Hiking the Un-Cruise Way: Meet the “Bushwhack”

Straight out of Merriam-Webster:  bush·whack ˈbo͝oSHˌ(h)wak/ verb  1. NORTH AMERICANAUSTRALIAN/NZ live or travel in wild or uncultivated country.     Un-Cruise Adventures does a pretty good job of describing their adventurous style of cruising. Small ships, tiny coves, and a loose itinerary that makes allowances for weather, wildlife, or whims. And it’s those whims of […]

Post-Christmas Blues? Take the kids on a hike

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on December 26, 2017. ~EK  Kids get restless over the winter break. I blame holiday hype and the whipping up of emotions in those days leading up to Dec. 25, when everything reaches its peak. Then the day after Christmas comes, and I’m looking at a […]

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 […]

Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

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 […]

Driving the McCarthy Road – Should you?

This is the first in a two-part series about McCarthy and Kennecott adventures with kids for the Alaska Dispatch News. McCarthy Road stories are the stuff of Alaska legend. Chunks of wooden railroad ties rising from a lumpy gravel surface to infiltrate car tires. Metal spikes appearing out of nowhere. Vehicles nearly colliding on single-lane […]

Muck Boots: Warm and comfortable in Alaska

by Erin Kirkland  When the Muck Boot Company started in 1999, it was determined to tackle a footwear conundrum for people faced with messy, wet, or cold jobs that required a boot to stand up to the task. Since that first pair of Muck Boots hit store shelves, people have pulled on a 100%-waterproof, stylish, […]

Chugach Adventures Brings Kids a Wild Ride on the Placer

by Danielle Benson While Alaska is an ultimate family vacation destination, it is also ideal for resident families looking for a limitless supply of staycation ideas. My “AK To-Do List” is always growing, and I’m confident I’ll never get to see and do everything, but not for lack of trying. This summer the nuggets and […]

Best Hikes in Alaska’s Interior Region

by Jen Ostler Interior Alaska is a special place, unique from the coastal climates of Southcentral and Southeast. Trees are stunted from harsh weather and icy soils, and in the summer the famous Midnight Sun is a bit brighter than in the southern reaches of the state. Up at elevation, there are expansive views, with […]

Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area: A look back, and the view ahead

  Sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area, located in Juneau, Alaska.  We’re pretty proud of Eaglecrest. This family-friendly facility located on Douglas Island, a short scenic drive from downtown Juneau, had a successful year teaching kids and adults about the joys of skiing and snowboarding. Jeffra Clough, sales and marketing director AND the […]

Shoulder Season Bear Safety for Families

There is little doubt remaining that Earth has experienced warmer winters than anything previously recorded. With this notable change in temperature comes variable and sometimes confusing behavior patterns of the planet’s creatures, and in Alaska, that means everything from birds to bears could reappear from migration or hibernation earlier than usual, or, not hibernate at […]