A Downtown Pass Means More Family Fun in Anchorage

by Erin Kirkland Note: AKontheGO is working in tandem with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership to promote the Downtown Pass.  The core of any city is reflected in the vibrancy of its downtown district, and Anchorage is no different. Alaska’s largest village is known as a hub for commerce, governance, tourism, and transportation, and is one […]

6 Alaska Spring Activities With the Kids

by Erin Kirkland While spring arrived in Alaska with few of the bells and whistles of Lower 48 states (read: very cold temperatures and snow on the ground), 49th state families are nonetheless itching for warmer-season fun. Fortunately, weather be darned, activities are plentiful for kids, starting this weekend, so no matter whether March goes […]

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Kicks Off With World’s Largest Lesson

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area. AKontheGO has supported Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month since it started nine years ago (how is that POSSIBLE?). The ski industry’s big idea that anyone can learn to ski or ride came at a time when many families were unsure about investing in […]

2017 is the Year for Read On the Fly

Happy New Year, AKontheGO readers and friends! Certainly 2017 will be another year of adventure for our family, and I hope it is for you as well.  Before the first day of this bright new year ends, I want to make an important and very exciting announcement on behalf of AKontheGO’s Read On the Fly […]

Winter in Alaska: Visit the Trail of Blue Ice

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 27, 2016. It’s been a frenetic few weeks. Holiday cards, shopping, schlepping kids, cooking — you name it, we’ve done it. The Christmas season and subsequent vacation days are a delightful cacophony of activity, but we always make sure to invest at least one full […]

Gifting Alaska This Christmas – It’s Easy!

The final countdown has begun, and I’m joining legions of shoppers still making decisions about Alaska Christmas gifts for their family members. With one son in the tweens and one in the over-21 crowd, it’s not as simple as taking over a local toy store for presents anymore. I want to be cognizant of gifting […]

Oh, Christmas Tree: Cut your own on Alaska’s public lands

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News November 29, 2016 Fresh-cut Christmas trees are a symbol many families count among their holiday staples. It’s easy to see why: The scent of spruce mingling with crisp mountain air and thoughts of colored lights, carols, and hot chocolate. I’ve always looked at Christmas trees as […]

Celebrate Read On the Fly and an Alaska Holiday Season

December arrived around here with four inches of fresh snow and a bright new outlook for Alaska’s holiday season. It was all exuberant joy this morning as we woke up to a regular blizzard outside our window, obstructing the view of nearby Chugach mountains. There was much rejoicing as we prepared for a work and […]

Icebug Glava a Shoe to Walk With

An AKontheGO gear review.  Walkin’ in a winter wonderland…. Or – I wish I was. Alaska’s winter 2016 seems to be off to a sluggish start with little snow and lots of ice. I don’t need my -40 snow boots. I do need something to fit the in between season we seem to be stuck […]

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 […]

AAA: Add the kids for extra peace of mind

This is a sponsored post on behalf of AAA Alaska and Washington.  As my son, now 12, begins a new journey into adolesence (may the good lord help me), he leans in to the idea of more independence. It’s a good thing, because he’s growing up and making strides to explore sections of Alaska that […]