robertforto

Mushin' Down a Dream in the Wilds of Alaska

Gratitude Journal: School Tours

One of the things I am most thankful for is doing school tours with my daughter Nicole. Over the years she and I go into elementary schools and talk to the kids about chasing dreams, hard work, determination, leadership and goal setting. I think her mom and I have done the best we could with our kids to make them …

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Gratitude Journal: Friends

I owe so much gratitude to this man. He is my mentor and one of my best friends. This is Hugh Neff. Since we met in 2008 he and I have relied on one another for many things. He has given me many of our sled dog team members and I have given him so much business advice. This is …

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Gratitude Journal: Frosty

This little devil is Frosty! I am so happy to have had the option of training him this year as a lead dog for our teams. He ran in lead on Nicole’s Junior Iditarod team the whole way then he went on the Iditarod with my friend Hugh! I am so grateful to come across such amazing canine athletes.

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Gratitude Journal: Sunrises

One of my most favorite things in the world are sunrises. I am so grateful that I get to experience them in my own way. Sunrises to me are a signal for a new beginning each day. They allow me to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

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Gratitude Journal: Father and Daughter

This picture says it all. I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with my kids, my daughter, Nicole in particular. This is her at the start of this year’s Junior Iditarod and I am probably the most proud that I have ever been. This photo shows 14 years of working together on the trails, with the …

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Purple Day: Gabby

I wanted to show my support of Purple Day for Canine Epilepsy Awareness for my my good friend, The Five Sibes Mom and co-host of The Sibe Vibe radio show, Dorothy Wills-Raftery. This is Gaby wearing her purple bandana on the Junior Iditarod this year. Gabby is a six year old Alaskan Husky that runs on my daughter, Nicole’s dog …

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Gratitude Journal: Spencer

I am grateful for my faithful friend Spencer and his ever-present smile. He arrived almost four years ago from my friend, Hugh Neff and he has been a steadfast teammate ever since. He has been on just about every training run and every race I have ran in Alaska. We have spent more than 12,000 miles together on the trails. …

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31 Nights of Horror 2014

As always, October means 31 Nights of Horror at Forto’s Fort. This year was a little different than most in that we not only went to Hawaii in the middle of it. Almost all of the movies this time where ones that we don’t watch all the time. Of course there were the annual favorites like Trick r’ Treat and …

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It seems just like yesterday…

My little girl is growing up too fast. The other day she took a major step in becoming an independent young woman when she passed her driver’s test to get her driver’s license. It is one of the most proud moments of my life and when I saw the picture of her holding her little card I started to cry. …

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