World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage

As much as AKontheGO Dad likes to think he’s all that with his beard, he’s got nothing on these guys. The World Beard and Moustache Championships are here in Anchorage this weekend, and let me tell you, you’ve never seen anything like it… As the author of WBMC’s Participant Guide, I had the privelege of […]

AKontheGO Sets Sail in August

Singing a sea chanty, AKontheGO fam is set to sail this summer, courtesy of Holland America Lines. After much deliberation and consideration, we decided on HAL for their classic approach to cruising and reported updates to children’s programming. Our cruise, Southbound from Seward, will take us through scenic Glacier Bay, College Fjord, Haines, Juneau, and […]

Palmer Museum of History and Art; and a Visitor’s Center

On our way home after our Mother’s Day extravanganza at the Musk Ox Farm, we stopped in at the Palmer Visitor Center, which we soon found out, is much more than just a place to get free coffee and a map. A quaint log cabin on the main drag of historic Palmer, the Visitor Center […]

Ice Age Descendants Reside in Palmer, Alaska!

Who would have thought that a walking mop would garner so much attention? It would if its forebearers lived say, thousands of years ago. Not only lived, but provided Man with a garment more toasty than anything North Face can come up with. At the Musk Ox Farm in beautiful Palmer, Alaska (a mere 45 […]

Refuel While Kids Burn Energy

What parent doesn’t need an opportunity to unwind during a vacation? So many places to go, so much energy expended all for the sake of exposing our children to the wonders of the world. Many an AK Fam trip has been halted briefly so mommy could recharge at the local (gas station, coffee shop, bar). […]

Sweet Option: Salmon Berry Tours

Normally AKontheGO fam is not likely to be found utilizing the services of an organized touring outfit. Perhaps it is due to the fact that we, like most visitors who have children, believe that the boundaries imposed by some of the larger tourism companies are too rigid for families. Eat now, sleep here, do this, […]

Sail Away: Cruise Lines Take Precautions Against ‘Flu

In a discussion regarding the AKontheGO Fam cruise options this summer, I brought up what has been on everyone’s mind this past week; the Swine Flu (I know we aren’t supposed to call it swine flu out of respect for pigs, but the scientific name is too long, sorry pigs). I happened to be on […]

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon: Exercising Vacation

We all know what it is like to go on a vacation where we eat, drink, lay around, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day. Fortunately, for those who choose to recreate in and around Alaska, such days are few and far between. Even more so for the 3,000 or […]

Hatcher Pass: Golden For Many Reasons

Let’s begin by thanking God for Robert L. Hatcher, for without this sourdough’s steadfast belief that there was gold in them thar hills, Hatcher Pass would be but another nameless area on the map of Alaska. Hatcher filed the first gold hard rock claim in 1906, and led the way for a rich chapter in […]

We Hear the Train A’Comin

Much of my youth was spent on the overnight Amtrak train from Seattle to Missoula, Montana. Just about every summer, we would board the train for one of our favorite ways to get across the West, via choo choo. Now that I am all grown up and have two sons, it is no surprise that […]

Cruises for Every Budget: Now’s the Time

Holy buffet line, Batman! Cruise lines, in an effort to attract passengers during tough economic times, are offering whopping good deals on cruises beginning in May. Even if you think you are not a “cruise” type of person, fearing you’ll be innundated by cheesy cruise directors, philosophical bartenders, or grumpy older passengers, you might change […]