The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: When a Plan Comes Together

August 11, 2010

Robert Forto

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: When a Plan Comes Together

I love it when a plan comes together. That was a famous line said by Hannibal in the 1980s TV series the A-Team. Yesterday was just that; plans coming together. I never thought I would get so excited to get a box of tools from the post office but I was. In the box that Michele sent was my trusty Dewalt drill, an extension cord, bits, gloves and a hammer. It is amazing what you can get done with just two simple tools! I was up till midnight (yes, it was still light out almost till then) banging and prying away. I took down some god-awful fencing around the deck and a hung a couple of mini-blinds. Not huge progress but progress none-the-less.

Another part of the plan was getting the 6‘x12’ U-haul trailer packed and ready to go. Michele and my son Kyle are driving up to Alaska starting at the end of the week with all of my tools and things that will make life a little more comfortable including my radio equipment for the Dog Doctor Radio Show and Mush! You Huskies but also my computers so I can get some work done. It will take them the better part of a week to drive up and I am anxious for them to get here. It will only be about three weeks since I have seen my wife but I already miss her terribly.

We also finalized plans to have our first team member of Team Ineka flown from California to Anchorage from Jaraw Siberians. Reagan is about 11-weeks now and will fly up on Monday leaving San Jose at 5: 30 am and not arriving in Anchorage until 11:30 pm. I wont be able to pick her up until 1:30 am. That is a heck of a long time in a crate for a pup but at least she will be here soon. If you listen to my Mush! You Huskies Radio Show, you may remember that I was in Clovis, California in June finalizing the purchase of the pup, running sled dogs with April and John Wood and checking out property in the area. As you can see I choose a different place to hang my hat and I am glad that I did.

Yesterday I managed to clean out the wood shed and stacked all of the logs. It took about three hours and I realized there is a lot less wood than I thought there was. It looks like I will have to get some more. I have no idea how much wood I will need for the winter but as they always say, more is better.

Today I start to tackle one of the many huge piles of debris and wood that is on the property. It looks like the previous occupants saved every scrap of wood they ever had and just threw it in a pile. I may look into burning most of it. Here in the Mat-Su Valley you can order a burn permit online for free, I think and burn every day.

I welcome your comments. Please leave a message below.

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

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Dr. Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and The Dog Doctor Radio Show

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About robertforto

Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

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4 Comments on “The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: When a Plan Comes Together”

  1. Chris and Mia Says:

    We did most of our burning scrap wood in the winter, built a burn pit into the snow and there was almost no danger of starting a forest fire.

    Reply

  2. Ben Says:

    Hi Robert,
    always funny to read your daily stories …
    Reminded me of my own life some decade before.
    “…It is amazing what you can get done with just two simple tools!… ”
    Great, wait for your first chainsaw, you will be impressed how life’s changing … (;->
    Ben

    Reply

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