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 […]

Wild Alaska Live Premiers In the Last Frontier

It’s pretty clear already that Alaskans are going crazy for the new PBS three-night series Wild Alaska Live. Based in Juneau but featuring teams of correspondents on the ground at several Alaska locations, the series follows the naturally-occurring event of Alaska’s annual salmon run, stretching viewers’ beliefs and perceptions about not only Alaska, but the […]

RV or Hotel or What? Alaska by the numbers

It can be positively maddening, the search for vacation lodging options. Anywhere, never mind in Alaska.  Should you put your clan in a hotel room with two queen beds, or book a vacation rental, or what? And what’s with the RV thing, anyway? People tell you it’s a great way to see Alaska for the […]

Gracious Living at Kennicott Glacier Lodge

It’s not always easy to jive luxury with convenience in the Alaska wilderness and make it accessible to nearly everyone. Location, budgets, accessibility, time — all factors in the grand scheme of Alaska family travel. In the case of Kennicott Glacier Lodge nestled within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the Kennecott National Historic Landmark, this rings […]

Pangaea Adventures Paddles Toward Confidence

Note: A big warm thank you to Pangaea Adventures, most especially guide Emma, for the calm, cool, and most knowledgable three hours I’ve ever spent sitting in a kayak.  In 12 years of Alaska residence, I’ve overcome many of the trepidations about living, working, and playing in the Last Frontier. Bears, for example. And small […]

Enjoying Alaska’s Destination Playgrounds

Note: This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News.  I was on the phone last week with a writer from back East who wanted all my best tips for exploring the Last Frontier with young people. “OK, what’s one of the do-not-miss things to do in Alaska with kids?” she asked, her fingers ticka-tapping […]

K’esugi Ken Campground a Treasure For Family Outings

I’ve traveled the Parks Highway a multitide of times during my 12-year tenure as an Alaska resident, and I always appreciate the landscape outside my window. But shortly past Trapper Creek – across the Chulitna river, where the green of Interior tundra starts to combine with brushy alder and willow, sits a new slice of […]

Phillips Cruises and Tours Offers Discovery

Sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours  What does the word “discovery” mean to you? For some, it might translate into checking items off a list. For others, perhaps discovery is finding something not previously known. For me, it’s both those things, and in Alaska, both can be handily accomplished with Phillips Cruises […]

10 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day In Seward

You’ve plotted and planned an Alaska adventure with the family. It’s summer vacation where you live; the sun is out, the grass is green, and the temperatures, warm. You and the crew hop a plane or cruise ship and arrive in the 49th state and make your way down the Seward Highway toward Mile 0 […]