Category Archives: Alaska

Road Trippin: Hawaii 2015

Sunset at Turtle Bay

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 ... Read More »

Alaska Dog Works

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Alaska Dog Works, located in Willow trains your dog to be the best they can be. We work with you and your family in all areas of dog training from puppy problems to boarding while you are on vacation. Alaska Dog Works has placed service dogs all over North America and even in New Zealand. Our approach is a bit ... Read More »

Standing on Top of the World

Atigan Pass

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 ... Read More »

Sockeye Salmon in the Smoke House

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Here at Forto’s Fort we have a smoke house that we built a few years ago for the purpose of smoking delicious sockeye (red) salmon we catch each year in Kasilof, AK dip netting. For those of you who don’t know what dip netting is, here in Alaska its residents are allowed to “catch” 25 sockeye salmon for the head ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

East Coast Road Trip: Sweet Home Alaska!

Robert Forto

As we headed onto the plane back home we had a moment to reflect on our whirlwind trip up and down the east coast. It was one that we didn’t plan much and sort of flew by the seat of our pants. Much as been talked about our rental car, the go-cart as we call it in our story. I ... Read More »

East Coast Road Trip: Back to Charm City

Robert Forto

We were on the road and heading south by 1pm. We had a long drive to Baltimore and wanted to be there before dinner. We made our way through New Jersey and a quick jaunt through Delaware, making it to the eighth state and the nations capital on our go-cart tour of the East Coast. We stopped briefly as we ... Read More »