Weekending in Alaska During the COVID-19 “Work at Home” Order

For those of you finishing up an inaugural week of working from home (yes, today is Friday), I salute you. You’ve tackled kids and caboodle, Zoom meetings and classroom chats, all while dealing with the COVID-19 crisis hanging over our heads like a big, black cloud. Congratulations. Now, what are your plans for the weekend?  […]

Play Every Day (But Hunker Down), Alaska

This Alaska family is glad to be back home after a quiet yet stressful journey from Colorado on Saturday. Now that we’re here, and settling in for a 14-day quarantine that hopefully won’t result in anyone getting sick, I can focus on what’s going on in the Last Frontier; and the incredible efforts of statewide […]

Stuck at Home? Try these activities for bored big kids

Today is the Sunday after the day we were all told to stay away from each other and not treat this concept of “flattening the curve” like a snow day (week/month/semester). Amen to the person who came up with that. HOWEVER, this also means kids and parents are now faced with a very 21st Century […]

Best Anchorage Iditarod “Watch Spots” for Families

The 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual event celebrating Alaska and the irrepressible spirit of its canine athlete teams. Held the first full weekend in March, the Iditarod is a longtime favorite of winter visitors to Alaska, and a symbol of the Last Frontier’s dedication to its people. Of course you all […]

Tour Guides Extraordinaire! Salmon Berry Tours Visits Alaska On the Go Show

Alaska On the Go Show #5 brought Mandy Garcia into the studios. Mandy is co-owner of Salmon Berry Tours, a small but vibrant company based in Anchorage that strives to help visitors and residents alike enjoy their Alaska experience.  Mandy Garcia arrived in the Out North Studios with a slurry of notes covering front and […]

Alaska On the Go Show – Celebrate #VanLife

Alaska On the Go Show #4 celebrated all things van life last week!  Sorry for the delay in posting our show notes — I’ve been running like a mad woman since February began, and life shows no signs of stopping.  The month began with a trip to Denver for the annual Outdoor Retailer Show and […]

Alaska On the Go Show – Exploring Anchorage

Show #2 – Anchorage  The “big city” of Anchorage was the topic of discussion on last week’s Alaska On the Go Show, proudly heard on KONR-LP 106.1 FM each Wednesday afternoon.  Ruth Kimerer joined me in the studio, sharing her 20+ years of residency in Anchorage and a long career in the Alaska tourism industry.  […]

Traveling to Alaska in 2020? Do these things right now

It’s a new year — 2020 has arrived and the time is now to solidify Alaska travel plans if Santa Claus put a big old trip around the Last Frontier under the Christmas tree. If you haven’t yet made reservations or dotted the map with Alaska destinations, now is the time to… Plan the route. […]

Alaska Cruise Updates: 2020 Must-Know Info

Of the two million people who visit Alaska each year, at least one million of those arrive or depart via cruise ships. From the mega-vessels housing thousands to smaller yachts carrying only a few, Alaska cruises are big business for the tourism industry. They are also the source of much confusion when it comes to […]

Vacation or Necessity? Family travel matters, either way

It’s been a strange summer of firsts and lasts, of accomplishment and utter exhaustion, which is why I’m only getting to this story now, at the end of August. AK Kid – who recently announced he doesn’t want me to call him that anymore – graduated 8th grade in May and promptly jetted off to […]

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Opens at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge

Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountain Lodge goes the extra mile with the addition of the state’s only via ferrata climbing route, and we were there to experience it last week. ~EK  A relentless sun warmed the back of my neck as I worked carabiners along a stiff steel cable anchored into a stories-high slab of rock. Looking […]