On Flying Alaska: Reflections, reminders, and responsibility

In the wake of a fatal plane crash involving a well-respected flightseeing company, would-be passengers should be aware of their role in small-plane safety while flying in Alaska. Last November I climbed aboard a small airplane on the tarmac of Talkeetna’s small airstrip, bound for Denali’s Sheldon Amphitheatre and a few days of winter adventuring. […]

TSA and Autism: Navigation tips you need

How do you get a young person with autism through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) maze? We’ve got tips. Our family is one of thousands in the United States managing life on the autism spectrum. In our case, it is Big AK Kid, who, at 24, may not be considered a kid by societal standards, […]

Seaman’s EcoTour Adventures – Kachemak Bay exploration

Seaman’s EcoTour Adventures captain Glenn Seaman revved the outboards of his boat The Pinbone with enough oomph to jostle my still-dozing teenager from his early-morning reverie. It was 8 a.m. and we were headed out to explore Kachemak Bay, a 40-mile long arm of the Kenai Peninsula’s southwest side. “Ready, everybody?” Seaman asked as he eased the […]

Fish the Kenai With Alaska Rivers Company

Catching a wild salmon in the 49th state is considered by many the pinnacle of fishing, especially on the Kenai River. This turquoise-colored, fast-moving and icy channel stretching 82 miles from Kenai Lake to Cook Inlet is the granddaddy river of the Kenai Peninsula, and a place where thousands gather each summer to catch kings, […]

5 Things We Always Take on an Alaska RV Trip

*This post is sponsored by Great Alaskan Holidays, Inc., providers of Last Frontier roadtripping adventures for more than 30 years.*  Summer is in full swing around here, and our team is gearing up for another weekend of outdoor-themed fun  as we motor north to the village of Talkeetna. We’re pretty confident about our Alaska RV […]

Trickster Trips’ VW Synchro a Beefy Way to See Alaska

Yeah, I used the word “beefy,” but to be fair, there’s really no other word to describe this 1986 hunk of burning VW love named Polychrome, or “Poly” for short. I first wrote about Trickster Trips last December when owner Mandy Morell was just beginning to assemble her fleet of three vans. They’re hard to […]

5 Reasons to Stay at Heritage RV Park in Homer

Where AKontheGO meets up with the good folks at Heritage RV Park along the Homer Spit.  There’s a lot to like about traveling by RV to the cosmic town of Homer, Alaska. A smallish town of 8,000 or so at the end of the Sterling Highway about five hours from Anchorage, Homer is a place […]

Visit Hawai’i: You’ll be fine

First the cracks appeared in local streets in a corner of Hawai’i, often accompanied by earthquakes that rattled nerves. The fissures widened, local officials put metal plates over them and warned residents to stay away — something big was happening. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, where a cauldron of bubbling molten rock simmered all day and […]

Alaska Botanical Garden – Summer Camps for Kids!

Don’t have plans for the youngsters this summer? Want the whole family to take an active interest in gardening, Alaska plants, and the environment? This just landed in my email inbox from the Alaska Botanical Garden.   Located just off Campbell Airstrip Road and Tudor Road in Anchorage, The Alaska Botanical Garden is an excellent […]

Seward Ocean Excursions a Gateway to Resurrection Bay Fun

Seward Ocean Excursions, a small company based in Seward, Alaska, offers a wide variety of custom tours and trips to fit most budgets and recreational desires.  Day cruising the deep fjords of Resurrection Bay near Seward is a popular way to catch a glimpse of the wild and scenic environments that make this area of […]

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 […]