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Category Archives: Alaska

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

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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 »

Gratitude Journal: Friends

Robert Forto friends

I owe so much gratitude to this man. He is my mentor and one of my best friends. This is Hugh Neff. Since we met in 2008 he and I have relied on one another for many things. He has given me many of our sled dog team members and I have given him so much business advice. This is ... Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Frosty

Robert Forto Frosty

This little devil is Frosty! I am so happy to have had the option of training him this year as a lead dog for our teams. He ran in lead on Nicole’s Junior Iditarod team the whole way then he went on the Iditarod with my friend Hugh! I am so grateful to come across such amazing canine athletes. Read More »

Gratitude Journal: Sunrises

Suntises  Robert Forto

One of my most favorite things in the world are sunrises. I am so grateful that I get to experience them in my own way. Sunrises to me are a signal for a new beginning each day. They allow me to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Read More »