Take a 26 Glacier Cruise This Fall

This is part two of a two-part blog series on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours.  The first time I boarded the M/V Klondike Express for a 26 Glaciers Cruise, I wondered if I’d ever actually get off. I’m a catamaran fan, and the Klondike Express is as classy as they come, with wide booth […]

Glacier Quest Cruise Continues Through September 10

A sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours Alaska may be staring at the arrival of fall, but Phillips Cruises and Tours’ Glacier Quest Cruise is still plying the waters of Prince William Sound though Sunday, September 10.  Rain or shine, there’s no mistaking the beauty of this Southcentral Alaska corner pocket, with […]

Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

When You Don’t See Wildlife On a Cruise: 5 ideas

Feet casually crossed on the bench seat of the Orca Song, I waited. The 70-foot vessel owned and operated by Major Marine Tours in Seward was one hour into a three-and-a-half hour day cruise around Resurrection Bay. To find whales, Orca whales, to be exact.  A calm day, thankfully, to raise binoculars to eyes and […]

Pangaea Adventures Paddles Toward Confidence

Note: A big warm thank you to Pangaea Adventures, most especially guide Emma, for the calm, cool, and most knowledgable three hours I’ve ever spent sitting in a kayak.  In 12 years of Alaska residence, I’ve overcome many of the trepidations about living, working, and playing in the Last Frontier. Bears, for example. And small […]

Campers Will Enjoy Valdez KOA This Summer

Camping as a form of recreation and travel is moving up within the list of family vacation favorites, according to the 2017 Topline Report published by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the largest purveyor of franchise campgrounds in the United States. Currently, 61% of U.S. households went camping at least once last year, and of those […]

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 […]

Explore Valdez With Your Family

by Theresa Hewston Valdez is an adventure paradise offering everything from spectacular roadside waterfalls to intense icefield hiking trails. This family-friendly town is full of history, culture, scenic beauty, wildlife, and adventure. It’s also full of opportunity. Take some time to explore Valdez and it will quickly find a place in your soul forever. GETTING […]

Play a May ‘I Spy’ With Phillips Cruises and Tours

Sponsored  by Erin Kirkland Southcentral Alaska’s Prince William Sound is 3,800 miles of pristine coastline bordered by the Chugach range east and north, and the Kenai Peninsula to the west. Known for rugged peaks and abundant wildlife, the sound is a recreationalist’s paradise. It also is the perfect place to spend a day cruising the […]

See a New View of Prince William Sound With Lazy Otter Charters

Given the blowing, driving, and utterly dripping snow falling from a leaden sky between Anchorage and the Whittier Tunnel, it seemed my choice to take a winter day cruise around Prince William Sound was a bit overambitious. Why, oh why did I suggest this trip to visiting family travel writer Heather and her family of […]