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What’s Next for the Switchback Kids?

“There will become a time when you think everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour (thanks Darius for the quote inspiration!) We are “done.” But nowhere near finished. We officially ended our very full year of travel on August 1st. We have showered. We have been sleeping on a bed. We have lounged… Read more »

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Gateway to the Parks: Part II

It’s almost torture to be inside this week. The weather here in Missouri is gorgeous and the skies are blue and all I want to do is walk around our new neighborhood in Kirkwood. We’re missing the parks a lot lately. It’s been just about two months since we’ve been home, and we’re feeling the pull… Read more »

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Gateway to the Parks: Part I

The important part of visiting any national park is the park itself. But what we soon found out, as we visited one after the other last year, is that the whole experience matters. Local communities surrounding the parks are often supported solely by tourism, and they have caught on to the fact that park visitors… Read more »

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Trip Report: Canada’s Banff & Jasper National Parks

Now that we are officially through sharing a video and post about each of the U.S. national parks (although we are nowhere close to done talking about them), we thought it would be fun to share specifics about other past and ongoing adventures. We will never stop talking about the national parks, but there are… Read more »

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Denali National Park Video: Much more than a mountain

Kids Note: Denali was National Park #59! It was the end of our yearlong journey. But even though this is our last National Park video from the trip, we have tons more National Parks and travel stuff to share! WE WILL CONTINUE POSTING WEEKLY with new content, pictures, advice, commentary, guides, planning info and even some new adventures to… Read more »

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Visiting Alaska’s National Parks, Part 3: The Cost

It is insane to realize that we are one Denali video (look for it next week!) away from sharing a post and video from EVERY NATIONAL PARK. But our mission is far from finished. We set out to share our entire year-long journey, and that includes more than just the parks. There is still planning, preparing, collecting… Read more »

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GIVEAWAY: Hammock Camping Made Easy with Serac

My family’s hobby is Lewis and Clark reenactments. Ok, maybe it’s a little strange, but eating around an open fire and camping in a canvas tent was one of the ways I grew up loving the outdoors. As I thought about this post, I realized the ancient tradition of tent camping has been around for… Read more »

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The Greatest Gamble in the NPS: The Drama of Denali

Denali National Park is far and above Alaska’s most popular national park. Visitors flock from all over the world, and no one, save for the few Alaskans who trickle in, has an easy route to get there. And as hard as people work to get there, visiting Denali is undoubtedly one of the biggest risks… Read more »

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One Hundred Years + Our Favorite Panoramas

The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and… Read more »

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Katmai National Park: Living With Bears

Walking through Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park is like walking through a reverse zoo. People are quarantined and shuffled around and blocked off to allow the iconic brown bears to go about their business in their own home. The compact community of Brooks Camp consists of a National Park Visitor Center, a lodge with… Read more »

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  • blog-1

    What’s Next for the Switchback Kids?

    “There will become a time when you think everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour (thanks Darius for the quote inspiration!) We are “done.” But nowhere near finished. We officially ended our very full year of travel on August 1st. We have showered. We have been sleeping on a bed. We have lounged… Read more »

  • IMG_2800

    Gateway to the Parks: Part II

    It’s almost torture to be inside this week. The weather here in Missouri is gorgeous and the skies are blue and all I want to do is walk around our new neighborhood in Kirkwood. We’re missing the parks a lot lately. It’s been just about two months since we’ve been home, and we’re feeling the pull… Read more »

  • IMG_3995

    Gateway to the Parks: Part I

    The important part of visiting any national park is the park itself. But what we soon found out, as we visited one after the other last year, is that the whole experience matters. Local communities surrounding the parks are often supported solely by tourism, and they have caught on to the fact that park visitors… Read more »

  • img_1963

    Trip Report: Canada’s Banff & Jasper National Parks

    Now that we are officially through sharing a video and post about each of the U.S. national parks (although we are nowhere close to done talking about them), we thought it would be fun to share specifics about other past and ongoing adventures. We will never stop talking about the national parks, but there are… Read more »

  • img_7273

    Denali National Park Video: Much more than a mountain

    Kids Note: Denali was National Park #59! It was the end of our yearlong journey. But even though this is our last National Park video from the trip, we have tons more National Parks and travel stuff to share! WE WILL CONTINUE POSTING WEEKLY with new content, pictures, advice, commentary, guides, planning info and even some new adventures to… Read more »

  • IMG_2543

    Visiting Alaska’s National Parks, Part 3: The Cost

    It is insane to realize that we are one Denali video (look for it next week!) away from sharing a post and video from EVERY NATIONAL PARK. But our mission is far from finished. We set out to share our entire year-long journey, and that includes more than just the parks. There is still planning, preparing, collecting… Read more »

  • Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 11.30.37 AM

    GIVEAWAY: Hammock Camping Made Easy with Serac

    My family’s hobby is Lewis and Clark reenactments. Ok, maybe it’s a little strange, but eating around an open fire and camping in a canvas tent was one of the ways I grew up loving the outdoors. As I thought about this post, I realized the ancient tradition of tent camping has been around for… Read more »

  • IMG_3428 2

    The Greatest Gamble in the NPS: The Drama of Denali

    Denali National Park is far and above Alaska’s most popular national park. Visitors flock from all over the world, and no one, save for the few Alaskans who trickle in, has an easy route to get there. And as hard as people work to get there, visiting Denali is undoubtedly one of the biggest risks… Read more »

  • img_5377.jpg

    One Hundred Years + Our Favorite Panoramas

    The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and… Read more »

  • IMG_3240 2

    Katmai National Park: Living With Bears

    Walking through Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park is like walking through a reverse zoo. People are quarantined and shuffled around and blocked off to allow the iconic brown bears to go about their business in their own home. The compact community of Brooks Camp consists of a National Park Visitor Center, a lodge with… Read more »