Tonsina Cabin Near Seward a Perfect Place

*This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.*  UPDATE: After publication on Tuesday morning, reservations went live on the DNR website, and the cabin is booked every weekend through October. Try Sunday nights, Thursday nights, or Monday nights if you want to bookend a weekend adventure near Seward. ~EK  […]

Catch a Train This Summer With the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad launched what is sure to be a busy summer season already –  taking thousands of passengers to destinations from Seward to Fairbanks over Mother’s Day weekend. The company also announced the start of the 2018 Catch the Train Photo Contest, an interactive contest that lets passengers and fans share their images of […]

A Caines Head Trip That Almost Wasn’t

Like most Alaska families, ours takes great pride in flexibility, especially when related to weather. Last Frontier seasons are bipolar at best, swinging wildly from rain to snow to sun and back again, especially during the “in-between” months of April and May. 2017’s May weather was hot, almost downright balmy, with shorts and flip-flops the […]

Credit Union 1 Offers Auto Loan Security for Families

The following is an advertisement paid for by Credit Union 1 Alaska. Alaska has a mere 5,000 miles of paved roadway in the entire state, and who knows how many more in the form of dirt/mud/rock surfaces. If you’ve ever taken it to the streets of the Last Frontier, you know well the forces of […]

Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station: Denali’s climbing headquarters

Climbing Denali is a big deal. Of course it is, because figuring out logistics for North America’s highest peak is nearly as complicated as the skills required to scale the 20,310-foot monolith of Denali National Park. One doesn’t even start climbing Denali IN the park. Beginning, you see, is accomplished in the small town of […]

Anchorage Museum Thomas Planetarium Reopens April 21

Attention Alaskans and would-be Alaska visitors! The Anchorage Museum Thomas Planetarium will officially reopen on Saturday, April 21 after an exended renovation period.  International Astronomy Day is a fun way to not only introduce kids to stars and planets, it’s also a great opportunity to embrace the concept that there is far, far more to […]

Spring Into Savings at Kennicott Glacier Lodge

The Great Alaska Sportsman Show was last weekend, and my friends at Kennicott Glacier Lodge were there talking up some springtime surprises for those willing to take an early-season road trip to this incredible area of our state.  Kennicott Glacier Lodge is located in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, a 13 million-acre park […]

Family Fun Alert at Fairbanks’ Museum of the North

Fairbanks, Alaska is a city of approximately 33, 000 hardy souls who thrive in this Interior landscape that continues to impress those from Outside (anywhere not Alaska). Fairbanks is also home to the University of Alaska’s Fairbanks, a four-year institution offering everything from Arctic studies to mining for its 9,000 students. UAF is located atop a […]

Sheep Mountain Lodge Offers A Springtime Deal!

If you’ve ever wanted to explore a glacier, but don’t have the time or funds to venture into Alaska’s far-off backcountry, this is the deal for YOU.   Further, if you, like me, are fairly jumping out of your skin with anticipation of this glorious, lingering daylight, wishing you had a new place to ski […]

Alaska Spring Trips That Shouldn’t Be Missed

Last night, the sun set just after 8 p.m.; a gain of nearly six minutes over the evening prior. In true Alaska fashion, people were everywhere, walking dogs, jogging, chipping away at a few layers of ice in driveways. That’s spring in the 49th state, and it’s why we grow antsy to get going.  Where? […]

Iditarod Ultimate Family Field Trip – Part Two

Everyone is back in his or her respective state, toting a duffel bag or two of Alaska-themed memories. The first-ever Salmon Berry Tours Ultimate Family Field Trip came to an end on Friday, and everyone; parents, kids, and guide moi are exhausted and happy at the outcome.  In the last post I shared our adventures […]