Spring Family Camping Adventures in Alaska

How nice that my return to Alaska was punctuated by singing birds and snow-free trails! Here in Southcentral, anyway, spring has truly sprung (we know this by increasing daylight and an incurable itch to ditch the down jackets), and with it, thoughts of family camping. Here at AK Hacienda, our weekend will be spent throwing […]

Tips for Camping in Alaska

I locked the door on the AKontheGO trailer for the last time yesterday after carting armloads of outdoor clothing, bedding, and cans of food to a winter resting place in a closet under the stairs. Bittersweet packing this first week of autumn, with yellow leaves skittering across the roof and snow falling on way-back mountain […]

Fall Fun in Portage Valley: Alaska family fun continues after school starts

It’s not often Labor Day weekend delivers blue sky and warmish temperatures. In fact, I think I can recall one or two in the 10 years we’ve lived in Alaska. So call me crazy, but the thought of packing up my kid and kaboodle last weekend and purposely driving into the heart of Portage Valley […]

Alaska Camping With Kids: Five great places to meet the great outdoors

The fact I had to apply sunscreen yesterday just underscores the AMAZING fact of Alaska’s current weather, which is perfect for camping. I mean, glorious sunshine-perfect temperatures-beautiful scenery-kind of perfect. AKontheGO is ready for camping, and I bet many of you are, too, which makes yesterday’s article in the Anchorage Daily News very timely. Camping […]

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 […]

Fabulous Fall Activities in Southcentral Alaska

Frost is on the pumpkins here in Alaska; time to break out the hats, mittens, and boots for an autumn of outdoor family fun! With the proper gear, visitors to the 49th state can enjoy a full harvest of family travel, even if the thermometer reads “FREEZING.” Below is a list of AKontheGO’s top picks […]

A Cosmic Fun Friday From Homer!

AK Fam is resting comfortably now after a heart-stopping tsunami warning that sent our cozy cottage of family and friends scrambling up the hill Thursday evening. Poor AK Kid, he was just settling down for the night when we rousted him, sleeping bag and all, and stuffed him into the truck. I think this calls […]

Family Camp: Alaskans Share Their Favorite Campgrounds

Who better to review Alaska campgrounds than real, live Alaskans? We asked, they responded, and now we’re sharing it with you. The 49th state is full of campgrounds and unofficial campsites that, believe it or not, fill up quickly with locals and visitors during the summer months. Between fishing season and tourist season, finding a […]

Wild Wednesday and the Great Outdoors!

I’ll be jiggered if this isn’t just the best Wild Wednesday of them all. The sun is up, the coffee is hot, and AKontheGO pal Dallas Seavey just won the Yukon Quest sled dog race into Fairbanks. Dallas was a guest on the Alaska Travelgram Show last month and of course that makes him our […]

AKontheGO’s Top Trips of 2010

You’ve been waiting and waiting for AK Fam to come up with our favorite places of 2010, I just know it. Thank you for your patience; the process has been complex, detailed, and involved serious discussion around the dinner table. It’s not easy deciphering a six year-old’s manner of deduction, after all, but we are […]

USFS Does Right By Seward Highway Campground

I’ve stayed in a lot of campgrounds. Muddy ones, clean ones, buggy ones; you name it, I’ve stayed there. At 41, I am however reaching the end of my tolerance for campgrounds operated by any government (municipal, state, or federal) that do not meet my requirements. These are simple: clean, quiet-ish, and practical. AK Fam […]