See a New View of Prince William Sound With Lazy Otter Charters

Given the blowing, driving, and utterly dripping snow falling from a leaden sky between Anchorage and the Whittier Tunnel, it seemed my choice to take a winter day cruise around Prince William Sound was a bit overambitious. Why, oh why did I suggest this trip to visiting family travel writer Heather and her family of […]

10 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Alaska (a New Normal?)

For the second year in a row, January dawned with showery, warm, and windy weather that brought the concept of an Alaska winter to a screeching halt. Throughout the state, conditions have been wild and wacky, with fluctuating temperatures that are causing many residents and visitors to ask “Is this our new normal?” This afternoon […]

Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday

*This article appeared in the 11/20 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News for my Kids in the Outdoors column.* With a week still to go, my email inbox runneth over with announcements like this: “Shop now for pre-Black Friday deals and save, save, save!” Screaming at consumers both literally and virtually, retail outlets are capitalizing […]

Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discoverer: Your ticket to adventure this fall

When Alaskans stand up and jockey for scenic vistas, you know it’s good. With autumn definitely on the way around Southcentral Alaska, opportunities for colorful vistas and crisp, sunny days mean it’s time to get out and explore. Reaching beyond our usual day trip solids around Anchorage, Labor Day weekend delivered us to the Historic […]

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 […]

Riding the Trails at Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer

Rain was falling in sheets as I carefully guided my trusty steed along the muddy (not dusty) trails near the Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer. It was one of the wettest days on record for Southcentral Alaska; so wet, in fact, that even my raingear couldn’t keep up with the steady deposit of water on […]

Eaglecrest Ski Area: Juneau family fun

The tires on our rented Subaru splashed and slid through nearly six inches of wet, heavy snow as we drove through Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. That we were here at all seemed a miracle; precip had combined with heavy fog to make visibility near zero, to the point where even our skilled Alaska Airlines […]

Alaska Botanical Garden: A Family-Friendly Day Trip

Writer Emilie Barnes once said “Grow what you love.” As parents, we do that, don’t we? Nurture our little potted plants so they bloom with utter joy at being alive in this big, wonderful garden of a world? Then, there must be no better place to combine nurture with nature in a family-friendly way than […]

Eklutna Lake Trail: Year-round recreation for all

Generating enthusiasm among younger family members is always so much nicer when accompanied by a crowd of like-minded kids, isn’t it? We’re lucky – our circle of acquaintances is simply bursting with outdoor-loving, freewheeling families who value Alaska’s bounty of recreation as much as we. Add a glorious Alaska autumn day, and we struck gold, […]

Explore Gold Rush History With Kids at Crow Creek Mine

Alaska is all about gold. The color, the mineral, and the makings of a territory, so chances are no matter where your family visits during a Last Frontier vaction, gold will factor in at one point or another. From Nome to Juneau, and just about everywhere in between, kids and parents can strike it rich […]

Autumn in Alaska: Destinations for the whole family

It’s different now, in the morning. Stumbling across the front porch to collect my daily newspaper is a little more complicated these days, thanks to the lack of daylight. A little cooler, too. Fall is here. Subtle, for sure, but Alaskans notice. We see the pale green-almost-yellow shade of birch and cottonwood trees above our […]