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 […]

Fishing Alaska With Kids

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 5/23/2017 I caught my first fish at Rocky Run Creek in Washington’s Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest when I was about 6 years old and camping with my family. It was a rainbow trout just over the 6-inch legal requirement, and I proudly carried it back to […]

It’s Shorebird Season in Alaska – What you can do

Every morning, when I step outside to fetch the newspaper from my front shrubbery, I hear them. Birds making noise. A multitude of chirps, squawks, and chortles that wake me up and remind our household that spring has indeed finally arrived again in Alaska. Our home in Anchorage sits several miles from the muddy, silty […]

Play a May ‘I Spy’ With Phillips Cruises and Tours

Sponsored  by Erin Kirkland Southcentral Alaska’s Prince William Sound is 3,800 miles of pristine coastline bordered by the Chugach range east and north, and the Kenai Peninsula to the west. Known for rugged peaks and abundant wildlife, the sound is a recreationalist’s paradise. It also is the perfect place to spend a day cruising the […]

Weird But True — At the Alaska Zoo!

Y’all know I am a NatGeo Kids Insider, which means I get some pretty sweet opportunities to share science, history, and nature with AKontheGO readers. For 2017, some new kids are on the science scene via Fox Television. Weird But True is a weekly program hosted by brother- sister team Charlie and Kirby as they […]

Celebrating Sea Otters in Alaska

In 1989, the framework of coastal Alaska was changed forever when an oil tanker crashed into Bligh Reef just miles from the small town of Valdez, Alaska. Pristine shoreline became a gooky, oily mess after the innards of the Exxon Valdez poured out to lie atop the saltwater of Prince William Sound. Life was never […]

ALERT: Denali’s Savage River Camping and Hiking Affected by Bear

A sub-adult brown bear in the Savage River area of Denali National Park has learned about humans in the wrong way, resulting in closures in and around this popular area of the park. Last weekend, a hiker was followed, then followed more aggressively, by the young bear, during which time the hiker tossed a backpack […]

Reindeer Games in Fairbanks: Take the kids

by Jen Ostler Did you know that reindeer are not native to Alaska? Noted explorer and Presbyterian missionary Dr. Sheldon Jackson, with the aid of the United States Government, brought reindeer and several Laplander families (as educators) to the Seward Peninsula in 1892 to assist in what was assumed to be a starvation epidemic among St […]

Day Cruising Alaska’s Early Season: What you need to know

For those who follow the AKontheGO Instagram account, I have no doubt Saturday’s posts were a bit on a dreary side. It’s not anybody’s fault, really. Spring in Alaska, and particularly along coastal areas like Seward, is often windy, wet, and gray. Very, very gray. We know better than to expect April to feature blue […]

Winter and Early Spring Bear Safety for Families

There is no doubt remaining that Earth has experienced warmer winters than anything previously recorded. With this notable change in temperature comes variable and sometimes confusing behavior patterns of the planet’s creatures, and in Alaska, that means everything from birds to bears could reappear from migration or hibernation earlier than usual. The concept of bears […]

Valentine’s Day in Anchorage: Family fun events to get the crew outside

As February chugs along in Anchorage, delivering hardly anything in the way of wintery weather, the thought of another dreary Saturday NOT skiing, sledding, or snowshoeing could fill families with dread. But not this Saturday. Or Sunday, either. It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, a two-day stretch of pink, red, and all the glittery goodness that comes […]