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31 Nights of Horror: Night 1: Trick ‘r Treat

Every year for at least the past decade the Forto clan takes part in a fright fest. Each night in October we watch different scary movie. Sometimes it is the classic monster stuff like Dracula, Frankenstein or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Other nights it is one of the 80’s slash ’em flicks like Friday the 13th of A …

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Psycho Circus Alaska Airlines Style

Well, here we are again on the psycho circus, otherwise known as the cattle train to the great white north. This time it is a rare treat. I’m on one of the few combi planes in the Alaska Airlines fleet. It is unique in that it the front of the plane is loaded with cargo–most likely people’s impulse purchaes from …

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Recipe Rants: Blueberry Jelly

It has been a busy summer here at the Fort. We filled our freezer the smoked red salmon, we built a greenhouse and picked over a gallon and a half of blueberries to make jelly, BBQ sauce, muffins and more. Today I want to share a recipe that we found online and modified for our use. It took all of …

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Road Trippin: Hatcher Pass, Independence Mine and Blueberries

This past weekend we took the Jeep for a road trip over Hatcher Pass from the Willow side. After stopping off at Willow Hardware for a lug wrench (just in case) and filling up for gas at the Townsite Foodmart we were on our way on a beautiful Alaskan summer day! We stopped off at “the sign” for Nicole to …

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Recipe Rants: Alehouse Beef-and-Potato Skewers

We are always searching for new and unique ways to prepare food. Whether it be purely Alaskan recipes or new takes on old favorites, we share them on RobertForto.com under our Recipe Rants category. Sirloin is an outstanding beef cut for kabobs. Use red-skinned or Yukon Gold potatoes or a combination for a particularly attractive presentation. Mushrooms or parboiled carrot …

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Neighbor…

This post is disturbing on many levels. One of much is the sheer disregard for a person’s right to privacy, but I have also included the language as transpired.  After 850 miles in 30 hours this weekend, all Michele and I wanted to do is come home, take a hot shower and sleep. We arrived at 10:15 and knew that …

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Dip Net Fishing the Alaska Way!

Dipnet Fishing in Kasilof, Alaska This past weekend, my son Tyler and I had the opportunity to become a “real” Alaskan. We were invited to my friend, Dave Scheer’s place in Kasilof to dip net fish for silver salmon. Dave is an old school Iditaroder, participating in the race in the 1980s and 90s and ran his teams from this …

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The land of the midnight sun

Here in Alaska we are blessed, or cursed, depending on the way you look at it. I am usually a half-full guy but when it comes to the midnight sun I can definitely say it is a curse. No, I am not a vampire but it sure does feel like it during this time of year when we have over …

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

With the first of the debris of the tsunami arriving on our shores here in Alaska and all along the west coast, we are reminded of the impact of trash and our environment. I am no tree-hugging greenpeace fanatic by any stretch of the imagination but I do know what we waste is not always forgotten. Take the great Pacfic …

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