AKontheGO “Goes” to Nome for Iditarod 2015

Steeped in history and a fair amount of mystery, the town of Nome is probably the most popular community in Alaska each March. Iditarod 2015 finishers continue rolling across the finish line, and it’s about now that emails begin rolling my way with inquiries by curious and adventurous parents wondering if they should book a […]

Cruising Alaska: Create a custom family vacation with Babkin Charters

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in nearly 10 years of residence in Alaska, it’s never to underestimate the vastness of her shorelines. Boasting nearly 48,000 miles of rocky, sandy, or muddy beach land, Alaska’s waterways still remain largely unpopulated and undiscovered by the average visitor. Cruising Alaska is still the most popular way to […]

Hiking the ‘Un-Trails’ of Southeast Alaska

It seems strange not to be dressed in XtraTufs and my favorite knit cap on a Tuesday. Last week, and the week before, Tuesday found me with a plethora of young, active guests aboard the Un-Cruise Adventures vessel Wilderness Adventurer, sailing around the hidden nooks and crannies of southeast Alaska. I’m home this week, catching […]

AK Mom’s Annual Zen at Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp

It is, perhaps, a great irony that someplace so full of raw, untouched wildness, life, and death could be the very setting bringing me the most peace. I’m never really sure whether the intense bursts of adrenaline and miles of hiking are the reason behind my serene smile of utter contentment, or if it’s simply […]

Alaska Weather: Sometimes it’s a waiting game

It’s hard for many Alaska visitors to wrap their heads around summer in the 49th state. While their home state may be sweltering in a heat wave of epic proportions, Alaskans might be wishing for sunshine and temperatures above 55F. Or not. Alaska weather is both unpredictable and beautiful, and should in no way interfere […]

Mother’s Day and Doing the Right Thing, Even When It’s Difficult

This essay originally appeared in Alaska Magazine last year. In honor of Mother’s Day, and mothers in general, it is my gift to strong women everywhere (human or otherwise) who sometimes need to do really, really hard things for the sake of their children.   “My Alaska Adventure” (Alaska Magazine, April 2013) I shared breathing […]

Summer Camps in Alaska: Nature’s playground, just for kids!

I looked at the calendar this morning and realized Alaska’s kids have less than three weeks (gasp!) until the final bells ring and school doors open to disgorge thousands of students for another long, short summer of fun in the Last Frontier. What to do? Send them away (to camp)! Why consider camp for your […]

Disneynature BEARS: “Somewhere incredible”

After two summers of on-scene filming and thousands of hours spent wading through footage, Disneynature’s BEARS is set to open this week on Earth Day. In just over 70 minutes, moviegoers will be able to capture an intimate view of three Alaskan coastal brown bears making their way in an often unpredictable and unreliable world […]

Help Kids Understand the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964

    Of all the valuable lessons I’ve learned since moving to Alaska, respecting the power of nature and the planet upon which we reside takes top honors. Even though I grew up in the Seattle area, a seismological hotspot within the famous “Ring of Fire,” there are few temblors to compare with the Great […]

Iditarod 2014 Start Updates: Where will it be?

It’s a winter of extremes in the United States; everywhere, it seems, but Alaska. After a brilliant start to our longest season, winter seems to have deserted the Last Frontier for southern climates, leaving 49th state residents scratching their heads in disbelief. In the case of Iditarod 2014, however, head-scratching is being followed by a […]