Unalaska Dutch Harbor: Finding the heart of the Aleutians

I rather feel as if our family has accomplished a true Alaska rite of passage by sailing the Aleutian Islands chain to Unalaska-Dutch Harbor. We’ve put in our miles around the state, to be sure, but it’s trips like the one we completed last week that truly cement my assertion that we are, truly, Alaska’s […]

Explore Seward’s Resurrection Bay With Kenai Fjords Tours

by Bryan Bearss Note: This was (gasp) Musher Bryan’s first foray into day cruising Resurrection Bay in Seward. He’d never see a whale, nor spotted a sea lion lounging on a rock. Below are his impressions from a rookie day cruiser’s perspective.  Here we are, standing on the doorstep of summer in Alaska. Everyone, it […]

Denali National Park’s Winter Trail System: Kids welcome

There is no doubt in my mind that Winter 2015 will go down as the year AKontheGO went places. Low snow levels (I’m starting to sound like a broken record), warmer temperatures, and open roads mean opportunities to get out of town more often, and that, we’re finding, is a good thing. Denali National Park […]

AKontheGO Brings a New Look For Winter

Regular AKontheGO readers may have noticed a few changes to the website’s format. Every few years, Web Guy and I get together and talk about freshening up the layout, and considering ways to make your AKontheGO experience more informative, a little brighter, and a whole lot more fun. So here’s what we’ve come up with […]

KTVA 11’s Daybreak: Alaska Family Fun for September

September is here, AKontheGO fans; time for another segment of family fun for KTVA 11’s Daybreak! I always enjoy a few minutes in the high-def studio, lounging on The Couch with co-hosts James Gaddis and Megan Mazurek. This month’s segment? Autumn break-aways: North: Creamer’s Field Migratory Bird Refuge in Fairbanks. We talk up this place […]

Denali National Park Road Lottery: We’re last-minute winners (sort of)

I receive a lot of fabulous messages from AKontheGO readers, but the one that cycled through the Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon had AK Fam hollering with excitement. “We won the Denali National Park Road Lottery, but have to make an unexpected trip abroad, unfortunately. Do you know anyone who might want it? Do YOU […]

What a Sunset Might Teach Us

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”  ~ Jo Walton Sunsets never captured so much of my attention before I moved to Alaska. I appreciated them elsewhere, certainly, because to do otherwise might make me seem aloof and uncaring of nature, and I […]

Time for Un-Cruise Adventures: Kids in Nature and AKontheGO team up again

My living room floor is littered with craft supplies, rain gear, and the dark blue uniforms of Un-Cruise Adventures. It’s time for my annual trek to Southeast Alaska and another session aboard my favorite small ship cruise line. Un-Cruise Adventures, with sailings in Alaska, Hawai’i, Baja California, and Washington, strives to be a different experience […]

AK Mom’s Annual Zen at Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp

It is, perhaps, a great irony that someplace so full of raw, untouched wildness, life, and death could be the very setting bringing me the most peace. I’m never really sure whether the intense bursts of adrenaline and miles of hiking are the reason behind my serene smile of utter contentment, or if it’s simply […]

Alaska Weather: Sometimes it’s a waiting game

It’s hard for many Alaska visitors to wrap their heads around summer in the 49th state. While their home state may be sweltering in a heat wave of epic proportions, Alaskans might be wishing for sunshine and temperatures above 55F. Or not. Alaska weather is both unpredictable and beautiful, and should in no way interfere […]

Tonglen Lake Lodge: Artisan, elegant, and welcoming

I wasn’t expecting to like Tonglen Lake Lodge to the extent I hesitated to leave after a tour this morning. Maybe it was the freshly-baked thyme, apple, and cheddar scone that complimented my hot coffee to perfection. Perhaps it was a fresh breeze high in the spruce tops that brought a toasty 80F down to […]