Dear Bob and Sue: A National Parks Podcast

Dear Bob and Sue: A National Parks Podcast
Adventures in the U.S. National Parks and public lands with Matt and Karen Smith

15 Our Favorite Places in Yellowstone
Jul 23 • 63 min
Few places, if any, in the lower 48 states have remained as wild and undisturbed as Yellowstone National Park. Sure, there are roads and boardwalks throughout the park to accommodate the millions of annual visitors, but its wildlife and unique landscape…
14 Outdoorsy in Vegas
Jul 9 • 61 min
Come on seven! Mama needs a new pair of shoes! Yep, you’re in the right place, this is still The Dear Bob and Sue Podcast. Except, this episode has a bit of a twist. In it we explore many of the great public lands that are within day-tripping-distance…
13 The Great American Bison Road Trip
Jun 25 • 78 min
Who doesn’t love an end-of-summer road trip? Few activities compare to the joy of packing a duffel bag full of stuff, filling the snack bag with Cheez-Its and animal crackers, and heading down the open road with all of your cares in the rearview mirror.…
12 Misadventures in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Jun 11 • 74 min
Over 120 years ago, the Klondike Gold Rush attracted more than 100,000 people from around the world with the lure of wealth and adventure. All that stood in the way of the prospectors’ dream of finding gold was a year-long journey to a remote area in the…
11 Beyond Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks
May 28 • 72 min
The five national parks in Utah are spectacular and draw millions of visitors each year for a good reason. But the public lands surrounding these parks are also packed with natural wonders worth experiencing. You could spend countless days visiting the…
10 Trailer Tales from California’s Desert Parks
May 14 • 70 min
Teardrop trailers sure look cute and romantic, but what’s it like actually sleeping in one? Today we’re sharing what we learned as we camped in a teardrop trailer in three parks in southern California. Find out what additional equipment you may need to…
09 Five National Park Hidden Gems
Apr 30 • 57 min
You’ll often see the same handful of National Parks topping the “best of” lists, but there are some real hidden gems out there too that are worth visiting. In this episode, we’re sharing our top five parks that have lower visitation numbers. We discuss…
08 Katmai National Park: Bear Watching
Apr 16 • 68 min
Of all the experiences we had while traveling to the U.S. national parks, bear watching in Katmai National Park is at the top of the list. Tucked away in a remote part of southwest Alaska, Katmai is truly a unique and exciting place to visit. During…
07 Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Apr 2 • 69 min
Join Matt and Karen as they descend 750 feet underground to explore what Karen thinks is one of the most magical places in the entire U.S. national park system: Carlsbad Caverns. Matt’s not a huge fan of dark, scary holes, but he puts on a brave face…
06 Zion National Park: Hiking The Narrows
Mar 19 • 50 min
Standing in waist-deep water while looking up at the towering canyon walls, the scene was breath-taking. Or, maybe it was the cold water splashing our midsections that was taking our breath away. Join us as we hike The Narrows, one of the most magnificent…
05 RV Adventures in Arizona
Mar 5 • 55 min
Have you ever wanted to take an RV on an adventure into the National Parks? So did we, so we rented one in Arizona and toured the southern part of the state for a week. Join us as we explore Chiricahua National Monument and other National Park units from…
04 Our Favorite National Park Lodges
Feb 20 • 62 min
What’s it like to wake up with a view of Crater Lake from your bedroom window? In this episode, we gleefully revisit some of our favorite National Park lodges and the adventures we had staying in them. We discuss the “parkitechture” and fascinating…
03 Arches National Park: Getting Lost in the Fiery Furnace
Feb 6 • 45 min
Would you go into a fiery furnace on purpose if you knew you’d probably get lost, have to squeeze through narrow openings, and be forced to crab walk over sketchy boulders? Well, that’s exactly what we did, and we even waited in line for a permit to do…
02 North Cascades National Park: Glaciers and Boulders and Scree Oh My!
Feb 4 • 48 min
Join us on our backpacking trip to Sahale Glacier in North Cascades National Park. Along with our friends John and Lolly, we braved the treacherous trail and a few overly friendly mountain goats to camp at the base of a glacier in a truly sublime setting.…
01 Adventure in Alaska
Jan 30 • 44 min
It’s here! Episode 1 - the very first episode of our brand new podcast. We can’t wait for you to hear it! In this episode: A tour of the National Parks “visitor center” in our house The story of how we wrote the Dear Bob and Sue books A trip to Alaska…
Jan 22 • 2 min
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