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 […]

National Park Trust Selected for Centennial Challenge Project and Matching Funds

“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” ~Theodore Roosevelt During his presidency, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt protected more than 230,000,000 acres of land that now belongs to you, me, […]

New Weekly Column in Alaska Dispatch News Means More Outdoor Family Fun

What could be better on a beautiful Friday morning (and the first day of summer vacation) than an announcement regarding my acceptance of a weekly column in the Alaska Dispatch News, the state’s largest newspaper? Not much. I love Alaska; it’s my home, and the place where we’ve chosen to raise our family for the […]

Kids to Parks Day Giveaway WINNER

Happy Saturday, AKontheGOers! The team is packing the car for a Mother’s Day weekend trip to “prettier-Whittier,” but before we blast on down the highway, I wanted to announce the winner of our AKontheGO – National Park Trust #KidsToParksDay giveaway. Our scientific drawing has commenced, and the winner of a Kids to Parks Day prize […]

Kids to Parks Day: Pledge your commitment to Alaska’s outdoors (a redo)

Publisher note: This is a second Kids to Parks Day post; the first was inadvertently eliminated during an AKontheGO WebGuy backup. We still love him, so it’s all okay, because mistakes and missteps in communication happen. Onward and upward!    Parks are childhood. Open fields for free play; slides and swings and climbing things; places […]

Last Chance! Icebreaker Heritage Collection contest ends soon

It was definitely an Icebreaker weekend up in the wild country of Nome, Alaska last week, so it’s a nice feeling to be able to give back to a company that has helped me stay warm on so many adventures. Icebreaker is celebrating 20 years of dressing men, women, and children for their explorations in […]