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Category Archives: Alaska

Gratitude Journal: Health

Robert Forto Health

I am grateful for my continued good health and the ability to heal quickly. This is a photo of a spiral fracture of my left middle finger in a injury that happened hooking up the sled dogs on Thanksgiving Day. While the healing has been slow and it cut short a lot of my longer races this winter, my health ... Read More »

Ultimate Blog Challenge: Someone Special

michle-fortos-fort-july-8-2011

I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge and on day six we were prompted to write about someone special. That’s real easy. It is my wife, Michele. My Michele is my rock. She is my best friend, my business partner, my confidant, my secret teller, my travel partner, my soul catcher and my dream chaser. I’m sure that everyone ... Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Fortos Fort

Robert Forto | Fortos Fort

  I am grateful for our little house in the woods. We bought this place sight unseen almost five years ago on the advice of our friend Dave who is an Iditarod veteran and now a realtor. We asked him to find us a place with access to mushing trails and the Internet! We have done so much work to ... Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Bees

Robert Forto Bees

I am so grateful for the abundance that my bees produce. These little guys teach me ever year about the cycle of life and what hard work and perseverance is all about. In just a couple weeks our hives will be up and running again. Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Service Dogs

Robert Forto Service Dogs

This picture says more than just about any of the others for what I am thankful for in my life. This is Thorr and his handler Eric. We trained Thorr a couple years ago as a service dog for Eric who has cerebral palsy. With our help he is now able to enjoy life to the fullest. Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Smokehouse

Robert Forto Smokehouse

This is our smoke house that my friend, Marvin ‘Pee Wee’ Rankin, my son and I built a couple years ago. Pee Wee passed away very sudden from cancer last fall. One week he was alive and well and a few weeks later he was gone. After he passed I got a little plaque and dedicated this smokehouse to my ... Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Stories on the Radio

Dog Works Radio Studio | Robert Forto

I am so grateful for the opportunity to tell stories on the radio. This is our home studio. During the Iditarod we host Mushing Radio with my friend, Alex in California and throughout the year we interview mushers from all over the world and showcase their stories for all to hear. Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Michele

Robert Forto My best friend

This is my best friend, my teammate, my partner, my rock, my teacher, my wife. This is Michele. She is the best thing that ever happened to me. She calls me her knight in tarnished armor. She says she never wanted one in shining armor because she loves me for my strengths and my flaws. Read More »

Gratitude Journal: School Tours

Robert Forto Mushing School Tours

One of the things I am most thankful for is doing school tours with my daughter Nicole. Over the years she and I go into elementary schools and talk to the kids about chasing dreams, hard work, determination, leadership and goal setting. I think her mom and I have done the best we could with our kids to make them ... Read More »