Erin Kirkland

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Erin Kirkland is an Anchorage-based author of two Alaska travel guidebooks and publisher of the website AKontheGO. She is also a columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News and frequently contributes to Alaska Airlines Magazine and other national outlets. Erin writes with a clear eye toward the history, culture, recreation, and industry for which Alaska is famous, emphasizing that young people who visit the state today will indeed grow up to become stewards of the Last Frontier tomorrow. Erin's office looks over the Chugach mountain range and her daily mantra consists of toasting the view with "I get to be here," before tackling another story. She hikes, skis, smokes a mean sockeye salmon, and spends her free time exploring the roadways of Alaska with her husband and youngest son, 13.

Posts by Erin Kirkland

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    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    In 2015 my family sailed along the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands aboard an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry. The legends of wild seas and dead-end communities had us prepared for a less-than-stellar experience. We were overjoyed to find calm water, abundant wildlife, and scenery far beyond our expectations; but the most positive discovery was the warm welcome from our fellow Alaskans who couldn’t believe we had chosen their slice of the state for a family vacation.

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    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Flying, driving, walking, or sailing my way around Alaska has taught me to be flexible in ways I never imagined. Weather, wildlife, or personal whims sometimes dictate a change in plans, and over the past decade have provided access to places and people I would not have otherwise enjoyed.

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    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    I appreciate travel partners who respect my need for observation and discussion, and road trips are perfect for both. As such, I’d choose former President Jimmy Carter for his calm perspective on life and circumstances, not to mention a wonderful ability to connect with people.

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