Dubbing Lake Clark Alaska’s most underrated National Park is very debatable. Elizabeth argued for Wrangell-St. Elias. But I say for the ratio of awareness to park beauty and opportunities, it’s hard to beat the lesser known, inaccessible 6 million acres of undeveloped 4 million acres of rugged mountain and lake wilderness that is Lake Clark […]
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I agonized for a long time over how to visit both Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic National Parks. They are above the Arctic Circle in Northern Alaska and are arguably the two most remote National Parks in the NPS. They don’t have roads leading to them, trails running through them or any kind […]
Elizabeth, I hope you’re not too embarrassed when you see this post 😉 Today is our anniversary! Elizabeth and I have been married three wonderful and interesting years. But after this last year of constant travel, it feels more like we’ve been married for thirty! We’ve swapped countless driving shifts to cover over […]
If people know know anything at all about Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, it’s probably that the park is the largest unit in the NPS at 13.2 million acres- bigger than 6 Yellowstones! That’s the first thing we learned. It wasn’t until we started planning for our visit that we learned this massive park has only […]
It’s in the name. Glacier Bay is known for its wealth of pristine glaciers that crash into the ocean in a magnificent show that ends in dozens of ice chunks floating peacefully in the frigid upper bay. The countless cruise ships that enter the park beeline straight to the back where all this glacial action […]
Prehistoric people mined its copper. Merchant ships wrecked on its shores. Recent immigrants of moose and wolves have found its refuge. Isle Royale has seen a lot over its long life. It’s rocks are 1.1 billion years old after all. As we ferried up to the island, we were hoping to see a lot of […]
With 50 parks down and only 9 to go in our yearlong Centennial adventure, it’s hard for a park to show us something entirely new. But that’s exactly what happened at Voyageurs National Park. We’d read that to make the most of Voyageurs you really needed to get out onto the water. Out of all […]
A while ago I wrote a post that partly discussed our belief in the Paleo eating style as part of a healthy, balanced diet… (I just had cereal commercial flashbacks). Well, we can believe it all we want, but we’ve found eating while traveling full-time is often a beggars can’t be choosers (or more like […]
Even after I heard Teddy Roosevelt loved this land in western North Dakota so much that he bought his own ranch and returned many times, I was skeptical. If it was so great, why hadn’t I heard of it before? Of it was so beautiful, how could it be located in North Dakota? Things just […]
The stereotypes people have of different states are a funny thing. Usually the judgement is concentrated on your neighboring states which are obviously inferior to your own. Since Missouri has the record of 8 border states we do a lot of stereotyping: Arkansas is full of moonshine and hillbillies, Nebraska is one big cornfield, cows […]
In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.