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Mushin' Down a Dream in the Wilds of Alaska

Hawaii 2015

Each year in October we head to Hawaii before the snow flies here in Alaska. It is our last chance to soak up some sun before the long, cold five or six months of winter and lots of time on the sled dog trails. Michele and I stayed at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore and it did not disappoint! …

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Road Trippin: Top of the World

This past weekend, Michele and I took what can be called the ultimate road trip. We drove 800 miles each way to dip our toes in the Arctic Ocean. Van Halen has a song, Standing on Top of the World, and that’s what we did for a little while. We had been thinking about this trip for the past couple of …

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Ride Your Butt Off

This past weekend I tried out my fat tire bike in a 25K (15.5 miles) tour that was part of the Willow Winter Carnival. It is known as the Sven Ericsson Tour. Today 24 bikers, 14 skiers, and four runners tackled the course around some of the finest backcountry trails in the Mat-Su Valley. The course started at the Eaglequest …

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River Rafting at UAA

Late in the summer or at the beginning of the fall semester I took a river rafting course as part of my outdoor leadership program at UAA. The goal of the class is to teach students the fundamentals of river rafting in a fun and safety conscious environment. All of the outdoor classes at UAA are designed the same way. …

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Rolex Explorer II

After looking at Rolex watches for years I finally walked into the Ben Bridge store in Anchorage, the only authorized dealer for Rolex in Alaska last weekend. At this point I had never held one of these watches in my hand and really didn’t know what to expect including the price. I had read a lot of forums online that …

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Friends Wanted…

Cue the cheesy music from that show in the 90s about a group of five, guys and gals, from the trendy Village in New York sipping coffee and hanging out in their Yippie million dollar apartment. You know the show. Now think about it. How does a middle age guy that lives in the middle of nowhere Alaska make new …

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Rumors, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid

It was the afternoon of October 17, 2006 and I walked into the American School of Dog Training in Aurora, Colorado. I was looking for work as a dog trainer. The owner, Bob, said: “I don’t care about qualifications, just go in the back and pick out a dog. Bring it out here and show me what you got.” I …

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The Sibe Vibe presents Robert Forto

On this episode of “The Sibe Vibe,” I’m chatting with my multi-talented producer and co-host, Robert Forto, lead musher for Team Ineka, who just completed leading his very first Winter Expedition that was his Dreamchaser Leadership internship for his outdoor leadership degree through the University of Alaska Anchorage. We will be talking about the exciting six night journey, which was …

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