Hiking the Un-Cruise Way: Meet the “Bushwhack”

Straight out of Merriam-Webster:  bush·whack ˈbo͝oSHˌ(h)wak/ verb  1. NORTH AMERICANAUSTRALIAN/NZ live or travel in wild or uncultivated country.     Un-Cruise Adventures does a pretty good job of describing their adventurous style of cruising. Small ships, tiny coves, and a loose itinerary that makes allowances for weather, wildlife, or whims. And it’s those whims of […]

Alaska Through the Eyes of Youth: Tundra Vision Series

As AKontheGO stretches beyond the boundaries of traditional family travel journalism, I’ve noticed a few things. First, Alaska children are an incredible source of knowledge about their peers, themselves, and the future. Second, why has no one tapped into this? Perhaps we are not listening.  Let’s change that, shall we?  Tundra Vision is a public […]

Oh, Christmas Tree! AKontheGO and Chugach National Forest Team Up

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches!” ~ Oh Tannenbaum (traditional German carol)  Truly, if you have experienced the joy of finding, then harvesting, your family Christmas tree each year, then you know. The spicy, evergreen smell as you carry it back to the car, carefully putting it on top with […]

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 […]

Family Fun Camp at Manitoba Cabin!

I woke up Sunday morning to the sounds of kids trying to be quiet. Clinks and clanks, coupled with “SHHHHHH” and a few thuds as firewood was loaded into the little wood stove of Manitoba Cabin and Yurts along the Seward Highway near Summit Lake. It was chilly, only about 30 F, and somebody had […]

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge PEEPS Program

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on October 10, 2017. Just so you know, there’s a lot more to being a red squirrel than merely looking cute and shaking your bushy tail, and a swarm of little kids at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Center are about to find out why. […]

AKontheGO and Year 10: Where we’re headed

In the fall of 2008 I had a crazy idea: Write a web log, or “blog,” with the intention of inspiring more people to explore Alaska with their children.  It was crazy because I had only lived in the Last Frontier for a few years and my street cred was still being established. It was […]

Join us on this very special Iditarod 2018 Adventure

by Erin Kirkland Anyone who follows AKontheGO knows our business mantra:  Kids who visit Alaska today may well grow up to become the stewards of Alaska tomorrow.  It is a part of our core mission to provide information and ideas for activities, winter, spring, summer, or fall that will engage kids and help them become […]

Fishing Alaska With Kids

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 5/23/2017 I caught my first fish at Rocky Run Creek in Washington’s Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest when I was about 6 years old and camping with my family. It was a rainbow trout just over the 6-inch legal requirement, and I proudly carried it back to […]

Camping 101 With AKontheGO and Anchorage Community House

Were you raised to spend summer nights in a canvas tent, cooking meals over a campfire and playing until all hours among the leafy trees and rocky streams? I was, and so were many of my friends. My parents would pack the VW Bus with sleeping bags, coolers, boots, extra clothes, and that smelly canvas […]

Celebrate an Alaska Kids to Parks Day

by Erin Kirkland Listen up: The 2017 Kids to Parks Day calendar is ticking ever closer to May 20, and the National Park Trust needs you. Last year, 731,000 kids participated in a day of celebration for our country’s national parks and public lands, and the Park Trust is hoping to boost those numbers to […]