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 […]

Celebrate an Alaska Winter Solstice

“I hate it here.” Startled, I glanced askance at my son, who sat crouched in the front seat next to me, arms folded across his chest, a scowl on his face. “What!?” I said, genuinely surprised and trying to fathom how a kid who just a few weeks ago told his grandparents he’d “live here […]

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? […]

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 […]

Join us on this very special Iditarod 2018 Adventure

by Erin Kirkland Anyone who follows AKontheGO knows our business mantra:  Kids who visit Alaska today may well grow up to become the stewards of Alaska tomorrow.  It is a part of our core mission to provide information and ideas for activities, winter, spring, summer, or fall that will engage kids and help them become […]

Fishing Alaska With Kids

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 5/23/2017 I caught my first fish at Rocky Run Creek in Washington’s Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest when I was about 6 years old and camping with my family. It was a rainbow trout just over the 6-inch legal requirement, and I proudly carried it back to […]

Plan the Perfect Anchorage Picnic

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy around Anchorage. Or, it will be in just a few weeks. Temperatures are rising, grass is becoming greener by the minute, and the time is now to plan a new way to serve lunch or dinner to your family. Resident or temporary Last Frontier guest, there is nothing quite […]

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 […]

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. […]

Anchorage Iditarod Ceremonial Start 2017: What you need to know

by Erin Kirkland It’s pretty clear that the 2017 Iditarod Ceremonial Start will have enough snow after two years of struggling to stay off the bare ground. That’s good news to the 72 teams signed up for the 900+- mile mush to Nome in recognition of the event’s 45th year, and Iditarod Executive Director Stan […]

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 […]