KTVA Daybreak for January: Alaska winter getaways for the whole family

AKontheGO’s first-Thursday appearance on KTVA 11’s Daybreak program was delayed by a week due to the New Year’s Day holiday, but that just gave me an extra few days to find some pretty sweet places to take the family for a post-holiday getaway. Do you need one? I sure do; the combination of events, shopping, […]

Six Ways to Enjoy an Alaska Warm Winter

In an article released by the Alaska Dispatch News this morning, the prospect of an actual winter scenario in the nation’s far North sounds pretty grim. Alaska is setting weather records, and not in a good way. Normally, Anchorage residents are tossing hand warmers into kids’ backpacks so they can enjoy recess without freezing fingers. […]

Free Alaska Family Fun: Thanksgiving weekend is upon us!

Another winter is upon us, and while Alaska awaits its first significant snowfall of 2014, families around the state are making preparations for Thanksgiving. Turkeys are defrosting, cranberries are simmering, and pies are baking, at least in my house. I love Thanksgiving’s long weekend; a stretch of four days to get outdoors and be grateful […]

Places to Honor Alaska Veterans, All Year

Yesterday was the 11th day of the 11th month, Veterans Day, sometimes referred to as “Remembrance Day,” depending upon your country of origin. Commemorating a day like this that falls on a specific date can sometimes be difficult for families, and particulary so on Veterans Day. Some schools are closed, some, open. Some parents have […]

Alaska Snow Play: Three great places to enjoy our signature weather pattern

It’s SNOWING today! Cue up the holiday tunes and break out the boots, Alaska parents, because the event your children have been waiting for has arrived. AK Fam has woken to many a snowy morning since our arrival nearly 10 years ago, but there is nothing, nothing like the first snowfall of the season. Alaskans […]

Alaska Restaurants Worth Visiting: Diversity reigns, here

Alaska restaurants are often a mishmash of several genres; heck, I just saw the sign for a new establishment opening in Anchorage that offers “Chinese and Mexican” cuisine. Whoa. Stop me right there. Truly, Alaska loves comfortable food, be it pho or burritos or barbequed beef, restaurants serving warm, zesty, and familiar dishes often win […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak: Family Fun in October

*Thank you all for the care and concern generated by yesterday’s Facebook debacle. The offers of coffee, wine, and simple walk-bys of Facebook HQ were delightful, and I appreciate my readers one and all. Things appear to be working normally today, in fact, better than normal, so who knows what the FB bots did to […]

KTVA 11’s Daybreak: Alaska Family Fun for September

September is here, AKontheGO fans; time for another segment of family fun for KTVA 11’s Daybreak! I always enjoy a few minutes in the high-def studio, lounging on The Couch with co-hosts James Gaddis and Megan Mazurek. This month’s segment? Autumn break-aways: North: Creamer’s Field Migratory Bird Refuge in Fairbanks. We talk up this place […]

Summer Solstice in Alaska: Bring on the ‘Midnight Sun’

Alaskans love summer so much they are prone to exhaustion. The reason? Perpetual twilight, known as ‘Midnight Sun,’ a phenomenon that causes lawn mowing at 10 p.m., restless children who refuse to go to bed, and endless sessions of fishing along a riverbank. A springtime rush of light with a daily gain of more than […]

Memorial Day in Alaska: Family experiences to share

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” ~ Maya Angelou Each spring AKontheGO takes a personal time-out to remember men and women who gave their lives for the United States of America; however, where ever, and whenever we’re able. Memorial Day 2014 takes place on Monday, May 26, […]