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 […]

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 […]