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. […]

Every Kid In a Park, Especially In Alaska

This story originally appeared in the September 27 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News. As the paper is undergoing a tremendous amount of change due to new ownership, my weekly column’s appearances are in a state of flux. I will thus post them here. ~EK  PORTAGE — Esha Yang, 9, is pressing a pair of binoculars […]

Spring Savings With UnCruise Adventures

My first trip with UnCruise Adventures started with what I called an “almost sound” coming from the partially-open door of our cabin. It was our first morning aboard the Wilderness Discoverer and I was snuggled in bed, trying to discern the source of the slight “whoosh” coming from outside. Leaving my husband and son in […]

Take a 26 Glacier Cruise This Fall

This is part two of a two-part blog series on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours.  The first time I boarded the M/V Klondike Express for a 26 Glaciers Cruise, I wondered if I’d ever actually get off. I’m a catamaran fan, and the Klondike Express is as classy as they come, with wide booth […]

Glacier Quest Cruise Continues Through September 10

A sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours Alaska may be staring at the arrival of fall, but Phillips Cruises and Tours’ Glacier Quest Cruise is still plying the waters of Prince William Sound though Sunday, September 10.  Rain or shine, there’s no mistaking the beauty of this Southcentral Alaska corner pocket, with […]

Puppy Love at Dream A Dream Sled Dog Tours

When people share their Alaska wish lists with me, it often begins like this:  “I’ve always dreamed of seeing a sled dog race,” or “It’s been my lifelong dream to meet a musher.”  Dreams are often perceived as pie-in-the-sky desires that rarely come true, but at the home of Vern Halter, longtime musher and co-owner […]

Kenai Backcountry Adventures Offers Fall Special

Alaska families — have you picked all the berries yet? It’s late August in the Last Frontier, and that means the annual frenzy to stock the freezer or pantry with residents’ favorite, nature-sent treat: blueberries. But why not take your experience up a notch? How about, instead of taking the kids to the same places […]

Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

Hiking Alaska: New book guides Alaska’s “greatest adventures”

  Before I even started reading about the mechanics of Hiking Alaska, I was hooked. The newest Falcon Guides resource for hoofing it around the 49th state is pretty, chock-full of information, and, perhaps most important, is written by a real, live Alaskan.  Why is this important? Hiking anywhere is an intimate experience, but possibly […]

North American Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Just for kids!

The National Park Service has long supported the notion that kids are often more engaged in an experience if they have a guide. The popular Junior Ranger program is an age-appropriate method of pointing young visitors to their parks, national monuments, or historical parks through booklets full of activities that reap a badge reward upon […]