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.

We are offering a limited number of our National Park photographs for sale at  https://59nationalparks.smugmug.com/  We are featuring a landscape and a bison gallery.  Our photos are moderately priced and reflect the best of our 59 National Park journey.  We are also featuring two high quality 2016 calendars comprised of photos from these two galleries.    Currently we are looking for commercial partners to work with for our fine art photography.  Right now, we are working with interior decorators.  Our work has been well-received.  Contact us at 59nationalparks@gmail.com.

We have published our 2016 National Park Bison calendar.  It is available for purchase at http://www.zazzle.com/where_the_buffalo_roam_calendar-158129366589858373

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.





Road Tripping the National Park Service Centennial

May 2, 2016

Editor's Note: Shelly, AKA Mrs. 59 National Parks, is spending the Centennial of the National Park Service at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.  More on her trip coming soon. Road Tripping the National Park Service Centennial I knew that I would be spending August 25th at a National Park... Read More

Lydia's National Park Road Trip

April 26, 2016

  Editor's Note:  We've met so many terrific people in person and via social media that love the National Parks as much as we do.  Those who enjoy taking road trips to many National Parks at a time (like us) we've come to refer to as #ParkNuts.  Our young friend Lydia is one of the... Read More

Foreword To Our Upcoming Book

December 14, 2015

Foreword My heart ached as Shelly slowly backed up the stairs to the bedroom.  Her pain was palpable.  A few tears trickled down her cheek.  She had just arrived home from her seventh knee surgery.  This one was different though.  At age forty-six she required a partial knee replacement.... Read More

Bennett Spring With The Howells

November 27, 2015

 Bennett Spring With The Howells Two weeks ago Jeff Howell (@MissouriHowell on Twitter) and I continued our deliberate quest to camp and hike at all fifty-three Missouri State Parks.  The weekend belonged to Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon.  This park, established in 1923, is renowned... Read More

7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures in Utah's "Mighty Five"

November 10, 2015

Editor's Note:  Our friends Elizabeth and Cole Donelson enjoy getting off-the-beaten-path at the National Parks.  We are proud to share their story about doing just that at Utah's Mighty Five.  We are also proud of them for what they are accomplishing on their quest to see all 59 National... Read More

Notre Voyage Au Canada

November 6, 2015

Notre Voyage Au Canada About three months of our 2017 adventure will be spent north of the border. When we leave North Cascades National Park, Washington we will head to Canada.   Between Shelly and I, we have been to Canada at least thirty times.  Heck we went to Canada three times during... Read More