Kenai National Wildlife Refuge PEEPS Program

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on October 10, 2017. Just so you know, there’s a lot more to being a red squirrel than merely looking cute and shaking your bushy tail, and a swarm of little kids at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Center are about to find out why. […]

AKontheGO and Year 10: Where we’re headed

In the fall of 2008 I had a crazy idea: Write a web log, or “blog,” with the intention of inspiring more people to explore Alaska with their children.  It was crazy because I had only lived in the Last Frontier for a few years and my street cred was still being established. It was […]

Every Kid In a Park, Especially In Alaska

This story originally appeared in the September 27 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News. As the paper is undergoing a tremendous amount of change due to new ownership, my weekly column’s appearances are in a state of flux. I will thus post them here. ~EK  PORTAGE — Esha Yang, 9, is pressing a pair of binoculars […]

Kenai Backcountry Adventures Offers Fall Special

Alaska families — have you picked all the berries yet? It’s late August in the Last Frontier, and that means the annual frenzy to stock the freezer or pantry with residents’ favorite, nature-sent treat: blueberries. But why not take your experience up a notch? How about, instead of taking the kids to the same places […]

Enjoying Alaska’s Destination Playgrounds

Note: This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News.  I was on the phone last week with a writer from back East who wanted all my best tips for exploring the Last Frontier with young people. “OK, what’s one of the do-not-miss things to do in Alaska with kids?” she asked, her fingers ticka-tapping […]

Spring Ski Alaska While You Still Can

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on March 28, 1017.  On more than a few afternoons this spring I’ve stood at the bottom of Hilltop Ski Area, watching my son and his friends race to be first up the lift for the 3-9 p.m. after-school session. There’s a lot to love about […]

Gifting Alaska This Christmas – It’s Easy!

The final countdown has begun, and I’m joining legions of shoppers still making decisions about Alaska Christmas gifts for their family members. With one son in the tweens and one in the over-21 crowd, it’s not as simple as taking over a local toy store for presents anymore. I want to be cognizant of gifting […]

Alaska Communications Summer of Heroes

  Pardon the interruption of summer weather and warm, sunny days <—-I’m about to melt over here in East Anchorage, by the way. Anyone have a Popcicle? Alaska Communications just called (see what I did there?) and wanted me to remind all youth between 6-18 that the Summer of Heroes nominating window will close on […]

Alaska Farmers Markets: Fresh, local, and more available than you think

This time of year, Alaska settles into the busy pace of planting and gathering, even this far north. Summer may be short in the Last Frontier, but 12 hours of daylight (or more) means a unique form of gardening and agriculture that results in amazing produce. As is AKontheGO’s style to promote aspects of the […]

Top Tips For Anchorage Winter Fun

Alaskans know when temperatures plunge and snow begins to fall, it’s time to play outside. From placid skating ponds to rugged mountaintop ski runs, the 49th state embraces winter with enthusiasm, especially in Anchorage, where access meets adventure quite comfortably. Expedia.com asked me to share my favorite snowy-day fun spots with the hope that more families […]

Flu Shot Facts from Alaska Regional Hospital

And now a word from AKontheGO sponsor, Alaska Regional Hospital. Every fall, the argument about whether or not to receive an influenza (flu) shot rolls around and around, until even those of us who thought we knew the facts become confused. We all want our kids to be healthy, that’s not up for discussion, but […]