RV Alaska This Fall: Tips and tricks

The majority of Alaska visitors (and many residents) make their explorations of the Last Frontier between May and August, when days are long and attractions, open. For Alaska RV enthusiasts, the summer months are also perceived as the “only” time one can hop behind the wheel and roam the highways of our state.  Since picking […]

Glacier Quest Cruise Continues Through September 10

A sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours Alaska may be staring at the arrival of fall, but Phillips Cruises and Tours’ Glacier Quest Cruise is still plying the waters of Prince William Sound though Sunday, September 10.  Rain or shine, there’s no mistaking the beauty of this Southcentral Alaska corner pocket, with […]

Puppy Love at Dream A Dream Sled Dog Tours

When people share their Alaska wish lists with me, it often begins like this:  “I’ve always dreamed of seeing a sled dog race,” or “It’s been my lifelong dream to meet a musher.”  Dreams are often perceived as pie-in-the-sky desires that rarely come true, but at the home of Vern Halter, longtime musher and co-owner […]

Kenai Backcountry Adventures Offers Fall Special

Alaska families — have you picked all the berries yet? It’s late August in the Last Frontier, and that means the annual frenzy to stock the freezer or pantry with residents’ favorite, nature-sent treat: blueberries. But why not take your experience up a notch? How about, instead of taking the kids to the same places […]

Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

Hiking Alaska: New book guides Alaska’s “greatest adventures”

  Before I even started reading about the mechanics of Hiking Alaska, I was hooked. The newest Falcon Guides resource for hoofing it around the 49th state is pretty, chock-full of information, and, perhaps most important, is written by a real, live Alaskan.  Why is this important? Hiking anywhere is an intimate experience, but possibly […]

North American Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Just for kids!

The National Park Service has long supported the notion that kids are often more engaged in an experience if they have a guide. The popular Junior Ranger program is an age-appropriate method of pointing young visitors to their parks, national monuments, or historical parks through booklets full of activities that reap a badge reward upon […]

Neutrogena and AKontheGO Team Up For Safe Sun Protection

This is a post sponsored by Neutrogena, a leader in skin care and protection.  Skin cancer was not on the radar of my parents when I was a kid growing up in the 1970s. The application of ‘suntan’ lotion was designed to increase the sun-browned look many people equated with healthy children. Imagine. Fast-forward to […]

Wild Alaska Live Premiers In the Last Frontier

It’s pretty clear already that Alaskans are going crazy for the new PBS three-night series Wild Alaska Live. Based in Juneau but featuring teams of correspondents on the ground at several Alaska locations, the series follows the naturally-occurring event of Alaska’s annual salmon run, stretching viewers’ beliefs and perceptions about not only Alaska, but the […]

Driving the McCarthy Road – Should you?

This is the first in a two-part series about McCarthy and Kennecott adventures with kids for the Alaska Dispatch News. McCarthy Road stories are the stuff of Alaska legend. Chunks of wooden railroad ties rising from a lumpy gravel surface to infiltrate car tires. Metal spikes appearing out of nowhere. Vehicles nearly colliding on single-lane […]

RV or Hotel or What? Alaska by the numbers

It can be positively maddening, the search for vacation lodging options. Anywhere, never mind in Alaska.  Should you put your clan in a hotel room with two queen beds, or book a vacation rental, or what? And what’s with the RV thing, anyway? People tell you it’s a great way to see Alaska for the […]