It was great to be back in the virtual studio yesterday with my co-host in travel, Scott McMurren and our sound engineer extrordinaire, Kirby Kauffman. A special treat was recording live and on-site at Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Centerpoint Drive in midtown Anchorage. The perfect spot for a meeting (or podcast recording, for that matter), Kaladi’s Centerpoint has a great little room, an urban chic feel, and, of course, great coffee. We rocked it there for over an hour with our guest, Dan Oberlatz, owner of Alaska Alpine Adventures. Catch our podcast HERE!
Dan had some excellent information regarding backcountry travel with Alaska Alpine Adventures, most of which are indeed appropriate for kids with enough stamina and enthusiasm to appreciate the truly fabulous scenery, activity level, and wildlife. Yep, from inflatable kayaking/hiking around Twin Lakes in Lake Clark National Park to a Denali National Park hiking and camping adventure, Alaska Alpine Adventures has hit spot-on the adventure tourism market. What we appreciated most was hearing the cost of such an experience is all-inclusive, meaning airfare, lodging, food, activities and such are bundled into ONE price. No guessing, no arranging of flights; it’s all there. Plus, Dan and team have now started a catering business called Adventure Appetites through which a variety of yummy appetizers, meals, and desserts are created for your travel pleasure. Think of it, parents, no wasteful bulk foods, tons of nutrition, and a breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal plan created for you. Dan also has a kid-friendly menu! I’m sold. We’re headed out to Denali NP in August, you can bet I’m going to give this a try.
Did you catch the Steals and Deals segment? Scott had some pretty fantastic Alaska Airlines prices to Denver for August, provided one purchases them by Thursday. Yes, like tomorrow (or today, if you’re reading this on Thursday). But remember, Frontier Airlines and United are both mad at Alaska Airlines, so prices are going down and around and all sorts of other directions. Get ‘em while they’re hot, folks!
We wound up the show with a few comments centered around our new Family Friendly Business Program, the first few businesses of which shall be talked about tomorrow night at our BIG PARTY. We’re thrilled to introduce this free listing of kid-friendly stuff in Alaska.
Big thanks to our musical guests, including The Dandy Warhols, Anouschka, and Rick Zelinsky. Fabulous selections, all of them. HEY ~ what did you think of our very cool Alaska Railroad sounds? We interviewed Crystal, who worked in the Goldstar Class car during our trip to Seward, and I did a fast chat with my little AK Kid, who was, by the way, pretty excited to see so many bears (7!) from the train.