Summer Solstice in Alaska: Bring on the ‘Midnight Sun’

Alaskans love summer so much they are prone to exhaustion. The reason? Perpetual twilight, known as ‘Midnight Sun,’ a phenomenon that causes lawn mowing at 10 p.m., restless children who refuse to go to bed, and endless sessions of fishing along a riverbank. A springtime rush of light with a daily gain of more than […]

Sailing South on the Alaska Marine Highway

Alaska’s famed Inside Passage is best explored by boat, so that’s just what we’re going to do. AKontheGO is ready to embark on the last leg of a southeast Alaska adventure aboard the steady ‘blue canoes’ of the Alaska Marine Highway System, or AMHS, sailing this morning from Juneau, and arriving in Bellingham, WA early […]

Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier a Winter Recreation Paradise

Visit Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier during the summer months, and you’d be hard pressed to find a parking space, let alone a few yards of empty trail upon which to find the solitude you seek within Alaska’s wilderness. Mendenhall, like so many Alaska attractions, buzzes with tourists May through October as eager ice-seekers crane their necks […]

Eaglecrest Ski Area: Juneau family fun

The tires on our rented Subaru splashed and slid through nearly six inches of wet, heavy snow as we drove through Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. That we were here at all seemed a miracle; precip had combined with heavy fog to make visibility near zero, to the point where even our skilled Alaska Airlines […]

Juneau’s Silverbow Inn: Boutique style, family-friendly atmosphere

It’s one blustery, wet, and snowy weekend here in Juneau, Alaska, but AK Dad, Kid, and I are snuggled up tight in the Silverbow Inn, weather be darned. After a wild ride from Anchorage, when it seemed doubtful we’d even get here (and that’s another story altogether), settling in sounded awfully good. The Silverbow is […]

Alaska’s Summer Solstice: Family fun under the Midnight Sun

To Alaskans, sunlight is about as valuable as gold, and sometimes, just as hard to find. If you’re currently in the state, you’ve undoubtedly noticed an abundance of sunny skies and the resulting activities they encourage. Alaska residents go crazy for the sun, worship it even, bathing pale bodies in a wash of golden light, […]

Alaska Road Trip Tips

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ~Yogi Berra The concept of a family vacation a’la vehicle is time-honored and extremely popular tradition in Alaska. Particularly attractive to those who want to see as much of “real Alaska” as possible, on their own time, a 49th state road trip means loose […]

Winter, Alaska-Style: Family Fun and Holiday Highjinks

Oh, dear AKontheGO’ers, I have been pondering this post all day. Is it right to talk about smiling faces, bright shiny places, and beautiful moments of holiday joy in the midst of darkness and incomprehensible tragedy? While parents far across the country grieve their empty arms tonight, dare I share that all is calm, and […]

Five Great Family Hikes In Alaska

With longer days, warmer weather, and almost-green hillsides, hiking trails are beckoning to AK Fam as we prepare for yet another summer of outdoor recreation, the Alaska way. Last summer I guest-blogged for Trekaroo and listed some good choices for family hiking in Alaska, but felt there was so much more to share. Plus, AK […]

Five Alaska Activities For Smaller Children: Part Three

We wind up our Alaska tour with wee ones in the southeastern section of the state. “Southeast,” as it is called by Alaskans, is that panhandle-shaped, rainforested area where most visitors capture their first images of the 49th state. Cruisers will certainly spend the majority of sailing time in this region, moving through the gorgeous […]