Alaska

Never forget your dreams…

“Never Forget Your Dreams” –Korczak Kiolkowski It was a decade ago with a dog truck full of a rag-tag team of rescued Siberian Huskies, three kids barely old enough to be in school and a dream that was just begining. Michele, the kids and I were heading to the Black Hills Race to the Gold sled dog race in Hill …

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Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria

I could eat pizza every day for the rest of my life. Think about it–it’s the world perfect food. It has your meats, your grains, your dairy and even your veggies to make mom proud! In fact, if I was stranded on a deserted island, I would grow a beard, name a volleyball, Wilson and eat Moose’s Tooth pizza every …

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Fortos Fort: Roof project–phase 1 complete!

“I love it when a plan comes together…” That is one of my favorite lines of all time from a cheesy 1980s show, The A-team. It took us just three and a half days and a lot of blisters, sore knees and hundreds of up and down treks on the ladder but at this juncture we are complete with phase …

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High school grads in small town America

In early June 1989 I walked down the aisle, stuck out my hand and received a rolled up piece of paper tied with a ribbon. When I returned to my seat, to my dismay the paper was blank! It was supposed to be a high school diploma. Never fear, it would come in the mail in just a couple days! …

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Fortos Fort: Roof Day 3

The roof project at Forto’s Fort is a huge project. We have been working on it for three days and as we go along we are finding more and more “hidden gems” along the way. Things like bats nests and a bathroom fan hooked up with a dryer vent. Things like that. People up here call it: “Old time Alaskan …

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Recipe Rants: Chicken Salad with Peaches and Blue Cheese

I am a big fan of salads. I could eat one everyday. Well unless pizza is being served. My wife, Michele got me a cool book: Real Simple–Meals Made Easy. I guess she figures I don’t like to cook… Just kidding, I love to cook! Today, I am making a really simple chicken salad with leftover Rotisserie Chicken from Sam’s …

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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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