AKontheGO “Goes” to Nome for Iditarod 2015

Nome's Front Street glows in a morning sunrise. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Nome’s Front Street glows in a morning sunrise. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Steeped in history and a fair amount of mystery, the town of Nome is probably the most popular community in Alaska each March. Iditarod 2015 finishers continue rolling across the finish line, and it’s about now that emails begin rolling my way with inquiries by curious and adventurous parents wondering if they should book a trip north for next year’s race.

It’s crowded, cold, and a bit crazy during Iditarod season, but Nome throws out the reddish carpet of hospitality in an effort to boost not only tourism, but positive impressions in this town located along the shores of Norton Sound.

Should families go?

I’m about to find out.

 

The famous "Burled Arch" under which Iditarod finishers must cross. Now I will, too. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

The famous “Burled Arch” under which Iditarod finishers must cross. Now I will, too. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Nome was a day trip back in 2011, and I had a lovely time, thanks to the kindness and spirited nature of Richard Benneville’s Nome Discovery Tours. But for the Iditarod? I wasn’t sure.

When a musher and friend asked me to manage his team’s communications, the reality of a trip to Nome for the finish of Iditarod 2015 wasn’t in the plans. Then it was, as the emotional connection of 1,000 miles of closely-followed GPS tracking, nail-biting, late-night-coffee-drinking race logistics caused a spontaneous visit to the Alaska Airlines website.

Nome, Alaska, I’m on the way. Iditarod 2015, let’s do this thing.

Stand by.

~EK

 

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