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 […]

Camping 101 With AKontheGO and Anchorage Community House

Were you raised to spend summer nights in a canvas tent, cooking meals over a campfire and playing until all hours among the leafy trees and rocky streams? I was, and so were many of my friends. My parents would pack the VW Bus with sleeping bags, coolers, boots, extra clothes, and that smelly canvas […]

AKontheGO Top Family Trips for 2016

It happens every year about this time. Holiday preparations complete, school out for a lengthy winter break (which means a less hectic schedule), and I have time to sit unimpeded at my desk and browse photos from the previous year. Seasons tangle together in the photo galleries of family trips <—-I so have to fix […]

Family Travel Should Fit Everyone

Travel: There are few other opportunities to embrace a family’s personal culture. Mom and dad, moms and moms, dads and dads, grandparents and grandkids going places together in a way that fits their own style. It’s one of the reasons I love writing about travel and kids and meeting as many families as possible while […]

10 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Alaska (a New Normal?)

For the second year in a row, January dawned with showery, warm, and windy weather that brought the concept of an Alaska winter to a screeching halt. Throughout the state, conditions have been wild and wacky, with fluctuating temperatures that are causing many residents and visitors to ask “Is this our new normal?” This afternoon […]

Traveling Alaska With Tweens: We’re almost there

In two weeks, AKontheGO will be entering a new phase of Alaska family travel. A journey that started with a wiggling bundle of toddler energy has now transitioned onto a different path, albeit a very exciting one, with enough twists, peaks, and valleys to both energize and frustrate us. It’s time to travel with a […]

Alaska National Parks Junior Ranger Program: Helping kids get up and go

Note: There is nothing quite like exploring a national park, but exploring an Alaska national park brings adventure to a whole new level. We love our National Park Service, love what they represent, and for who. Below is my latest post for US-Parks.com, explaining the details behind the NPS’ popular Junior Ranger program. Between the […]

Autumn in Alaska: Destinations for the whole family

It’s different now, in the morning. Stumbling across the front porch to collect my daily newspaper is a little more complicated these days, thanks to the lack of daylight. A little cooler, too. Fall is here. Subtle, for sure, but Alaskans notice. We see the pale green-almost-yellow shade of birch and cottonwood trees above our […]

Flying Alaska: Great places to connect kids and planes

Flying is so much a part of Alaska folklore that one can hardly visit and not be caught up in the legends and individuals who blazed a trail across the skies in the name of Last Frontier transportation and industry. While flying in a commercial sense today means merely boarding a glorified bus and jetting […]

A Big, Blue Opportunity for Family Travel

This would be a great day to read a book of poetry. It is National Poetry Month, and we did just give away a copy of Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast, thanks to Sasquatch Books in Seattle. It is also snowing in Anchorage, big, white, fluffy flakes so full of water it’s a […]