Matt and Karen’s Annual Gift Guide 2022

Welcome to our annual gift guide. Below we’ve listed all the items we discuss in detail on Episode #99 of our Dear Bob and Sue Podcast, which you can listen to on all the major podcast platforms or directly on our podcast website.

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#106: Mailbag! Shenandoah NP in a Weekend, and More

In our Mailbag! episodes, we answer questions from listeners about the national parks, ranger-led tours, road trips, hiking, camping, backpacking, gear, relationships, and pretty much whatever anyone wants to ask us. In this episode, we cover these topics:

·     A listener asks our opinion on whether to spend a weekend in Olympic NP or Shenandoah NP (the title of this episode is a clue to our answer),

·     Suggestions about which of the three Washington national parks would be best to visit when you have an extra two days on route to an Alaskan cruise,

·     Would we recommend a blow-up air mattress or cots for a family of four just getting started camping,

·     Which place is most likely to become the next U.S. national park,

·     Should parents bring snake gaiters for their young sons on a trip to Big Bend NP,

·     And more!

 

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#105: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Many consider Chaco Culture the crown jewel of the ancient Puebloan ruins in the American Southwest. It’s a must-see add-on to any adventure in the Four Corners area. The sixteen archeological sites in the park tell a story of a bustling civilization where thousands of people lived from about 850 to 1250 A.D. But much is still left to be discovered about their lives and why they abruptly left to find shelter elsewhere among the cliffs of the desert. In this episode, we talk about our visit to Chaco, a bit about the history of the place, some of the activities you might want to consider when there, and much more!

 

Here are links where you can find more information about Chaco Culture National Historical Park:

·     If you want to see historic photos from Pueblo Bonito, check out the website Chacoarchive.org

·     Here’s a link to the NPS Museum Management Program page about Chaco Culture

·     Check out the park’s NPS site here

·     UNESCO’s online description of Chaco also has links to more information

·     And did you know that Chaco Culture is featured on a U.S. Quarter? Check it out on the U.S. Mint’s website

 

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Don’t forget to check out our new online merch store and www.dirtlander.com.

 

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#104: Planning Your Trips to Alaska’s National Parks

Alaska is home to eight national parks, each unique and stunning. And if visiting them is on your bucket list, planning your trips may seem daunting. It was for us. Alaska is wild and beautiful, and its parks are nothing like those in the lower 48. Only three of the eight can be accessed by roads, and two are above the Arctic Circle. In this episode, we share what we learned from visiting these parks. We talk about how to get to each of them, what time of year you might want to visit, and give suggestions for activities you’ll want to consider. All this and more!

 

Our Patreon account is now up and running with bonus content. Follow this link to check it out.

 

Don’t forget to check out our new online merch store and www.dirtlander.com.

 

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#103: Twelve Great National Parks for Snowshoeing

We used to think that winter was for hunkering down inside and planning for warm-weather activities in the parks. But that all changed one day when we rented snowshoes in Yellowstone on a zero-degree February day. After an exciting day experiencing the uncrowded backcountry covered in a deep blanket of snow, we were hooked. The scenery was breathtaking, and we had several wildlife encounters that would not have been possible in warmer months. Now, we make a point to snowshoe at least a few times each winter in our incredible public lands. In today’s episode, we talk about some of the basics of getting started snowshoeing and suggest trails to explore in twelve national parks that are great for this outdoor winter activity.

 

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#102: Mailbag! White Sands, Hot Springs, and More

In our Mailbag! episodes, we answer questions from listeners about the national parks, ranger-led tours, road trips, hiking, camping, backpacking, gear, relationships, and pretty much whatever anyone wants to ask us. In this episode, we cover these topics:

·     How much time to spend and what to do when visiting White Sands NP,

·     A brief overview of Hot Springs National Park, including how the park service has re-purposed a few of the park’s historic original bathhouses,

·     Short discussion about the national parks on the east coast,

·     Answering a few questions from one of our younger listeners, and

·     Discussing whether our books are appropriate for children

 

Our Patreon account is now up and running with bonus content. Follow this link to check it out.

 

Don’t forget to check out our new online merch store and www.dirtlander.com.

 

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#101: Grandma Joy’s Road Trip

Join us for an inspiring conversation with 92-year-old Grandma Joy and her grandson Brad, who are on a journey to visit all 63 national parks. After taking her on a camping trip seven years ago in Smoky Mountains National Park so she could see the mountains for the first time, Brad realized Grandma Joy was the perfect travel partner. Their next adventure was a 4-week road trip to visit 21 national parks, and they’re still going strong. With only one national park left to visit, their story of adventure and discovery is not just inspiring, it’s a lesson in the power of gratitude. What a perfect message for a Thanksgiving Day episode!

 

Here are a few helpful links about some of the topics in this episode:

·     Follow Brad and Grandma Joy’s travels on Instagram here

·     Or check out their Facebook page here

·     Link to our Patreon account Intro video

·     Where to subscribe to our Patreon account

·     And, check out our fun and inspiring apparel at Dirtlander.com

 

Subscribe to The Dear Bob and Sue Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you like to listen, and if you’ve enjoyed our show, please leave us a review or rating on Apple Podcasts. Five-star ratings help other listeners find our show.

 

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