Big Delta State Historical Park – for a day or overnight

Don’t overlook Big Delta State Historical Park along the Richardson Highway. It’s a great option for families looking for a road-system adventure with a dose of cool Alaska history.  A (usually) wonderful occupational hazard of travel writer life is setting out to explore Alaska’s lesser-known sights. I’ve just returned from a four-night journey to do […]

Enjoying Alaska State Parks’ Rainbow Trout Cabin

It may be small, but the newest Eklutna Lake public use cabin is an Alaska State Parks gem. Rainbow Trout is only 16′ X 20′ but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in glowing natural light and a wealth of easy-to-access activities in and around the lake.  One of two cabins recently […]

“Yes, You Can:” Alaska With Kids

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”~ Neale Donald Walsch When our family first moved to Alaska, 13 years ago today, the end of my comfort zone wasn’t just a cautionary line; it was a chasm of the unknown. We were a band of four; mother, father, and two kids, moving from a […]

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  […]

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 […]

Alaska-Themed Christmas Gifts For Adventurous Families

December is upon us and my refrigerator is full of lists for and by the people I love. AK Kid has stuck his handwritten itemized and alphabetized record of Christmas gift desires at adult eye level. I have records of niece and nephews gift ideas next to that; and further down, what my husband needs, […]

Visit Eklutna’s Dolly Varden Cabin This Winter

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on November 28, 2017 Making plans for an outdoor getaway to one of Alaska’s public-use cabins can be challenging during the winter, especially for families new to cold-weather recreation. We were those people once. As parents we worried a lot. Did we have enough warm clothing? […]

Kids to Parks Day: Pledge your commitment to Alaska’s outdoors (a redo)

Publisher note: This is a second Kids to Parks Day post; the first was inadvertently eliminated during an AKontheGO WebGuy backup. We still love him, so it’s all okay, because mistakes and missteps in communication happen. Onward and upward!    Parks are childhood. Open fields for free play; slides and swings and climbing things; places […]

Eklutna Lake Trail: Year-round recreation for all

Generating enthusiasm among younger family members is always so much nicer when accompanied by a crowd of like-minded kids, isn’t it? We’re lucky – our circle of acquaintances is simply bursting with outdoor-loving, freewheeling families who value Alaska’s bounty of recreation as much as we. Add a glorious Alaska autumn day, and we struck gold, […]