A Cosmic Fun Friday From Homer!

AK Fam is resting comfortably now after a heart-stopping tsunami warning that sent our cozy cottage of family and friends scrambling up the hill Thursday evening. Poor AK Kid, he was just settling down for the night when we rousted him, sleeping bag and all, and stuffed him into the truck. I think this calls for an extra special Fun Friday edition of AKontheGO, don’t you?

We’re having a super duper time otherwise, thanks to a dose of sunny weather and the warm glow of good peeps around us. Lots of beachcombing fun to be had just steps away from our Homer Seaside Cottage hangout at Bishop’s Beach. Lots of coffee drunk at Two Sister’s Bakery. Lots of fish caught at the end of Homer Spit. Life is indeed good.

A few AKontheGO’ers are also down in Homer, and have been having fun at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Wynn Nature Center, or over at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, where the kiddos in our party have been climbing and inspecting sea creatures for hours. Tomorrow we board Mako’s Water Taxi for the lovely community of Seldovia and some great hiking.

Back in Anchorage, stop by the Alaska Native Heritage Center for one of their daily programs by Iditarod Champion John Baker and his team of dependable pups. Called “Qipmagaq”, which means “Traveling with dogs”, Team Baker is set to teach visitors all about the value of sled dogs in Bush Alaska at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. daily. At no extra charge, this is a fabulous opportunity for the whole family.

Eagle River Nature Center will be hosting an Eagle Release on Saturday at 1 p.m. courtesy of Bird TLC at the small beaver viewing deck. Stop by and partake of the Junior Naturalist program “All About Soil” at 2 p.m. Dig in the dirt, find out what happens when it gets all wet, and when leaves and sticks are added in to the mix. FREE class, $5 parking for non-members.

Go camping this weekend for the annual Great American Campout! Even if it’s in the backyard, camping out with the fam is a splendid idea. Make hot cocoa, toast some marshmallows, sing some songs, and join the rest of the nation in a reminder of why we love the outdoors.

Speaking of the outdoors, have you signed up the family for Big Wild Life Runs Kids’ 2k yet? Sunday, August 21 is the day, 8:10 a.m. is the time, Town Square Park is the place. Run, walk, jog, skip, or stroll your way around downtown and get a medal and show kids the value of exercise as a family activity. Sign up today HERE.

Enjoy the weekend and your family!

EK

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