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 […]

Time for Un-Cruise Adventures: Kids in Nature and AKontheGO team up again

My living room floor is littered with craft supplies, rain gear, and the dark blue uniforms of Un-Cruise Adventures. It’s time for my annual trek to Southeast Alaska and another session aboard my favorite small ship cruise line. Un-Cruise Adventures, with sailings in Alaska, Hawai’i, Baja California, and Washington, strives to be a different experience […]

Gray Whale-Watching in Alaska: Two options for families

Spring in Alaska is a WHALE of a lot of fun. Gray whale-watching, to be exact. AKontheGO has headed south in the past to explore the warm, sunny climate of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and the Alaska residents who snowbird down there. No, not humans. Whales. Beautiful gray whales. Gray whales migrate 5,000 miles between Mexico […]

Alaska Small Ship Cruising: What you need to know

After three tours aboard three different Un-Cruise Adventure vessels, I’ve come to an understanding about the concept of “small ship cruising,” especially when it involves children and Alaska. Small ships (those sailing with fewer than 100 passengers, by my own definition) are intimate experiences, so whether traveling with your own kids or alongside someone else’s, […]

Kids in Nature and UnCruise: Alaska vacation bliss

After a week exploring southeast Alaska’s glaciers, icy waters, and abundant wildlife with a pack of 12 kids, I’m plum whupped, but perhaps the happiest I’ve ever been. Desperately missing my AK Dudes aside, this week of adventuring with UnCruise Adventures was nothing short of spectacular. We hiked, taking great care to preserve and protect […]

Behold – “Kids in Nature,” an UnCruise, and Alaska

Sometimes, things work out as they were meant to. It’s Sunday morning, I’m in Juneau, the sun is shining, and I’m about to pack up my gear and head out for a week of introducing young people to Alaska. Humbled to be the Guest Host aboard an  UnCruise Adventures “Kids in Nature” cruise to Glacier […]

Un-Cruise Adventures and AKontheGO Team Up for “Kids in Nature”

This is a BIG announcement. I mean, really, really big. Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly Inner Sea Discoveries) has invited ME to serve as on-board Guest Host of their Discoverer’s Glacier Country cruise June 16-21, 2013! Moi! I’m excited about this for a number of reasons. 1. It means Un-Cruise Adventures gets this whole family-adventure-travel thing, knowing […]

Going Ashore On An Alaska Cruise: Best Bets for Families

One of the most exciting moments of any maritime adventure comes when the gangplank is lowered and a shout for “All ashore that’s going ashore!” filters through the staterooms. Perhaps that’s why a floating tour of southeast Alaska is so rewarding for families. The idea that kids go to sleep in one place and wake […]

InnerSea Discoveries and the Un-Cruise: Mingling With Mother Nature

Below is the first in a series of posts related to AK Fam’s recent cruise aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, one of several InnerSea Discoveries vessels sailing around southeast Alaska.  It was an “almost-sound” that woke me. A steady, quiet noise unlike that of boat engines, the hum of which had lulled me to sleep the […]

AKontheGO on an UnCruise – Inner Sea Discoveries’ Southeast Alaska

Can we tease you just a little bit? We took a detour in Petersburg today to escape some nasty weather along the western shores of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and I’m taking a brief respite from a day of exploring to offer some photos of our Inner Sea Discoveries adventure thus far…. Kayaking, caving, and whale-watching, […]

AK Fam and the Small Ship Cruise – Sailing Southeast

We’re packed and ready to go! AK Fam departs this weekend for southeast Alaska and a highly anticipated experience aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, part of the Inner Sea Discoveries fleet of small ships cruising southeast Alaska. We’ve sailed on a big boat, we’ve taken the laid-back Alaska Marine Highway, now it’s time to experience the […]