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Taking the Kids — and thinking about adventures past and to come — in Alaska
This sign greets visitors on the Kenai Peninsula as they enter world-famous Homer Alaska

Taking the Kids — and thinking about adventures past and to come — in Alaska

Nearly a year later, stuck at home, trips canceled in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I smile thinking about that stellar day and the rest of last summer’s trip to Alaska

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Taking the Kids — on different kind of trip to Alaska
Kirk Hoessle, president and founder of Alaska Wildland Adventures

Taking the Kids — on different kind of trip to Alaska

You can’t get much more remote — or farther away from cruise crowds than at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, which opened 10 years ago — the first and only lodge in the national park and accessible only by a four-hour boat trip from Seward

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How travel insurance can help in emergencies large and small
A billowing cloud of smoke from the Swan Lake Fire seen from the Kenai River

How travel insurance can help in emergencies large and small

Getting stuck without your clothes, laptop and phone charger pales compared to a medical emergency away from home. In either event, travel insurance certainly can alleviate the stress of the situation.

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Bringing home the Halibut — final days in Alaska
Eileen with her first Halibut catch in Homer AK

Bringing home the Halibut — final days in Alaska

I'm still dubious when we put the baited and weighted hooks in the ocean. They go down 200 feet but immediately one person gets a bite… then another… and another

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Peace, Solitude, Activity, Yums, more — at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
The Mann family from Indianapolis atop the ridge trail

Peace, Solitude, Activity, Yums, more — at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

We’ve canoed and hiked a mile through the forest and canoed some more across Addison Lake where the salmon are spawning, thinking we might see a bear snacking along the shore

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Tips for kids going on a cruise — from kids finishing their first cruise
Regent Seven Seas Mariner near the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

Tips for kids going on a cruise — from kids finishing their first cruise

On this “day at sea,” the kids put off playing a game in Club Mariner to impart some wisdom for kids whose parents and grandparents may be planning a cruise

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Rescued bear cubs and recuperating raptors top the charms of Sitka, Alaska
A injured juvenile Bald Eagle in Sitka

Rescued bear cubs and recuperating raptors top the charms of Sitka, Alaska

Even if you are lucky enough to see a bear or a Bald Eagle in the wild in Alaska, you won’t get nearly as close as you can in Sitka

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Take grandma zip lining? Shore excursions in Alaska
Eileen and a Dungeoness Crab on an excursion near Ketchikan

Take grandma zip lining? Shore excursions in Alaska

there are lots of options from the popular Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan to gold panning in Juneau, the White Pass scenic railroad in Skagway, a rainforest bicycle tour, rock climbing,

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