The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Stargazer


The last few days have been just crazy around here.The weather has been awesome and I can’t think of a more beautiful place to live than off the so called beaten trail in Alaska. While we are not so far off that the amenities of the city are only a half hour away, we are far enough out that you can enjoy the stars at night. In fact I downloaded a very cool app on my iPad that you can see what stars you are looking at by using the built in compass. It is fast becoming my favorite app! Maybe that makes me a nerd. Thats okay. I had a company once called The Nerd Herd–way before they “stole” my name on that corny show Chuck on NBC.

I continue to meet a lot of great people and I am still honored by the hospitality of all those that I have met. I have had the distinct pleasure to run dogs with probably the greatest Siberian Husky kennel in the world and I am continually amazed by the breath of information that I have learned from them in just these short weeks.

While under the stars and the cool crisp air the other night I saw my first moose on the trail, and folks I will tell you this was not the cutsey Bullwinkle that we have grown to love from TV and film. This large female stood, I don’t know, eight feet tall and as we ran by in the Rhino (a quad that has sit down seats, sort of like a dune buggy) the cow lowered her head and her hair stood up. I was told that when they do that they may charge. There tales of mushers and their teams getting trampled by moose on the trail and one famous experience was from Iditarod great, Susan Butcher.

Last week I met with a dog trainer down in Anchorage and just to drop a quick little hint: Lets just say that its almost time to change my socks because my feet are about to get wet in the Alaska dog training scene. I will tell you, my rabid reader, more about that on Wednesday’s post.

Tomorrow I will tell you the story of Skoli and her addition to the crew here at the homestead. What a better way to start us on the path of greatness.

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Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio


Robert Forto is the host of The Dog Works Radio Show and is the training director of Alaska Dog Works. Robert Forto can be reached through his website at