Alaska’s Birds Deserve Our Attention: Christmas Bird Count for Kids

UPDATE: As of 8 a.m. today (Friday), the Alaska Zoo reported only 12 more slots available for the Christmas Bird Count for Kids event happening Sunday. Call now if you’d like to register. 907 341-6463. *This article originally appeared in the December 4 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News* A little chickadee flittered past my […]

Top Tips For Anchorage Winter Fun

Alaskans know when temperatures plunge and snow begins to fall, it’s time to play outside. From placid skating ponds to rugged mountaintop ski runs, the 49th state embraces winter with enthusiasm, especially in Anchorage, where access meets adventure quite comfortably. Expedia.com asked me to share my favorite snowy-day fun spots with the hope that more families […]

Understanding Snow Sports Schools: Tips from Eaglecrest Ski Area

While Alaska’s winter weather seems to be trending toward the stormy side of snowy, legions of eager skiing and riding families are saying emphatically “We’ll take it.” Both Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood and Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau opened for business this week after storms dumped plenty of snow upon runs that remained pathetically […]

Let the Holidays Begin in Alaska

The holiday season in Alaska is always a special time. Snow, reindeer, and Santa Claus are permenant residents, after all, so Alaskans tend to savor every single minute. Last week, I wrote about ideas to celebrate Black Friday in the outdoors, and many of you wrote to say you appreciated the heads up for #OptOutside day. […]

Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday

*This article appeared in the 11/20 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News for my Kids in the Outdoors column.* With a week still to go, my email inbox runneth over with announcements like this: “Shop now for pre-Black Friday deals and save, save, save!” Screaming at consumers both literally and virtually, retail outlets are capitalizing […]

Pausing For Reflections: Exploring the Palmer Hay Flats

*This story appeared in the November 13, 2015 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.* PALMER — Every time I cross the concrete bridge spanning Knik River, I say to myself, “Next time. Next time I’ll stop here.” “Here” is little Reflections Lake, on the fringe of the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, or simply […]

Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area Gears Up for Winter

Sponsored content on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska by Steve SueWing “What do you do you do during the winter months?” is a common question summer visitors pose to year-round Alaska residents. In our Southeast Alaska home the answer is simple. “We ski Eaglecrest!” THE MOUNTAIN Located less than 30 minutes from […]

‘Discover Eaglecrest Day’ in Juneau and Get Ready to Ski

[Proudly sponsored by Eaglecrest Ski Area, an AKontheGO supporter since 2014] When we had to cancel our Spring Break trip to Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau last year, it was a blow. Not just to our family, who had been looking forward to schussing down hills, eating french fries, and making new friends. Rather, we […]

Fur Rendezvous Family Fun: Saturday

You can tell Fur Rendezvous is here when the ferris wheel and swings show up on the Anchorage skyline. Alaska’s largest winter festival kicks off tonight in downtown Anchorage, and even with a lack of snow, enthusiasm is high. For most families, “Fur Rondy” represents the best of an Alaska winter, and with 80 years […]

Iditarod 2015: What you need to know right now

With recent news that the Iditarod 2015 restart will now occur in Fairbanks, the past 24 hours have been a frenetic race of its own by visitors, volunteers, media, and mushers. While the announcement was not entirely unexpected, it was five minutes of utter chaos to the thousands of individuals involved in the Last Great […]

Alaska Winter Road Trips: A checklist from AAA

When our family moved to Alaska in December 2005, a few things were immediately clear. 1) I had forgotten how to drive in icy, snowy conditions, and 2) Confidence was low. My husband might also add “Worst backseat driver, ever” to this list, but that’s a whole separate story. Timid, unsure of myself and my […]