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. […]

Try Veyo Mittyz This Winter

by Jen Ostler AKontheGO contributor Jennifer Ostler tested the adorable and quite functional Veyo Mittyz of the Veyo line of products, on her active son, and found them to be quite handy during Alaska’s cold winter days and nights. Read her review, below. And psst: there’s a HUGE Black Friday sale going on right now. […]

Two Great Books for Young Alaskan Readers

Ever watch a kid watch for wildlife? Eyes wide, mouth open, trying to stay quiet. From the largest (bears and moose) to the smallest (shrews and bugs), Alaska’s wild things are fascinating, and carry a story as unique as we humans. Some swim, some fly, some creep. Some are loud. Some don’t make any sound […]

Understanding Snow Sports Schools: Tips from Eaglecrest Ski Area

While Alaska’s winter weather seems to be trending toward the stormy side of snowy, legions of eager skiing and riding families are saying emphatically “We’ll take it.” Both Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood and Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau opened for business this week after storms dumped plenty of snow upon runs that remained pathetically […]

Celebrate Poetry Month With Alaska-Themed Prizes!

As a writer, I love to investigate the flow of words, most especially poetry. That some people possess the ability to weave words together to create sweetly-flowing music to the ears is most incredible, so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that our friends at Sasquatch Books in Seattle sent me a lovely book of […]

Reindeer Ranch in Fairbanks: A family must-see

Fact: Reindeer are the coolest Arctic creature, ever. Who would have thought a hooved, antlered, slightly slimy-nosed member of the deer family (Cervidae) could attract so much attention, Santa Claus aside? Turns out, people are flocking to Fairbanks and the Running Reindeer Ranch to meet, greet, and touch these interesting critters, and I am now […]

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 […]

InnerSea Discoveries and the Un-Cruise: Mingling With Mother Nature

Below is the first in a series of posts related to AK Fam’s recent cruise aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, one of several InnerSea Discoveries vessels sailing around southeast Alaska.  It was an “almost-sound” that woke me. A steady, quiet noise unlike that of boat engines, the hum of which had lulled me to sleep the […]

Alaska’s First Fun Friday of June: Get it While it’s Hot (or Not)

I was hoping with all my heart to be writing today’s Fun Friday post in my shorts and flip flops, wearing sunglasses. Alas, the First of June has arrived in Alaska with clouds and rather chilly temperatures. So chilly, in fact, that last night at my informative and fun Women’s Flyfishing class with the famous Pudge […]

Five Great Family Hikes In Alaska

With longer days, warmer weather, and almost-green hillsides, hiking trails are beckoning to AK Fam as we prepare for yet another summer of outdoor recreation, the Alaska way. Last summer I guest-blogged for Trekaroo and listed some good choices for family hiking in Alaska, but felt there was so much more to share. Plus, AK […]

Culture For Kids: Alaska Native Heritage Center is the Perfect Fit

It’s often challenging to mesh the excitement of a family vacation with an equal amount of cultural experiences in a way that engages children. While parents still desire a requisite amount of R & R, most moms and dads do want to expose their offspring to their new and (hopefully) different destination. Within Alaska lie […]