Denali National Park – Unpacking the 2020 season

There’s no question that Denali National Park ranks high among visitors’ must-do lists. For Alaskans as well, since Denali is one of our state’s most accessible national parks, given its location along the George Parks Highway, about five hours north of Anchorage. Typically, visiting Denali between May and September requires abundant planning and preparation, thanks […]

Alaska On the Go Show — All Aboard the Alaska Railroad

ALASKA ON THE GO SHOW #1: January 8 2019  It was a great first effort on KONR – LP 106.1/Out North Radio for show number one, with my guest Meghan Clemens of the Alaska Railroad. In 30 short minutes, Meghan and I delved into the lesser-traveled routes of the railbelt between Seward and Fairbanks, checking […]

Traveling to Alaska in 2020? Do these things right now

It’s a new year — 2020 has arrived and the time is now to solidify Alaska travel plans if Santa Claus put a big old trip around the Last Frontier under the Christmas tree. If you haven’t yet made reservations or dotted the map with Alaska destinations, now is the time to… Plan the route. […]

Outer Range Dogsled Tours: The ‘happiest dogs around’

It was the ‘happy dogs’ tagline that sold me. That and the sweeping landscape surrounding said dogs.  Outer Range Dogsled Tours is located just north of Denali National Park’s northern boundaries in the town of Healy. Operated by two working kennels led by some of the most personable mushers I’ve ever met, Outer Range is […]

Spend Your Spring Break In Alaska

Attention, parents: March 8 is just around the corner. That’s the day schools around the state open their doors and release students for spring break. Of course, the term “spring” in reference to a season still very much looking like winter is definitely a misnomer here in Alaska, especially when teaser advertisements for swimsuits, sunscreen, […]

Catch a Train This Summer With the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad launched what is sure to be a busy summer season already –  taking thousands of passengers to destinations from Seward to Fairbanks over Mother’s Day weekend. The company also announced the start of the 2018 Catch the Train Photo Contest, an interactive contest that lets passengers and fans share their images of […]

Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station: Denali’s climbing headquarters

Climbing Denali is a big deal. Of course it is, because figuring out logistics for North America’s highest peak is nearly as complicated as the skills required to scale the 20,310-foot monolith of Denali National Park. One doesn’t even start climbing Denali IN the park. Beginning, you see, is accomplished in the small town of […]

Iditarod Ultimate Family Field Trip – Part Two

Everyone is back in his or her respective state, toting a duffel bag or two of Alaska-themed memories. The first-ever Salmon Berry Tours Ultimate Family Field Trip came to an end on Friday, and everyone; parents, kids, and guide moi are exhausted and happy at the outcome.  In the last post I shared our adventures […]

Tour or Independent? What sort of Alaska traveler are you?

Making the decision to visit Alaska is a big one. The combination of an enormous geographical area combined with a range of diverse activities can leave one’s head spinning, especially if multiple age groups are involved. Some people like adventure, others, serenity. Mom and Grandma may enjoy the chance to take a wildlife cruise and […]

Alaska-Themed Christmas Gifts For Adventurous Families

December is upon us and my refrigerator is full of lists for and by the people I love. AK Kid has stuck his handwritten itemized and alphabetized record of Christmas gift desires at adult eye level. I have records of niece and nephews gift ideas next to that; and further down, what my husband needs, […]

Sheldon Chalet a Family Vision for Denali

Explorer, photographer, and Alaska Range mapping pioneer Bradford Washburn said it thus:  “It is a sight that one just has to see to understand – the magnificence of Alaska mountain scenery at its best.”  For some who dream of visiting Alaska, the mountains, most notably Denali, are what draws them here. Even though the High […]