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Our National Park Hall of Fame

I’m sitting here in my nice comfy bed in a house with electricity, having just eaten a dinner cooked in an oven and taken a long relaxing bath with soap and it’s hard to believe that just three months ago, Cole and I were living such a different life. For a year, we relaxed by lounging… Read more »

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Parks that Aren’t “Parks” – Part I

Every time we talk to national parks people — rangers, travelers, and enthusiasts — we have to clarify that we visited all of the 59 “capitol-P” parks, not all of the 413 national park units. It’s necessary to be specific about these things, as certain people loved to remind us. It became an automatic disclosure we included… Read more »

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Silver Falls State Park: Double-digit waterfalls, single-digit miles

Our mission to hit all 59 National Parks in one year didn’t leave much room to spare. But we made a few rare departures from our itinerary to visit some spectacular non-National Park spots (Niagara Falls, The Price is Right, Seward Sea Life Center, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, etc.). When we were up around Crater Lake… Read more »

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Our Podcast is Live! (Episode #1: Our Top Ten National Parks)

You guys! We started a podcast! It’s very exciting and new. And it only took about five hours to figure out how to submit our RSS feed to iTunes. But we are officially on the air. Our podcast is called Switchbacks and, as you might have guessed, it will cover our experiences, insights, and advice… Read more »

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How We Pack for a Day of Hiking: The 10 Essentials

*Elizabeth wrote this post months ago and we’ve never had a chance to finish and publish it until now. But don’t worry, these essentials are timeless! Cole and I are by no means expert hikers. Let’s just start there. We are constantly learning, trying new things, and making mistakes when it comes to packing for a… Read more »

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Our Celebrity Video and Road-Tripping with Garmin

Last year we visited all 59 national parks. As redundant as that might sound to you guys, it is still a bit surreal to us. And while we were hiking, kayaking, and driving across the country, we weren’t alone. As we have mentioned throughout the year, we had several brand partners in our corner, cheering us… Read more »

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What’s Next for the Switchback Kids?

“There will become a time when you think everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour (thanks Darius for the quote inspiration!) We are “done.” But nowhere near finished. We officially ended our very full year of travel on August 1st. We have showered. We have been sleeping on a bed. We have lounged… Read more »

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Gateway to the Parks: Part II

It’s almost torture to be inside this week. The weather here in Missouri is gorgeous and the skies are blue and all I want to do is walk around our new neighborhood in Kirkwood. We’re missing the parks a lot lately. It’s been just about two months since we’ve been home, and we’re feeling the pull… Read more »