Savor Alaska’s Bounty With Kids

Alaskans know; in several weeks the landscape will change from green to gold, and the rush for winter preparations begins. Now is the time to reap what we, and Mother Nature, have sown; from berries to broccoli, August is prime time for savoring Alaska’s produce. It’s also a great way to introduce kids to the […]

Savor Alaska’s Bounty With Kids

Alaskans know; in several weeks the landscape will change from green to gold, and the rush for winter preparations begins. Now is the time to reap what we, and Mother Nature, have sown; from berries to broccoli, August is prime time for savoring Alaska’s produce. It’s also a great way to introduce kids to the […]

Alaska on the Go: July 4 and beyond

How does Alaska celebrate July 4? With a parade, of course, so the Alaska on the Go family took a time-out from planning four (yes, four) trips to watch the good citizens of Anchorage gather together for a bang-up Independence Day. There were fire trucks, a reindeer, a community band; you name it, we had […]

Summer – In Alaska? Really? AKontheGO spells it out

Outside. Out-of-doors. As in, not indoors. That’s been the mantra of many an Alaska family this past month, and with good reason. An unprecendented spell of glorious summerlike weather has descended upon the 49th state, causing a disruption in our normal May activities of shoveling dirty snow, unearthing toys left over from October, and unclogging […]

Easter in Alaska: Hop on board for family-friendly fun

It ‘moose’ be getting close to Easter, because it seems as if every checkstand has those irritatingly delicious chocolate eggs on display. Darn you, fluffy-bottomed, button-nosed creature! Easter in Alaska means a lot of things; dresses worn with rubber boots, egg hunts in the snow, spring skiing with bunny ears. You know, the usual stuff. […]

People of My Year: Alaska Superstars

For several years I’ve followed a traditional year-end path of The List. You know The List – every news outlet has one, it seems. From bloggers to public television, ranking memorable places and events is popular, even in Alaska. With 2014 slowly breaking from behind an ever-brightening winter landscape, I thought I’d take a different […]

Family Travel Blogs: They like us, they really, really like us!

Back in 2008, when I first considered jumping into an often tumultuous water of family travel blogs, the internet was awash with citizen journalists who wanted the world to know what, where, and how they managed to travel with kids. Big families, small families, non-traditional families, and everything in between – through the past six […]

Alaska Beaches: Where to find the sand and surf for your kids

Sun, sand, and surf – in Alaska? True enough, friends, the 49th state has a bunch of family-friendly beaches just waiting for your kids. Sandcastles, waves to jump, and rocks to explore; Alaska’s beaches are full of interesting creatures and engaging shorelines appropriate for the entire clan. Whether your family loves tidepooling or the feel […]

Father’s Day Means Family Time for AKontheGO

Nothing excites AK Kid more than an outing with his dad. Just the two of them, geared-up and ready for adventures not always understood by me. It’s probably best that way, since the little I have heard is enough to make me squawk “You went where?!” I’m also convinced my husband is Partydad when it […]

Facing Fear, Together: Mothers do it all in Alaska

Note: I wrote this piece for the May issue of Alaska Coast magazine, believing that, like a lot of things associated with motherhood, uncomfortable situations come with the territory, starting with the moment kids announce their arrival in this world. AK Kid is growing up, taking every opportunity to fly, run, jump, or in this […]

Our Alaska Easter

It’s Easter weekend. I’ve read the inserts in my morning paper and tossed them aside, for they are full of frilly dresses, strappy shoes, and lawn-lounging equipment. Alaska woke up to a foot of snow on Monday morning, followed by -18F temperatures that, accompanied by bright sunshine, sent some of us into orbit with pleasure, […]