Category Archives: Alaska



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 ... Read More »

Smoking salmon in the smokehouse

Walk in Smokehouse Robert Forto

Here at Forto’s Fort we have a walk in smokehouse that solely built to smoke our annual bounty of Sockeye (red) salmon that we catch each July dip netting. Each year we dip net in the mighty Kasilof River in Alaska and try to bring home our limit of about 40 fish. Each head of household is allowed 25 fish ... Read More »

Rock ‘n Roller Tour 2016 is Set!

rock n roller tour 2016 robert forto

The newly dubbed Rock ‘n Roller Tour 2016 is set. Michele and I have been planning our mega 6300 mile road trip all summer and it will start on July 19, 2016 with us flying from Anchorage to Denver for a Rob Zombie concert that night. Along the way we will be raising funds for our mushing team, visiting 17 ... Read More »

Midlife in College Spring 2016 Grades

Spring Semester 2016 grades

Another semester done on my mid-life in college adventure. I try as hard as I can while holding down two full time businesses and a family. But hard work pays off. Here is a note from one of my instructors this term: Your drive for the best experience and product says volumes to your potential in Recreation and when providing ... Read More »

The bees have arrived

poohs corner honey

  We start our third season as Alaskan beekeepers this past weekend with the arrival of six boxes of bees. This is a lot of bees! Each box contains one queen and approximately 10,000 worker bees, all female. At the height of the summer this will be about a half million bees in the yard. What does that equate to ... Read More »

2016 Roller Coaster Tour is Set!

Robert Forto

Roller Coaster Tour 2016 is set! It is epic. We start in Denver for a Rob Zombie/Korn show and drive to Six Flags St. Louis then on to Chicago and Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor the onto Ohio and Cedar Point then over to Hershey Park then to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom then up to New Jersey to Six ... Read More »

Race Recap: 2016 Earl Norris Memorial Sled Dog Race


Our first race of the year was the Earl Norris Memorial Sled Dog Race that is part of the Willow Winter Carnival. It is a 30/30 race meaning you run thirty miles one day and then do the same trail the next day. We decided to enter two eight dog teams with me (Robert) and Lacie running in the event. It would be ... Read More »

Ride Your Butt Off!

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 ... Read More »

Spring Semester 2016 Schedule 


It will be an interesting semester. 16 credits spread over four days a week. Will be running dogs if we ever get snow in my off times. All program classes including some fun ones:  1. Program Planning 2. Motor Development 3. Leadership in Individual and Dual Activities 4. Environmental Ethics  5. Administration and Supervision in HPER 6. Leadership in Initiative ... Read More »

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