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Travel Tuesday: Reading on the fly and family rafting adventures

By Daybreak Staff 1:08 PM July 5, 2016

From rafting to reading, Daybreak’s family fun expert, Erin Kirkland, talked about her family’s recent rafting experience and her Read on the Fly reading program she launched just two weeks ago at Ted Stevens International Airport.

Kirkland described  the new reading program as a free library concept for kids to read more and not play with electronics.

“So you know, I think kids in Alaska transit by air all the time,” she said. “There’s a lot of downtime if they’re weathered in, if they have lots of connections. So with Read on the Fly we’re going to hopefully open up the world a little bit to kids that maybe don’t travel a ton. Reading and travel are very similar. It’s not just words on a page, not just hopping on an airplane. Books can open up your world and that’s what we want to do.”

More recently, Kirkland and her family floated down the Placer River after taking a short trip aboard the Alaska Railroad.

“You can pick up the train in Anchorage, Girdwood or Portage,” she said. “That’s what we did, because it was a little easier. Then 20 minutes from Portage you get off at the Spencer Whistle stop, which we talked about before, lots of great hiking and scenery. This time you hop in a raft, paddle around the iceberg.”

Kirkland said rafting trip is perfect of people of all skill levels, including kids.

For more information, check the AK on the Go website.

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