miles or so of the Iditarod sled dog race trail back to Nome. This stretch of trail is notorious for severe winds and white out conditions. There are very few trees and most of the terrain is exposed tundra. I am hoping the weather is somewhat subdued and we are spared any strong headwinds or blizzard conditions. The Iditarod is currently in progress and we expect the lead mushers to pass us on the trail as they make their final push into Nome.

I spent the evening packing a bunch of food and snacks for 5 or 6 days on the trail. We will be passing through several native villages so we will have the opportunity to buy food along the way - for an outrageous price of course. This should be an awesome trip through some interesting country. I will post some pics when I return...

5 comments:

Bevy said...

You think of the most interesting vacations. WOW! I would've never thot of this one. I hope you stay warm and have a great time. Isn't it funny that Seward is on the Kenai Peninsula and Nome is on the Seward Peninsula? Happy schussing and skating!

Fwx Sharon said...

Dude, you are crazy. Hope you have tail winds and a great time. I ook forward to hearing about it when you get back.

Lena said...

AWESOME idea! I hope you beat Lance.

Dave (MQT) said...

Pictures?

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