AK on the Go

A ‘best-kept secret’ on rails

September 9, 2013
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Owen Kirkland peers out from the baggage car of Alaska Railroad’s Hurricane Turn train. Erin Kirkland

The Hurricane Turn serves Alaska’s homesteaders, adventurers  A dirty flag waved wildly back and forth as the locomotive’s engines ground to a stop. Within moments, a little group of people…

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Homegrown flightseeing

August 26, 2013
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Soaring above Anchorage with Rust’s Flying Service, Owen Kirkland is all smiles. By Erin Kirkland

Airplane ride over Anchorage offers new perspective for locals   The red and white floatplane rumbled to life with a throaty cough, then bobbed toward take-off on Anchorage’s Lake Hood,…

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Alaska with teens in tow

July 15, 2013
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Zipping across the lake at Denali Zipline Tours’ course in Talkeetna. Erin Kirkland

Balance family time with adventure   Teenagers are a tough crowd. Striving for independence, yet still unconsciously so dependent, teens generally approach family vacations as weeks through which to be…

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Upward bound

June 17, 2013
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Owen Kirkland enjoys a rocky vantage point in Denali National Park and Preserve. By Erin Kirkland

Views of Alaska are endless when hiking above treeline   Perhaps it’s my upbringing that sends me scrambling toward alpine meadow flowers and hidden lakes. Raised in the midst of…

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Facing your fears with family

May 6, 2013
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James (in rear) and Owen Kirkland get comfortable with their double kayak while waiting for Mom. Erin Kirkland

Land of adventure tests mom’s ‘go for it’ fortitude Until recently, it’s been fairly easy to steer our youngest child toward pre-selected vacation activities. Have small child, will travel, so…

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Take to the open road

April 16, 2013
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There is a lot of wide-open road to explore in Alaska, and the state’s scenic highways are some of the best travel opportunities. Courtesy Erin Kirkland

Alaska’s beautiful highways are destinations in and of themselves The family road trip is a rite of passage. When the 1950s brought automobile ownership to nearly every household, car trips…

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