Stargazing Alaska With Kids

by Bryan Bearss Alaska’s land of the midnight sun has finally yielded to the darkness of winter, but don’t despair. With this impending darkness comes a glorious display in the night sky. While the aurora borealis (or northern lights) may be the charismatic mega fauna of the astronomical family, there is so much more to […]

Alaska Halloween Round Up

It’s time, it’s time! The pumpkins have been purchased, the costume box is now sitting in the middle of our family room floor, and my inbox is fairly bursting with event submissions for the AKontheGO calendar. Halloween’s seasonal push is on, friends, so heed our spooky lineup of family fun, below. Psst: Save some doughnuts […]

Van Gogh Alive at Anchorage Museum

During my school years, studying the works of Vincent Van Gogh was a bit like taking a literature class; necessary, but a bit incomprehensible. He painted ‘Starry Night,’ was perpetually mad, and eventually killed himself rather than face a world that delivered more pain than joy…—–> OK, let’s get real: I learned that Van Gogh […]

Kids Corner: Alaska is a ‘berry’ fun place in the fall!

by Bryan Bearss After a great summer of blueberry or raspberry picking, it’s time to change gears and think about fall’s other recreational pursuits. As you bundle up and head outside, don’t forget to pack an extra container for a detour along the trail to harvest an autumnal berry bounty. While frost and cooler temperatures […]

Matanuska Valley Farms Are a Harvest of Family Fun

by Mariah Brasher Everyone loves July with its sunshine and warmth. Newcomers and sourdoughs alike rejoice in December’s snow and shining aurora. But – I’m here to tell you – September is one of the most beautiful and busy months in Alaska, from Fairbanks to Juneau. While it’s easy to get caught up in the […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak: Labor Day “Top 5” Destinations

Were you up early to catch our Travel Tuesday segment on KTVA 11 Daybreak? If not, you can watch it HERE, and take note (below) of our top 5 Labor Day weekend hot spots for family fun. Why should you make plans for a getaway this weekend? Crowds are beginning to thin out, leaves are […]

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 […]

Kids Corner – Animal jokes for the whole family

Need a laugh? Everyone does; humor is an important part of the human condition. Kids, try these animal jokes out on your parents at dinner tonight and see who can go the longest without spurting milk out of his or her nose. Or, something. Happy weekend! ~EK and AK Kid     Q: Where do […]

Traveling the Alaska Marine Highway Southwest Route: Family worthy?

In choosing to write my second book on the subject of Alaska’s storied and historic Marine Highway System (AMHS), our family accepted the challenge of traveling all four routes identified by the State’s ferry system. From Bellingham, Washington to Juneau we sailed on the Southeast Route; between Juneau and Whittier we jostled along via the […]

Alaska Salmon-ology: Sound like an expert!

by Bryan Bearss There’s not much that says summer in Alaska more than fishing, and chances are, if you’re fishing in Alaska, you’ll be looking for salmon. From June to September, people flock to Alaska’s rivers, streams, and saltwater hotspots in the hopes of catching a big, beautiful salmon. Most Alaska families take at least […]

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 […]