Alaska Marine Highway System, 2019 Version

(Sections of this post are taken from Alaska On the Go: Exploring the Alaska Marine Highway System with Children, by Erin Kirkland)  “What a beautiful sight that was. We could take our car, or walk on board, and GO SOMEWHERE! Our highway had arrived!” ~ Betty J. Marksheffel, describing her first view of the ferry […]

Pursuit Alaska Collection Event Celebrates Artist Rockwell Kent

Pursuit Alaska Collection is offering a weekend of events to commemorate 100 years since artist Rockwell Kent landed on Fox Island near Seward. Images courtesy Kenai Fjords Tours unless otherwise specified. ~ Sponsored content When Rockwell Kent II (1882-1971) arrived in Alaska aboard the steamship Admiral Farragut in August of 1918, he came with a […]

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Opens at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge

Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountain Lodge goes the extra mile with the addition of the state’s only via ferrata climbing route, and we were there to experience it last week. ~EK  A relentless sun warmed the back of my neck as I worked carabiners along a stiff steel cable anchored into a stories-high slab of rock. Looking […]

Liquid Adventures: Go farther

Finally, after an early-season delay, AK Kid and I were finally able to motor into the far reaches of Harris Bay with Liquid Adventures, for a day kayaking at eye level with Northwestern Glacier.  Rain poured down as we drove south from our home in Anchorage toward the little town of Seward, Alaska. Situated at […]

Sheep Mountain Lodge Offers A Springtime Deal!

If you’ve ever wanted to explore a glacier, but don’t have the time or funds to venture into Alaska’s far-off backcountry, this is the deal for YOU.   Further, if you, like me, are fairly jumping out of your skin with anticipation of this glorious, lingering daylight, wishing you had a new place to ski […]

Borealis Basecamp – Your northern lights destination

Imagine this scenario: Tired from your flight, drive, or rail journey to Fairbanks, you finish the remaining 25 miles to Borealis Basecamp in relative silence, thinking only of a good meal and warm bed, never mind the promise of northern lights, thanks to alerts from your smartphone app.  The vehicle makes a left turn from […]

Sheldon Chalet a Family Vision for Denali

Explorer, photographer, and Alaska Range mapping pioneer Bradford Washburn said it thus:  “It is a sight that one just has to see to understand – the magnificence of Alaska mountain scenery at its best.”  For some who dream of visiting Alaska, the mountains, most notably Denali, are what draws them here. Even though the High […]

Great Gear: MyCharge AdventureUltra a great choice

For all my drum-banging for unplugging the family during outdoor adventures, there is an exception when it comes to certain things. I don’t often review gear, but when MyCharge sent along the AdventureUltra just as we (and some friends) were headed out for a multi-day camping trip, I grabbed the box at the last second […]

Driving the McCarthy Road – Should you?

This is the first in a two-part series about McCarthy and Kennecott adventures with kids for the Alaska Dispatch News. McCarthy Road stories are the stuff of Alaska legend. Chunks of wooden railroad ties rising from a lumpy gravel surface to infiltrate car tires. Metal spikes appearing out of nowhere. Vehicles nearly colliding on single-lane […]

Sailing the Alaska Marine Highway: What you need to know for 2017

The Alaska Marine Highway System is a 3,500-mile route along some of the state’s most scenic coastline, and provides visitors an in-depth approach to adventures in the 49th state. Moreover, it’s a vital link for the rural residents living and working in roadless areas of Alaska, where rocky cliffs or distant shores prohibit passage by […]

Experience Playful Luxury at Stillpoint Lodge

There’s a quote that goes something like this, and it fits Stillpoint Lodge to a T: “The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” I forget who first said these words, but I think about them every time I visit the tiny floating village of Halibut Cove, […]