Maybe we’re just huge dorks, but I can’t imagine our time in the national parks without ranger programs. Experiencing the natural beauty of the parks alone makes me think of a glossed-over Instagram account. Very pretty to look at, but void of context and build-up. To us, there is no other route into the national […]
It’s hard to believe that this time two years ago, we were gearing up to visit all nine of California’s national parks. From February to April of 2016, during the National Park Service’s Centennial Year, Cole and I hiked, paddled, snowshoed, stargazed, and tent-camped through some of the most jaw-dropping spots on the west coast. […]
Well, we finally summoned up enough energy to put out a new podcast episode! (Only took us about three months!) One of my “word of the year” words for 2018 is finish. One of the problems we have with some of our national parks-related online presence is that we have a lot of open-ended projects […]
I’ll be honest. We’ve never had a deep-seeded desire to visit Panama. It has never made the bucket list, never sneaked into our daydreams. We knew very little about Panama before beginning to research for our trip. We visited Panama because Spirit Airlines flies there. (And therein lies our secret to traveling, I think…) A […]
One way to keep the spirit of the national parks with you is to buy something that reminds you of their importance and beauty. With the holidays sorta-kinda (never too early, right?) coming up, I thought it would be an appropriate week to round up a few great ways to support small companies that in […]
We’ve been recapping our three-week Southeast Asia trip that happened in May 2017. So far, we’ve covered our time in Chiang Mai, the slowboat to Laos, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and today we’re talking about Hoi An, Vietnam. Keep reading as we wrap up our time in Southeast Asia with reviews of Hanoi […]
Winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean you have to pack up all your camping gear. Today Sarah from the blog The Sleep Advisor has some advice for staying warm on your next camping trip. We’ve all been there right? You’ve had an amazing day hiking through the wilderness only to have your natural bliss […]
Podcast Episode #44: Trying Times in the National Parks, ft. Black Canyon of the Gunnison & Mammoth Cave
Our year in the national parks, overall, was pretty cushy. We didn’t experience anything too far out of our comfort zone, and we never felt truly unsafe. But there were a couple experiences in the parks that stand out as tough. Moments when we had to take deep breaths, try not to panic, and power […]
This post is sponsored by Alamo. All opinions are our own. If you listen to our weekly podcast, you know that we love to categorize the national parks. This makes it easier for us to sort all 59 parks in our heads, and also give great advice to our friends looking for travel ideas. When […]
We finally started rehashing our three-week Southeast Asia trip that happened about three months ago. So far we’ve shared about our three days in Chiang Mai, our Mekong River slow boat experience, our favorite little town of Luang Prabang, and our three days in Siem Reap. Today we’re moving through the country of Cambodia to a city […]
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.