Fall Fun in Portage Valley: Alaska family fun continues after school starts

It’s not often Labor Day weekend delivers blue sky and warmish temperatures. In fact, I think I can recall one or two in the 10 years we’ve lived in Alaska. So call me crazy, but the thought of packing up my kid and kaboodle last weekend and purposely driving into the heart of Portage Valley […]

Chugach National Forest’s ‘Trail of Blue Ice’ a Hit With Kids of All Ages

Simple, clean, and as inviting a space as I’ve ever seen, the Trail of Blue Ice practically begs for use. This five-mile, mostly-flat trail is the darling of many a casual recreation enthusiast, and with good reason. Built over a span of several years beginning with cooperative grants and public funding beginning in 2002, the […]

Break Away at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in Seward, Alaska

“…break clean away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.”  ~ John Muir My wilderness hero speaks such wisdom, but how often I forget. Finding my happy place in Alaska seems so simple, right? A travel journalist, out and about to all sorts of beautiful places on […]

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in Seward Opens for 2013 Season

The Alaska tourism industry is a tight group of like-minded folks who support each other. Ever since I announced I was taking the plunge into guidebook authorship, my cohorts in travel have rallied, assisted, and cheered me on. Now that the book is packaged up and sent to the publisher (whew), my friends at CIRI […]

National Parks Week in Alaska: Two accessible parks for families

This has been a difficult week. It is hard to make sense out of the nonsensical, and during times like these, I find myself heading outdoors to the solace of our Alaska wilderness. There, where life is no less dramatic but far less tragically so on a human level, I seek balance. It might be […]

Homer, Alaska: Family Fun at the End of the Road

*Sponsored Post* When Monte Davis of the Homer Chamber of Commerce first asked if AKontheGO would consider listing the entire community as a “Family Friendly Business”, I’ll admit I was a bit taken aback. Could one town really meet the standards of AKontheGO-ness, offering kid-friendly activities, food, lodging, and atmosphere, everywhere? Hmmm, I said. I’ll […]

Fun Friday: What’s a Dad To Do in Alaska? Everything!

We love AK Dad. He’s warm, fuzzy, and a ton of fun to have along when traveling. The best thing about AK Dad, though, is a truly authentic, utterly adorable love for his boys. It’s not easy, sometimes, with one son lurking on the fringe of adulthood in a state far, far, away, and another […]

Family Fun Friday in Alaska, and a Travelgram Podcast

Summer travel in Alaska is heating up, AKontheGO’ers! The cruise ships are in, tours are starting, and everywhere, Alaska is in bloom with tons of activities; the perfect time for a website launch, wouldn’t you say? That’s right, only 21 days until AKontheGO sports a new look, and you’re invited to watch it all happen […]

Snowshoeing Alaska: No Experience Required

Got your hippety-hop on, this morning? You’ll sure need it to get anywhere in the 49th state, lately. There’s more snow than most of us have seen in a long time, and aside from shoveling it all into an enormous cone-shaped configuration in the front yard, one activity in particular comes to mind – snowshoeing. […]

Alaska Experience, 2011: AKontheGO Reviews the Year

This was going to be a typical “Top Five” list.  AK Fam had already engaged in a number of spirited conversations, arguing and pleading and lobbying for favorite destinations to achieve AKontheGO-greatness. But we couldn’t agree. AK Dad, Kid, and I were busy in 2011, traveling in all directions to expand our sense of adventure, […]

Weekend Winners in Alaska: Hiking, Birding, and Happy Families

The weekend has arrived, let the happy dancing commence! Welcome to our weekly roundup of Family Fun in Alaska, brought to you by Alaska Center for Pediatrics, caring for kiddos since 1982. Every day the AKontheGO email-box (togoak@gmail.com) is filling up with suggestions, events, and information crucial to outdoor fam fun. While our Calendar of […]