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 […]

Kids in Nature: Campbell Creek Estuary provides peaceful time outdoors

[This article appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on Friday, September 25, 2015.] Expecting my 10-year-old son to remain still longer than a millisecond often feels like an exercise in futility. This wiry, five-foot-one whirling dervish is always up for an adventure, literally; on rocks, on tree branches, on my nerves. It’s easy for us […]

Kids Corner: Healthy Futures Alaska and You!

Kids, listen up! AKontheGO has a challenge for you, but first, a few facts. Did you know:  17% of all Alaska school kids are considered obese? That means for whatever reason, they weigh more than medical professionals recommend. (Alaska Department of Social and Health Services, 2013-14 Student Weight Management Report) Increasing physical activity is a […]