Niagara Falls has changed a lot since it was first documented by westerners in 1678. It was bought up by private hands and harnessed for hydroelectric power. It became the country’s first and most popular state park as notable citizens like Frederick Law Olmsted push for its protection. And it attracted more and more tourists (presently an […]
Within a day of arriving at Cuyahoga Valley National Park last week with four adventure days ahead of us, a few things were clear. The trees were alive with the colors of fall. We would not be lacking any LTE. And Cuyahoga Valley National Park really values its community. It didn’t take us long to […]
Coming from our first leg of red rocks and canyons of National Parks in the Southwest, I don’t think we could pull much more of a 180 than next visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Don’t forget to use #switchbackstyle to share your fall adventures and you can win awesome prints from PurpleMooseBasics.com like the one […]
Both Elizabeth and I come from families of enthusiastic board gamers. At holidays, for a weekend in, in the car or on vacation, our favorite family times always seem to center around games. The first time I visited Elizabeth’s hometown when we were dating we went to a coffee shop (I might not have told […]
Well, we made it through the first of our trip’s six legs. It doesn’t actually seem that impressive when I think about only being a fraction finished with our trip. But it definitely feels impressive. Up until we left for our trip on August 18th, our minds were completely wrapped around this first chunk of […]
In 1901 there was an expedition to survey the unknown, unexplored 48-mile length of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. A 5-man crew set out in 2 wooden boats. On the first day one of the boats was smashed to pieces on the raging rapids that created by the Gunnison River dropping an incredible average […]
Like a few other parks in the National Park Service system, I had never heard of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park until diving into a little initial research. We bet a few of you have never heard of it either, so we hope you enjoy seeing a few of the sights from around […]
We learned quickly that Arches National Park isn’t too wild. Sure, the retirees who file out of giant tour buses at each overlook may have been party animals in their day, but still… The vibe of Arches is quite touristy. Pull-outs and overlooks are everywhere, 3-mile trails are deemed “strenuous,” and the entrance gate lines […]
Arches National Park is famous for having the largest concentration of natural rock arches of anywhere in the world with over 2,300. On the surface it is a pretty straightforward and comparatively small National Park. As Elizabeth will describe in her post on Friday, we were able to cover almost all of the advertised points of […]
Looking at the first leg of our trip, Canyonlands is one of the parks I would’ve said I had a pretty good handle on through my fair amount of research. Mainly I learned there are 3 distinct districts, the districts are divided by the converging Green and Colorado Rivers, it’s next door neighbors with Arches […]
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.