Family Snaps: Photo essay of an AKontheGO summer

Sometimes it’s the visual cues that provide the final “yes” to a vacation destination, and Alaska is no exception. The state’s traveling-est family (I just made that word up) has been busy this summer, and we’ve searched the photo galleries to find the best of our adventures. Now will you come visit us?

~EK

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Our family travel season actually began in April with an opportunity to look for gray whales in Seward’s Resurrection Bay. Did we see them? Read about our adventure with Kenai Fjords Tours, and find out!

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

We tested the AKontheGO travel trailer (not pictured) on a chilly, windy, but gorgeous post-whale cruise weekend. Camping is definitely an affordable, family-fun option for any Alaska visit.

 

 

David Ryan Taylor Photography

David Ryan Taylor Photography

May meant reindeer calves at the Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer. Photographer David Ryan Taylor and his wife Jenna accompanied us to the farm, where AK Mom rounded up, wrangled, and held hours-old calves for exams and tagging.

 

Cuddling a new reindeer calf with a patient but cautious mother behind me. Each newborn must be weighed, tagged, and given preventative medication. [Image by David Ryan Taylor Photography]

Cuddling a new reindeer calf with a patient but cautious mother behind me. Each newborn must be weighed, tagged, and given preventative medication. [Image by David Ryan Taylor Photography]

 

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGo

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGo

June found us aboard an Alaska Marine Highway ferry, on our way to completing the final route of the system as research for AK Mom’s newest book, Alaska on the Go: Exploring the Marine Highway System with children. We were surprised and delighted to find so many family-friendly options for outdoor recreation in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor, including a rich history of World War II.

Bunkers at Bunker Hill, appropriately named for the hidden hideouts protecting American troops from Japanese invasion during World War II. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Bunkers at Bunker Hill, appropriately named for the hidden hideouts protecting American troops from Japanese invasion during World War II. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

 

 

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

For the first time, AKontheGO sailed with Alaskan Dream Cruises all around the A-Admiralty, B-Baranof, and C-Chichagof islands. We saw whales, bears, eagles, and sunny skies. It was delightful, and a great way to get to know this Alaska-owned company.

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

 

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

AK Mom, Kid, and AK Kid’s buddy made a trek to Seward to explore Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures, and while the boys were a bit too light to fully participate, we captured a few excellent shots from the end of the course, and a rappel.

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

 

 

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Then, AK Mom took off for a series of Un-Cruise Adventures Kids in Nature trips, showing young visitors the best-of-the-best in Southeast Alaska, including this amazing stop at the Alaska Whale Foundation near Juneau. Wouldn’t you like to camp here?

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Stand by – there’s a bit more Alaska summer ahead – and this family is up for even more adventures. How about you?

 

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