Every Kid In a Park, Especially In Alaska

This story originally appeared in the September 27 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News. As the paper is undergoing a tremendous amount of change due to new ownership, my weekly column’s appearances are in a state of flux. I will thus post them here. ~EK  PORTAGE — Esha Yang, 9, is pressing a pair of binoculars […]

Hiking Alaska: New book guides Alaska’s “greatest adventures”

  Before I even started reading about the mechanics of Hiking Alaska, I was hooked. The newest Falcon Guides resource for hoofing it around the 49th state is pretty, chock-full of information, and, perhaps most important, is written by a real, live Alaskan.  Why is this important? Hiking anywhere is an intimate experience, but possibly […]

K’esugi Ken Campground a Treasure For Family Outings

I’ve traveled the Parks Highway a multitide of times during my 12-year tenure as an Alaska resident, and I always appreciate the landscape outside my window. But shortly past Trapper Creek – across the Chulitna river, where the green of Interior tundra starts to combine with brushy alder and willow, sits a new slice of […]

Win a Pair of Northside Shoes: Kids to Parks Day giveaway!

In honor of Kids to Parks Day this Saturday, May 20, AKontheGO and Northside Shoes are partnering up to give away one pair of casual shoes to a lucky reader.*  Northside is committed to the concept that shoes for kids and adults should be affordable and durable, and we’ve been beyond pleased with the products […]

Plan the Perfect Anchorage Picnic

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy around Anchorage. Or, it will be in just a few weeks. Temperatures are rising, grass is becoming greener by the minute, and the time is now to plan a new way to serve lunch or dinner to your family. Resident or temporary Last Frontier guest, there is nothing quite […]

Icebug Glava a Shoe to Walk With

An AKontheGO gear review.  Walkin’ in a winter wonderland…. Or – I wish I was. Alaska’s winter 2016 seems to be off to a sluggish start with little snow and lots of ice. I don’t need my -40 snow boots. I do need something to fit the in between season we seem to be stuck […]

Prep For Ski Season at Eaglecrest in Juneau

(This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska.)  When AKontheGO wants to go skiing, we try to find an excuse to hop an Alaska Airlines jet (using those wonderful miles, of course) and fly south. South, you say? Indeed, for in the capital city of Juneau lies a community […]

Outdoor Retailer, Meet Alaska On the Go

August began a few thousand miles south of Alaska at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. What is OR, as it is affectionately known? It’s 679,000 square feet of brands related to the outdoors. From head to toe, and all the fun stuff in between, OR is a gearhead’s gear […]

New Guidebook Shows Off Anchorage Playgrounds

When Colleen Carlson gave birth to her son, James, she knew she wanted to spend as much time as possible exploring Alaska’s outdoor spaces with her little one. This former environmental educator, naturalist, and advocate for play was born and raised in Soldotna, and was familiar with the forests, lakes, rivers, and bays of Southcentral […]

Alaska’s Birds Deserve Our Attention: Christmas Bird Count for Kids

UPDATE: As of 8 a.m. today (Friday), the Alaska Zoo reported only 12 more slots available for the Christmas Bird Count for Kids event happening Sunday. Call now if you’d like to register. 907 341-6463. *This article originally appeared in the December 4 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News* A little chickadee flittered past my […]

Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday

*This article appeared in the 11/20 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News for my Kids in the Outdoors column.* With a week still to go, my email inbox runneth over with announcements like this: “Shop now for pre-Black Friday deals and save, save, save!” Screaming at consumers both literally and virtually, retail outlets are capitalizing […]