Oh, Christmas Tree! AKontheGO and Chugach National Forest Team Up

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches!” ~ Oh Tannenbaum (traditional German carol)  Truly, if you have experienced the joy of finding, then harvesting, your family Christmas tree each year, then you know. The spicy, evergreen smell as you carry it back to the car, carefully putting it on top with […]

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 […]

Phillips Cruises and Tours Offers Discovery

Sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours  What does the word “discovery” mean to you? For some, it might translate into checking items off a list. For others, perhaps discovery is finding something not previously known. For me, it’s both those things, and in Alaska, both can be handily accomplished with Phillips Cruises […]

Winter in Alaska: Visit the Trail of Blue Ice

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 27, 2016. It’s been a frenetic few weeks. Holiday cards, shopping, schlepping kids, cooking — you name it, we’ve done it. The Christmas season and subsequent vacation days are a delightful cacophony of activity, but we always make sure to invest at least one full […]

Oh, Christmas Tree: Cut your own on Alaska’s public lands

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News November 29, 2016 Fresh-cut Christmas trees are a symbol many families count among their holiday staples. It’s easy to see why: The scent of spruce mingling with crisp mountain air and thoughts of colored lights, carols, and hot chocolate. I’ve always looked at Christmas trees as […]

Chugach National Forest’s ‘Trail of Blue Ice’ a Hit With Kids of All Ages

Simple, clean, and as inviting a space as I’ve ever seen, the Trail of Blue Ice practically begs for use. This five-mile, mostly-flat trail is the darling of many a casual recreation enthusiast, and with good reason. Built over a span of several years beginning with cooperative grants and public funding beginning in 2002, the […]