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VIDEO: The Great Sand Dunes {& Contest Winners!}

Well, we officially made it to ONE of 59 National Parks. Six days of traveling to and exploring Great Sand Dunes. 37 miles walked. 1100 miles driven. Zero showers. Until now! Right now, we are cozy and clean in a hotel right outside of Mesa Verde, the next park on our list. Rejuvenation is on… Read more »

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8 FEARS FOR A YEAR OF TRAVEL

I really wanted to publish this post the night before we left St. Louis for our all 59 National Parks tour, but we had a billion other things to finish up and I felt like using my remaining 4 hours to sleep was more important. Imagine if you will… a young couple traveling for a… Read more »

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HITTING THE TRAIL: Departing in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark

We started planning this trip 16 months ago and the countdown started at 300+ days, the Big Day Countdown on my phone is at -1. It seemed like time kept accelerating exponentially as the countdown turned from months to weeks to days to hours while the to do list was going in the opposite direction…. Read more »

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Our Camp Kitchen

As our launching date approaches (6 days!!), it has become more and more important to look at what gear we have and what we still need to order on Amazon (with 2-day shipping) at the last minute. We are very close. We will be updating the Gear section of our site as we look at… Read more »

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NATIONAL PARKS 201: NPS history, visitor boom, the $$ trail and more

HOLD UP! First check out our National Parks 101 post for a great intro to National Park System definitions and designations as well as maps and tables of the 59 National Parks.   After our decision to visit all 59 National Parks and rationalizing leaving our careers and our home to do it, Elizabeth and I knew we… Read more »

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NATIONAL PARKS 101 – Deciphering NPS designations, maps and stats

When we cooked up the idea for visiting all the U.S. National Parks we had no clue how many National Parks there actually were, much less how the National Park System was organized. Then as we described our idea to others, we realized that many of them were as clueless as we used to be…. Read more »

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WHY U.S.?: Our Goal to Promote Traveling Close to Home

As we prepare to take off for a year, we have been carefully considering the kind of ideas we want to stand for and promote to others. We will be sharing, sharing, sharing and we want our message to be clear. So what is our message, exactly? We believe firmly in a few things surrounding this trip,… Read more »

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MY TOUR OF CHINA IN 22 TWEETS THAT NEVER HAPPENED

OK, I admit, this post doesn’t technically relate to any of the subjects this blog is about. But it’s also about pushing your boundaries and having adventures. And I did plenty of that during my tour of China!  I just got back from 2 weeks in China where I was on a volunteering trip sponsored by First… Read more »

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VIDEO: Meet the Switchback Kids

If you’ve been reading our posts, you probably know a little about the two crazies that make up the Switchback Kids team. You know that we love to hike. You may know that we are going on a year-long tour of all 59 of the U.S.’s National Parks. And you may even know how we decided… Read more »