Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

10 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day In Seward

You’ve plotted and planned an Alaska adventure with the family. It’s summer vacation where you live; the sun is out, the grass is green, and the temperatures, warm. You and the crew hop a plane or cruise ship and arrive in the 49th state and make your way down the Seward Highway toward Mile 0 […]

Seward and the Alaska SeaLife Center: A day off

It rained all day yesterday, sheet after sheet of icy droplets draped in a dreary fog that wrapped around the Chugach range and obstructed our usual view. This week seemed extra long, and the added grayness of what should have been a snow-capped, sun-kissed November instead proved to be anything but. So we left town. […]

Driving the Seward Highway This Fall

Alaska autumns are lingering, longer. While Alaskans wait for the first snowfall and an entirely new set of family-fun activities, September and October have become fantastic months for road-tripping the 49th state’s major highways. Like the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Seward, a 2.5-hour drive.  All of a sudden, Alaska has fall. Not just one […]

Girdwood: A perfect destination for late-summer family fun

With every passing day, Alaska creeps closer to autumn and families start thinking about school, sports, and the end of what was a spectacular summer, weather-wise. At least around here, the long trips are completed, and AKontheGO is settling in to a comfortable routine of preparing for another interesting and adventurous fall and winter. But […]

Whale-Watching with KTVA’s Daybreak: Alaskans, pay attention!

  It’s always a joyous moment when Alaskans see something they hadn’t before. Be it wildlife or landscape, Alaska never fails to disappoint, even for those of us who have called the state home for a long time. Like whale-watching, for instance. KTVA 11’s Daybreak host James Gaddis joined me on a trip to Seward […]

Explore Gold Rush History With Kids at Crow Creek Mine

Alaska is all about gold. The color, the mineral, and the makings of a territory, so chances are no matter where your family visits during a Last Frontier vaction, gold will factor in at one point or another. From Nome to Juneau, and just about everywhere in between, kids and parents can strike it rich […]

Listen Up! Audio Guides a Fabulous Way to Explore Alaska’s Highways

I love it when people chase me down and want to share their latest and greatest discovery for Alaska exploration. It’s how Alaskans work best, I think, and when we’re excited about something, it shows; like new and innovative methods for keeping kids engaged and less likely to be slugging it out in the backseat […]

Listen Up! Audio Guides a Fabulous Way to Explore Alaska’s Highways

I love it when people chase me down and want to share their latest and greatest discovery for Alaska exploration. It’s how Alaskans work best, I think, and when we’re excited about something, it shows; like new and innovative methods for keeping kids engaged and less likely to be slugging it out in the backseat while […]