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 »

Podcast Episode #21: Interview with Madison & Cees of Our Vie

You guys, we have such an amazing podcast for you all to check out today! Today’s interview is one we’ve been excited for since we first discovered Cees & Madison of Our Vie about a year ago. When we learned that another young, adventurous married couple was taking off on a year-long mission to visit… Read more »

Caye Caulker: How to Visit the Best Island in Belize

I arrived back in St. Louis about a week ago and I am already itching to talk about our most recent trip to beautiful Belize! This post covers our first two days spent on the small island of Caye Caulker. Soon, we’ll share more about our inland excursions through Belizean caves and Mayan ruins, and… Read more »

Podcast Episode #21: Flexibility in the Parks, ft. Canyonlands & Congaree

In travel and in life, flexibility is usually the key. We had planned and mapped and reserved as much as possible before taking off on our year-long trip around the country, but of course we experienced many times where we had to switch gears on the fly. Today, we’re sharing experiences from two amazing national… Read more »

Podcast Episode #20: Battling Travel Fatigue, ft. Kings Canyon & Theodore Roosevelt

It’s no exaggeration that our trip to all 59 national parks was a dream. But it’s also no exaggeration that the trip was hard at times. Amazing, yes, but also hard. With any kind of travel, extended or short-term, travel fatigue can set in when you least expect it. Since we were traveling almost non-stop… Read more »

Mixing business with adventure in Eastern Uganda

** This post is a bit different from our usual content, but I wanted to share this amazing visit I just had to Uganda. Now that we’re not traveling 24/7 and returned to “normal life” in St. Louis, it’s more important than ever for us to realize adventure (and the lessons it offers) comes in… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #10: Interview with Darius Nabors of #59in59

    One of the absolute best parts of our year-long trip was connecting with other national park travelers along the way. Before we started our trip, we connected in Kansas City with Don and Shelly Hafner of 59NationalParks fame. They became mentors of sorts, since they completed their all-59 trek just before we started ours. (If… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #9: Parks that Live in the Shadows, ft. Pinnacles and Biscayne

    While on our trip, we often came across parks that we felt were extremely under-hyped. We. LOVE. These. Parks. We love the underdog. Love the pleasant surprise. Love the feeling of standing somewhere a million people haven’t already Instagrammed.

  • Switchbacks Episode #8: National Parks in Motion, ft. Glacier & Hawai’i Volcanoes

    Well, it’s better late than never! Yes, we know it’s Wednesday. Night. Like 11 p.m. We have tried to get our new podcast episode out by Tuesday each week, but this week we have an excuse. We are so sick! Cole brought home something gross from his flight back from NYC last weekend, and since… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #7: National Parks: Are They For Everyone? Ft. Dry Tortugas and Lake Clark National Parks

    It’s the first real holiday since Cole and I have been home, and we are big-time taking advantage of living close to people we love again. Last night, we hosted a Friendsgiving with my best friends from high school, tomorrow morning we leave to spend a few days with Cole’s family, Saturday will be with… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #6: Our Top Ten Day Hikes

    How are we already 6 weeks into this podcast thang? We still don’t really know what we’re doing, but we’re glad to hear that at least a few people are listening! A big reason why we wanted to record weekly podcasts is similar to why we started our blog in the first place: to not… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #5: Interview with Don & Shelly

    “Customarily, particularly in America, when you meet someone, the first question is ‘what do you do for a living?’ But people we would meet, we would say, ‘did you see this waterfall? What about that herd of bison, a few miles back?’ That’s what we were focused on. We could have a very long conversation… Read more »

  • So, what do you do?

    These days, it only takes five little words to make me straight-up panic. “So, what do you do?” I did not notice how often people ask this well-intended question two years ago when I had a simpler answer: “I’m a sixth grade teacher.” A teacher, respectable. A sixth grade teacher, easy conversation starter. Without saying much more,… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #4: People of the Parks

    Even though they primarily feature very natural elements, the national parks would not be what they are without people. People advocate for the preservation of parks, people work to maintain these beautiful places, and people take time out of their lives to visit the parks. People.

  • 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 »

  • Switchbacks Episode #3: Are We Loving Our National Parks to Death?

    Episode #3, yo! We are settling into a nice routine with this whole podcasting thing now that we are 3 episodes deep. We are pretty basic with the music and editing, and we are doing it all ourselves, so of course there was a steep learning curve. BUT I think I’m getting better and better…. Read more »