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 »


    Congaree was unlike any National Park we’ve been to so far. As we drove through the outskirts of Columbia, SC, we were gradually enveloped by swampland. We turned into the Congaree entrance and the park’s famous towering trees casting flickering shadows immediately gave a feeling of serenity. Winding up the drive to the Visitors Center… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Congaree National Park

    When our friends and National Parks mentors Don and Shelly raved about Congaree National Park on their blog and in person (they even named it their favorite National Park!), we knew it would be one of those diamond-in-the-rough parks. Well, due to very unfortunate timing and good ole’ Mother Nature, we saw a lot more… Read more »


    “If you drive to, say, Shenandoah National Park, or the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll get some appreciation for the scale and beauty of the outdoors. When you walk into it, then you see it in a completely different way. You discover it in a much slower, more majestic sort of way.” ~Bill Bryson I’m currently… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Great Smoky (and cloudy, and rainy) Mountains

    I have to be honest, when I look back at our 5-day visit to Great Smoky Mountains, one memory blocks out all the others. Clouds. Never-ending clouds dumping buckets and buckets of rain. I think we saw blue skies peek through twice. I would estimate it probably rained 40-50% of our total time there and… Read more »

  • How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip

    **A few of these links are to items we have received for free. All opinions are 100% our own** Going on a two- (or longer) day backpacking trip anytime soon? Sweet! Do it! Carrying all your stuff around is amazing and fulfilling and satisfying in so many ways. #notsarcastic Whether you’ve done this before or… Read more »

  • SHENANDOAH: 7 essentials for a National Park family vacation

      I was indoctrinated in the National Parks from a young age. Annual family vacations out west to visit family, join in 1840s era rendezvous and visit National Parks were a huge part of my childhood.   When we went on our most recent park family vacation (Grand Canyon in 2009), I doubt my parents… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Oh, Shenandoah!

    Coming off more than a week of visiting and meeting up with family and friends throughout the eastern side of the country is tough. We already miss the familiarity of traveling with people we know. We also already miss the indoor sleeping, often on amazing beds 🙂 After we visited Acadia National Park in Maine,… Read more »


    It’s hard to sit and put into words what we experienced at Acadia National Park last weekend. It was cold. Very cold. Like 45-and-windy-when-you’re-trying-to-hike-cold. But even so, the beauty at this Maine gem stares you in the face, through the cold and through the wind. So far on our year-long trip, we have been careful… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Acadia National Park

    Maine has always called to me. I think there’s something just fun about exploring to the very edge of something. In this case the something is our country.   We got the chance to explore the best of Maine in Acadia, New England’s only National Park. We were worried that this late into October and… Read more »


    Niagara Falls has changed a lot since it was first documented by westerners in 1678. It was bought up by private hands and harnessed for hydroelectric power. It became the country’s first and most popular state park as notable citizens like Frederick Law Olmsted push for its protection. And it attracted more and more tourists (presently an… Read more »