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.





Stormy Kromer Hats Rock

November 29, 2016

Stormy Kromer Hats Rock I don't wear a hat.  Why not?  As I've pointed out on social media, I have thick luxurious hair.  I'm vain.  Plus the darn things never fit my big head.  Occasionally I'll pull on a stocking cap.  It has to be pretty cold for me to do so.  Still my friend Adam... Read More

Updating Our National Park Book

November 10, 2016

Updating Our National Park Book I've come to understand why successful authors are fulltime writers.  Writing a book is a fulltime job.  Both Shelly and I already have careers which consume more than forty hours of our week.  No worries though.  Our book is about our passion. When I get the... Read More

#Arch2Arch By The Numbers

September 14, 2016

#Arch2Arch By The Numbers #Arch@Arch was a family vacation.  Jeff Howell (@MissouriHowell on Twitter) and I welcomed this.   His kids Kate and Rex were going with us.  Families take their children to National Parks.  Such trips make memories.  A family vacation with children is way to... Read More

Cheers to the Switchback Kids

September 6, 2016

Cheers to the Switchback Kids In July 2014 we received an email from a young man named Cole Donelson.   He said that he and his wife Elizabeth were planning a year long trip to all 59 of the National Parks.  He expressed a bit of surprise that someone was already on such a journey--especially... Read More

Isn't That Wonderful?

August 31, 2016

Isn't That Wonderful? In many ways, the #Arch2Arch adventure with Jeff Howell (@MissouriHowell on Twitter) was much like our 59 National Park journey.  We saw a number of incredible things in a short period of time. We went to the top of an Arch.  We turned and burned from one camp site to... Read More

Are All National Parks Worth Return Visits?

July 13, 2016

Are All National Parks Worth Return Visits? Let us say upfront that we would return to any of the 59 National Parks if the circumstances were right.  All of them are special.  All of them have unique things to see and do.  All of them are an important part of our heritage and deserve to be... Read More