Camping 101 With AKontheGO and Anchorage Community House

Were you raised to spend summer nights in a canvas tent, cooking meals over a campfire and playing until all hours among the leafy trees and rocky streams? I was, and so were many of my friends. My parents would pack the VW Bus with sleeping bags, coolers, boots, extra clothes, and that smelly canvas […]

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 […]

Celebrate an Alaska Kids to Parks Day

by Erin Kirkland Listen up: The 2017 Kids to Parks Day calendar is ticking ever closer to May 20, and the National Park Trust needs you. Last year, 731,000 kids participated in a day of celebration for our country’s national parks and public lands, and the Park Trust is hoping to boost those numbers to […]

We’re Live for Family Fun Camp – Spring Edition!

Snuggled together in the Manitoba Cabin last October, family fun camp participants celebrated the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, made name tags, sipped hot chocolate, and got to know one another. Outside, this group of 15 learned about archery, safe fire-building, and even got to watch a few falling stars before falling asleep to the […]

Driving the Seward Highway This Fall

Alaska autumns are lingering, longer. While Alaskans wait for the first snowfall and an entirely new set of family-fun activities, September and October have become fantastic months for road-tripping the 49th state’s major highways. Like the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Seward, a 2.5-hour drive.  All of a sudden, Alaska has fall. Not just one […]

NatGeo Kids is ‘Weird But True’ in Alaska

As soon as I could read, my mother bought a subscription to a little magazine called “World.” Designed to create a more kid-friendly approach to issues facing a 1970’s planet, World filled my head with images, people, and ideas that I’d like to think shaped my teen and adult years. Today’s World is now National […]

Prep For Ski Season at Eaglecrest in Juneau

(This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska.)  When AKontheGO wants to go skiing, we try to find an excuse to hop an Alaska Airlines jet (using those wonderful miles, of course) and fly south. South, you say? Indeed, for in the capital city of Juneau lies a community […]

Outdoor Retailer, Meet Alaska On the Go

August began a few thousand miles south of Alaska at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. What is OR, as it is affectionately known? It’s 679,000 square feet of brands related to the outdoors. From head to toe, and all the fun stuff in between, OR is a gearhead’s gear […]

Celebrate 100 Years of National Parks at Denali

by Danielle Benson Our first experience at Denali National Park and Preserve was two summers ago, when we were still fairly new Alaskans. We reserved a camping spot at accessible Riley Creek Campground, pitched the family tent, ate ice cream at the Mercantile Exchange in the evenings, and attended the daily campground Ranger Talks. We took […]

Iowa to Alaska: Canadian Rockies and Icefields Parkway

HINTON, ALBERTA Jasper National Park reminds us of home, except for uniquely-shaped rock formations that seem to touch the skies above the RV. Many things are the same — bears, caribou, braided river valleys, snow. The last few days have felt a bit like traveling the Glenn Highway, with a few skunks thrown in for […]

Top 5 Camping Spots for Memorial Day Weekend

**We interrupt your regularly scheduled Iowa to Alaska blog posts for a bit of Alaska-themed insight before the Memorial Day weekend begins. Enjoy! ~EK   by Danielle Benson Memorial Day weekend is a special time for families. While it is the unofficial kick-off of summer, our family reflects on military deployments we’ve survived and years […]