Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Begins Now!

The excitement of skiing or riding a snowy hillside is unforgettable, especially for those new to the sport or new to winter in general. Freeing, flowing exercise that feels more like fun, skiing or snowboarding is a skill many of us want, but don’t always have the opportunity to learn. Be it financial or fear […]

Let the Holidays Begin in Alaska

The holiday season in Alaska is always a special time. Snow, reindeer, and Santa Claus are permenant residents, after all, so Alaskans tend to savor every single minute. Last week, I wrote about ideas to celebrate Black Friday in the outdoors, and many of you wrote to say you appreciated the heads up for #OptOutside day. […]

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 Halloween Round Up

It’s time, it’s time! The pumpkins have been purchased, the costume box is now sitting in the middle of our family room floor, and my inbox is fairly bursting with event submissions for the AKontheGO calendar. Halloween’s seasonal push is on, friends, so heed our spooky lineup of family fun, below. Psst: Save some doughnuts […]

Navigating the Alaska State Fair With Kids: Alaska Dispatch News

This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News August 28, 2015. Make sure you keep tabs on my weekly column, “Kids in the Outdoors,” normally appearing on Tuesdays in the ADN Sports and Outdoors section. This week we moved in honor of our fair-themed musings. You can find the KIO column easily by hitting […]

President Obama is Coming to Alaska: What we think he should see

President Obama is making his first-ever trip beyond the military bases of Alaska next week. People are agog, either with angst that he’s coming at all or with anticipation that this president will somehow, somewhere, take a firmer stand on climate change and important issues regarding the planet’s Arctic regions. It’s an important visit, no […]

National Park Trust Selected for Centennial Challenge Project and Matching Funds

“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” ~Theodore Roosevelt During his presidency, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt protected more than 230,000,000 acres of land that now belongs to you, me, […]

Celebrate Independence Day in Alaska

According to AKontheGO sponsor organization AAA Mountain West, the United States will see 41.9 million people traveling 50 miles or more from home to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day weekend. Typically the busiest holiday of the year, and especially so in 2015 thanks to rising incomes and stronger employment numbers, more families are planning a […]

Alaska Summer Solstice: There’s still time for family fun!

This weekend marks summer solstice, when Alaskans from north to south stay up late, go to parties, and celebrate ouf famous “midnight sun.” This year, all this sun has caused a number of problems around the state, so in some ways solstice feels a little off. I woke up this morning to sheets of rain […]

Kids to Parks Day Giveaway WINNER

Happy Saturday, AKontheGOers! The team is packing the car for a Mother’s Day weekend trip to “prettier-Whittier,” but before we blast on down the highway, I wanted to announce the winner of our AKontheGO – National Park Trust #KidsToParksDay giveaway. Our scientific drawing has commenced, and the winner of a Kids to Parks Day prize […]

Alaska Mother’s Day Treats: Take mom outdoors this summer

It might be a drizzly Friday around Alaska, but preparations are underway for a beautiful weekend of Mother’s Day shenanigans. If you missed AKontheGO’s Family Fun Calendar on KTVA 11 Daybreak this week (snoozing, perhaps?), don’t worry, the complete list, plus a few extras, are right here. Whew. Mother’s Day weekend is typically when Alaska […]