On Flying Alaska: Reflections, reminders, and responsibility

In the wake of a fatal plane crash involving a well-respected flightseeing company, would-be passengers should be aware of their role in small-plane safety while flying in Alaska. Last November I climbed aboard a small airplane on the tarmac of Talkeetna’s small airstrip, bound for Denali’s Sheldon Amphitheatre and a few days of winter adventuring. […]

3 Days in Bellingham, Washington

Home to 82,000 people and a wealth of outdoor recreation to whet the whistle of anyone with a sense of adventure, Bellingham reminds me again and again of why I like to visit. This Pacific Northwest city is home to Western Washington University, is the beginning of the Alaska Marine Highway System, and a gateway […]

Liquid Adventures: Go farther

Finally, after an early-season delay, AK Kid and I were finally able to motor into the far reaches of Harris Bay with Liquid Adventures, for a day kayaking at eye level with Northwestern Glacier.  Rain poured down as we drove south from our home in Anchorage toward the little town of Seward, Alaska. Situated at […]

TSA and Autism: Navigation tips you need

How do you get a young person with autism through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) maze? We’ve got tips. Our family is one of thousands in the United States managing life on the autism spectrum. In our case, it is Big AK Kid, who, at 24, may not be considered a kid by societal standards, […]

Seaman’s EcoTour Adventures – Kachemak Bay exploration

Seaman’s EcoTour Adventures captain Glenn Seaman revved the outboards of his boat The Pinbone with enough oomph to jostle my still-dozing teenager from his early-morning reverie. It was 8 a.m. and we were headed out to explore Kachemak Bay, a 40-mile long arm of the Kenai Peninsula’s southwest side. “Ready, everybody?” Seaman asked as he eased the […]

Fish the Kenai With Alaska Rivers Company

Catching a wild salmon in the 49th state is considered by many the pinnacle of fishing, especially on the Kenai River. This turquoise-colored, fast-moving and icy channel stretching 82 miles from Kenai Lake to Cook Inlet is the granddaddy river of the Kenai Peninsula, and a place where thousands gather each summer to catch kings, […]

Hiking the Un-Cruise Way: Meet the “Bushwhack”

Straight out of Merriam-Webster:  bush·whack ˈbo͝oSHˌ(h)wak/ verb  1. NORTH AMERICANAUSTRALIAN/NZ live or travel in wild or uncultivated country.     Un-Cruise Adventures does a pretty good job of describing their adventurous style of cruising. Small ships, tiny coves, and a loose itinerary that makes allowances for weather, wildlife, or whims. And it’s those whims of […]

5 Things We Always Take on an Alaska RV Trip

*This post is sponsored by Great Alaskan Holidays, Inc., providers of Last Frontier roadtripping adventures for more than 30 years.*  Summer is in full swing around here, and our team is gearing up for another weekend of outdoor-themed fun  as we motor north to the village of Talkeetna. We’re pretty confident about our Alaska RV […]

Trickster Trips’ VW Synchro a Beefy Way to See Alaska

Yeah, I used the word “beefy,” but to be fair, there’s really no other word to describe this 1986 hunk of burning VW love named Polychrome, or “Poly” for short. I first wrote about Trickster Trips last December when owner Mandy Morell was just beginning to assemble her fleet of three vans. They’re hard to […]

5 Reasons to Stay at Heritage RV Park in Homer

Where AKontheGO meets up with the good folks at Heritage RV Park along the Homer Spit.  There’s a lot to like about traveling by RV to the cosmic town of Homer, Alaska. A smallish town of 8,000 or so at the end of the Sterling Highway about five hours from Anchorage, Homer is a place […]

Visit Hawai’i: You’ll be fine

First the cracks appeared in local streets in a corner of Hawai’i, often accompanied by earthquakes that rattled nerves. The fissures widened, local officials put metal plates over them and warned residents to stay away — something big was happening. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, where a cauldron of bubbling molten rock simmered all day and […]