On Flying Alaska: Reflections, reminders, and responsibility

In the wake of a fatal plane crash involving a well-respected flightseeing company, would-be passengers should be aware of their role in small-plane safety while flying in Alaska. Last November I climbed aboard a small airplane on the tarmac of Talkeetna’s small airstrip, bound for Denali’s Sheldon Amphitheatre and a few days of winter adventuring. […]

Fish the Kenai With Alaska Rivers Company

Catching a wild salmon in the 49th state is considered by many the pinnacle of fishing, especially on the Kenai River. This turquoise-colored, fast-moving and icy channel stretching 82 miles from Kenai Lake to Cook Inlet is the granddaddy river of the Kenai Peninsula, and a place where thousands gather each summer to catch kings, […]

5 Things We Always Take on an Alaska RV Trip

*This post is sponsored by Great Alaskan Holidays, Inc., providers of Last Frontier roadtripping adventures for more than 30 years.*  Summer is in full swing around here, and our team is gearing up for another weekend of outdoor-themed fun  as we motor north to the village of Talkeetna. We’re pretty confident about our Alaska RV […]

Alaska Botanical Garden – Summer Camps for Kids!

Don’t have plans for the youngsters this summer? Want the whole family to take an active interest in gardening, Alaska plants, and the environment? This just landed in my email inbox from the Alaska Botanical Garden.   Located just off Campbell Airstrip Road and Tudor Road in Anchorage, The Alaska Botanical Garden is an excellent […]

Seward Ocean Excursions a Gateway to Resurrection Bay Fun

Seward Ocean Excursions, a small company based in Seward, Alaska, offers a wide variety of custom tours and trips to fit most budgets and recreational desires.  Day cruising the deep fjords of Resurrection Bay near Seward is a popular way to catch a glimpse of the wild and scenic environments that make this area of […]

Tonsina Cabin Near Seward a Perfect Place

*This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.*  UPDATE: After publication on Tuesday morning, reservations went live on the DNR website, and the cabin is booked every weekend through October. Try Sunday nights, Thursday nights, or Monday nights if you want to bookend a weekend adventure near Seward. ~EK  […]

Catch a Train This Summer With the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad launched what is sure to be a busy summer season already –  taking thousands of passengers to destinations from Seward to Fairbanks over Mother’s Day weekend. The company also announced the start of the 2018 Catch the Train Photo Contest, an interactive contest that lets passengers and fans share their images of […]

A Caines Head Trip That Almost Wasn’t

Like most Alaska families, ours takes great pride in flexibility, especially when related to weather. Last Frontier seasons are bipolar at best, swinging wildly from rain to snow to sun and back again, especially during the “in-between” months of April and May. 2017’s May weather was hot, almost downright balmy, with shorts and flip-flops the […]

Credit Union 1 Offers Auto Loan Security for Families

The following is an advertisement paid for by Credit Union 1 Alaska. Alaska has a mere 5,000 miles of paved roadway in the entire state, and who knows how many more in the form of dirt/mud/rock surfaces. If you’ve ever taken it to the streets of the Last Frontier, you know well the forces of […]

Spring Into Savings at Kennicott Glacier Lodge

The Great Alaska Sportsman Show was last weekend, and my friends at Kennicott Glacier Lodge were there talking up some springtime surprises for those willing to take an early-season road trip to this incredible area of our state.  Kennicott Glacier Lodge is located in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, a 13 million-acre park […]

Sheep Mountain Lodge Offers A Springtime Deal!

If you’ve ever wanted to explore a glacier, but don’t have the time or funds to venture into Alaska’s far-off backcountry, this is the deal for YOU.   Further, if you, like me, are fairly jumping out of your skin with anticipation of this glorious, lingering daylight, wishing you had a new place to ski […]