Alaska On the Go: Exploring the Marine Highway with children

Still signing books, still meeting great people!

Still signing books, still meeting great people!

For those following closely the saga of Alaska On the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children, you will know that barely seven months after its release, the book is still hopping off store shelves around the country. This makes me feel pretty good, so good that in a fit of memory loss not unlike that of childbirth, I decided to construct a pitch for another book. Back and forth I went, hemming and hawing about the content and focus, but ultimately decided on this: Alaska On the Go: Exploring the Marine Highway with children.

Acquisitions Editor and I met up in Fairbanks, I pushed the proposal across his desk, he said “Cool!” and we went out for a beer at HooDoo Brewing Company. Rock ’em, sock ’em, AK Mom. (I must clarify here that AE did need to receive board approval, and did, so the book is indeed going to be a reality, lest you think I was simply trying to worm my way into a contract via a glass of stout.)

Convenient that I had an upcoming business trip South to the Alaska Media Road Show in Santa Barbara, and even more convenient that a meeting in Seattle was not as long as initially thought. Better? I had a free day, and Bellingham called me with its funky, artsy, foodie siren song, and I went.

Are you ready for your next Alaska adventure with AKontheGO?

Are you ready for your next Alaska adventure with AKontheGO?

Last summer AK Fam traveled between Juneau and Bellingham on the Alaska Marine Highway in anticipation of hopefully writing this second book. Many of you wrote to say you couldn’t wait to book a trip with your own family, and now that Alaska On the Go Part Deux is a reality, I can’t wait to show you more.

Below are a few photos from the stormy, sunny, windy, and colorful day spent on my own, poking around at the hotels, campgrounds, and logistics of Alaska Marine Highway travel with children. This is an Alaska On the Go you’ll love. Look for a release date in April, 2016.

~EK

Step right up to the Bellingham terminal and begin your Alaska Marine Highway adventure.

Step right up to the Bellingham terminal and begin your Alaska Marine Highway adventure.

The Alaska Marine Highway terminal is located in historic downtown Fairhaven in Bellingham, WA

The Alaska Marine Highway terminal is located in historic downtown Fairhaven in Bellingham, WA

I returned to Seattle via scenic Chuckanut Drive, taking a stop at Larrabee State Park for a hike along the shoreline.

I returned to Seattle via scenic Chuckanut Drive, taking a stop at Larrabee State Park for a hike along the shoreline.

Considering an RV trip to or from Alaska? I checked out the clean and very family-friendly Bellingham RV Park!

Considering an RV trip to or from Alaska? I checked out the clean and very family-friendly Bellingham RV Park!

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2 Comments

  1. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on summer availability for the ferry. Sounds like it pretty much books up fast when booking opens up the prior fall. I’d love to be able to drive down to Valdez and head over to Seward some time next summer, but can’t necessarily plan when so far in advance.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Kristin,
      Generally, the Bellingham-Southeast route fills up the fastest, particulary for those bringing vehicles. If you are looking to travel between Valdez and Whittier, you shouldn’t have too much trouble. The ferries do not sail to Seward anymore, however, but you can get service to Homer/Seldovia/Kodiak and environs. Valdez gives you access to Whittier and Cordova. Thanks for asking!

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