Plan 2016 Travel at the Alaska Summer Showcase

AK Fam is spending the week in sunny, dry, and incredibly beautiful Arizona this week, because hey, even travel writers deserve vacations. It’s been a big adventure for certain, between Grand Canyon National Park, Route 66, and now, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, a historic and very laid-back outfit just outside Yucca. More on this, later. But […]

Outdoor Families Magazine Turns One and I Want You to Win

For those familiar with the birth and ultimate success of AKontheGO, and of my penchant for trying to do a million things at once just because they sound like a good idea at the time, you may not have been surprised last January when I announced a new project aimed at helping families enjoy the […]

Alaska to Costa Rica: One family’s adventure

AKontheGO note: When Anchorage writer Gina Romero told me she was planning on taking her family to Costa Rica just before Christmas, I swooned and told her she simply must give me the skinny on this warm, tropical, and friendly Central America destination. Traveling with their son and daughter, Romero and her husband found plenty […]

Make 2016 the Year of Family Adventure

*This article originally appeared in the January 2, 2016 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News. I’m not a huge fan of New Year resolutions, mostly because I seldom keep them. I gave up committing to things like losing 20 pounds or pledging to paint the living room a long time ago. There is one aspect of […]

Iowa to Alaska 2016: The planning continues

A very merry Boxing Day, AKontheGO readers! We hear it’s snowing back home in Alaska, even as AK Fam enjoys a bit of green in beautiful-but-extremely-rainy Portland, Oregon. Rainy, but brighter than Alaska, with the sun rising around 8 a.m. and going down around 5:30 p.m. What a concept, this light, and we’re enjoying the […]

Iowa to Alaska With Great Alaskan Holidays – 2016

Perhaps the greatest gift given to my brother, sister, and I was the opportunity to see so much of the West from the backseats of our 1969 Volkswagen Bus. Snowy mountains, dry deserts, rushing rivers, and more than a fair number of cows, sheep, and other critters. We camped, we stayed in hotels, we explored […]

Sail through the forest with Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures in Seward

“On belay!” Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures guide Mike grabbed my son by the fistful of climbing harness attached to his chest and said, “Okay, buddy, are you ready to finish this?” AK Kid gingerly stepped into space, trusting both the rope and Mike, and slowly descended 20 feet to the forest floor below. I peered […]

Treat Kids to an Unusual Experience in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor

  Note: This article originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on July 10, 2015.  Standing at the crest of a grassy knoll strewn with wildflowers and the beginnings of a berry patch, my son and I momentarily forgot where we were. The sweeping meadows and craggy cliffs of Ireland, perhaps, making our way to the […]

Freshwater Fun for Kids: kayaking and canoeing Alaska

This post originally appeared in the the June 20, 2015 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.  Water in any form is intriguing stuff. Salty, fresh, or frozen, water is a sensory highlight for children, whose curiosity is piqued by the many opportunities for splishing and splashing. In Alaska, many of those experiences center around boats, […]

Unalaska Dutch Harbor: Finding the heart of the Aleutians

I rather feel as if our family has accomplished a true Alaska rite of passage by sailing the Aleutian Islands chain to Unalaska-Dutch Harbor. We’ve put in our miles around the state, to be sure, but it’s trips like the one we completed last week that truly cement my assertion that we are, truly, Alaska’s […]

Measure of Courage: An Iditarod musher’s story

When Iditarod musher Bryan Bearss appeared in the doorway of a small plane that had transported him and his dog team to Nome, the race was truly over. Bearss was driving a colleague’s sled dog team in this competition that puts Alaska on the map each March, and had scratched in Koyuk, a small, remote […]