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2013 Iditarod: straw ready for the trail

Noah Dudley and Erika Wiebener prepare and stack bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Volunteers prepare bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Volunteers prepare bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Ed Sundeen, left, and Shawna Palmer prepare bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Jerry Killens unloads bales of straw from a van for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Garrett Egeberg, left, and Noah Dudley bag bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage. About 40 volunteers packaged and palleted 1454 bales of Delta straw for shipping to race checkpoints, where mushers use the straw as bedding for their dogs.
Erik Hill
Garrett Egeberg stacks bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Stacy Pritts, left, and Richard McMahon unload bales of straw from a van for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Pallets of straw are prepared for shipping up the trail for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Cameron Gilchrist stretch wraps pallets of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage. About 40 volunteers packaged and palleted 1454 bales of Delta straw for shipping to race checkpoints, where mushers use the straw as bedding for their dogs. Some straw will be trucked to Willow and flown to checkpoints from there, while most pallets will be shipped via bypass mail to hubs further up the trail for distribution to checkpoints.
Erik Hill
Noah Dudley, center, and fellow volunteers bag bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage. About 40 volunteers packaged and palleted 1454 bales of Delta straw for shipping to race checkpoints, where mushers use the straw as bedding for their dogs.
Erik Hill
Destination tags for checkpoints are ready to be attached to pallets of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Palleted bales of straw are stretch wrapped for shipping for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Noah Dudley and Erika Wiebener prepare and stack bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Volunteers prepare bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Volunteers prepare bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Ed Sundeen, left, and Shawna Palmer prepare bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Jerry Killens unloads bales of straw from a van for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Garrett Egeberg, left, and Noah Dudley bag bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage. About 40 volunteers packaged and palleted 1454 bales of Delta straw for shipping to race checkpoints, where mushers use the straw as bedding for their dogs.
Erik Hill
Garrett Egeberg stacks bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Stacy Pritts, left, and Richard McMahon unload bales of straw from a van for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Pallets of straw are prepared for shipping up the trail for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Cameron Gilchrist stretch wraps pallets of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage. About 40 volunteers packaged and palleted 1454 bales of Delta straw for shipping to race checkpoints, where mushers use the straw as bedding for their dogs. Some straw will be trucked to Willow and flown to checkpoints from there, while most pallets will be shipped via bypass mail to hubs further up the trail for distribution to checkpoints.
Erik Hill
Noah Dudley, center, and fellow volunteers bag bales of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage. About 40 volunteers packaged and palleted 1454 bales of Delta straw for shipping to race checkpoints, where mushers use the straw as bedding for their dogs.
Erik Hill
Destination tags for checkpoints are ready to be attached to pallets of straw for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Palleted bales of straw are stretch wrapped for shipping for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Air Land Transport warehouse Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013 in south Anchorage.
Erik Hill
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