Pangaea Adventures Paddles Toward Confidence

Note: A big warm thank you to Pangaea Adventures, most especially guide Emma, for the calm, cool, and most knowledgable three hours I’ve ever spent sitting in a kayak.  In 12 years of Alaska residence, I’ve overcome many of the trepidations about living, working, and playing in the Last Frontier. Bears, for example. And small […]

Muck Boots: Warm and comfortable in Alaska

by Erin Kirkland  When the Muck Boot Company started in 1999, it was determined to tackle a footwear conundrum for people faced with messy, wet, or cold jobs that required a boot to stand up to the task. Since that first pair of Muck Boots hit store shelves, people have pulled on a 100%-waterproof, stylish, […]

Find Your Aloha: Hawaii on a budget

Winter is prime time for many Alaska families to pack the flip-flops, shorts, and tees and fly to the Islands of Hawaii. AKontheGO contributor Danielle Benson did just that with her three kids, and found many budget-friendly options that pleased her tweenage crew.  by Danielle Benson I’ve long dreamed of the day my kids would […]

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 […]

Spending a Kid-Friendly Spring Break in Alaska

For once, the concept of ‘spring break’ in Alaska might actually match with the dates provided by school districts. Kids will be released to fly to Hawaii, Arizona, or other warm, fuzzy places next week, except for those of us staying here. But staying here means a full list of kid-friendly fun without spending a […]

National Geographic Live! Plan to attend the Anchorage Speaker Series in 2014-15

As a thoughtful, often-pensive kid, perhaps it was not odd to find me at evening presentations or concerts with my parents. I liked to find the meaningful in the ordinary, and there was something exciting about staying up late, listening to someone introduce me to a new idea or experience. Naturally, then, I jumped at […]

Traveling Alaska With Tweens: We’re almost there

In two weeks, AKontheGO will be entering a new phase of Alaska family travel. A journey that started with a wiggling bundle of toddler energy has now transitioned onto a different path, albeit a very exciting one, with enough twists, peaks, and valleys to both energize and frustrate us. It’s time to travel with a […]

Teens Explore Alaska’s Aviation History at Anchorage Museum

AKontheGO intern Isabella recently visited the Anchorage Museum’s hottest exhibit, Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation. Below are her impressions and recommendations for other teen travelers.  Aviation is an integral part of Alaska’s culture, dramatically affecting the state over the past century. From humble beginnings in 1913— the first flight in Fairbanks was a […]

Reindeer Ranch in Fairbanks: A family must-see

Fact: Reindeer are the coolest Arctic creature, ever. Who would have thought a hooved, antlered, slightly slimy-nosed member of the deer family (Cervidae) could attract so much attention, Santa Claus aside? Turns out, people are flocking to Fairbanks and the Running Reindeer Ranch to meet, greet, and touch these interesting critters, and I am now […]

Hallo Bay Camp’s NEW Family Adventure: Be the First!

Mecca for AK Mom (me) is Hallo Bay Bear Camp, roaming the beaches and tidal flats in this corner of Katmai National Park, about an hour by bush plane from Homer, Alaska. Sustainable, educational, and nurturing the wildland steward in all of us, Hallo Bay promotes more than typical bear-viewing, and I’m thrilled to announce […]

*EXTRA* Body Worlds Vital at Anchorage Museum – For Parents

Today the Anchorage Museum opened their newest exhibit to members of the media. Body Worlds Vital will be on display September 28, 2012 through January 6, 2013, with the hope of educating, inspiring, and connecting people to the greatest machine in the world – themselves. As promised, below are my impressions from an hour of […]