- Written by Michelle Theall
Alaskan's know how to enjoy winter. Hot mini-donuts on every corner. Coffee and cider in most gift shops. Fur hats and coats, some with the head of the animal still attached. I wandered the streets of downtown Anchorage enjoying the revelry (and the hats), watching the dog handlers get ready to mush, and ogling the trail of Mini Coopers cruising along as part of the Fur Rondy parade. Most places I know wouldn't think of holding an outdoor festival in February, but that's not how Alaskans roll. They embrace a little chill, prep for it, and play in it. After all, the sun is out a little longer and up a little higher. And watching sleds pulled by teams of dogs through the middle of a city makes the winter go just a little bit quicker.
- Written by Mollie Foster
The story behind Alaska's March 2014 issue cover model, Spur, a retired Iditarod sled dog.
I never thought Spur, my newly adopted Alaskan Husky and a former Iditarod sled dog, would run away from me. But after only a few months of cross country skiing together, when I saw the red light attached to her collar disappear down the dark, snowy trail in front of me, my heart sank.