Resolve to Make 2018 the Year of Alaska Adventure

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on January 2, 2018.  Publisher note: I had intended to jump headlong into 2018 with a comprehensive look at some early-booking deals for the upcoming spring and summer season. However, I was stymied in this effort, thanks to a concussion received after an epic skating fail […]

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 […]

Get Ready For Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday is over — but look out, shoppers, Cyber Monday is nearly here. The long Thanksgiving weekend is well known for great deals on Christmas list items, but it’s also become a marketplace for experiences, and 2017 seems to be the year for hot specials to cool places, Alaska included.  Whether you are an […]

The Value of Theatre For Family Travel

The very first stage production I can recall involved a dragon belching smoke and a lot of mosquitoes. It was the 1970’s and I was about four. My mother and a few other culturally-minded parents had taken a group of us to the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre and while I don’t remember much beyond the […]

Family Fun Camp at Manitoba Cabin!

I woke up Sunday morning to the sounds of kids trying to be quiet. Clinks and clanks, coupled with “SHHHHHH” and a few thuds as firewood was loaded into the little wood stove of Manitoba Cabin and Yurts along the Seward Highway near Summit Lake. It was chilly, only about 30 F, and somebody had […]

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge PEEPS Program

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on October 10, 2017. Just so you know, there’s a lot more to being a red squirrel than merely looking cute and shaking your bushy tail, and a swarm of little kids at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Center are about to find out why. […]

AKontheGO and Year 10: Where we’re headed

In the fall of 2008 I had a crazy idea: Write a web log, or “blog,” with the intention of inspiring more people to explore Alaska with their children.  It was crazy because I had only lived in the Last Frontier for a few years and my street cred was still being established. It was […]

Every Kid In a Park, Especially In Alaska

This story originally appeared in the September 27 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News. As the paper is undergoing a tremendous amount of change due to new ownership, my weekly column’s appearances are in a state of flux. I will thus post them here. ~EK  PORTAGE — Esha Yang, 9, is pressing a pair of binoculars […]

Anchorage Museum – New Look for Old Sciences

The verbiage said it all.  “Deep time will blow your mind.”  The Anchorage Museum proudly unveiled three new exhibitions to media as part of their most recent renovation, and science plays an abiding role in the artful pieces.  Well-known artist of Alaska whimsy and quirky prose Ray Troll paired up with paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director […]

Glacier Quest Cruise Continues Through September 10

A sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours Alaska may be staring at the arrival of fall, but Phillips Cruises and Tours’ Glacier Quest Cruise is still plying the waters of Prince William Sound though Sunday, September 10.  Rain or shine, there’s no mistaking the beauty of this Southcentral Alaska corner pocket, with […]

Puppy Love at Dream A Dream Sled Dog Tours

When people share their Alaska wish lists with me, it often begins like this:  “I’ve always dreamed of seeing a sled dog race,” or “It’s been my lifelong dream to meet a musher.”  Dreams are often perceived as pie-in-the-sky desires that rarely come true, but at the home of Vern Halter, longtime musher and co-owner […]