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Long-Lost DSLR Pictures from Our Year on the Road

So, it’s funny. We traveled to some of the greatest places in the country last year, and we took only about 100 pictures with our “real” camera. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we were traveling too lightly, or — more often — our MacBook Air was out of disk space to upload any pictures. iPhone… Read more »

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Switchbacks Ep. 16: Interview w/ gap year cowboys on a shoestring budget

In the 59 national parks we visited last year, we met a lot of fellow visitors. (Except in North Cascades, where we literally ran into Z.E.R.O people on any hiking trail.) Among all the unique people with interesting stories we met during our trip, 59 of those people made it onto our “People of the… Read more »

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Our National Park Hall of Fame

I’m sitting here in my nice comfy bed in a house with electricity, having just eaten a dinner cooked in an oven and taken a long relaxing bath with soap and it’s hard to believe that just three months ago, Cole and I were living such a different life. For a year, we relaxed by lounging… 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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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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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 »