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, […]
It’s hard to sit and put into words what we experienced at Acadia National Park last weekend. It was cold. Very cold. Like 45-and-windy-when-you’re-trying-to-hike-cold. But even so, the beauty at this Maine gem stares you in the face, through the cold and through the wind. So far on our year-long trip, we have been careful […]
Maine has always called to me. I think there’s something just fun about exploring to the very edge of something. In this case the something is our country. We got the chance to explore the best of Maine in Acadia, New England’s only National Park. We were worried that this late into October and […]
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 […]
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.