One of the coolest parts of this trip has been finding amazing sites that nobody talks about. We’ve gotten crazy excited about several — Capitol Reef, Great Basin, and Cuyahoga Valley — that we hadn’t heard of prior to the trip. Last weekend, we got to add Mammoth Cave to that list. Not necessarily that […]
One thing I love about going to National Parks is that there’s always so much to learn. Whenever Elizabeth and I go to a new park we head straight for the Visitors Center so we can soak in the exhibits, watch the intro video and get an orientation to the park. But sometimes the most […]
We talk about saving money on this blog (and in person… hi family!) a lot. And it may get annoying. Okay, it probably for sure gets annoying. But we keep doing it. We keep doing it because although everyone has different situations, many people cannot even begin to think about traveling without some kind of money-saving […]
Our visit to Virgin Islands National Park was unique in a lot of ways. It was the first park we had to fly to. We left from Fort Lauderdale and Spirit airlines got the transportation honors. Despite (or maybe because of) its cut-rate reputation, I love Spirit and their philosophy of bare fares that allow […]
It recently occurred to me that “survival of the fittest” and “natural selection” doesn’t really work these days. It would be no contest. Humans would win. If we aren’t continually mindful of how our quickly growing civilization impacts Mother Nature, hundreds of species pay the price. Of course, human progress (especially during full throttle times […]
Retirees aren’t the only ones who flock to Florida. During the 2 weeks we spent exploring the southern Florida National Parks of Dry Tortugas, Biscayne and Everglades, we spotted way more wildlife than we’d seen in all the other parks combined. In Everglades alone we saw alligators, crocodiles, anoles (lizards), tree frogs, tree snails, turtles, […]
For a girl who’s afraid of unpredictable wild animals, exploring the depths of the Everglades National Park–with its thousands of alligators–was not too exciting a prospect. Especially when my husband thinks wading around and kayaking with them is a good idea.
I had a tough time coming to terms with our visit to Biscayne National Park. Biscayne is classified as a marine park and 95% of its area is under water. All the best areas of interest are 7 miles off the coast on a slender chain of keys that are the start of the Florida Keys. […]
If all our other videos have been too long and boring, stick around! This one’s pretty short 😉 Biscayne National Park was a bit of a challenge to us when we planned to visit. We put it off because we didn’t exactly know how to handle the logistics. You see, there are no official concession […]
Hope everyone had a fantastic Turkey Day yesterday! We missed being with family yesterday, since we’re 1,300 miles away in South Florida, but we definitely have a heaping helping of stuff to be thankful for. So here’s our sappy Thanksgiving homage… You know how many species of fish live in our most recent Biscayne […]
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.