Fortos Fort

Youth Gone Wild/Touch of Gray

I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was July 12, 1989. I was really early for a concert and found myself playing hacky sack around the back of the Richmond Coliseum. As I was kicking around the little leather bag I soon found out that it was Rachel Bolan, Scott Hill and Dave Sabo playing with us. They …

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Fortos Fort: Seven Years in the Making

Seven years ago today, me and my then 12-year old daughter pulled into the driveway of a run-down cabin in the woods near the little community of Willow, Alaska. We were city slickers from Denver in search of adventure. We had come here to look at a place were we could run sled dogs and get away from the hustle …

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Chicken in the Smokehouse

We have had our smoke house for three years. We have smoked our fair share of sockeye salmon every July that we catch dip netting in Kasilof. We have done chicken wings and a beef brisket on a Super Bowl Sunday but we had never tried a full bird. We decided that we would give it a try while we …

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Psymon

I can not believe it I am a grandpa. First it was midlife crisis that forced me into college at 42 and instead of that fancy red Corvette but, yes it is true, my son Tyler is a daddy and I am a grandpa. I think I want to be called Gee, you know the sled dog term to turn …

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Walmart Layaway

  It’s that time of year again. Walmart layaway! Just when you thought it was safe to shop on every other day of the year EXCEPT that Friday after you have gorged yourself on bird, the worlds largest retailer has brought back memories of Christmas past when you could load up a cart and take it to the back of …

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Fortos Fort: 3 Years in the Making

Three years ago today, on a rainy Fourth of July, my daughter and I arrived in Alaska to take a look at a house in the small town of Willow. I am sure you know the story by now, I have talked about it many times before. Long story short, Nicole was given the choice to move here or to …

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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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The greenhouse project at the Fort

We are building an 8×8 greenhouse at our home in Alaska with the help of our friend, Lev. In the coming weeks it will be framed up and finished with a gravel floor and plastic panels. This is a project that was two years in the planning stages

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Houston High School softball opening night

It was a blustery, but absolutely beautiful May Day. It was the start of the softball season for my daughter, Nicole. Nicole is a freshman at Houston High School in Alaska. A small school of just about 400 kids and home of the Hawks. A big change from where she was just last semester in Littleton, Colorado at Dakota Ridge, a …

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