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 »

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  • 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 »

  • WRANGELL-St. ELIAS VIDEO: Huge park, tiny roads, nonstop beauty

    If people know know anything at all about Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, it’s probably that the park is the largest unit in the NPS at 13.2 million acres- bigger than 6 Yellowstones! That’s the first thing we learned. It wasn’t until we started planning for our visit that we learned this massive park has only… Read more »

  • GLACIER BAY WILDLIFE HEAVEN

    It’s in the name. Glacier Bay is known for its wealth of pristine glaciers that crash into the ocean in a magnificent show that ends in dozens of ice chunks floating peacefully in the frigid upper bay. The countless cruise ships that enter the park beeline straight to the back where all this glacial action… Read more »

  • Glacier Bay: A Park with Options (VIDEO)

    One thing you learn really quickly when planning a national park trip is that there are options. Lots of options. This is a good thing. You can visit Glacier Bay in a number of ways. 90 percent of its visitors arrive by cruise ship and never actually set foot on land. Glacier Bay is not connected… Read more »

  • Visiting Alaska’s National Parks, Part 2: The Itinerary

    If you’ve been following along on Instagram or Twitter, you might be aware that we’re actually over halfway through our Alaska adventure. But we are committed to sharing as much information as we can about how we planned this giant leg of our trip, so we’re backtracking to talk through it all. Read “Visiting Alaska’s… Read more »

  • Visiting Alaska’s National Parks, Part 1: The Overview

    Hello from Kotzebue, Alaska! (Google it…) We are officially four parks away from finishing our year-long national parks journey. As many of you know, Alaska’s eight national parks make up the last leg of our trip. Our grand finale, if you will. But it’s very, very complicated. You see, five of the eight parks in… Read more »