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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commercial Fishing in Alaska: Show kids one of Alaska’s largest industries

Alaska is home to nearly 34,000 miles of tidal coastline leading to wide expanses of ocean where the seafood you eat likely originated. From crab to cod, Alaska’s commercial fishing industry is the state’s second-largest (the first is petroleum-based business), providing a livlihood for thousands of families. Fishing is, and will continue to be, as […]

KTVA 11’s Daybreak: Alaska Family Fun for September

September is here, AKontheGO fans; time for another segment of family fun for KTVA 11’s Daybreak! I always enjoy a few minutes in the high-def studio, lounging on The Couch with co-hosts James Gaddis and Megan Mazurek. This month’s segment? Autumn break-aways: North: Creamer’s Field Migratory Bird Refuge in Fairbanks. We talk up this place […]

Alaska and Independence Day: Great ways to celebrate with kids

Tomorrow is the first Thursday of July, which means it’s also time to wake up very, very early and join my friends James Gaddis and Megan Mazurek on the set of KTVA’s Daybreak. ‘Alaska Family Fun Expert’ is a title I am proud to own, and with a long holiday weekend ahead of us, I’m […]

Exxon Valdez: Visiting Prince William Sound 25 years later

The sheen of oil is gone, flushed away by winter storms and the perpetual shifting of saltwater. Otters still float atop the waves, clinging to each other and kelp beds, staring at passersby with wide eyes and furry faces. Sea lions, whales, sea birds of all species – they’re all around, too, and yet whenever […]

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 […]

People of My Year: Alaska Superstars

For several years I’ve followed a traditional year-end path of The List. You know The List – every news outlet has one, it seems. From bloggers to public television, ranking memorable places and events is popular, even in Alaska. With 2014 slowly breaking from behind an ever-brightening winter landscape, I thought I’d take a different […]