About AKontheGO


Involving kids in the mushing process is a critical element to enjoyment of the sport. [image Ronn Murray Photo]


Alaska's family travel blog with Erin KirklandWho are we? AKontheGO is the only website dedicated to Alaska family travel. Launched in 2009, AKontheGO is published by Erin Kirkland, an Alaska author, journalist, and mother of two based in Anchorage.

What makes us special? 

We’re not just about the mechanics of traveling with kids: AKontheGO tells the unique story of Alaska destinations through cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities appropriate for youngsters. Join the Kirkland family, “AK Mom, Dad, and Kid” and now, a growing team of correspondents, as they hike, drive, cycle, float and fly the 49th state in search of meaningful (and fun) Alaska experiences. It’s our mission, and we are committed to sharing it with readers.

Meet the team! 

AK Kid and I look forward to sharing another few years of Alaska family travel with our readers.

AKontheGO is locally-owned by a professional writer; that means relevant and timely content. Erin Kirkland is author of the guidebook, Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children, published by University of Alaska Press and available in bookstores, online, and via the AKontheGO website. Her second book, Alaska on the Go: Exploring the Marine Highway System with children is due for publication in 2017.

Erin has served as a contributing editor to Alaska Magazine, as cohost of the Alaska Travelgram Radio Showand in a guest host capacity for Outdoor Explorer, heard on KSKA 91.1. Currently she appears monthly on KTVA Channel 11’s Daybreak program, and writes a weekly column for the Alaska Dispatch News. Most recently, Erin held the position of managing editor of a global online publication titled Outdoor Families Magazine, dedicated to bringing children and nature together.


Mariah Brashar

Mariah Brashar was born in Fairbanks and grew up in the community of Big Lake. She loves hunting, fishing, skiing, and anything she can do with her four dogs. After high school she traveled around the United States and world looking for a place as amazing as home; she didn’t find one. Mariah has a journalism background and experience within the radio scene, and will be helping out with AKontheGO’s social media channels and event programming, and jumping on the blog when she finds a particularly awesome experience to share.




Steve SueWing lives in Juneau and is one witty Alaska Dad. He arrived in the 49th state in 1999 after completing a degree at Western Washington University Bellingham, WA. After one winter away he was ready to call Alaska home. Steve is passionate about connecting with people around the world, being a contributing member of society, and all travel and adventures – big and small. Fatherhood has been Steve’s biggest adventure thus far, however. Steve and his partner, Susan, have two boys, a dog, and two cats. Steve will be covering events and activities in Southeast Alaska for AKontheGO.



Jen Ostler was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She fulfilled a childhood dream to live in Alaska by driving the AlCan Highway to Fairbanks in 2002 to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She married her husband, Ken in 2004 and they spent their first year as newlyweds in the rural village of Tanana, on the Yukon River. Seeking more adventure, they moved to Juneau for two years, then realized their hearts belonged in the Fairbanks area. They have lived in North Pole since 2007 and their son was born in 2014. Jen has had several careers in science and government that have taken her all over Alaska from Sitka to Kotzebue and beyond. Jen’s interests include photography, camping, hiking and road tripping to explore around the state whenever possible. She is excited for the new adventures that motherhood will add to her family’s explorations of Alaska.


Danielle B

After (surprise!) giving birth to three children within 18 months, Danielle Benson never looked back at her career in journalism and corporate and nonprofit public relations. Nicknaming her crew “the nuggets,” Danielle refocused her energy into raising a small clan of outdoor adventurers. She moved to Alaska in 2013, and is passionate about encouraging families to explore, no matter how tight the schedule, how skimpy the resources or how hesitant the parents may be. Since she’s moved 12 times, she has no idea where she is from, but currently loves living in Eagle River with her husband and three kids.


Want to write for us? AKontheGO is always searching for quality content that tells the story of Alaska adventures with kids. Whether you’re the parent of a toddler or a teen, or have experience in the realm of family travel, there is a place for you. Posts are paid at a variable rate depending upon writing experience. Email publisher Erin Kirkland at e.kirkland0@gmail.com for more information.


Why trust AKontheGO? 

A member of the Alaska Travel Industry Association and Visit Anchorage, AKontheGO is proud of solid relationships with Alaska vendors to promote the best in family-friendly products and services.

AKontheGO and Erin Kirkland are involved in the Alaska community, working to encourage recreation for families of all ages, economic backgrounds, or abilities. Some affiliations have included:

  • Alaska Museum of Science and Nature
  • Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center
  • Get Outdoors Alaska
  • RunFest Kids’ 2K
  • Ski 4 Kids
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Alaska and Washington

Erin Kirkland is an Alaska Chapter member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Read what others say about AKontheGO.com

“Erin and AKontheGO are our go-to resources for all things family travel. From helping our company develop family-friendly tours to thoughtful articles showcasing Alaska’s awesome activities, we recommend AKontheGO for anyone thinking about visiting Alaska with kids.” 

– Candice McDonald, owner, Salmon Berry Tours

“When you’re born and raised in Alaska…the trails, hikes, and weather aren’t too intimidating. What is intimidating is figuring out how to do it with a toddler in tow. AKontheGO has helped me figure out how to get my outdoor fix while keeping it child-friendly. It’s a great resource for parents with kids of all ages.” 

– Heather, Anchorage mother and lifelong Alaskan

Download and print a quick list of outdoor activities and resources:
Outdoors and On the Go