Post-Christmas Blues? Take the kids on a hike

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on December 26, 2017. ~EK  Kids get restless over the winter break. I blame holiday hype and the whipping up of emotions in those days leading up to Dec. 25, when everything reaches its peak. Then the day after Christmas comes, and I’m looking at a […]

Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

Gifting Alaska This Christmas – It’s Easy!

The final countdown has begun, and I’m joining legions of shoppers still making decisions about Alaska Christmas gifts for their family members. With one son in the tweens and one in the over-21 crowd, it’s not as simple as taking over a local toy store for presents anymore. I want to be cognizant of gifting […]

Driving the Seward Highway This Fall

Alaska autumns are lingering, longer. While Alaskans wait for the first snowfall and an entirely new set of family-fun activities, September and October have become fantastic months for road-tripping the 49th state’s major highways. Like the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Seward, a 2.5-hour drive.  All of a sudden, Alaska has fall. Not just one […]

Alaska Mother’s Day Treats: Take mom outdoors this summer

It might be a drizzly Friday around Alaska, but preparations are underway for a beautiful weekend of Mother’s Day shenanigans. If you missed AKontheGO’s Family Fun Calendar on KTVA 11 Daybreak this week (snoozing, perhaps?), don’t worry, the complete list, plus a few extras, are right here. Whew. Mother’s Day weekend is typically when Alaska […]

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Wood Bison: Release is nearly here!

The public has one final chance to see a herd of 100 threatened Wood bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center before they are released in a historic effort to restore their numbers in Alaska. Wood bison, on of two subspecies of American bison (Plains bison are the other), and used to roam the meadowlands […]

Spending a Kid-Friendly Spring Break in Alaska

For once, the concept of ‘spring break’ in Alaska might actually match with the dates provided by school districts. Kids will be released to fly to Hawaii, Arizona, or other warm, fuzzy places next week, except for those of us staying here. But staying here means a full list of kid-friendly fun without spending a […]

A Prickly Joke for Kids: Porcupines!

My own AK Kid reminded me this morning that it had been quite some time since I provided a joke for the Kids’ Corner, and of course he was right. Young people, here’s a question in honor of Valentine’s Day and the month of February: Q: What noise do porcupines make when they kiss? A: […]

Three Reasons to Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center This Winter

During a bustling summer tourist season, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage draws thousands of visitors eager to catch more than a glimpse of their favorite 49th state critter. Across the grassy, brushy land near the Placer River at the end of Turnagain Arm, AWCC is the kind of place most guests to Alaska […]

Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train: Outdoor options for the whole family

One of Alaska’s best attributes is the unique partnerships that develop among vendors in the travel and tourism industry. It’s no surprise, given the depth and breadth of activities, and so many ways to reinvent outdoor experiences to meet the demands of a diverse visitor demographic. That said, it always makes me smile when someone […]