It’s a REAL EVENT–we even have a POSTER!

Hey–if you would like a poster to put up in your office or on a bulletin board, we have a limited number to go around! Send me a note: !

AK Summer Showcase

GOBS of prizes. Pre-register/Auto-Enter-to-win!


Wow. We’re gathering some g-r-e-a-t travel prizes for the first Alaska Summer Showcase on Sat., Mar. 29 between 12n and 5pm. BONUS:  you can pre-register NOW and AUTOMATICALLY be entered to win some of the BEST travel prizes.

How? The WHOLE EVENT is designed to jumpstart your summer. And there’s nothing like a FREE TRIP to do that, eh? We’ve built this great event as a fundraiser for charity:water. When you donate to our campaign, you AUTOMATICALLY are entered. Everyone, btw, will have the opportunity to donate HERE!

1. Alaska Airlines: two roundtrip tickets! That’s me (top) in the cockpit of Q400!
2. Alaska Railroad: two roundtrip tickets! (Another pic of me on train. HA! COULD BE YOU!!!!!)
3. Alaska Waters: Two LeConte Glacier jetboat tours, including a two-hour stop in Petersburg.
4. Era Flightseeing: Two heli-hiking tours departing Denali National Park.
5. Alaska Wildland Adventures: Overnight for two at Kenai Riverside Lodge, including dinner, breakfast and a float trip for two on the Kenai River canyon!
6. Kennicott Glacier Lodge: Lodge adventure for two in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park!
7. Northern Alaska Tour Company: Arctic Circle fly/drive tour for two!
8. Stan Stephens Cruises: Columbia Glacier tour for two!
9. Land’s End Resort: 3-day/2-night Getaway package for two!

…these are just a FEW of the prizes to be offered. We’re gathering everyone together at the Alaska Native Heritage Center for this one-day TRAVEL EXTRAVAGANZA, including some GREAT speakers, GREAT entertainment, a GREAT food-truck rodeo. MORE MORE MORE.

So: PRE-REGISTER and make your donation to charity:water. CLICK HERE. I donated $100—but anything will do, as long as it’s $5 or more. OH GO AHEAD—DONATE $100 like Leslye, Linda and I did.

STAY TUNED—more details to follow. Get ready to JUMPSTART your summer!

Save this date! March 29! Jumpstart Summer.

g glacierMarch 29 is the date of the first Alaska Summer Showcase.  Above, a nice shot of the Grewingk Glacier across from Homer. This is your chance to jumpstart your summer! Visit with the best travel operators in Alaska. Win some GREAT prizes. Hear some AWESOME presenters. Donate to a GREAT cause at charity:water .

Confirmed presenters:road

Pam Mandel, Nerd’s Eye View, talking about why travel (and the stories we tell as a result) really matters! Pam is one of our FAVORITE travel writers. She’s taking time off from her band, the Castaways, to join us in Anchorage. BIG HAND for Pam!

Erin Kirkland,, talking about traveling with your kids. DISCLAIMER: I’m partial to Erin. She’s my co-host each week on KOAN 95.5FM. She just came out with her NEW BOOK on traveling around Alaska with kids.


Confirmed travel providers (and prize donors):

Ninilchik Charters, offering deep-sea fishing from Homer, Seward and Ninilchik…and river fishing on the Kenai River!
Stan Stephens Cruises and Tours, providing breathtaking glacier cruises from Valdez.
Kennicott Glacier Lodge, deep in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Alaska Wildland Adventures, offering top-crafted adventures on the Kenai Peninsula and in Denali National Park.
Across the Bay Adventure Company, with waterfront accommodations on Kasitsna Bay across from Homer.
Land’s End Resort, Alaska’s premier beachfront getaway at “The End of the Road” in Homer.
Alaska Waters, offering wilderness adventures on the Stikine River, to LeConte Glacier and to Anan Bear Observatory.
Era Helicopters, with stunning excursions in Denali Park and on the Juneau Ice Cap!
Alaska TourSaver, the 2-for-1 travel book for adventures throughout Alaska.
Travel Juneau, the official site for adventures in Alaska’s Capital City!
Talkeetna Roadhouse, our favorite hostelry/bakery/restaurant/social phenomenon in Talkeetna, Alaska!
Visit Anchorage, your go-to source for everything that’s happening in and around Anchorage. Plus, they publish an AWESOME travel planner.


Stay tuned for more details!

Our event at Alaska Native Heritage Center


We’re grateful to our friends at the Alaska Native Heritage Center for hosting the Alaska Summer Showcase on Mar. 29. The event will be from 12-5pm and will feature some AWESOME DANCERS, as well as an opportunity to explore the village sites outside. JOIN US!



Our BIG event, the Alaska Summer Showcase, will offer attendees a chance to win some AWESOME travel prizes. It’s also an opportunity to participate in a noble endeavor: bringing clean water to folks who really need it around the world. Alaska Summer Showcase is raising money for charity: water.  Above, an awesome shot of some fresh, clean water. Sure, it’s frozen. HA

Learn more about our charity:water campaign HERE. 

Welcome to the Alaska Summer Showcase

FedExWe’re glad you’re here! It’s time to get ready for another great Alaska summer! We’re bringing together an eclectic group of Alaska travel providers. Plus, we’re harvesting some AWESOME prizes. And we have some INCREDIBLE travel experts to share some stories.

It’s all happening on Sat., Mar. 29  at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Join us!