On Second Thought: Episode 9 – Iron Dog and Hair Aspirations

On Second Thought: Episode 9 – Iron Dog and Hair Aspirations July 24, 2012

Trust me, it’s crazy to see your life on television. That’s why every week, I’m going to do a blog posts called “On Second Thought.” These posts are where I will go over the episodes of my Lifetime show as I process the issues presented now that I’ve seen them aired.  I hope you’ll join me for these weekly posts – which will undoubtedly be part-confession, part-explanation, and part-celebration of my life right now! 

Episode Nine, Air Date: July 17, 2012

As you can see, the Iron Dog race is a big part of our lives.  In Episode nine, my whole family worried about Dad while he was on the 2,000 mile trek.  In many Iron Dogs, more racers drop out than finish.  The injuries, bad weather, machine break downs, and fatigue take a toll on everyone.

After being concerned for the entire time he’s gone, it’s always very exciting to pack up and go to Fairbanks for the finish! We pack our warmest clothes, pile into our vehicles, and hope to see dad cross the finish line first.  There are a lot of festivities going on around the finish line, so if you’re ever near Fairbanks around that time of year you should definitely stop by!!  Alaska must have the best ice sculptors, because there are usually beautiful statues being created right in front of your eyes. People build a fire on the frozen water, which gives you an idea of how cold it is there. It’s frequently negative thirty degrees at the finish line!


Usually, the engines of our vehicles freeze as we spend the night there, and we have to get up every few hours to turn them on. Once, our vehicle just quit on the way home because it had gotten too cold.  So after Dad had raced 2000 miles on a snow machine, he was out there trying to fix the truck on the side of the road.

Anyway, it’s an exciting tradition.

Dad, I’m proud of you every year, no matter where you finish in the pack!

And speaking of being proud of people, Willow has always been awesome at hair.  This means she’s very helpful when you need some assistance for a special night, but I can barely let Willow babysit Tripp without her trying out a new hairstyle on him. She sometimes does mom’s hair before she goes on her televised interviews, which has caused headlines.  Reporters write that mom is re-inventing her style, but really it’s because she relented and let Willow experiment on her hair! In this episode, Willow took a tour of Trendsetters Beauty School, located about an hour from Wasilla as she tried to decide where to attend hair school.

Even though it is hard on their relationship for Willow to think about her future, I’m so proud of her for trying to perfect her hair skills so she can make a good living for herself.

Plus, I want her to get better, for the purely selfish reason that I love it when I can get free hair care from her!

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  • Carol

    “I hate you f****”, says Tripp to his mother and aunt.

    • M P

      This isn’t even related to this post. You need a life.

    • M P

      You obviously have never had to discipline a child. They say things like “go away” when you’re telling them they can’t do something or that they’re in trouble.

  • Gary Ernsthausen

    When I first saw a picture of Sarah here in Ohio in 2008 I knew there was something special about her,, she had her hair up! I am sure that it is cooler on a hot day but I like to see her ears,, better than BO’s for a start!

  • First Briss you should very proud of your Dad that is one heck of an accomplishment under very hard conditions. I knew it was you sister doing your Moms hair. When everyone was commenting on it I being the observant person that I am suggested that it was Willow doing the doo’s. Thanks for confirming that. I have daughters too and I know they like to dress up thier Mom at your age. She is a good model all the way around. Thanks so much for shareing with US we feel so much for your family after defending you all for the last 4 years. I know it feels weard when strangers to you know so much about you but I like to know what I am talking about.

    Second. Carol I am so glad your children are perfect and never do anything like that but I can’t tell you how many times my 6 kids said something inappropriate and I had to do everything in my power to not laugh because they are just so darn cute. They heard it somewhere and at that age they are mimics. Did it hurt anyone? No. So what is your point. Didn’t your mother ever teach you if you don’t have anything positive to say then you probably shouldn’t say it at all.

  • Love your show and can’t wait until tonight to see what happens next!!!

  • bellagrazi

    Bristol, we’re all very proud of your dad. He didn’t come in first, but he came in 5th and that’s extremely respectable. The First Dude is to be admired. We’re also very proud of Willow. She’s found her passion in life. And she’s quite good at it, too, judging by your mom’s and your hair. (and Tripp’s!) I don’t know who I think is cuter together, though, you and Willow or you and Gino. Haha I love the relationship you have with your sister, Bristol. Those of us with sisters can relate. But my favorite scenes always involve you and Gino. That scene in the truck is incredibly sweet. I love Gino’s response to your question about getting married. (it’s in God’s hands) That’s very true. But it’s also true that it’s in Gino’s hands. It’s obvious how in love you two are. You and Gino just shine when you are together. I know you’re both still very young, but if you’ve found the person you were meant to be with, then you should do everything in your power to keep them. Gino needs to make the ultimate commitment. I hope God guides him to you and Tripp, Bristol. Because I really can’t imagine the two of you not being together. You, Gino and Tripp make the cutest little family. I’ll be praying for the three of you.

  • Maleena

    As someone who followed the Iron Dog, via internet this past year, this episode brought back memories. I met some great Alaskan people online during the race. It was all so very exciting. Even got a like, from WILLOW, on one of my comments, about your dad on The Iron Dog Facebook page 🙂
    Looking forward to this year’s race!!!

  • Truth101


    You should delete the comments that have nothing to do with the topic that you posted.

  • Christy

    Hi Bristol! My name is Christy and I am fourteen years old. I watch your show and I think you are a wonderful mother to Tripp. I really like the way you parent and I think you are pretty, kind, strong, and smart. I have never parents, let alone a mother, but I think you do really well. Thanks for being a positive role model. Despite what people say, remember that you have fans. I am a fan and will always route for you and Tripp. You are such a great mother, sister, daughter, and person! Love you!