Sail through the forest with Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures in Seward

“On belay!” Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures guide Mike grabbed my son by the fistful of climbing harness attached to his chest and said, “Okay, buddy, are you ready to finish this?” AK Kid gingerly stepped into space, trusting both the rope and Mike, and slowly descended 20 feet to the forest floor below. I peered […]

Spring Family Camping Adventures in Alaska

How nice that my return to Alaska was punctuated by singing birds and snow-free trails! Here in Southcentral, anyway, spring has truly sprung (we know this by increasing daylight and an incurable itch to ditch the down jackets), and with it, thoughts of family camping. Here at AK Hacienda, our weekend will be spent throwing […]

Six Ways to Enjoy an Alaska Warm Winter

In an article released by the Alaska Dispatch News this morning, the prospect of an actual winter scenario in the nation’s far North sounds pretty grim. Alaska is setting weather records, and not in a good way. Normally, Anchorage residents are tossing hand warmers into kids’ backpacks so they can enjoy recess without freezing fingers. […]

Whale-Watching with KTVA’s Daybreak: Alaskans, pay attention!

  It’s always a joyous moment when Alaskans see something they hadn’t before. Be it wildlife or landscape, Alaska never fails to disappoint, even for those of us who have called the state home for a long time. Like whale-watching, for instance. KTVA 11’s Daybreak host James Gaddis joined me on a trip to Seward […]

Help Kids Understand the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964

Of all the valuable lessons I’ve learned since moving to Alaska, respecting the power of nature and the planet upon which we reside takes top honors. Even though I grew up in the Seattle area, a seismological hotspot within the famous “Ring of Fire,” there are few temblors to compare with the Great Alaska Earthquake […]

Break Away at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in Seward, Alaska

“…break clean away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.”  ~ John Muir My wilderness hero speaks such wisdom, but how often I forget. Finding my happy place in Alaska seems so simple, right? A travel journalist, out and about to all sorts of beautiful places on […]

An Alaska Fun Friday: What a Wonderful World

Hummmm, hummmmm. Hear that? It’s the sound of a peaceful, content Alaska parent; me. I get this way each spring when the lawn becomes more than a grayish pile of snowy rubbish, and robins wake me up in the morning instead an alarm clock. Yes, I do love springtime in Alaska. In true 49th state […]

Leaf-Peeping In Alaska? Sure Thing!

Just look at it out there; pouring rain chilling even me this morning. Autumn is here, and overnight, it seems, the birch and cottonwood trees are flushing yellow. Right now is the perfect time to pack up the family and take a weekend road trip before snow falls and leaves become but a musty memory […]

CIRI Alaska Tourism Shows Off A Beautiful World

Navigating the many options for Alaska day cruises, tours, and multi-itinerary experiences can be confusing. Knowing where, when, and how to approach this popular avenue of 49th state tourism is as important to one’s family as it is to one’s wallet. With day cruises in running the gamut of 2-9 hour excursions into wildlife and […]

Must-Have Items for Alaska Day Cruising With Kids

Ninety feet never seemed so small as when navigating the slippery, narrow deck of a day cruise boat. What initially appeared to be a looming fortress of tourism at the dock in town quickly morphs into a fast-moving speck upon Alaska’s chilly water, and we parents are now responsible for our little wildlife or glacier-watchers […]

Take This Broken Wing….Activities For the Mobility-Compromised

There is nothing worse than a man with compromised mobility. AK Dad, a mere five days out from a devastating elbow injury and subsequent surgery after falling into a pothole with his bicycle, is already chafing for new surroundings other than the basement family room. “Never mind the lovely view, darling, or the Direct TV; […]