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 »

  • Katmai National Park: Living With Bears

    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… Read more »

  • Katmai National Park Video: the most iconic NPS photo op

    When you talk about iconic photo ops in the NPS, I think Katmai National Park wins hands down. Chances are if you read our blog there’s a good chance you’ve seen pictures or video from Katmai National Park – maybe without even realizing it. This classic shot is a bear at the edge of a waterfall chomping down… Read more »

  • All Alone in Lake Clark (Video)

    All of the national parks in Alaska are relatively remote, quiet, and free from swarming crowds. But there was one park that redefined those adjectives. Lake Clark National Park was our sixth Alaskan park. At that point, we had traveled by ferry, large airplane, bush plane, shuttle bus, car, tour boat, and of course, by… Read more »

  • 6 reasons to visit Alaska’s most underrated National Park

    Dubbing Lake Clark Alaska’s most underrated National Park is very debatable. Elizabeth argued for Wrangell-St. Elias. But I say for the ratio of awareness to park beauty and opportunities, it’s hard to beat the lesser known, inaccessible 6 million acres of undeveloped 4 million acres of rugged mountain and lake wilderness that is Lake Clark… Read more »

  • Orcas, Calving Glaciers, and Icefields: Kenai Fjords National Park Video

    When we were planning our visit to Alaska, we knew that the wildlife would probably be more abundant than down here in the lower 48. I pictured bears popping out from behind cars in Anchorage, caribou blanketing the meadows, and bald eagles swarming like pigeons. I wasn’t that far off, actually. The eagles ARE like… Read more »

  • Kenai Fjords National Park by Water, by Land

    If you are following us elsewhere (like Instagram or Facebook), you know that we have officially finished our trip and have cozied up in my smallish hometown of Washington, Missouri. (Corncob pipe capitol of the world, thankyouverymuch) We are planning to continue to share pictures, videos, and perspectives on our trip for a long time,… Read more »

  • Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic: my most agonizing park visits

    I agonized for a long time over how to visit both Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic National Parks. They are above the Arctic Circle in Northern Alaska and are arguably the two most remote National Parks in the NPS. They don’t have roads leading to them, trails running through them or any kind… Read more »

  • Kobuk Valley & Gates of the Arctic: Logistics & a Video

    As you might have read when we wrote an overview of the eight Alaska parks, we struggled a bit with how to visit Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic, two of the most remote and inaccessible parks with the least amount of facilities. Because of the nature and speed of our visit to Alaska,… Read more »

  • Three Perfect Days in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    As the largest park in the country, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is automatically intimidating. Funnily enough, since it’s one of the few driveable parks in Alaska, it was also the park that we put the least amount of planning into. We figured we’d show up and wing it, which has worked out for us pretty… Read more »

  • Happy Anniversary to my forever travel partner!

    Elizabeth, I hope you’re not too embarrassed when you see this post 😉   Today is our anniversary! Elizabeth and I have been married three wonderful and interesting years. But after this last year of constant travel, it feels more like we’ve been married for thirty!   We’ve swapped countless driving shifts to cover over… Read more »