New Weekly Column in Alaska Dispatch News Means More Outdoor Family Fun

What could be better on a beautiful Friday morning (and the first day of summer vacation) than an announcement regarding my acceptance of a weekly column in the Alaska Dispatch News, the state’s largest newspaper? Not much. I love Alaska; it’s my home, and the place where we’ve chosen to raise our family for the […]

Kids to Parks Day Giveaway WINNER

Happy Saturday, AKontheGOers! The team is packing the car for a Mother’s Day weekend trip to “prettier-Whittier,” but before we blast on down the highway, I wanted to announce the winner of our AKontheGO – National Park Trust #KidsToParksDay giveaway. Our scientific drawing has commenced, and the winner of a Kids to Parks Day prize […]

Alaskan Earth Mama Giveaway: AKontheGO wins big and you do, too!

AKontheGO’ers, you’ve done Alaska family travel proud. Elliott.org announced the winners of its Best Travel Bloggers poll yesterday, and we were at the top (yes, alphabetically, but also in numbers, thanks to you). This is the first time an Alaska blogger has won, so I’m pretty proud of us. And by ‘us’, I do mean […]

Give the Gift of Stewardship this Christmas, Near or Far

There’s an awful lot of discussion in our house lately about “getting.” What someone got for his birthday, what he might get for Christmas, what he wants to get from his grandparents. Getting, gonna get, got. At 10, AK Kid’s lists are also becoming more sophisticated, and more specific, causing AK Dad and I to […]

Staying Awake During Alaska’s Short Winter Days

Every year, the discussion surrounding an impending switch from Daylight Savings to Standard time. We know it’s coming; my home in Anchorage, located in Alaska’s Southcentral region, begins losing as much as six minutes per day of precious light in October. Cities located farther north, like Fairbanks or Barrow, lose light, faster, and the residents […]

What a Sunset Might Teach Us

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”  ~ Jo Walton Sunsets never captured so much of my attention before I moved to Alaska. I appreciated them elsewhere, certainly, because to do otherwise might make me seem aloof and uncaring of nature, and I […]

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. […]