Walking Juneau With Kids

by Erin Kirkland This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on 4/18/2017 There is no place quite like Juneau. Nestled in the Alaska Panhandle, with long, narrow Gastineau Channel on one side and the towering mounts Roberts and Juneau on the other, the city makes the most of its unique and scenic location. […]

Visit the Alaska State Museum – Juneau

When my friend and I arrived at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, there were people everywhere. It was one of those rare sunny days in Southeast Alaska when the sky is brilliant blue and temperatures warm enough to roll up your sleeves and stretch that lunch break for as long as possible. Thanks to […]

A Downtown Pass Means More Family Fun in Anchorage

by Erin Kirkland Note: AKontheGO is working in tandem with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership to promote the Downtown Pass.  The core of any city is reflected in the vibrancy of its downtown district, and Anchorage is no different. Alaska’s largest village is known as a hub for commerce, governance, tourism, and transportation, and is one […]

Alaska History Means Drilling For Tsunami Danger

by Erin Kirkland One June evening in 2011 our family had just settled in after a busy day exploring the beaches of Homer, Alaska. Ever been to Homer? It’s got a sandy beach near the “Old Town” section that we like to walk from our rental cottage and play on the driftwood or dig for treasures […]

Muck Boots: Warm and comfortable in Alaska

by Erin Kirkland  When the Muck Boot Company started in 1999, it was determined to tackle a footwear conundrum for people faced with messy, wet, or cold jobs that required a boot to stand up to the task. Since that first pair of Muck Boots hit store shelves, people have pulled on a 100%-waterproof, stylish, […]

Russia-Alaska Relationship at Anchorage Museum’s “Polar Bear Garden”

by Erin Kirkland Dateline – The Anchorage Museum Polar Bear Garden. Dear America, our Facebook relationship status with Russia is best defined as”complicated.”  Not since Saturday Night Live paraphrased a comment in 2008 by then-governor Sarah Palin as “You can see Russia from my house,” has the Alaska-Russia association, or lack of, been more pertinent. […]

Experience Ultimate Alaska at the Iditarod Start

Note: This is the second of a two-part story by freelance writer Heather Mundt, about her experiences at the 2016 Iditarod. by Heather Mundt   If you’ve had the pleasure – as I have –  to drive or ride with a sled dog team, you never forget the noise of the dogs’ excited shrieks and howls […]

One Family’s Iditarod Experience

By Heather Mundt Note: Colorado freelance writer Heather Mundt and her family visited Anchorage for the 2016 Iditarod. This is a two-part story sharing their trip; hopefully it will inspire those unsure about a winter adventure to witness the start of the Last Great Race. ~EK   Heading to a park in Anchorage, Alaska on a […]

Billy Elliot the Musical: Anchorage Concert Association’s win for teen families

by Erin Kirkland “Everyone is different; it’s the natural state. It’s the facts, it’s plain to see. The world’s gray enough without making it worse; what we need is individuality.” ~Expressing Yourself, Billy Elliot the Musical  What tween or teen hasn’t looked in the mirror and been confused by who stares back? I certainly was, […]

Fairbanks Winter: Short on daylight, long on family fun

Note: Yesterday, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced that due to low snow conditions on sections of the trail, the official start (or “Re-Start”) will be held in Fairbanks. This means, of course, families who travel to the Golden Heart City to watch the start of the Last Great Race may want to stay for a […]

New Winter Schedule for Alaska Railroad – KTVA 11 Daybreak

The blue and yellow trains of the Alaska Railroad are chugging north or south more days per week this winter, a nod to the state’s increased number of snow-season travelers. This morning on KTVA 11 Daybreak (<—–check it all out) host James Gaddis and I outlined the specifics for families considering a section of the Aurora Winter […]