Are We There, Yet?

Has the AKontheGO Fam slept in enough hours, eaten enough good food, and explored enough sandy shoreline to have reached vacation nirvana? In the shy 48 hours since our arrival in Homer on the Kenai Peninsula, the AK Crew, I can safely say, is feeling little in the way of tension. Our cozy little cottage […]

Going Cosmic, Going to Homer

AKontheGO Fam is ready; the family truckster is boxed, biked, and bundled, Kid has added one or two last toys to his backpack, Dad has had enough coffee, and we’re rolling down to Homer. Almost. Finally, a bona fide vacation with little agenda beyond lounging on the deck or in the living room of a […]

Bug Off, Bugs

AKontheGO has neglected to talk much about the negative aspects of visiting Alaska, mostly because there are few things we don’t like about this state. However, with a hot, dry summer (from our perspective, anyway) we feel we must discuss something that has been literally, buzzing in our ears. The bugs. Yes, when reading those […]

Workin’ in a Gold Mine

AKontheGO Kid’s favorite movie is ‘Snow White’, not for the princess factor, of course (blech), but for the scene where the intrepid Seven Dwarves are dig, dig, diggety, digging away in their mine, where ‘a million diamonds shine’. Hi Ho, Hi Ho. Giving into the child’s pleadings to stop at the Indian Valley Mine along […]

Cruise Update: Knowing Before We Are Going

The pre-cruise madness continues here in Alaska as AKontheGO Fam makes more arrangements for upcoming trip. In a flurry of activity we have begun to put the framework of the cruising week together in a way even I might understand. Holland America has adopted an online option (more than simply an option, for the line […]

Whistle Stop to Paradise: Chugach via Alaska Railroad

There are trips to take in Alaska and then there are trips. AkontheGO Fam spent last Friday nestled in the beauty of the Last Frontier thanks to a unique and incredibly wise partnership between the Alaska Railroad and the U.S. Forest Service. With an appropriate theme of “Ride the Rail and Hit the Trail”, the […]

Double-Good Reason to Celebrate the 4th in Alaska

I could make it a triple-good reason to celebrate this Independence Day, what with all this good weather we’ve been having in the southcentral area. Shoot, we could be anywhere Lower 48 for all this sunshine; AK Kid even has a farmer tan. We’re going to whoop it up this weekend as Alaska partners the […]

Anchorage Hotel is Simply ‘Grand’

AKontheGO Fam is adamant about one thing when searching out places to rest our weary heads on vacation; accommodation. As in ‘accommodate’. As in kid-friendly, kid-worthy, and kid-aware. Some hotels in downtown Anchorage are a bit stuffy and unwelcoming to the younger set, banking on guests who have money and time to lounge about their […]

A Ton of Fun at Festivals and Fairs This Weekend

Gee, but there is a lot going on this weekend. Kilted miles, grand openings, hero games; it’s all happening in and around Anchorage. AKontheGO fam is set to do our part to support local festivals and events, so here is a short list of fun for the whole family. In true reverence for AKontheGO Dad’s […]

Glacier Turn Added to Salmon Berry Tours

I am taking another “turn” at mentioning Candice and her Salmon Berry Tours company because Candice and the rapidly-expanding crew of expert guides are now offering another option to the already-popular “Turnagain Turn” tour. The “Glacier Turn” day tour, at 6+ hours, provides a little bit more for the visitior to Alaska by adding in […]

Ship to Shore and More: Cruise Prep 101

Okay, so I will be the first to admit that I am a bit over the top when it comes to preparing for a vacation. I like to know when, where, what, and why of all aspects of a trip; poor preparation, I believe, can lead to vacation disappointment, especially with kids. AKontheGO Fam is […]