Post-Christmas Blues? Take the kids on a hike

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on December 26, 2017. ~EK  Kids get restless over the winter break. I blame holiday hype and the whipping up of emotions in those days leading up to Dec. 25, when everything reaches its peak. Then the day after Christmas comes, and I’m looking at a […]

Hiking Alaska: New book guides Alaska’s “greatest adventures”

  Before I even started reading about the mechanics of Hiking Alaska, I was hooked. The newest Falcon Guides resource for hoofing it around the 49th state is pretty, chock-full of information, and, perhaps most important, is written by a real, live Alaskan.  Why is this important? Hiking anywhere is an intimate experience, but possibly […]

Walking Juneau With Kids

by Erin Kirkland This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on 4/18/2017 There is no place quite like Juneau. Nestled in the Alaska Panhandle, with long, narrow Gastineau Channel on one side and the towering mounts Roberts and Juneau on the other, the city makes the most of its unique and scenic location. […]

For Fall Family Fun, There’s Always Hope

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 10/4/2016. Gold was on our minds as we drove the Seward Highway south toward the small community of Hope. Not the kind one mines, although that is there too. No, we were looking for the colorful signal of a season that appears to be lingering this […]

Best Hikes in Alaska’s Interior Region

by Jen Ostler Interior Alaska is a special place, unique from the coastal climates of Southcentral and Southeast. Trees are stunted from harsh weather and icy soils, and in the summer the famous Midnight Sun is a bit brighter than in the southern reaches of the state. Up at elevation, there are expansive views, with […]

Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area: A look back, and the view ahead

  Sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area, located in Juneau, Alaska.  We’re pretty proud of Eaglecrest. This family-friendly facility located on Douglas Island, a short scenic drive from downtown Juneau, had a successful year teaching kids and adults about the joys of skiing and snowboarding. Jeffra Clough, sales and marketing director AND the […]

6 Alaska National Parks to Visit With Kids

In honor of the National Park Trust’s 6th anniversary of Kids to Parks Day, and the current celebration of National Parks Week April 16-24, AKontheGO brings you 6 Alaska national parks to visit with kids; because — national parks + kids = outdoor adventure of the best possible kind. Kids to Parks Day is a […]

Pausing For Reflections: Exploring the Palmer Hay Flats

*This story appeared in the November 13, 2015 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.* PALMER — Every time I cross the concrete bridge spanning Knik River, I say to myself, “Next time. Next time I’ll stop here.” “Here” is little Reflections Lake, on the fringe of the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, or simply […]

Kids in Nature: Campbell Creek Estuary provides peaceful time outdoors

[This article appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on Friday, September 25, 2015.] Expecting my 10-year-old son to remain still longer than a millisecond often feels like an exercise in futility. This wiry, five-foot-one whirling dervish is always up for an adventure, literally; on rocks, on tree branches, on my nerves. It’s easy for us […]

Crossing Southcentral Alaska’s Crow Pass

AKontheGO correspondent Mariah Brashar recently hiked the Crow Pass Trail with her mom. If you’ve not had the opportunity to travel this historic trail, Mariah’s post provides a click-by-click description of the experience.  Crow Pass National Historic Trail — have you heard of it? I hadn’t, despite my status as a lifelong Alaskan, until just […]

Hiking Anchorage’s Highest Peaks: What families should know

Many Anchorage residents favor the city’s urban trail system as a go-to place for outdoor recreation at the drop of a hat. We’re lucky, really; at our figurative (and in some cases literal) doorsteps lie miles and miles of mountain pathways ranging from easy to difficult. Kids grow up hiking to destinations with names like […]