Fortos Fort

Fortos Fort: A year in the life

Forto’s Fort July 3, 2010 It was July 3, 2010 at about 3 pm when my daughter, Nicole and I landed in Alaska on a cool and very rainy Saturday afternoon and we pulled into the driveway to meet realtor and friend, Dave. We had pretty much bought the cabin sight unseen in mid-June on the condition that it was …

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Forto’s Fort: Bearing of Crosses

Ognuno porta la sua croce Every man has his cross to bear Basically it means that everyone has to carry their own burden/responsibilities in life. So with Tyler up in Alaska learning to do things that he has never had to do in the ‘big city’ I think the picture is a poignant example of transforming a boy into a …

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Forto’s Fort: Thar She Blows!

Homeownership in the Great White North of Alaska has it’s advantages. And it’s disadvantages… Picture this: you are just finishing up with your daily morning constitutional and something is just not right. You hear burbling and it sounds like Ole’ Faithful is in your bathroom. I open the shower door in the downstairs “guest” bathroom–well technically the guest bathroom but …

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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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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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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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Film Review: The Monster of Phantom Lake

All of my friends, fans and rabid readers know by now that I am a huge horror fan. On my blog I write about our yearly October Tradition at Forto’s Fort on our 31 Days of Horror where we watch a different horror movie each night during the scariest month of the year. Recently, I was introduced to the works …

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Fortos Fort Pt. 1

I love it when a plan starts to come together. Now that the mushing season is winding down up here in Willow it is time to get back to work on Forto’s Fort. Today I had the carpet installed in the office area. It was a  project that was on the top of the list. The previous owners had put down …

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