Category Archives: Alaska

East Coast Road Trip: Roller Coaster Tour Day 1

Robert Forto

The night at the flea bag hotel was awful. I don’t usually leave bad reviews but I did this time. Apparently I was not the only one as I read one that said the place was infested with bed bugs. Yuck! One of the defining movies of my childhood was National Lampoon’s Vacation staring Chevy Chase. It was our family, ... Read More »

East Coast Road Trip: Family Ties

Robert Forto

For those of you keeping count, we are on day three of our trip and have been to two states and the Nations capital. Our journey today will take us into the south and it will be one of the highlights so far on our journey. We awoke refreshed from our night in Richmond and grubbed at Waffle House. They ... Read More »

East Coast Road Trip: Monumental Moments

White House | Robert Forto

We awoke early and refreshed from our slumber at the Extended Stay Suites in Columbia and headed to the grocery store to buy a quick breakfast before heading down to the Nations Capital. We were the only ones in the store that was a hybrid between a Safeway and a Whole Foods. It was just before 7 AM and we ... Read More »

East Coast Road Trip: The Trip East

Little Hammers | Robert Forto

Way back in the late winter I decided to go on the Alaska Airlines app and see how much tickets would cost to fly and see my family who lives in North Carolina. It has been a long time and being separated by over 4,000 miles and flying to and from Alaska takes quite a bit of planning. I found ... Read More »

Sea Kayaking Class

Robert Forto

As part of my Outdoor Leadership degree program at UAA we are required to take six, one credit outdoor classes during our program. This spring I enrolled in the Beginning Sea Kayaking class. All the outdoor classes are set up in the same way; a couple sessions in the classroom to go over trip planning, introduction to gear, and signing ... Read More »

Midlife in College: One Year Down, Part 2

Mid life in college part 2

As I headed into my second semester at UAA after winter break I felt pretty good about myself and my progress. I had finished my first term with two As and three Bs and even managed to squeezed in a quick trip to Hawaii with Michele in October and not miss but one class session. The spring semester began the ... Read More »

Midlife in College: One Year Down

midlife in college

About this time last year I was looking into questions I had for my daughter, Nicole, who was going to be a senior the next school year and thinking about going off to college at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska. While looking at the website, talking to registration counselors and admissions qualifications, I thought to myself, I ... Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Family

Robert Forto Family

More than anything in the world I am most grateful for my family. They have shown me everything I have needed to see, taught me everything I have needed to learn, and provided for me everything I have ever needed. My immediate family of my wife and three kids have lived together, laughed together and cried together. My family that ... Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Our Book

Robert Forto Our Book

I am grateful for the opportunity to write this little book and to share it with people all over the world. I am grateful for my friends at Arctic House Publishing for believing in our story and us. I am grateful for the learning process it took to write this little book. Over a year of work and constant re-writes, ... Read More »