ALERT: Denali’s Savage River Camping and Hiking Affected by Bear

A sub-adult brown bear in the Savage River area of Denali National Park has learned about humans in the wrong way, resulting in closures in and around this popular area of the park. Last weekend, a hiker was followed, then followed more aggressively, by the young bear, during which time the hiker tossed a backpack […]

Traveling the Alaska Marine Highway Southwest Route: Family worthy?

In choosing to write my second book on the subject of Alaska’s storied and historic Marine Highway System (AMHS), our family accepted the challenge of traveling all four routes identified by the State’s ferry system. From Bellingham, Washington to Juneau we sailed on the Southeast Route; between Juneau and Whittier we jostled along via the […]

National Geographic Live! Plan to attend the Anchorage Speaker Series in 2014-15

As a thoughtful, often-pensive kid, perhaps it was not odd to find me at evening presentations or concerts with my parents. I liked to find the meaningful in the ordinary, and there was something exciting about staying up late, listening to someone introduce me to a new idea or experience. Naturally, then, I jumped at […]

AK Mom’s Annual Zen at Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp

It is, perhaps, a great irony that someplace so full of raw, untouched wildness, life, and death could be the very setting bringing me the most peace. I’m never really sure whether the intense bursts of adrenaline and miles of hiking are the reason behind my serene smile of utter contentment, or if it’s simply […]

“There’s No Place Like Nome!” With Nome Discovery Tours

There isn’t, you know, anyplace like Nome. I’ve been to many places in Alaska, and Nome is a character among characters, as towns go. It’s not much to look at, frankly, this village-by-the-sea. Clustering 3,500 residents close to the shores of the Bering Sea, Nome is a neat grid of dusty streets made famous by […]

“May We Have Your Attention…” Safety Briefings for Family Travel

Japan’s tragic earthquake and tsunami in 2011 created a shift of thinking in my mind about safer family travel, and that Yes, it can happen to anyone, anywhere. Friends in Japan, hundreds of miles away from the quake’s actual location lost power all day on Friday, March 11; Alaskans vacationing in Hawaii spent the night […]