Alaska Communications “Summer of Heroes:” Nominate a kid, today!

(sponsored post) Kids doing good makes my heart all warm and fuzzy, so thank goodness for the 2013 Alaska Communications Summer of Heroes program. Alaska’s children are investing in themselves and their community in so many ways, and the brilliant Summer of Heroes concept seeks to recognize those kids who have gone just a step […]

National Parks Week in Alaska: Two accessible parks for families

This has been a difficult week. It is hard to make sense out of the nonsensical, and during times like these, I find myself heading outdoors to the solace of our Alaska wilderness. There, where life is no less dramatic but far less tragically so on a human level, I seek balance. It might be […]

Alaska Family Fun: Your weekend starts now

It’s a sunny Friday afternoon, and I’ve just finished updating the AKontheGO calendar. Fresh and fully stocked, that calendar has tons of Alaska family fun from now until summer’s end. Here are some highlights:  The Alaska Marine Highway continues its 50th anniversary celebrations in May with special open houses at a number of southeast Alaska […]

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, […]

Spring Break in Alaska: Get out and play!

Two parents sent messages to me today asking for spring break boredom-busters. Apparently their kids woke up and lasted about an hour before clamoring for “something to do.” Is it the weather? The lengthening daylight? Or, maybe the calendar snuck up on us this year, leaving many people, myself included, a bit lacking in the […]

Flying Update: Alaska-bound passengers have more options this summer!

Sheesh, just about every day a new press release ends up in the AKontheGO inbox, announcing new routes and times for airlines to/from Alaska. Am I complaining? No way! The addition of flights and air carriers means competition for top dog Alaska Airlines, and hopefully -competitive pricing as well. I’ve been posting these updates on […]

Make-A-Wish and AKontheGO: Teaming up for kids

When I was 10, I wanted to be a cowboy, badly. I wore a Lone Ranger outfit nearly every day, swaggered better than John Wayne, and owned more cowboy boots than Roy Rogers. “If only….” I thought, roping my little sister and reading stacks of cowboy mystery books that piled up on the floor of […]

Alaska Itinerary: Puppy Love and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race

It’s that time of year, again, when people all across the country start asking about the Last Great Race, Iditarod. Whether it’s the story of Balto as related to Nome’s diptheria outbreak in 1925, or simply the allure of puppies cute as buttons, children and adults alike remain fascinated by the idea of dog mushing. […]

Wild and Wonderful Alaska in 2013: Do it

Visiting Alaska with youngsters means making choices, lots and lots of them. The 49th state’s diversity and sheer volume can often confound even the most savvy traveling family. With so many moments of awe at our disposal, how in the world are parents supposed to decide among just a few? Many grownups simply settle for […]

Alaska With Kids: See Prince William Sound and Valdez With Our 49th State Itinerary

Happy frozen Monday! AKontheGO is jumping into another week of family travel news, information, and tips for your next 49th state adventure. This week we’re headed to Prince William Sound and AK Fam-favorite community, Valdez. Beautiful, rugged, and full of laid-back charm, Valdez does have a dramatic story as a Gold Rush town, Trans-Alaska pipeline […]

Alaska Itinerary: Hatcher Pass to Talkeetna

If I had three free days, I’d head north. As we continue our Alaska Itinerary series in an effort to fill up the newest Pinterest board with fabulous reader-generated tours, I thought I’d chime in with a favorite road trip. North of Anchorage sits the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley, home to a rich bounty of agricultural […]