Skwentna Sweeties turn Iditarod checkpoint into trailside spa
They're known as the "Skwentna Sweeties." A group of women at the second check point anxiously await the arrival of Iditarod mushers with Alaskan hospitality.
The group of seven prides themselves on turning their checkpoint into a spa, or the closest thing to it on the trail.
They serve hot stew, warm coffee and even provide a wake-up service for mushers in need of a nap.
"Many times they'll ask you to let them sleep a little bit longer so you have to change their time, or they'll get up and go before their time is up," said Melissa Alger, better known by her nickname "Mama Sass," on the trail.
The "spa" experience comes complete with a warm towel soaked in lemon, so mushers can freshen up.
"A lot of them come back all the time because they know we take care of them, we love on them and that way, it's kind of, it's family," Alger said. "We have a great time with them."
The Skwentna sisters say their tradition of caring for mushers dates back to the eighties and has been carried on by generations.