BELIZE VIDEO: So many reasons to explore, so many excursions in Belize

The highest compliment we ever get is when people tell us they were inspired by our blog to take their next trip. Well, we (mostly Elizabeth) follows a few other travel bloggers and one of them inspired us to travel to Belize.   Elizabeth read all about a famous bloggers adventures in Belize and that… Read more »

Podcast Episode #28: Our Top Ten Short Hikes in the National Parks

Hello and welcome to our week of crazy! We have been running around like crazy people this week, tying up loose ends and booking flights and buses for our trip to Southeast Asia this weekend. Amidst the hustle and the eVisas, it was so nice to sit down in my childhood closet and record this… Read more »

Podcast Episode #27: Interview with Alison & Dan of Happy People Hike

If there’s one thing I like, it’s mixing business with pleasure. It’s why my students always got Blow Pops after taking their state tests. And now, it’s why we were more than happy to combine our Michigan road trip with an in-person podcast interview. We’ve worked with Alison & Dan of Happy People Hike from… Read more »

Long-Lost DSLR Pictures from Our Year on the Road

So, it’s funny. We traveled to some of the greatest places in the country last year, and we took only about 100 pictures with our “real” camera. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we were traveling too lightly, or — more often — our MacBook Air was out of disk space to upload any pictures. iPhone… Read more »

Podcast Episode #26: Weighing Your Options at the National Parks, ft. Glacier Bay and Denali National Parks

Alaska brings back so many fond memories for us. Camping along the bluest-of-blues Lake Kontrashibuna in Lake Clark. Walking around on the glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias Not getting eaten by a bear at Katmai. But it also brings back memorie$. You know, remembering how much money we forked over during our month visiting all 8… Read more »

Podcast Episode #25: National Parks Camping 101, ft. Guadalupe Mountains and Badlands

Ahh, national parks camping. We are experts, you guys. Experts. I think we have earned that status after tent-camping our way through all 59 national parks in the country. But I don’t know. I could be wrong. We’re certainly not experts in showering or staying in hotels. ThatsallIcansay. We have written several posts — like this… Read more »

Podcast Episode #24: Budgeting for Our Year in the Parks, ft. Capitol Reef and Redwood

We have shared many times about our budget for a year of travel (here about our budget, here about flight hacking, and here regarding our thoughts on millennials crowdfunding their vacations) and some of you might know that we set out in August 2015 with the goal of spending just $20,000 for our year — including all… Read more »

San Ignacio: High Adventure in Inland Belize

Last week we shared about our experiences in Caye Caulker, Belize, which covered the first two days of our week in Belize. Today we’re moving on to the next three days in and around the San Ignacio area. Next week, we’ll wrap up by sharing our thoughts on the final two days of our trip,… Read more »

How to Miss the National Parks Less

This post features products from a small business called Sage Hollow Supply Co. They provided products in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own! I love being home. It’s the biggest reason why we knew we weren’t going to live on the road full-time. I love traveling, but I equally love coming home to… Read more »

Podcast Episode #23: Our Top Ten National Park Ranger Programs

In our time visiting the national parks, rangers programs were typically the cherry on top of an already-sweet national park experience. We never went to a park because of a particular program, but we were often blown away by the programs and tours available throughout the NPS. From boat tours to fossil hunts to cave crawling, rangers led… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Virgin Islands National Park (plus underwater footage!)

    Our visit to Virgin Islands National Park was unique in a lot of ways. It was the first park we had to fly to. We left from Fort Lauderdale and Spirit airlines got the transportation honors. Despite (or maybe because of) its cut-rate reputation, I love Spirit and their philosophy of bare fares that allow… Read more »

  • 10 Endangered Species Success Stories of South Florida

    It recently occurred to me that “survival of the fittest” and “natural selection” doesn’t really work these days. It would be no contest. Humans would win. If we aren’t continually mindful of how our quickly growing civilization impacts Mother Nature, hundreds of species pay the price. Of course, human progress (especially during full throttle times… Read more »

  • GATORS, OSPREY & TREEE SNAILS OH MY!: Best places to see Everglades wildlife

    Retirees aren’t the only ones who flock to Florida. During the 2 weeks we spent exploring the southern Florida National Parks of Dry Tortugas, Biscayne and Everglades, we spotted way more wildlife than we’d seen in all the other parks combined. In Everglades alone we saw alligators, crocodiles, anoles (lizards), tree frogs, tree snails, turtles,… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Everglades National Park

    For a girl who’s afraid of unpredictable wild animals, exploring the depths of the Everglades National Park–with its thousands of alligators–was not too exciting a prospect. Especially when my husband thinks wading around and kayaking with them is a good idea.

  • BISCAYNE: Foiled by transportation, inspired by volunteering

    I had a tough time coming to terms with our visit to Biscayne National Park. Biscayne is classified as a marine park and 95% of its area is under water. All the best areas of interest are 7 miles off the coast on a slender chain of keys that are the start of the Florida Keys…. Read more »

  • VIDEO: Biscayne National Park

    If all our other videos have been too long and boring, stick around! This one’s pretty short 😉 Biscayne National Park was a bit of a challenge to us when we planned to visit. We put it off because we didn’t exactly know how to handle the logistics. You see, there are no official concession… Read more »

  • Thankful

    Hope everyone had a fantastic Turkey Day yesterday! We missed being with family yesterday, since we’re 1,300 miles away in South Florida, but we definitely have a heaping helping of stuff to be thankful for. So here’s our sappy Thanksgiving homage…   You know how many species of fish live in our most recent Biscayne… Read more »


    ‘Tis the season! We are taking it easy this week in southern Florida. In the last week, we’ve snorkeled at Dry Tortugas, hiked at Everglades, and kayaked at Biscayne, and now we’re getting ready to kick back to enjoy Thanksgiving from the comfort of a hotel and store-bought pumpkin pie. But don’t feel too sorry… Read more »

  • The Cost of Exclusivity at Dry Tortugas National Park

    We spent three days on the isolated, amazingly beautiful, historic Dry Tortugas National Park last week. Every aspect of our stay, from the beach camping to the water activities to (especially) our interaction with rangers was enjoyable. We snorkeled in clear blue waters, kayaked gentle harbor waves, and soaked up the interesting history of Fort… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Dry Tortugas, an isolated island paradise

    Dry Tortugas National Park is quite possibly the most unique park in the NPS system. For starters, it’s in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, 70 miles west of Key West (and 2.5 hours away by ferry). Then add the fact that it is 95% water with 6 small islands. These islands are nesting… Read more »