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 »

St. Louis Getaway Weekend in Shawnee National Forest

We are now fully settled back into real life here in St. Louis. Even though our lives were very different — dirtier, more exposed to the elements, more awe-inspiring — six months ago, we snapped back into reality in almost no time. Cole and I love living in St. Louis, primarily because almost all of… Read more »

Podcast #19: Recap & Preview

Good morning, lovely readers! Hope your view today is as gorgeous as mine was yesterday morning when I recorded this podcast: snowy & still.  This morning, as you read this, we are probably already on our way to BELIZE! So excited to break away from the wintery midwest weather to the beach for some snorkeling,… Read more »

Podcast Episode #18: Weather Woes, ft. Great Smoky Mountains and Grand Teton

Despite what our Instagram may look like, our trip was not all sunshine & rainbows. We traveled for a full year, so we saw all of the extremes: pouring rain, snow, desert heat, tent-destroying winds, and, yes, lots of sunshine & rainbows. Today on the podcast, we’re sharing two of our park experiences that were very… Read more »

17 Experiences to Have in 2017

For awhile now, Cole and I have been dabbling in the experientialist lifestyle. I read a book during our trip that completely shifted my thinking about the stuff in our lives, and ever since have been singing to the tune of simplify, minimize, and focus on experiences.  We’re not doing a perfect job, by any means…. Read more »

Podcast Episode #17: Our Top Ten National Park Animal Encounters

You GUYS! This is probably the most fun podcast episode Cole and I have created. It was so hard to narrow down our top animal experiences during our year in the parks, but we managed to break it down to just 10… plus some honorable mentions… plus some “still on our list” candidates. Does this… Read more »

You Are Now Free to Move About the Midwest: Flying with Air Choice One

*This post is in no way sponsored by Air Choice One. We wish it was :)* Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized when you discover a new travel hack or an amazing deal that no one ever told you about before. Hello! Today (well, two weeks ago by now) I am sitting in… Read more »

Switchbacks Ep. 16: Interview w/ gap year cowboys on a shoestring budget

In the 59 national parks we visited last year, we met a lot of fellow visitors. (Except in North Cascades, where we literally ran into Z.E.R.O people on any hiking trail.) Among all the unique people with interesting stories we met during our trip, 59 of those people made it onto our “People of the… Read more »

How to Travel Lightly + What I Brought to Argentina

Argentiiiiiina! Our dream of visiting this country — specifically Patagonia — came true, thanks entirely to our whirlwind experience on The Price is Right last spring. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this & this). We returned home a month ago and have missed it ever since. Read our posts about… 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 »

  • Three Days and 42 Miles Backpacking Across Isle Royale National Park

    Whew. We did it. When we planned our trip to Isle Royale, we knew a few things. We knew we wanted to have a big adventure, and we knew we’d be a bit strapped for time. Those factors, combined with ferry schedules, led us to the arguably insane idea to hike the spine of Isle… Read more »

  • ISLE ROYALE VIDEO: Backpacking, moose, lakes, and leeches

    Prehistoric people mined its copper. Merchant ships wrecked on its shores. Recent immigrants of moose and wolves have found its refuge. Isle Royale has seen a lot over its long life. It’s rocks are 1.1 billion years old after all.  As we ferried up to the island, we were hoping to see a lot of… Read more »

  • VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK: Appreciating each little stroke (video)

    With 50 parks down and only 9 to go in our yearlong Centennial adventure, it’s hard for a park to show us something entirely new. But that’s exactly what happened at Voyageurs National Park. We’d read that to make the most of Voyageurs you really needed to get out onto the water. Out of all… Read more »

  • Voyageurs Video: The Spirit of the Park

    Voyageurs National Park was named after the famed French tradesmen who paddled tons of trade goods up to 3,000 miles per summer in the waters between the U.S. and Canada. We will never be able to emulate quite that spirit (and definitely not those awesome colorful beanies!), but going in to Voyageurs National Park, our… Read more »

  • 5 Heroes of the National Parks

    We just left Theodore Roosevelt National Park (#49 of 59! Wooo!) and the park got us thinking. We had heard many times of Roosevelt’s contribution to the National Parks through his life and presidency and reading even more about his life and love for the wilderness was fascinating. We realized that there are a few… Read more »

  • GLUTTONY DONE RIGHT: 12 Steps to a Better Buffet

    A while ago I wrote a post that partly discussed our belief in the Paleo eating style as part of a healthy, balanced diet… (I just had cereal commercial flashbacks). Well, we can believe it all we want, but we’ve found eating while traveling full-time is often a beggars can’t be choosers (or more like… Read more »

  • THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK VIDEO: Dramatic badlands and presidential inspiration

    Even after I heard Teddy Roosevelt loved this land in western North Dakota so much that he bought his own ranch and returned many times, I was skeptical. If it was so great, why hadn’t I heard of it before? Of it was so beautiful, how could it be located in North Dakota? Things just… Read more »

  • PERFECT 7 DAYS IN SOUTH DAKOTA: ft. Wind Cave, 6 other NPS sites and more!

    The stereotypes people have of different states are a funny thing. Usually the judgement is concentrated on your neighboring states which are obviously inferior to your own. Since Missouri has the record of 8 border states we do a lot of stereotyping: Arkansas is full of moonshine and hillbillies, Nebraska is one big cornfield, cows… Read more »