Eklutna Lake Trail: Year-round recreation for all

Generating enthusiasm among younger family members is always so much nicer when accompanied by a crowd of like-minded kids, isn’t it? We’re lucky – our circle of acquaintances is simply bursting with outdoor-loving, freewheeling families who value Alaska’s bounty of recreation as much as we. Add a glorious Alaska autumn day, and we struck gold, […]

Hiking Arctic Valley near Anchorage: Bring the kids!

It is a gift indeed that our family lives so close to alpine tundra. Growing up in the temperate, lowland forests near Seattle, it was more often than not hikes included a slog through wetlands that smelled of skunk cabbage, peat, and spicy old growth timber. Delightful? Oh, yes, it was (and still is), but […]

USS Anchorage Family Hike on Friday!

AK Fam just returned from the wonderful Dock at the Block event to celebrate the arrival of the USS Anchorage to our fair city. She sailed into port this morning, and it’s been non-stop work and play since then, as you can see by our photo gallery, above… As promised, here are the details for […]

Springtime Hikes Near Anchorage

Springtime in Alaska is a funky season. The days have begun to lengthen noticeably, and temperatures, while still chilly, have managed to warm up enough that outdoor activity often requires several layers to add or take off as the mercury goes up or down.  Spring also signals the arrival of early visitors to the 49th state, […]

Mighty Mendenhall Glacier Awaits Your Inspection in Juneau

Probably the most visited, photographed, and inspected hunk of ice in all of Alaska, mighty Mendenhall glacier is front and center for AK Fam’s capital city visit next week. Easily accessible, beautiful to look at, and with a marvelous intrepretive center to boot, Mendenhall has been thrilling guests at her icy flanks since the visitor […]

Earth Day and the Wonder of it All

Happy Earth Day, everyone! This is the day to spend celebrating, enjoying, and nurturing our precious resources and the terra firma upon which we live. Now more than ever, it’s critical to educate and inform our children so that they may grow up to become stewards of the only planet (so far) to sustain humanity.  […]