Spring Into a Southeast Alaska Vacation

AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland has a few ideas for exploring Southeast Alaska between March and May.  After 10 years of writing about traveling Alaska with children, I have a pretty good idea of what’s hot, or not, in the realm of family-friendly fun. So when January rolls around each year and my email inbox fills […]

It Takes a Village: Alaska small towns you won’t want to miss

I subscribe to the philosophy that small town life can be healthy for kids. Free-range mobility, a sense of community, and that “everyone is watching out for me” sort of security feels pure and good, at least to me. In Alaska, small towns are more the norm than the exception, and in the case of […]

Mount Dewey Trail in Wrangell, Alaska: Kid-tested and approved

Rounding out the green forests of Wrangell, Alaska is a canopy-covered trail that surprises newcomers, every time. Mount Dewey, located within shouting distance from downtown and popular with local families, is often deemed too short, too easy, and too close in for hardy hikers like myself. Mistake. Since first trotting up the wooden steps and […]

Five Alaska Activities For Smaller Children: Part Three

We wind up our Alaska tour with wee ones in the southeastern section of the state. “Southeast,” as it is called by Alaskans, is that panhandle-shaped, rainforested area where most visitors capture their first images of the 49th state. Cruisers will certainly spend the majority of sailing time in this region, moving through the gorgeous […]

Alaska Experience, 2011: AKontheGO Reviews the Year

This was going to be a typical “Top Five” list.  AK Fam had already engaged in a number of spirited conversations, arguing and pleading and lobbying for favorite destinations to achieve AKontheGO-greatness. But we couldn’t agree. AK Dad, Kid, and I were busy in 2011, traveling in all directions to expand our sense of adventure, […]

Alaska Vistas Provides More Than Transportation to Anan Wildlife Observatory

Low clouds wrapped depressingly around the harbor as we prepared for a day exploring the wilds of Wrangell. Day packs stuffed with rain gear, hats, gloves, and extra socks,  AK Fam tentatively emerged from the office of Alaska Vistas, peering suspiciously at the dripping morning from beneath our hoods. We were bound for Anan Wildlife […]

Keepin’ It Real in Wrangell, Alaska

When former Wrangell mayor Bruce Harding invited me into his office to “talk” about my reason for infiltrating this tiny town of a few thousand, I knew I’d met my mental match. Many journalists come to Wrangell, said Bruce, but few actually end up writing about it. But then, he conceded, not many are actually […]