Balto Seppala Park — Anchorage Parks Are Still Full of Fun

We’re one month into Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s “hunker down order,” and families are getting restless. Schools are now closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 year; parents are still figuring out this new normal of work-from-home/school-from-home system; and playgrounds are closed. But Anchorage parks are still open and ready to welcome your family for […]

How to Be Still During This Crazy COVID-19 Time

There sure is a lot of noise right now, isn’t there? The news reports about COVID-19 on television or the radio; a bunch of emails about online school; parents doing Zoom meetings at the dining room table; sisters or brothers fighting over the game controller — It all takes a toll on our minds and […]

Stay Off Playgrounds During COVID-19: 10 things to do instead

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is upending our lives in ways large and small. As each state or community’s “shelter-in-place” or “hunker down” orders stretch far beyond what we initially thought, it’s becoming harder and harder for many parents to find ways to keep kids active. Here in Alaska, mandates have set forth a list […]

Play Every Day (But Hunker Down), Alaska

This Alaska family is glad to be back home after a quiet yet stressful journey from Colorado on Saturday. Now that we’re here, and settling in for a 14-day quarantine that hopefully won’t result in anyone getting sick, I can focus on what’s going on in the Last Frontier; and the incredible efforts of statewide […]

Enjoying Alaska State Parks’ Rainbow Trout Cabin

It may be small, but the newest Eklutna Lake public use cabin is an Alaska State Parks gem. Rainbow Trout is only 16′ X 20′ but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in glowing natural light and a wealth of easy-to-access activities in and around the lake.  One of two cabins recently […]

Borealis Basecamp – Your northern lights destination

Imagine this scenario: Tired from your flight, drive, or rail journey to Fairbanks, you finish the remaining 25 miles to Borealis Basecamp in relative silence, thinking only of a good meal and warm bed, never mind the promise of northern lights, thanks to alerts from your smartphone app.  The vehicle makes a left turn from […]

Celebrate an Alaska Winter Solstice

“I hate it here.” Startled, I glanced askance at my son, who sat crouched in the front seat next to me, arms folded across his chest, a scowl on his face. “What!?” I said, genuinely surprised and trying to fathom how a kid who just a few weeks ago told his grandparents he’d “live here […]

Oh, Christmas Tree! AKontheGO and Chugach National Forest Team Up

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches!” ~ Oh Tannenbaum (traditional German carol)  Truly, if you have experienced the joy of finding, then harvesting, your family Christmas tree each year, then you know. The spicy, evergreen smell as you carry it back to the car, carefully putting it on top with […]

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge PEEPS Program

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on October 10, 2017. Just so you know, there’s a lot more to being a red squirrel than merely looking cute and shaking your bushy tail, and a swarm of little kids at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Center are about to find out why. […]

Hiking Alaska: New book guides Alaska’s “greatest adventures”

  Before I even started reading about the mechanics of Hiking Alaska, I was hooked. The newest Falcon Guides resource for hoofing it around the 49th state is pretty, chock-full of information, and, perhaps most important, is written by a real, live Alaskan.  Why is this important? Hiking anywhere is an intimate experience, but possibly […]

North American Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Just for kids!

The National Park Service has long supported the notion that kids are often more engaged in an experience if they have a guide. The popular Junior Ranger program is an age-appropriate method of pointing young visitors to their parks, national monuments, or historical parks through booklets full of activities that reap a badge reward upon […]