Mushin' Down a Dream in the Wilds of Alaska

Fortos Fort: Seven Years in the Making

Seven years ago today, me and my then 12-year old daughter pulled into the driveway of a run-down cabin in the woods near the little community of Willow, Alaska. We were city slickers from Denver in search of adventure. We had come here to look at a place were we could run sled dogs and get away from the hustle …

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Is it sacrilege for grown men to wear Uggs?

Yep, I am a full grown man and while I have owned a pair or two of Uggs in my lifetime, I am not afraid to sport them around town. Heck, if Tom Brady (New England Patriots quarterback) can be their spokesman I guess its okay, right? In fact I found something WAY cooler than the Australian slippers that are …

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A Dickie with a headset trying to be King

At a recent stop at Burger King in the booming metropolis of Anchorage, Alaska, Michele and I walked into a firestorm behind the counter. Some young guy with what looked like a 5 o’clock shadow but was most likely a 5-week old beard was being yelled at by the manager in a pressed white polyester shirt, a pair of Dickies, …

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Today’s topic is: Write a strong memory about recess. It was kindergarten at Highlawn Elementary School in Huntington, West Virginia and a beautiful spring day. School was nearing the end of the year and I have been flirting this little girl friend that sat across the room from me during playtime. Her name was Kelly and she was soooo pretty. …

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Chicken in the Smokehouse

We have had our smoke house for three years. We have smoked our fair share of sockeye salmon every July that we catch dip netting in Kasilof. We have done chicken wings and a beef brisket on a Super Bowl Sunday but we had never tried a full bird. We decided that we would give it a try while we …

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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 theĀ Turtle Bay ResortĀ on Oahu’s North Shore and it did not disappoint! …

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