Switchbacks Episode #12: The (Park) Road Less Traveled, ft. Big Bend & Kobuk Valley National Parks

Wellllll, we’re off! Just about off, at least. We’re literally sitting in the airport in St. Louis, scrambling to upload our podcast in the ridiculously stingy 20 minutes of free wifi that this place offers. So here goes nothing! This week’s episode is about two very lonely parks. They’re relatively unpopular (at least for normal… Read more »

Switchbacks Episode #11: Our Top Ten Easy-Access Campsites

Hi everyone! Hope you are all in a semi-comatose cookie-laden state of relaxation like we are this week. With Cole being in school and me being back on a teacher’s schedule, this week in between Christmas and New Year’s is especially lazy. We’re spending a lot of time with family and friends, catching up on… Read more »

Switchbacks Episode #10: Interview with Darius Nabors of #59in59

One of the absolute best parts of our year-long trip was connecting with other national park travelers along the way. Before we started our trip, we connected in Kansas City with Don and Shelly Hafner of 59NationalParks fame. They became mentors of sorts, since they completed their all-59 trek just before we started ours. (If… Read more »

Switchbacks Episode #9: Parks that Live in the Shadows, ft. Pinnacles and Biscayne

While on our trip, we often came across parks that we felt were extremely under-hyped. We. LOVE. These. Parks. We love the underdog. Love the pleasant surprise. Love the feeling of standing somewhere a million people haven’t already Instagrammed.

Switchbacks Episode #8: National Parks in Motion, ft. Glacier & Hawai’i Volcanoes

Well, it’s better late than never! Yes, we know it’s Wednesday. Night. Like 11 p.m. We have tried to get our new podcast episode out by Tuesday each week, but this week we have an excuse. We are so sick! Cole brought home something gross from his flight back from NYC last weekend, and since… Read more »

Switchbacks Episode #7: National Parks: Are They For Everyone? Ft. Dry Tortugas and Lake Clark National Parks

It’s the first real holiday since Cole and I have been home, and we are big-time taking advantage of living close to people we love again. Last night, we hosted a Friendsgiving with my best friends from high school, tomorrow morning we leave to spend a few days with Cole’s family, Saturday will be with… Read more »

Switchbacks Episode #6: Our Top Ten Day Hikes

How are we already 6 weeks into this podcast thang? We still don’t really know what we’re doing, but we’re glad to hear that at least a few people are listening! A big reason why we wanted to record weekly podcasts is similar to why we started our blog in the first place: to not… Read more »

Switchbacks Episode #5: Interview with Don & Shelly

“Customarily, particularly in America, when you meet someone, the first question is ‘what do you do for a living?’ But people we would meet, we would say, ‘did you see this waterfall? What about that herd of bison, a few miles back?’ That’s what we were focused on. We could have a very long conversation… Read more »

So, what do you do?

These days, it only takes five little words to make me straight-up panic. “So, what do you do?” I did not notice how often people ask this well-intended question two years ago when I had a simpler answer: “I’m a sixth grade teacher.” A teacher, respectable. A sixth grade teacher, easy conversation starter. Without saying much more,… Read more »

Switchbacks Episode #4: People of the Parks

Even though they primarily feature very natural elements, the national parks would not be what they are without people. People advocate for the preservation of parks, people work to maintain these beautiful places, and people take time out of their lives to visit the parks. People.

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  • Switchbacks Episode #12: The (Park) Road Less Traveled, ft. Big Bend & Kobuk Valley National Parks

    Wellllll, we’re off! Just about off, at least. We’re literally sitting in the airport in St. Louis, scrambling to upload our podcast in the ridiculously stingy 20 minutes of free wifi that this place offers. So here goes nothing! This week’s episode is about two very lonely parks. They’re relatively unpopular (at least for normal… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #11: Our Top Ten Easy-Access Campsites

    Hi everyone! Hope you are all in a semi-comatose cookie-laden state of relaxation like we are this week. With Cole being in school and me being back on a teacher’s schedule, this week in between Christmas and New Year’s is especially lazy. We’re spending a lot of time with family and friends, catching up on… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #10: Interview with Darius Nabors of #59in59

    One of the absolute best parts of our year-long trip was connecting with other national park travelers along the way. Before we started our trip, we connected in Kansas City with Don and Shelly Hafner of 59NationalParks fame. They became mentors of sorts, since they completed their all-59 trek just before we started ours. (If… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #9: Parks that Live in the Shadows, ft. Pinnacles and Biscayne

    While on our trip, we often came across parks that we felt were extremely under-hyped. We. LOVE. These. Parks. We love the underdog. Love the pleasant surprise. Love the feeling of standing somewhere a million people haven’t already Instagrammed.

  • Switchbacks Episode #8: National Parks in Motion, ft. Glacier & Hawai’i Volcanoes

    Well, it’s better late than never! Yes, we know it’s Wednesday. Night. Like 11 p.m. We have tried to get our new podcast episode out by Tuesday each week, but this week we have an excuse. We are so sick! Cole brought home something gross from his flight back from NYC last weekend, and since… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #7: National Parks: Are They For Everyone? Ft. Dry Tortugas and Lake Clark National Parks

    It’s the first real holiday since Cole and I have been home, and we are big-time taking advantage of living close to people we love again. Last night, we hosted a Friendsgiving with my best friends from high school, tomorrow morning we leave to spend a few days with Cole’s family, Saturday will be with… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #6: Our Top Ten Day Hikes

    How are we already 6 weeks into this podcast thang? We still don’t really know what we’re doing, but we’re glad to hear that at least a few people are listening! A big reason why we wanted to record weekly podcasts is similar to why we started our blog in the first place: to not… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #5: Interview with Don & Shelly

    “Customarily, particularly in America, when you meet someone, the first question is ‘what do you do for a living?’ But people we would meet, we would say, ‘did you see this waterfall? What about that herd of bison, a few miles back?’ That’s what we were focused on. We could have a very long conversation… Read more »

  • So, what do you do?

    These days, it only takes five little words to make me straight-up panic. “So, what do you do?” I did not notice how often people ask this well-intended question two years ago when I had a simpler answer: “I’m a sixth grade teacher.” A teacher, respectable. A sixth grade teacher, easy conversation starter. Without saying much more,… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #4: People of the Parks

    Even though they primarily feature very natural elements, the national parks would not be what they are without people. People advocate for the preservation of parks, people work to maintain these beautiful places, and people take time out of their lives to visit the parks. People.