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Rock n Roller 16: Wild Waves and Enchanted Village

We would visit one last theme park on our Rock n Roller 16 coaster tour of America. It would be Wild Waves and Enchanted Village just outside of Seattle. It is the only theme park in the Pacific Northwest and one that we had to visit for sure. Both Michele and I are members of the America Coasters Enthusiasts club. …

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Rock n Roller 16: You’re in the Jungle, Baby!

I met up with Michele in Seattle on Friday morning for the last leg of our epic rock n roller 16 coaster tour of America. We would have one more weekend together before we head home to the bee business, dog training and our next semester at school at UAA. This leg of the tour will include the ‘Rock” portion …

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Rock n Roller 16: Atlas and Michele Heads Home, Again…

Before Michele heads home again to work for another week at her ‘real’ job we headed up into the mountains to visit a good friend of ours, Jayne, the owner of Rocky Mountain German Shepherds. We were here to pick up a little pup, named Atlas that we are going to be training for a lady in the Anchorage area …

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Rock n Roller 16: Colorado or Bust

We were back on the road bright and early. We were only in North Texas and Amarillo for a little less than six hours but we had a long drive to make today. All the way to Denver, Littleton to be precise, to meet with Michele’s parents and to pick up a new service dog puppy. We headed over the …

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Rock n Roller 16: Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Service Dogs

This is a big day for us. It is the reason for the whole trip, actually. When we started planning this trip almost a year ago when we were going to work a roller coaster vacation into delivering one of our service dogs that we trained through our company, Alaska Dog Works, to a soldier that is now living in …

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Rock n Roller 16: Six Flags over Texas and Jerry’s World

As I continued to drive south through Arkansas and into Texas I had to make a stop for gas at Texarkana. It is just another tourist trap along the maze of highways that we would be on this summer covering more than 7000 miles and more than half of the states in the country. My day will end at Jerry’s …

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Rock n Roller 16: Austin and My Michele

It has been almost a week and I have missed my traveling partner and coaster buddy, Michele. We parted ways over a thousand miles ago when I dropped her off at the airport in Chicago and I headed south. Along the way I visited family in Kentucky, ate BBQ in Memphis, rode roller coasters in Texas and stayed in a …

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Rock n Roller 16: Home of the Blues

As I headed south through Tennessee I had my sights set on a little town called Memphis, you know the one–the home of the blues, Graceland, bar-b-que and the largest Bass Pro Shop in the world that is built like a pyramid. Let that sink in for a second. America in all of our consumerism glory thinks it okay to …

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ACE Profile: Michele Forto

Occupation: Paralegal, Entrepreneur, Student Residence: Willow, Alaska. A lovely wooded little hamlet that has the most spectacular views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) ACE Region: Northwest Track Record (Since 2015) Wood: 56 Steel: 133 Total: 189 Most difficult coaster to add to your track record: The Voyage – Holiday World Most sought after coaster to get to: Colossus (Twisted) – Magic …

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ACE Profile: Robert Forto

Occupation: Dog Musher Residence: Willow, Alaska. We are about an hour and a half north of Anchorage and at least a five hour flight to anywhere ACE Region: Northwest Track Record (Since 2015): Wood: 56 Steel: 133 Total: 189 Most difficult coaster to add to your track record: Lightning Run at Dollywood Most sought after coaster to get to: Mystic …

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