5 Fun Camping Activities for RVing Kids

What do you get when you mix a bunch of kids, a wide-open campground, and a little bit of dirt?  F.U.N. Especially when it’s camping.  Does your family go camping, whether in a tent, RV, or public use cabin?<—-cabins count in Alaska, since most cabins are in pretty remote places and are very similar to […]

For Fall Family Fun, There’s Always Hope

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 10/4/2016. Gold was on our minds as we drove the Seward Highway south toward the small community of Hope. Not the kind one mines, although that is there too. No, we were looking for the colorful signal of a season that appears to be lingering this […]

AAA Alaska Offers Peace of Mind for Families

Sponsored post on behalf of AKontheGO sponsor AAA Alaska  Every August, after my son returns to school, my husband and I haul out everything from the cars and take stock of our road trip safety inventory. Flares, check. Extra food, water, and a sleeping bag? Roger. AAA Alaska card? Double check that. With a short […]

Camping in America: The KOA mission and vision carries on

KOA provided AKontheGO with several nights of accommodations during our recent Iowa to Alaska road trip. Below is a synopsis of the company, its history, and mission to inspire more families to spend time outside.  Nestled deep in the fabric of American culture, the concept of camping outdoors is as much about United States history […]

Iowa to Alaska: Glacier National Park

It’s now Day, uh, er, um… That’s the sign of a good vacation, is it not, to forget what day it is? All I know is that we’re parked on a grassy knoll of KOA St. Mary/Glacier National Park in full view of the park’s stunning peaks. While the weather cooperated yesterday for our arrival, […]

Iowa to Alaska: Day Two

Bismarck, North Dakota Before we left Alaska, a package arrived in the mail from my mother. It was a book titled “Bad Land” by Jonathan Raban, and chronicled a chapter of American history that resonated deeply with her. Born and raised between the various quadrants of North Dakota and Montana, my mother, and her mother […]

Road Trip Planning With Great Alaskan Holidays

[A sponsored post on behalf of Great Alaskan Holidays, based in Anchorage] The first few lines of my book say it all: “Let’s be honest. Preparing for a trip across town with children can sometimes be difficult, never mind planning a vacation to a state twice the size of Texas. With almost 587,000 square miles […]

AAA Alaska 2015 Summer Travel Forecast

  [sponsored on behalf of AAA Mountain West/AAA Alaska] Last weekend marked the unofficial start to Alaska summer fun. With brilliant weather and clear roadways mostly void of construction delays (crossing fingers, here), Alaskan families packed up RVs, automobiles and kids, and headed toward the campgrounds, lakes, beaches, and mountains for which our state is […]

Alaska Winter Road Trips: A checklist from AAA

When our family moved to Alaska in December 2005, a few things were immediately clear. 1) I had forgotten how to drive in icy, snowy conditions, and 2) Confidence was low. My husband might also add “Worst backseat driver, ever” to this list, but that’s a whole separate story. Timid, unsure of myself and my […]

Tips for Camping in Alaska

I locked the door on the AKontheGO trailer for the last time yesterday after carting armloads of outdoor clothing, bedding, and cans of food to a winter resting place in a closet under the stairs. Bittersweet packing this first week of autumn, with yellow leaves skittering across the roof and snow falling on way-back mountain […]

Denali National Park Road Lottery: We’re last-minute winners (sort of)

I receive a lot of fabulous messages from AKontheGO readers, but the one that cycled through the Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon had AK Fam hollering with excitement. “We won the Denali National Park Road Lottery, but have to make an unexpected trip abroad, unfortunately. Do you know anyone who might want it? Do YOU […]