The Spell of the Yukon

What keeps mushers and dogs doing the Iditarod

The spell of the arctic.
The call of the wild.
The beckoning scent of the trail.
Each one claims allegiance
and can’t be ignored.
Both musher and dog must prevail.

The Northern Lights dancing.
The frigid nights chill.
The winter dogs hunger to run
remind us it’s why
we endure what we do
in a race that is second to none.

It’s more than a race
for both musher and team.
The Iditarod is an ordeal.
This sled dog adventure
through ice, wind and snow
concludes in champion’s meal.