It didn’t take us long after coming up with the idea for traveling to all 59 parks over the course of the NPS Centennial year before we had designs on making this trip more than just a personal adventure. One of the things we immediately decided was to keep a blog to document the triumphs […]
Growing up in Missouri, float trips were a very regular part of my upbringing. It always amazed me when I met out-of-state college friends that some people don’t even know what float trips are. If you are one of those people, never fear, because this post has very little to do with float trips. Rafting, canoeing, or […]
As most of you know, a huge supporting pillar in the National Parks adventure ahead of us is our budget. I think it’s the most common question I’ve gotten when I tell people about our trip: how will you afford that? Cole and I are young — about to turn 26 this summer — but I like to think […]
I can’t believe we haven’t shared the story of last year’s summer vacation gone so, so wrong. We had planned an amazing week-long road trip through the southwest, taking us up and down our second fourteener, through Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon, in and out of the Grand Canyon (my first time!), and culminating in […]
In many ways, Cole and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to travel the country starting this August. Blessed to have the resources. Grateful for the freedom. But in other ways, we feel like it’s simply the stride toward clarity and the return to simplicity that we (and probably many other people) need to take. A grand […]
Read Part 1 – “The Decision of a Year” HERE. Once we decided the trip was on, we never looked back. If anything we tried to rationalize the trip even more as we explained it to interested, yet puzzled and sometimes skeptical friends and family. Here are the questions that we had to answer first […]
Read Part 2 – “Rationalization is our Favorite” HERE. We often hear stories of people who have suddenly caught adventure fever and cast off their old jobs and thrown away their former lives to take off on some exotic journey without the slightest idea where they are heading for, how long it will take or […]
Before we take off for our year-long National Park tour in August 2015, we thought it’d be fun to share a few of our favorite adventures closer to home. After all, adventure is everywhere. And that includes the great Show-Me state of Missouri. Growing up in the St. Louis area, Cole and I explored many […]
Before Cole and I set out on our adventure of a lifetime, I thought it’d be fun to recap some of the adventures we already have under our belts. Because Cole and I both grew up with the adventure mindset, our honeymoon was not a difficult decision. When we were engaged, we knew we wanted […]
As we prepare for our upcoming adventure to visit all National Parks in one year, it is fun to look back on how we got to this point. How did we come to this decision to take a huge plunge into spontaneity and (kind of) irresponsibility and drive around the country for 12 months? Well, […]
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.