Alaska On the Go Show – Exploring Anchorage

Show #2 – Anchorage  The “big city” of Anchorage was the topic of discussion on last week’s Alaska On the Go Show, proudly heard on KONR-LP 106.1 FM each Wednesday afternoon.  Ruth Kimerer joined me in the studio, sharing her 20+ years of residency in Anchorage and a long career in the Alaska tourism industry.  […]

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. […]

Alaska Cruise Updates: 2020 Must-Know Info

Of the two million people who visit Alaska each year, at least one million of those arrive or depart via cruise ships. From the mega-vessels housing thousands to smaller yachts carrying only a few, Alaska cruises are big business for the tourism industry. They are also the source of much confusion when it comes to […]

You Are Here: What to do in Anchorage this winter

Howdy, dedicated AKontheGO’ers, it’s nice to be back at the keyboard after a busy fall of trips and their planning. I went to Juneau for the Alaska Travel Industry Association Convention, then jetted to Las Vegas to represent my AK writing cohorts for the annual Alaska Media Road Show. And, everywhere in between, I schlepped […]

Alaska Marine Highway System, 2019 Version

(Sections of this post are taken from Alaska On the Go: Exploring the Alaska Marine Highway System with Children, by Erin Kirkland)  “What a beautiful sight that was. We could take our car, or walk on board, and GO SOMEWHERE! Our highway had arrived!” ~ Betty J. Marksheffel, describing her first view of the ferry […]

Beluga Cabin at Bird Creek a Perfect Fall Destination

The birch forest around the Alaska State Parks’ Beluga Cabin rang with shouts and laughter last Saturday as the second Family Adventure Day kicked off in fine style. A project between AKontheGO and State Parks, the event is one of several designed to give parents and kids a heads up into seasonal family fun available […]

Vacation or Necessity? Family travel matters, either way

It’s been a strange summer of firsts and lasts, of accomplishment and utter exhaustion, which is why I’m only getting to this story now, at the end of August. AK Kid – who recently announced he doesn’t want me to call him that anymore – graduated 8th grade in May and promptly jetted off to […]

Fishing Alaska: 2019 is still hot for families

Historically, my fishing activities have looked something like this: Sit on dock (or launch canoe), set up fishing pole, bait hook, toss line, put feet up, wait. Catching? Sometimes.  I didn’t grow up slaying salmon with dipnets, or hang around creeks waiting for a pink to strike the spinner, and maybe the sort of excitement […]

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Opens at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge

Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountain Lodge goes the extra mile with the addition of the state’s only via ferrata climbing route, and we were there to experience it last week. ~EK  A relentless sun warmed the back of my neck as I worked carabiners along a stiff steel cable anchored into a stories-high slab of rock. Looking […]

Alaska Flightseeing With Rust’s Flying Service

The tagline of Rust’s Flying Service is “Make it epic.”   Soaring over some of the most pristine landscapes on the planet, keeping an eye out for moose or bears, or transiting between fishing camps or remote lodges, all while bundled in a small plane. THAT’S epic. And that’s Rust’s.  Serving Alaska for more than 50 […]