Alaska

Fortos Fort: The roof–Choices, choices

Forto’s Fort Before the New Roof  Tomorrow is a big day at Fortos Fort up in Willow, Alaska. It is when we start the tear down and begin to re-roof the cabin. We knew when we bought the place that one of the first things that we needed to do was replace the roof. Right now it is a mix …

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The Houston Lodge, fireworks and ice cream

A week or so ago I wrote about the trials and tribulations of the small hamlet of Houston, Alaska. [Read: Houston, we have a problem…] But there truly is a hidden gem in this little speck on the Parks Highway. It’s the Houston Lodge. This is not your typical roadhouse fare so common in Alaska and even though it shares …

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McDonalds as the Microcosm of America

Its 5:53 pm on Mothers Day. While most of America is sitting down to dinner to celebrate the mother, or possibly mother in-law in their life over a fine feast that the “men” prepared most likely involving an open flame… I’m sitting here in Wasilly, Alaska at McDonalds. Yep, here in the town that Sarah built they DO have a …

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2010-11 Training Summary

It was my first winter in Alaska and my first year as an Alaskan musher. I had no idea what to expect and I went into the winter full of optimism and eager to learn. It had been quite a while since I was behind a set of runners and I knew I needed several miles before I got my …

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Houston, we have a problem…

When you think of small town America, you often think of Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show. The folksy sheriff, Aunt Bea, a goofy side kick deputy, kids running the streets playing ‘kick the can’, and possibly an apple pie sitting on the window sill waiting to cool on a warm summer’s eve. Then you have Houston, Alaska. A small …

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Roman Baths, Political Rhetoric, and Richard Simmons

It has been a while since I sweated the oldies in my best Richard Simmons impersonation. Hold on a second! First I wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of leg warmers and second when I work out I have my iPod cranked to White Zombie, Godsmack, Metallica or some obscure punk band from the 80’s. Just recently I joined …

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Win, Lose of Draw: Survival is the name of the game Pt. 2

Well, now you have done it. You have wandered out into the wild and got yourself in a pickle. You soon realize you might be here a while and you forgot to charge your iPhone to call your mom for a ride. That’s okay. Never fear. With a little luck. A little ingenuity and something stored WAY back in that …

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The power and prestige of a fast food manager

Don’t get me wrong, I have no qualms about how a guy (or gal) earns a buck on the daily grind, but I have always wondered what a person thinks of when his chosen career path is the life of a fast food manager. I doubt too many six year old kids tell their first grade class on career day …

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Sirius Radio, Tundra Telegraph and Corporate Drones in Alaska

In my Toyota Tundra I have the radio of all radios. It has options for HD Radio, CDs, a Navigation and hands-free Bluetooth setup, an iPod link, plays videos (not when driving), FM and AM and also Sirius Satellite Radio. I have been a Sirius subscriber for more than four years. It was one of those Christmas gifts that I …

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Win, lose or draw: Survival is the name of the game Pt. 1

So you are out in the middle of nowhere. That could be anywhere from the wilds of Alaska to the concrete jungle of any ‘big’ city. You forgot to set your DVR to record EVERY episode of Surviorman and Man vs. Wild and you are thinking that your skills from Webelos Scouts in 1982 will save you in a pinch. …

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