10 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day In Seward

You’ve plotted and planned an Alaska adventure with the family. It’s summer vacation where you live; the sun is out, the grass is green, and the temperatures, warm. You and the crew hop a plane or cruise ship and arrive in the 49th state and make your way down the Seward Highway toward Mile 0 […]

It’s Shorebird Season in Alaska – What you can do

Every morning, when I step outside to fetch the newspaper from my front shrubbery, I hear them. Birds making noise. A multitude of chirps, squawks, and chortles that wake me up and remind our household that spring has indeed finally arrived again in Alaska. Our home in Anchorage sits several miles from the muddy, silty […]

Kenai Peninsula Offers Plenty of Family Fun

by Danielle Benson  What’s the best advice we’ve received since moving to Alaska? Get moving. Move all year long. I will say, though, a road trip to the Kenai Peninsula was not the first thing that came to mind when folks told us to stay busy during the winter. It’s dark in Alaska, the nuggets […]

Alaska’s Sea Birds: Where, when, and why they need us

This is sponsored content on behalf of Dawn Saves Wildlife. Rebecca Duerr, research director and veterinarian of the International Bird Rescue, doesn’t mince words when talking about the future of Alaska’s sea birds.  “Climate change,” she told me, “will make life a lot harder for sea birds.”  What is a sea bird, exactly? Also known […]

Seward and the Alaska SeaLife Center: A day off

It rained all day yesterday, sheet after sheet of icy droplets draped in a dreary fog that wrapped around the Chugach range and obstructed our usual view. This week seemed extra long, and the added grayness of what should have been a snow-capped, sun-kissed November instead proved to be anything but. So we left town. […]

For Fall Family Fun, There’s Always Hope

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 10/4/2016. Gold was on our minds as we drove the Seward Highway south toward the small community of Hope. Not the kind one mines, although that is there too. No, we were looking for the colorful signal of a season that appears to be lingering this […]

Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast: Family-friendly and full of fun

Eagles chattered a welcome from the treetops as our boat slowly made its way into the sheltered refuge of Kasitsna Bay. A 30-minute ride across yawing Kachamak Bay from Homer had deposited our party of six onto a rocky, shell-strewn shoreline for a weekend of marine-based fun at Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure […]

Hooking Kids on the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

This article originally appeared in the Tuesday, May 3 issue of the Alaska Dispatch News.  When I first approached my family about driving to the small town of Homer to attend a birding festival, I received a look of incredulous trepidation followed by a solid minute of silence. “Birds?” my son asked. “Why can’t we […]

BREAKING: Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Passing of ‘Woody’

Some sad news from our friends at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward this afternoon. “The Alaska SeaLife Center is saddened to announce the passing of Woody, a 22-year-old male Steller sea lion who was one of the Center’s original residents. Woody was humanely euthanized Monday following a rapid decline due to age-related complications. Since […]

There’s no place like Homer: Touring the end of the road

by Bryan Bearss Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby slippers to get back home to Kansas, but if you’re looking for family fun and outdoor learning, slip on a pair of XtraTufs and head down to Homer, Alaska. On the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, 230 road miles from Anchorage, Homer may seem […]

Fall Rafting With Kenai Riverdog

*GOOD DEAL ALERT*  What does a dog have to do with river rafting? A lot, especially if you’re Porter James, self-proclaimed “Top Dog” of the so-named Kenai Riverdog Adventure Rafting and Photography company based in Cooper Landing. AK Dad is away, and I hated to waste last weekend’s sunny autumn weather, so I packed up […]