‘Tis the season! We are taking it easy this week in southern Florida. In the last week, we’ve snorkeled at Dry Tortugas, hiked at Everglades, and kayaked at Biscayne, and now we’re getting ready to kick back to enjoy Thanksgiving from the comfort of a hotel and store-bought pumpkin pie. But don’t feel too sorry […]
We spent three days on the isolated, amazingly beautiful, historic Dry Tortugas National Park last week. Every aspect of our stay, from the beach camping to the water activities to (especially) our interaction with rangers was enjoyable. We snorkeled in clear blue waters, kayaked gentle harbor waves, and soaked up the interesting history of Fort […]
Dry Tortugas National Park is quite possibly the most unique park in the NPS system. For starters, it’s in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, 70 miles west of Key West (and 2.5 hours away by ferry). Then add the fact that it is 95% water with 6 small islands. These islands are nesting […]
Congaree was unlike any National Park we’ve been to so far. As we drove through the outskirts of Columbia, SC, we were gradually enveloped by swampland. We turned into the Congaree entrance and the park’s famous towering trees casting flickering shadows immediately gave a feeling of serenity. Winding up the drive to the Visitors Center […]
When our friends and National Parks mentors Don and Shelly raved about Congaree National Park on their blog and in person (they even named it their favorite National Park!), we knew it would be one of those diamond-in-the-rough parks. Well, due to very unfortunate timing and good ole’ Mother Nature, we saw a lot more […]
“If you drive to, say, Shenandoah National Park, or the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll get some appreciation for the scale and beauty of the outdoors. When you walk into it, then you see it in a completely different way. You discover it in a much slower, more majestic sort of way.” ~Bill Bryson I’m currently […]
I have to be honest, when I look back at our 5-day visit to Great Smoky Mountains, one memory blocks out all the others. Clouds. Never-ending clouds dumping buckets and buckets of rain. I think we saw blue skies peek through twice. I would estimate it probably rained 40-50% of our total time there and […]
**A few of these links are to items we have received for free. All opinions are 100% our own** Going on a two- (or longer) day backpacking trip anytime soon? Sweet! Do it! Carrying all your stuff around is amazing and fulfilling and satisfying in so many ways. #notsarcastic Whether you’ve done this before or […]
I was indoctrinated in the National Parks from a young age. Annual family vacations out west to visit family, join in 1840s era rendezvous and visit National Parks were a huge part of my childhood. When we went on our most recent park family vacation (Grand Canyon in 2009), I doubt my parents […]
Coming off more than a week of visiting and meeting up with family and friends throughout the eastern side of the country is tough. We already miss the familiarity of traveling with people we know. We also already miss the indoor sleeping, often on amazing beds 🙂 After we visited Acadia National Park in Maine, […]
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.