New guy, huh? Welcome! Here’s what you should know about me…

You’ve made it this far, so by now you’ve probably noticed that my blog isn’t about exotic vacations to far off destinations that can only be dreamed of.  It’s not filled with flawless models on sandy beaches gazing into the sunset.  It’s not about straw huts that are built right into the ocean (but how cool are those, right!?)  There won’t be any of that here.  We are real.

This blog is me.  It’s my Husband.  It’s that dog that keepings hanging around here, too.  It’s us, driving in my Corolla (or a slightly newer, but equally luxurious rental Corolla) driving down the open road, exploring places off the beaten path, and learning about the history of the world from the very places it happened.  It’s a couple of average people passionate about the National Parks, and about Exploring Hometowns, and about seeing the world without blowing our entire life’s savings. We’re here to help you, the one with the life that you’ve built from the ground up.  The one who can’t just pack up and disappear for three months.  The one who wants to work hard but wants to reward that hard work with a much-deserved vacation.  This blog is for the real travelers.

That’s you, right?  I mean, you’re still reading this, so I’ll take that as a yes.  So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s what you need to know about us:

Mammoth Cave Entrance

My Husband, Jason, and I are on a quest to see all 61 National Parks.  We caught the bug when we visited our second National Park together and one of us realized, “.. this is kind of cool, right?  We should do more of this.”

Our second National Park was Yosemite. (And the first was the Grand Canyon…)  It was more than kind of cool, it was life changing.  Once we had Yosemite in our veins, it was impossible not to dream of what other wonders awaited us with the National Parks.  In total, we’ve been to nine National Parks, and have no intentions of slowing down.  Check out this post about our latest Park visit!

In addition to “the big ones” we also love paying homage to the little guys.  The National Monuments, the National Riverways, the National Historic Sites.  The ones that still bear the “National Parks Service” emblem, but are often overlooked.  The ones that can unlock the history that’s hiding right in your own backyard.  There are hundreds of those (400-something by now, right?) and we visit any and all of them that we come across on our travels, too!

To summarize: Dogs. National Parks. Coffee. Cocktails. Hiking. Cozy Things. And sometimes Photography. That’s me in a nutshell.

I love to explore new places, but I also love to work with entrepreneurs, creative collaborators, and other happy people.  Jump on over here to drop me a line.  Can’t wait to learn more about you!