Category Archives: Alaska

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

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  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 »

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 ... Read More »

All As for the First Time in my Life!

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Who’s to say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? At 44 years old and in my third semester back in college after more than 20 years absent, for the first time in my life get all As! I am even on the President’s List, whatever that means. When I was a kid my dad used to give us ... Read More »

River Rafting Class at UAA

River Rafting Class 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. ... Read More »

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