Three Ways to Stay (and Play) in Southcentral Alaska This Summer

One of the most important takeaways from Summer 2020 is that for all the stress and worry, there is also opportunity. Those of us living in Southcentral Alaska have access to myriad sources for outdoor fun that will hopefully provide a bit of respite during trying circumstances. It’s also an opportunity to help Alaska’s tourism […]

Social Distancing Works For Bear Safety, Too

Exploring just about any section of Alaska outdoor spaces means there’s a chance to encounter a bear (or two). While we’ve all been focused on human-to-human interactions lately, thanks to COVID-19, it is important that Alaskans remain vigilant and brush up on their bear safety skills now that some restrictions have been lifted and the great […]

How to Be Still During This Crazy COVID-19 Time

There sure is a lot of noise right now, isn’t there? The news reports about COVID-19 on television or the radio; a bunch of emails about online school; parents doing Zoom meetings at the dining room table; sisters or brothers fighting over the game controller — It all takes a toll on our minds and […]

Stay Off Playgrounds During COVID-19: 10 things to do instead

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is upending our lives in ways large and small. As each state or community’s “shelter-in-place” or “hunker down” orders stretch far beyond what we initially thought, it’s becoming harder and harder for many parents to find ways to keep kids active. Here in Alaska, mandates have set forth a list […]

Play Every Day (But Hunker Down), Alaska

This Alaska family is glad to be back home after a quiet yet stressful journey from Colorado on Saturday. Now that we’re here, and settling in for a 14-day quarantine that hopefully won’t result in anyone getting sick, I can focus on what’s going on in the Last Frontier; and the incredible efforts of statewide […]

Arizona to Colorado: COVID-19 family travel update

An update related to our COVID-19-caused road trip to join AK Dad in Golden Colorado in light of school closures and a rush on flights. Erin is sharing this experience nightly on Family Travel Radio, with video and everything, so take a look and listen, and follow along.  It’s 9:30 p.m. in Santa Fe, New […]

Stuck at Home? Try these activities for bored big kids

Today is the Sunday after the day we were all told to stay away from each other and not treat this concept of “flattening the curve” like a snow day (week/month/semester). Amen to the person who came up with that. HOWEVER, this also means kids and parents are now faced with a very 21st Century […]

COVID-19 and Your Family Travel: What now?

The world has gone mad. There’s really no other way to describe what’s happening as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, sweeps around the world like a hurricane. We, a human, herd-loving species, are frightened, needy, and in search of answers that aren’t easily addressed.  Our family is currently lodged in Tucson, Arizona, on “phase two” […]

Family Travel and 2019 Novel Coronavirus – Should you go?

Updated 3/4/2020:  There is now a total of 92,943 reported cases of COVID-19 globally, and 3,160 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). You can track the illness via an interactive map HERE. WHO continues to encourage those who are not ill, or who are not frontline healthcare workers, not to purchase masks, as […]

Alaska Earthquake 2018: What it did, and didn’t do

Our family’s Alaska earthquake story from Friday, November 30 sounds similar to that of so many others. Got kid out of bed, fed kid, packed lunches, drank coffee, dropped kid at school (argued with said kid, 14, about whether or not he had to say “I love you, too), drove off.  I drove off, like […]

On Flying Alaska: Reflections, reminders, and responsibility

In the wake of a fatal plane crash involving a well-respected flightseeing company, would-be passengers should be aware of their role in small-plane safety while flying in Alaska. Last November I climbed aboard a small airplane on the tarmac of Talkeetna’s small airstrip, bound for Denali’s Sheldon Amphitheatre and a few days of winter adventuring. […]