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. […]

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 […]

Sheldon Mountain House Affords More Than Views

*This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News Parents sometimes leave unexpected memories with their children, and one of Robert Sheldon’s earliest recollections involves a Piper Super Cub and the smell of aviation fuel. “It’s such a vivid memory, sitting on the lap of my father on the village airstrip in Talkeetna on a […]

Hot Spots for a Cool Alaska Family Christmas

Perhaps it is the feathery snowflakes falling outside, or maybe I’m just a sentimental sort of gal, but it’s time to talk up the Alaska holiday travel season. Loyal AKontheGO readers know how much I beat the drum for investing in meaningful travel experiences instead of stuff, and this year I’m determined to encourage all […]

Wednesday Wrap-Up! K2, Travelgram Show, and More…

Here I go again. Home from Homer, then back on the road to Salt Lake City in the early a.m. I’m off to visit Big AK Kid who is anxiously awaiting a return to Alaska where he’ll make tracks to Fairbanks and his senior year of high school, god willing. So, mom makes her own […]

High-Flying With K2 Aviation

I live in Alaska, and like many Alaskan residents, I assumed I knew what my state looked like. Trees, mountains, rivers, and lakes; to my one-dimensional way of thinking the 49th state is indeed a colorful montage of untamed beauty. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could match what I see from […]

CIRI Alaska Tourism Shows Off A Beautiful World

Navigating the many options for Alaska day cruises, tours, and multi-itinerary experiences can be confusing. Knowing where, when, and how to approach this popular avenue of 49th state tourism is as important to one’s family as it is to one’s wallet. With day cruises in running the gamut of 2-9 hour excursions into wildlife and […]