Happy New Year! Kids, how about creating a tree full of wishes?

Tonight’s the night, guys and gals! With 12 bell taps, 2014 is officially in the history books, and 2015 slides in to bring your family a whole new year of exciting opportunities. Just think about it; you can go anywhere, do anything, or be anybody you want, starting NOW. I was going to write a […]

Anchorage Winter Biking: A very happy AK Kid takes to the trails

Given the choice to walk or ride to a particular destination, AK Kid will almost always choose the ride, especially if it involves his beloved blue bicycle. A Christmas gift last year, AK Kid’s mountain bike from REI has proven its worth over and over during the non-snowy months. This December, with snow depths still […]

Santa-Spotting With KTVA 11 Daybreak and AKontheGO

Happy Christmas season, AKontheGO families! Truly, I have the best job in the world, finding out the appearance schedule of Mr. Claus himself. Today is the first Thursday in December, and that means an early-morning wake up with KTVA 11 Daybreak. This month, it’s all Santa, all the time for many Alaska families, and I […]

Let it SNOW! Fun facts about Alaska’s signature weather pattern

How much do you know about snow? In Alaska, snow usually starts falling in late October or early November, but some years (like 2014) the snow arrives very late, indeed. At our home in Anchorage, snow finally started falling last Saturday, and AK Kid is busy sledding, building forts, and wrestling around in his favorite […]

Free Alaska Family Fun: Thanksgiving weekend is upon us!

Another winter is upon us, and while Alaska awaits its first significant snowfall of 2014, families around the state are making preparations for Thanksgiving. Turkeys are defrosting, cranberries are simmering, and pies are baking, at least in my house. I love Thanksgiving’s long weekend; a stretch of four days to get outdoors and be grateful […]

Alaska Marine Highway Unaccompanied Minor Policy: AKontheGO weighs in

Yesterday, the Alaska Marine Highway and Alaska Department of Transportation issued a new policy regarding unaccompanied minors traveling aboard their ferries. As of November 20, 2014, all children under the age of 18 must travel with a parent, legal guardian, or other individual at least 18 years of age who also carries a notarized letter […]

Staying Awake During Alaska’s Short Winter Days

Every year, the discussion surrounding an impending switch from Daylight Savings to Standard time. We know it’s coming; my home in Anchorage, located in Alaska’s Southcentral region, begins losing as much as six minutes per day of precious light in October. Cities located farther north, like Fairbanks or Barrow, lose light, faster, and the residents […]

Alaska On the Go: Exploring the Marine Highway with children

For those following closely the saga of Alaska On the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children, you will know that barely seven months after its release, the book is still hopping off store shelves around the country. This makes me feel pretty good, so good that in a fit of memory loss not unlike […]

Skiing Alaska is Fun With Eaglecrest Snowsports School

(A happily-sponsored post to benefit the good folks at Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska) One of my first jobs in college required physical fitness, endless patience, and a penchant for knowing the lastest pop songs. I was a youth instructor at a small ski area 45 minutes east of Seattle; I had grown up […]