Nancy Marie Steuer:
CLASS OF 1963
East Jordan High SchoolClass of 1963
East jordan, MI
Boyne City High SchoolClass of 1963
Boyne city, MI
Nancy Marie's Story
In January 2012 I decided that I wanted to go to Fairbanks, AK the first week-end of February for the start of the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race (1,000 miles) from Fairbanks, AK to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, it is the most difficult dog sled race on the planet, Goes from Fairbanks, via the Chena River for long distance, to Two Rivers, via Fox, AK to 101 mile Steese Hwy, over Eagle Summit to Central, AK 73 miles via Birch Creek and on to Circle City, AK where the trail goes on the Yukon River many miles and continues up and over American Summit and then into Canada. A friend and I drove to Fairbanks in -20 below weather to attended Meet and Greet the Mushers, tour the Yukon Quest headquarters and the start line. Due to high winds on the way to Central we did not stay in Fairbanks, but traveled the Steese Highway to Chatinaka Lodge, where my brother Fred suggested we stay over night and get up and follow the snowplow over Eagle Summit to be sure and be able to get thru safely to Central which is 133 miles from Fairbanks. We had a successful trip to Chatinaka Lodge, got up early the next day and drove to 101 Mi Steese Hwy which is a check point for the race. Got there shortly to the plow coming over the pass, we jumped in the car and headed up the road behind the plow. Very little wind, huge herd of Caribou, beautiful scenery, and into Central where my brother Fred C. Steuer owns property and Mike Scott formerly of East Jordan had purchase the old Steese Roadhouse and now know as Central Corners (Central Checkpoint for the Race) located at the Junction of Circle Hot Springs Road and the Steese Hwy that goes another 33 miles to Circle City Checkpoint for the Yukon Quest located on the banks of the Yukon River. My friend Vicky and I volunteered at the Central Check point, checking the mushers in as they arrived. It only got down to -30 which was 24 degrees warmer that the previous year. I see that I've not updated my profile since 2/2011. 3/2011 went to Nome, Alaska for 12 days as a volunteer at the end of the trail for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Had a great time, took helicopter trip from Nome to Safety which is the last check point before reaching Nome. The winner of the race John Baker was between Safety and Nome, got to land along the trail to take pictures. Upon departure from there we went over Cape Nome and I got to observe a heard of Muskox, which was exciting for me to see them in the wild. As went on towards Safety watched Rayme Smyth running behi...Expand for more
nd his sled up the back side of Cape Nome. It was and incredible beautiful day clear skies, bright sunshine the reflection off the sea ice and snow was blinding and I had forgotten to take sun classes with me. 2011 - the rest of the year was fairly hectic, I went to Soldotna, on the Kenai Peninsula for training to work as an attendant/monitor for "First Student School Bus Services" One of the requirements was CPR for infant, child and adult, also First Aide. The training would help me get a job anywhere in Canada or the US school districts that First Student served. I worked in the Kenai Peninsula School District, Soldotna, Kenai, North Kenai, Kasilof, Sterling area schools. Wow, what an experience kids are sure different today than when I was going to school back in good ole East Jordan/Boyne City/Elk Rapids/Traverse City Schools. Cursing, calling names, hollering, carrying knifes, threating the bus driver. It is no wonder bus drivers have to have monitors on the buses with them as they need all their attention to drive especially in the winter time. In November 2011 I moved into Senior Housing in Houston where I have resided every since. It is now Feb 2011 -- now into my 27th year of volunteering with the Last Great Race on Earth "IDITAROD". 1st Volunteer meeting 1/12/2011, Jan 27 - boat show in Anchorage selling raffle tickets for the drawing of 4 Dodge Ram p/u's and 16 other great gifts, helping around Iditarod Headquarters, plus Musher Food Drop, People Food Drop, Selling raffle tickets, Trail Guard/Traffic Control for the restart in Willow, AK. Traveled to Nome, AK, volunteered for the ending of the Iditarod, Left March 10 to 21, 2011, was a great experience, took helicopter trip 22 miles south of Nome to check point "Safety Roadhouse" , saw wild herd of Muskoxken. It was clear skiies, sunshine in the 20's everyday I was there. Awesome scenery. The day John Baker won the race I was up in the helicopter saw him about 4 miles out of Nome the saw second place winner Ramye Smith going up the south side of Cape Nome. Arrived home to frozen sewer line and water backing up in the basement. Oh, what fun. Left on April 3rd, went to Anchorage on 4th drove to Kenai/Soldotna for couple days, left on 4/6 another beautiful day, drove 290 miles home. Only to wake up morning of 4/7 to 8 inches of new snow, before day was over had 18" of new snow, most snow in one day for winter of 2010/2011. 4/7 woke up to 33+ and huge snow flakes. Now to go shovel snow.
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