#96: Hiking Utah’s Kanarra Falls

The trail to Kanarra Falls in southwestern Utah has it all: beautiful scenery, a pristine creek running through a slot canyon, and a picturesque waterfall. It’s just the right length at about 3.5 miles roundtrip and is only moderately strenuous. This is why it’s become a hugely popular destination for outdoor adventure seekers. In this episode, we talk about our experience hiking this trail in October 2022, how we got our permit, and a little history of this popular site. We even talk about how the town of Kanarraville now keeps this special place from being over-loved and the heroic efforts they undertook to replace the iconic log bridge that once provided hikers a way up the falls before a flood washed it away.

 

Here are links about some of the places we mentioned in this episode:

·     Where to apply for permits to hike to Kanarra Falls

·     Story about installing the new Kanarra Falls ladder

·     Link to our Patreon account Intro video

·     Where to subscribe to our Patreon account

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#95: Custer State Park and the Black Hills

 South Dakota might not be the first place you think of as a vacation destination, but the Black Hills and surrounding areas are packed with incredible sights and activities. In this episode, we take you to the epicenter, Custer State Park, where you can see bison roam, hike some world-class trails, and take a scenic drive through granite spires and narrow tunnels. From there, we explore other fascinating public lands that are a short distance to a couple of hours away, including several national park service units. And as a bonus, there’s not just one History Channel segment in this episode; we share multiple captivating stories about the adventurous people who previously explored these public lands.

 

Here are links about some of the places we mentioned in this episode:

·     Custer State Park

·     Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival (at Custer State Park)

·     Badlands National Park

·     Wind Cave National Park

·     Jewel Cave National Monument

·     Mount Rushmore National Memorial

·     Devils Tower National Monument

·     Crazy Horse Memorial

·     Minuteman Missile National Historic Park

·     Bear Butte State Park

·     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

 

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#94: Mailbag! Mammal, Solar Chargers, and Hiking Boots

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:

·     Our favorite wildlife sightings while visiting the national parks,

·     Our opinion on hiking and backpacking with portable solar chargers, and

·     What to consider when choosing the right hiking boots for your feet.

 

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#93: Everglades National Park

Now is the perfect time to plan a winter trip to Everglades National Park. While the park’s rainy season is typically April through November, the other months are a great time to visit. In this episode, we talk about hiking trails we enjoyed and some other park activities you might want to try, such as airboat tours, nature photography tours, kayaking, canoeing, and Matt’s favorite, slough slogging through the wetlands. But the fun doesn’t stop there. We dive deep into the sawgrass marsh with a close look at its reptile population as Karen explains the differences between alligators and crocodiles and discusses an alarming challenge the park is facing: an exploding population of Burmese pythons.

 

Here are the links we mentioned in this episode:

·     Everglades NP website where you can find info about guided tours

·     Everglades National Park Institute for info about additional tours

·     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

 

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#92: The Grand Circle Tour

It’s time for another road trip! The Grand Circle Tour is a driving itinerary that takes you to some of the most amazing natural wonders in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Travel along with us in this episode as we start in Las Vegas, travel northeast through Utah, loop down to southwestern Colorado, and come back to Utah before making a few stops in northern Arizona on our way back to Las Vegas.

 

This tour is a general guide; you can customize it to your liking. You can also begin and end it from any point on the loop if Las Vegas is not your starting point. So, buckle up and get ready for an incredible ride. Below is a list of the places we talk about as we travel along the Grand Circle Tour:

·     Start in Las Vegas

·     Valley of Fire State Park

·     Zion National Park

·     Bryce Canyon National Park

·     Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

·     Capitol Reef National Park

·     Goblin Valley State Park

·     Moab (Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Dead Horse Point SP)

·     Monticello, Utah (Canyonlands NP, Bears Ears NM, Natural Bridges NM)

·     Hovenweep National Monument

·     Mesa Verde National Park

·     Four Corners

·     Bluff, Utah

·     Valley of the Gods

·     Moki Dugway

·     Goosenecks State Park

·     Monument Valley

·     Page, Arizona (Antelope Canyons, Horseshoe Bend)

·     North Rim of the Grand Canyon

·     Kanab, Utah (Buckskin Gulch)

·     Zion National Park

·     Back to Las Vegas

 

Here’s a link to a map of the route

 

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Our Patreon Account is Now Live!

It only took nearly three years of producing The Dear Bob and Sue Podcast for us to decide that the audience might stick around. Thank you to everyone who has supported us on our journey to create almost 100 episodes.

We love sharing our experiences, bringing you interesting and useful information, and from time to time, making you laugh a little. Being part of a community passionate about our public lands and outdoor adventures gives us the energy to keep producing content.

But as much as we enjoy making people laugh and sharing our experiences and travel tips, it takes more than passion and a couple of microphones to create podcast episodes regularly. It also takes time and resources.

We recently started a Patreon account for those who wish to support our content creation financially. When you subscribe to our account, you not only help ensure that The Dear Bob and Sue Podcast will keep going, you’ll have access to patron-only exclusive content. These bonus episodes will only be available through Patreon.

You can find all the details about how to subscribe on our Patreon page here and in the introduction video below.

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Matt and Karen