General Discussion, Thursday, March 10, 2022

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26 Responses to General Discussion, Thursday, March 10, 2022

  1. Pa Hermit says:

    It’s always just around the corner.

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  2. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all! Good ad….

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ Wee, Pa, and everyone. It is very overcast and looks like rain here. It was already 75* when I looked at the outside thermometer before 8:00 AM. They are replacing the heat pump (air conditioner) today and she is here. She has to change the inside and outside parts of the units. Well, hope your days all go better. Sounds like ugly storms are coming across the south.

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  4. stella says:

    Morning everybody. It’s sunny and above freezing this morning – 34 degrees! It is gradually creeping towards the spring here in the north. We might get a bit of snow over night I hear, but it won’t be much. There is none left on the ground right now.

    Today I start my first seeds for the coming growing season. Feels good to be doing that!

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      There is none left on the ground right now.
      Oh Stella, I am longing for the day when I can say that, but it is still 2 months away. Back when I had a dog team and was out mushing nearly every day, I never wanted winter to end. But now, well, I feel a bit differently about it. It is snowing today, it snowed all day yesterday, and is predicted to snow all day tomorrow. Sigh. At least it is not brutally cold; we’ve been in the 20s and low 30s for several weeks now. But. My eyes begin to long for green and have grown tired of the all-white environment I live in for 8 months of the year. Still, I don’t want to live anywhere else. After nearly 25 years here, I continue to love Alaska more than anywhere I’ve ever lived. It is truly an amazing place and I am blessed to be surrounded by jaw-dropping beauty (even if I can’t see it at the moment).

      Hope you all are having a great day! Now on to Iditarod!

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  5. Reflection says:

    The founder of the DDG search site has announced “sanitized” searches and reveals “selected” search results.

    Interesting replies.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      It is sad, but good that so many are finally waking up to the truth.

      None of these search engines ever guaranteed not to rank search results, they only guaranteed your privacy, i.e. you were not the commodity the search engines were selling. The two are not the same. The search engines still influenced you by ranking the results.. They always have.

      All search engines have always ranked their results, it’s just that DDG and others make their money by means other than selling you.

      Kinda sad that was never made clear, huh?

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  6. The Tundra PA says:

    Iditarod update. The race is now almost 4 days into what is usually a 9 day event for the winner and somewhat longer, sometimes twice as long, for the Red Lantern (last place finisher). The 5 leaders arrived at the half-way checkpoint of Cripple a few hours before midnight last night. All are taking their mandatory 24 hour rest at this checkpoint. Many of the following pack took their 24s earlier, at Nicolai or McGrath or Ophir. Where to take the 24 (mushers can take it at any checkpoint they want to) is always a big decision, and the race outcome is often determined by that decision. It is all about the dogs and how they are holding up to the rigors of traveling a thousand miles across the Alaskan wilderness.

    Right now, Brent Sass has the lead and Dallas Seavey is in second position, about 3 hours behind him. But the true race order will be revealed tomorrow morning after all teams have completed their 24s. At the starting line back in Willow, teams departed one-at-a-time, every two minutes. With a field of 49 teams, that means the first team was 98 minutes down the trail before the last team left the start. That differential is made up on the 24; the first team to leave the start will have an additional 98 minutes tacked on to the mandatory rest, while the last team to leave the start will rest exactly 24 hours and not one minute more. Brent Sass is is wearing Bib #27 and Dallas Seavey is Bib #20, so Dallas has to wait an additional 14 minutes longer than Brent to leave. It is 73 miles from the last checkpoint at Ophir, and Brent made it at a much faster pace than Dallas. Was Dallas holding his dogs back to conserve energy? Possibly. He is known to do that. It gives the musher out in front a false sense of confidence if it allows the following team to have “more gas in the tank” for a burst of speed at the end. Dallas has won 5 Iditarod championships by employing this strategy, so there is no reason to think he is not doing it again. But anything can happen, and weather is always a factor. If a snowstorm blows in behind the team in front, it can hold up the rest of the pack, allowing the team in front a much greater lead.

    One of the interesting things to me about Iditarod 50 (this year’s race is the 50th running of it) is how closely bunched the field has remained. Most years, by the time the first team gets to the halfway point, the Red Lantern team is over 300 miles behind. This years there has consistently been around 100 miles between the first team and the last. And usually a half dozen or more teams have scratched (quit for one reason or another) by the time they get over the Alaska Range to the checkpoint at Rohn. This year only 1 team has scratched so far, and they made it to Nicolai (75 miles further) before doing so. I take that as a really good sign. One year, the first team scratched at Skwentna, the second checkpoint, which is only 72 miles into the race.

    Currently, my friend Pete Kaiser from Bethel is in 14th position. He has only dropped one dog so far, which is good. I’m hoping he makes it into the top 10 to finish, but at this point in the race the winner is almost always one of the top 5 already. But again, we won’t know the true race order until later tonight or early tomorrow morning, after the 24s are done.

    Coming out of the checkpoint at Cripple, the next stop is 70 miles away at Ruby. That will be a 10 to 12 hour run. Ruby is the first Northern Route checkpoint on the Yukon River. Being on the Yukon usually means a flatter, smoother surface to run on–as opposed to climbing giant mountains in the Alaska Range, or endless pounding over tundra tussocks in the interior–but it also means entering a 134-mile-long wind tunnel. And big winds cause massive snow drifts. Wind is also psychologically very difficult for the dogs. Some dogs just won’t run in it. Having a leader who will head into the wind and keep going means everything. One year Dee Dee Jonrowe had to scratch on the Yukon, simply because her dogs laid down and refused to keep going into the wind. One thing the PETA types just don’t get about dog mushing: you simply cannot MAKE dogs run. They run, and take you with them, because they love it and they want to do it. When they no longer want to do it, there is absolutely nothing you can do to make them.

    The race comes off the Yukon at the checkpoint of Kaltag, and many mushers say that is where the very long trail becomes an actual race. A mandatory 8 hour rest must be taken at any of the 4 checkpoints on the Yukon; most like to make it to Kaltag to give the dogs the best shot at the brutal section of the trail coming up, the Bering Sea coast.

    I am going to stop here and just say there is SO much more I could write about. Mushing dogs is truly amazing, and there is so much involved with it. But I don’t want to wear y’all out! (insert smiley face here) If anyone wants further detail or explanation of anything I’ve said so far, or has any questions, please ask. There is nothing I love more than talking dogs!

    GO DOGS, GO!

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Thank you for the updates, Tundra. I read daily but the WP Word Police stole my “like” function.
      Here’s my “like” upvote –
      ^^^

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Thanks jeans. I share your frustration with Word Press. For quite a while now, my little bell at the top right has refused to load. So the only way I know if someone left a reply to something I commented is if I remember to go back and look. And often I don’t recall which threat I commented on, especially more than a day later. The bell is so handy, and I don’t know how to get it back.

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        • czarina33 says:

          Same here. Disappeared a week or so ago.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Try this:

          pirapoi says:
          February 26, 2022 at 3:25 pm
          Problem staying logged in?
          I was unable to stay logged until by accident I discovered something that works – at least for me.

          At the top of the is Stella’s Place, underneath that is a picture of some flowers and just below that are 3 links. Home, About Stella’s Place and What’s it all about? Speaking up!
          If you click the What’s it all about? Speaking up! link and scroll to the bottom of the page you should see this:

          Like

          • auscitizenmom says:

            Well darn. Some little avatars show up on the left side of the page and at the bottom right some dots ( I think). I will have to do it to see. It didn’t copy.

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              Okay, on the right it says “following” in a little box that pops up at the bottom of the page and then three little dots. You may have to move the cursor to the bottom of the page.

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