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 […]

Enjoying Alaska’s Destination Playgrounds

Note: This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News.  I was on the phone last week with a writer from back East who wanted all my best tips for exploring the Last Frontier with young people. “OK, what’s one of the do-not-miss things to do in Alaska with kids?” she asked, her fingers ticka-tapping […]

World Oceans Day 2017: Preserve, protect, honor

This post is in partnership with Dawn as an effort to increase awareness of World Oceans Day. Early morning along an ocean shoreline means a briny auora of seaweed, saltwater, and the never-ending screech of birds looking for a low tide breakfast. Foamy waves sweep along the smooth sand and over barnacle-encrusted rocks for a […]

10 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day In Seward

You’ve plotted and planned an Alaska adventure with the family. It’s summer vacation where you live; the sun is out, the grass is green, and the temperatures, warm. You and the crew hop a plane or cruise ship and arrive in the 49th state and make your way down the Seward Highway toward Mile 0 […]

Seward and the Alaska SeaLife Center: A day off

It rained all day yesterday, sheet after sheet of icy droplets draped in a dreary fog that wrapped around the Chugach range and obstructed our usual view. This week seemed extra long, and the added grayness of what should have been a snow-capped, sun-kissed November instead proved to be anything but. So we left town. […]

Celebrating Sea Otters in Alaska

In 1989, the framework of coastal Alaska was changed forever when an oil tanker crashed into Bligh Reef just miles from the small town of Valdez, Alaska. Pristine shoreline became a gooky, oily mess after the innards of the Exxon Valdez poured out to lie atop the saltwater of Prince William Sound. Life was never […]

Alaska Autumn Destinations to Wander With Your Tribe

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.* The season’s first official frost left a sparkling welcome upon my front lawn last weekend, and the birch leaves and hillside shrubs are beginning to change color. It’s an unmistakable signal that the seasonal shift from summer to fall is going […]

Day Cruising Alaska’s Early Season: What you need to know

For those who follow the AKontheGO Instagram account, I have no doubt Saturday’s posts were a bit on a dreary side. It’s not anybody’s fault, really. Spring in Alaska, and particularly along coastal areas like Seward, is often windy, wet, and gray. Very, very gray. We know better than to expect April to feature blue […]

BREAKING: Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Passing of ‘Woody’

Some sad news from our friends at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward this afternoon. “The Alaska SeaLife Center is saddened to announce the passing of Woody, a 22-year-old male Steller sea lion who was one of the Center’s original residents. Woody was humanely euthanized Monday following a rapid decline due to age-related complications. Since […]

Seward’s Harbor 360 Hotel Offers Families Convenience and Comfort

Savvy moms and dads know that sometimes it pays to invest in accommodations within reach of attractions and activities. Seward’s newest hotel, Harbor 360, is a win-win for parents who strive for comfortable beds, good food, and easy striking distance of Alaska’s popular day cruise industry. Previously owned by the Holiday Inn Express chain, Harbor […]

“People’s Tree” Begins Journey to Washington, D.C. for Christmas

This afternoon, AK Kid and I stood on a windy corner of the Chugach National Forest and listened to the sound of history being made. For 50 years, a towering tree has graced the West Lawn of the the United States Capitol during the holiday season. Brightly-lit and sporting ornaments from its respective state, the […]