Dalton Highway is the “Ultimate Road Adventure”

This is part two of our recent drive up the Dalton Highway in partnership with Go North Car and RV Rentals.  Built for purpose, not comfort, the Dalton Highway is a 414-mile twisting, turning route between Interior and Arctic Alaska. Partially-paved but mostly dirt (or mud or ice, depending upon the conditions and/or season), it […]

Denali National Park – Unpacking the 2020 season

There’s no question that Denali National Park ranks high among visitors’ must-do lists. For Alaskans as well, since Denali is one of our state’s most accessible national parks, given its location along the George Parks Highway, about five hours north of Anchorage. Typically, visiting Denali between May and September requires abundant planning and preparation, thanks […]

This Summer, “Show Up For Alaska”

The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) is asking locals to “Show Up for Alaska” by getting out and exploring with tourism businesses this summer.    ShowUpForAlaska.com launches today with travel advice, inspiration and itineraries for safely exploring the state’s wide-open spaces and small towns, whether by car, train, ferry or plane.   With sponsorship from Alaska Airlines, Alaska […]

Cabins and Campsites for Alaska Road Trips

As spring marches on as usual, regardless of this unusual time, the State of Alaska has begun easing some of the mandates designed to protect its citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic.  A few weeks of lovely weather has had Alaskans straining at the invisible tethers tying them to their own communities, but a few have […]

Spring Begins at the Reindeer Farm in Palmer

Farm life is rich in hands-on experiences, especially for today’s children. Farm tourism is a thing, and it’s booming from one end of the United States to the other, including right here in Alaska. Whether families pick vegetables together, pat bunnies, or livestock cross a pasture, a few hours spent investigating the living bounties from […]

Earth Day in Alaska: Try these activities around the state, or at home

An ode to Earth Day, with love from Alaska. On this day in 1970, a collective of humans around the nation gathered in their respective regions to give voice to the modern environmental movement. I was two.  During this niche of history, people were using vast quantities of fossil fuels, particularly leaded gas for their […]

Balto Seppala Park — Anchorage Parks Are Still Full of Fun

We’re one month into Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s “hunker down order,” and families are getting restless. Schools are now closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 year; parents are still figuring out this new normal of work-from-home/school-from-home system; and playgrounds are closed. But Anchorage parks are still open and ready to welcome your family for […]

‘A’ is For Abbott Loop Community Park: Anchorage parks roundup

Last week, the Municipality of Anchorage formally announced the closure of all park playgrounds, sport courts, and ice rinks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this didn’t meet with approval among all city residents, the vast majority, while disappointed, realized the necessity. Anchorage parks represent 223 sites that vary among grassy fields, trails, […]

Stay Off Playgrounds During COVID-19: 10 things to do instead

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is upending our lives in ways large and small. As each state or community’s “shelter-in-place” or “hunker down” orders stretch far beyond what we initially thought, it’s becoming harder and harder for many parents to find ways to keep kids active. Here in Alaska, mandates have set forth a list […]

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 […]