3 Days in Bellingham, Washington

Home to 82,000 people and a wealth of outdoor recreation to whet the whistle of anyone with a sense of adventure, Bellingham reminds me again and again of why I like to visit. This Pacific Northwest city is home to Western Washington University, is the beginning of the Alaska Marine Highway System, and a gateway […]

Tonsina Cabin Near Seward a Perfect Place

*This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.*  UPDATE: After publication on Tuesday morning, reservations went live on the DNR website, and the cabin is booked every weekend through October. Try Sunday nights, Thursday nights, or Monday nights if you want to bookend a weekend adventure near Seward. ~EK  […]

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 […]

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 […]

Driving the McCarthy Road – Should you?

This is the first in a two-part series about McCarthy and Kennecott adventures with kids for the Alaska Dispatch News. McCarthy Road stories are the stuff of Alaska legend. Chunks of wooden railroad ties rising from a lumpy gravel surface to infiltrate car tires. Metal spikes appearing out of nowhere. Vehicles nearly colliding on single-lane […]

Phillips Cruises and Tours Offers Discovery

Sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours  What does the word “discovery” mean to you? For some, it might translate into checking items off a list. For others, perhaps discovery is finding something not previously known. For me, it’s both those things, and in Alaska, both can be handily accomplished with Phillips Cruises […]

Fishing Alaska With Kids

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 5/23/2017 I caught my first fish at Rocky Run Creek in Washington’s Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest when I was about 6 years old and camping with my family. It was a rainbow trout just over the 6-inch legal requirement, and I proudly carried it back to […]

Win a Pair of Northside Shoes: Kids to Parks Day giveaway!

In honor of Kids to Parks Day this Saturday, May 20, AKontheGO and Northside Shoes are partnering up to give away one pair of casual shoes to a lucky reader.*  Northside is committed to the concept that shoes for kids and adults should be affordable and durable, and we’ve been beyond pleased with the products […]

Walking Juneau With Kids

by Erin Kirkland This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on 4/18/2017 There is no place quite like Juneau. Nestled in the Alaska Panhandle, with long, narrow Gastineau Channel on one side and the towering mounts Roberts and Juneau on the other, the city makes the most of its unique and scenic location. […]

Spring Ski Alaska While You Still Can

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on March 28, 1017.  On more than a few afternoons this spring I’ve stood at the bottom of Hilltop Ski Area, watching my son and his friends race to be first up the lift for the 3-9 p.m. after-school session. There’s a lot to love about […]

Alaska History Means Drilling For Tsunami Danger

by Erin Kirkland One June evening in 2011 our family had just settled in after a busy day exploring the beaches of Homer, Alaska. Ever been to Homer? It’s got a sandy beach near the “Old Town” section that we like to walk from our rental cottage and play on the driftwood or dig for treasures […]