Experience Ultimate Alaska at the Iditarod Start

Note: This is the second of a two-part story by freelance writer Heather Mundt, about her experiences at the 2016 Iditarod. by Heather Mundt   If you’ve had the pleasure – as I have –  to drive or ride with a sled dog team, you never forget the noise of the dogs’ excited shrieks and howls […]

One Family’s Iditarod Experience

By Heather Mundt Note: Colorado freelance writer Heather Mundt and her family visited Anchorage for the 2016 Iditarod. This is a two-part story sharing their trip; hopefully it will inspire those unsure about a winter adventure to witness the start of the Last Great Race. ~EK   Heading to a park in Anchorage, Alaska on a […]

Fairbanks Winter: Short on daylight, long on family fun

Note: Yesterday, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced that due to low snow conditions on sections of the trail, the official start (or “Re-Start”) will be held in Fairbanks. This means, of course, families who travel to the Golden Heart City to watch the start of the Last Great Race may want to stay for a […]

Make Plans for Winter Trails Day!

*This story originally appeared in the January 24 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.  I love Anchorage trails — be they paved, gravel, or hidden forest tracks that my family and I discover throughout Alaska’s largest city. Our community’s non-motorized pathways are a major reason we decided to live in town when we moved to […]

Winter Camping at Eagle River Nature Center

by Danielle Benson It is inevitable. Shortly after the Christmas decorations are packed up and stowed away, we start the slow crawl towards more daylight, and my nuggets start asking, “When are we going camping?” This year I was one step ahead of them. Our first overnight backpacking trip was on January 1, 2017. I […]

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Kicks Off With World’s Largest Lesson

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area. AKontheGO has supported Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month since it started nine years ago (how is that POSSIBLE?). The ski industry’s big idea that anyone can learn to ski or ride came at a time when many families were unsure about investing in […]

Winter in Alaska: Visit the Trail of Blue Ice

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 27, 2016. It’s been a frenetic few weeks. Holiday cards, shopping, schlepping kids, cooking — you name it, we’ve done it. The Christmas season and subsequent vacation days are a delightful cacophony of activity, but we always make sure to invest at least one full […]

Winter At the Alaska Zoo

This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 12, 2016 Step through the gates of the Alaska Zoo on a snowy day and you might be surprised at the level of activity among the residents. Ember, a red fox, likes to jump in snow piled up by accommodating keepers. The otter clan slips and […]

Oh, Christmas Tree: Cut your own on Alaska’s public lands

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News November 29, 2016 Fresh-cut Christmas trees are a symbol many families count among their holiday staples. It’s easy to see why: The scent of spruce mingling with crisp mountain air and thoughts of colored lights, carols, and hot chocolate. I’ve always looked at Christmas trees as […]

Snow in Juneau Means a Great Opening Day at Eaglecrest!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of AKontheGO sponsor Eaglecrest Ski Area. After crossing fingers, toes, and ski poles, the folks at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area opened last weekend to a dumping of Southeast Alaska powder. With a total of 16 inches at the base and 48 inches at the top, The Best Nest […]

Finding the Shape of Us: Family travel means new opportunities

If you’ve been a follower of AKontheGO for some time, you most likely are aware of the unique dynamics that make up our family. Like 1 in 200 babies born today, our oldest, MJ, lives life somewhat awkwardly on the autism spectrum (and a host of other issues). Our whole family does, actually, for autism […]