This is a sponsored post through Indiana Dunes Tourism. We have been compensated by Indiana Dunes Tourism, but all opinions remain our own. We would never steer you in the wrong direction! For us, a weekend getaway is about two things: disconnecting from our work lives, and reconnecting with each other. Ever since Cole and I […]
Podcast Episode #31: Big City Getaways in the National Parks, ft. North Cascades and Channel Islands
Last weekend, we got away from the city. It was wonderful. Even though St. Louis isn’t the biggest metropolis in the country, we often find the desire to get totally away. We drove down just two hours into the Ozark mountains, to the Ozark National Scenic Riverway, one of the NPS sites in Missouri that […]
We teased it on our Instagram last Friday, and now we officially get to announce our next adventure. It’s another international trip, and again we’re traveling to Latin America for some active adventure. Although there are many other destinations on our wish list, Belize is the perfect choice for us. Why Belize? What is there to […]
Kids Note: Denali was National Park #59! It was the end of our yearlong journey. But even though this is our last National Park video from the trip, we have tons more National Parks and travel stuff to share! WE WILL CONTINUE POSTING WEEKLY with new content, pictures, advice, commentary, guides, planning info and even some new adventures to […]
Walking through Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park is like walking through a reverse zoo. People are quarantined and shuffled around and blocked off to allow the iconic brown bears to go about their business in their own home. The compact community of Brooks Camp consists of a National Park Visitor Center, a lodge with […]
Joshua Tree National Park may be one of the great misnomers of the National Park Service. The origin story is fascinating. As with many parks, there was one person in particular who championed its preservation. In this case it was a dedicated woman named Minerva Hamilton Hoyt. In the early 1900s it was popular […]
Deserts are remarkable places. They are remarkable not just because they get only around 10 inches of water a year or less, but because of the vibrant life that thrives in those crazy conditions. In Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns we experienced the life of the Chihuahuan Desert. Now, in Saguaro National Park […]
When we planned our 15-day trip to Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, we knew we didn’t want our list of diverse activities to be limited by transportation. We also knew that we wanted to stick within our tight budget. After going back and forth several times between using the bus and renting a car […]
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.