When we look back on our year in the national parks, a few big activities stand out. We didn’t take too many long backpacking trips, because there was so much we wanted to see in the frontcountry, but when we did go on multi-day trips, it was pretty epic. Two of those trips always come […]
We finally started rehashing our three-week Southeast Asia trip that happened about three months ago. Last week we shared about our three days in Chiang Mai, and today we’re talking about our experience on the Mekong River slow boat. Stay tuned for more from our days in Asia — including our time in Thailand, Laos, […]
Now that we wrapped up our dreamy three-week Southeast Asia about three months ago, I guess we should probably start blogging about it. (Although, to be fair, we did publish a podcast recap and a video right away.) Better late than never, right? This trip was a dream for us. Ever since we started hearing about […]
This is a sponsored post through Indiana Dunes Tourism. We have been compensated by Indiana Dunes Tourism, but all opinions remain our own. We would never steer you in the wrong direction! Whenever we talk about our travels, people inevitably say the same thing: Just wait until you have kids! Travel now while you can! I’m […]
During our year in the parks, some moments were subtle. There were moments of quiet beauty, soft sunsets, easy strolls in beautiful places. But some moments were loud. We had experiences in the parks that we planned for, dreamed about, and were so happy to execute. We’ll always remember the quiet moments, but the loud […]
This is a sponsored post through Indiana Dunes Tourism. We have been compensated by Indiana Dunes Tourism, but all opinions remain our own. We would never steer you in the wrong direction! For us, a weekend getaway is about two things: disconnecting from our work lives, and reconnecting with each other. Ever since Cole and I […]
It’s no lie. Cole and I love to go places. I think we’ll look back on our twenties someday and realize that we barely stopped moving. We work nearly around the clock during the week (especially Cole – he doesn’t take breaks, people), and on the weekends, we like to go places. I’ll be the […]
Happy Tuesday and happy podcast day! After a Labor Day hiatus from the show (we were climbing mountains instead!) we are back with another episode of Switchbacks. Even though we are happy to talk about these parks, we can’t help but keep our minds on those suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which affected […]
At the last minute, we decided to drive to Colorado to spend our Labor Day in the mountains. We couldn’t be happier about our decision. Despite all of our time spent in mountain national parks like Glacier, Rocky Mountain, and Yosemite, we missed out on most of the high-elevation hiking because of snow-covered trails. That’s […]
Our country just celebrated the National Park Service’s 101st birthday with a free admission day at the national parks. And that got us thinking, when else are the parks free? The answer: often! During our year-long trip through all 59 national parks, we learned a lot about how to navigate them in a budget-friendly way. How can […]
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.