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 […]

Family RV Travel in Alaska: FAQs

I’ll admit I was a doubter at first. Could a family adequately and comfortably vacation together for three weeks straight without losing our minds or blowing the budget? Not to mention the obvious mechanical aptitude we, of course, don’t have. Or the driving skills — what if AK Dad backed into something, god forbid. Or […]

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 […]

Alaska Travel Industry Association – A Major Award

AKontheGO was honored this past week at the Alaska Travel Industry Association annual convention, and while I hesitate to blow my own horn of achievement, I do think the underlying statement of support deserves mention. After almost 8 years of beating the drum for family travel in this most amazing state, the travel industry is […]

NatGeo Kids is ‘Weird But True’ in Alaska

As soon as I could read, my mother bought a subscription to a little magazine called “World.” Designed to create a more kid-friendly approach to issues facing a 1970’s planet, World filled my head with images, people, and ideas that I’d like to think shaped my teen and adult years. Today’s World is now National […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak Family Fun – September Edition

Travel Tuesday was full of Alaska family fun this week with KTVA 11 Daybreak. From gardens to road trips, AKontheGO’s monthly appearance on Channel 11 was, as usual, lots of fun. You can catch the entire segment HERE. Highlights for September in Alaska?  Kaleidoscape Play Studio has REOPENED! This indoor play space, located in the […]