We're Visiting 59 US National Parks in 59 Weeks!

Welcome to 59NationalParks.com, a website about our trip to all 59 National Parks in the United States.

On June 5th, 2015 we completed our journey at Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska.  It took us fifteen  months to explore all 59 National Parks.  On July 4th, 2015 we officially ended our adventure at our home park–Badlands National Park.  It was quite a ride which completely exceeded our expectations.  The amazing people we met were just as important to us as the parks and places we explored.

We have resumed a “normal” life in Kansas City for now.   We have many new adventures planned.  In September, 2015 we are making a return trip to Great Basin National Park, Nevada.  Next year we plan to go to Japan in April or May to see our family and spend some time at three or four of their National Parks.  A fourth trip to Alaska is on the drawing board for 2016.  Eventually we hope to become full time travelers across North America.

We are working a on book about our National Park adventure.  It is tentatively titled 59 National Parks, A Personal Memoir.  The book will contain a number of stories and adventures that we have not previously disclosed.  Additionally it will feature a number of people that we met on our journey.  We expect to publish our memoir on August 25th, 2016 which coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service.

We are building two ecommerce websites which will feature the “best of” our park photography.  We are also creating two National Park calendars.  We are completely revising the Gallery page on this site.  Look for our launch of these sites in September 2015.

We will continue to blog about the National Parks at least once a month.  We will also accept guest posts for publication on this site.  Interested parties can use the Contact form.

Here is a snapshot of our adventure by the numbers:

1.  We visited a total of 112 unique National Park Units during our trip.  59 Of those were National Parks.

2.  All told, we estimate that we traveled 85,000 miles during sixteen months.

3.  We met approximately 100 people in person through social media.

4.   We’ve had over 500,000 page views on this website since we opened it in December 2013.

5.  We were featured in 3 national magazines, 9 local newspapers, and on more than 200 websites.  We wrote 16 guest posts for other websites.  We wrote exactly 100 blogs on this website.

6.  During our adventure, we slept in 8 time zones.

7.  We took approximately 22,000 photographs.

8.  We climbed 6 mountains.  We estimate that we hiked over 1000 miles.

9.   We photographed 48 bears.

10.  We had 0 serious injuries and never had an illness during our journey.

We so appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and support for our adventure.  We are so grateful for all those what have followed us.  Stay tuned.  There is more to come.





#TheFinale With @ThatOutdoorGuy

August 3, 2015

#TheFinale With @ThatOutdoorGuy On November 11th, 2013 we wrote this: "Our goals for our National Parks journey are to promote the virtues of the parks, to inspire other to go for their dreams, and to have a little fun along the way.  Please join us on our travels which we expect to complete on... Read More

Missouri Howell--The Camping Trip

July 27, 2015

Missouri Howell--The Camping Trip Jeff Howell (@MissouriHowell on Twitter) and I had talked about going camping for quite some time.  We finally settled on Knob Noster State Park in western Missouri a few weeks ago.  As July 25th approached we realized that we faced extreme heat.  We... Read More

Acknowledgement Page

July 23, 2015

Editor's Note: We are working on our book about our 59 National Park journey. To date, we have completed our Acknowledgements, Forward and Chapter One which is titled "The Seed". We wanted to share our Acknowledgements. As we go along we will be sharing a few of the chapters here. Chapter Three... Read More

Best of 59 National Parks

July 14, 2015

  Best of 59 National Parks We had "Best Of" moments everyday on our sixteen month, 59 National Park journey.  Low moments were rare.  It is Fool's Gold to try to recount the best of the bests we experienced.  People keep asking though so after a few weeks of wracking our brains on... Read More

Strange Happenings at 59 National Parks

July 1, 2015

  Strange Happenings at 59 National Parks One of the joys of travel is experiencing the unexpected, the offbeat and even the strange.  We had many such experiences during the sixteen months we were on the road visiting the National Parks.   We thought it would be fun to recall the... Read More

Denali National Park, Jewel of the Park System

June 26, 2015

  Denali National Park, Jewel of the Park System Denali National Park is the park of parks, the jewel of the National Park system.  Thirty-three percent  of the park's 6,000,000 acres are  designated as wilderness.   Visitors will recognize that almost all of the park is a wilderness,... Read More