#86: Mailbag! How Many Days to Spend in Great Sand Dunes NP 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:

·     National Park Passport Stamp Book

Where to buy your very own book

Here’s a link to the National Parks Travelers Club

·     How we avoid buying all the tchotchkes and souvenirs on our trips. Spoiler alert: we don’t.

·     Planning a camping trip when flying to your destination.

·     How to deal with photographers taking the best spots for capturing incredible images in the national parks.

·     How much time to budget when visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park

·     Suggestions about which national park to visit for a few days that’s close to the Alabama/Tennessee border.

Mount Leconte Lodge

·     Tips on how to get started backpacking.

·     How can foreigners volunteer in the national parks when traveling to the US.

The International Volunteers in Parks Program

 

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#85: Point Reyes National Seashore

You might think that a seashore park is just sand beaches, but Point Reyes also has open grasslands and forested ridges that are home to 1,500 species of plants and animals. And for humans, the park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, like hiking, boating, biking, horseback riding, and fishing. In this episode, we talk about some of these activities and why you should add Point Reyes to your list of parks to visit.

 

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#84: Mailbag! Planning for Summer Trips and More

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

·     A brief description of the Garmin InReach satellite messenger device.

·     Shower/bathing options for a listener planning a two-week camping trip to the California parks.

·     Must-see things to do and see for a listener’s upcoming trip to Joshua Tree and the Channel Islands.

·     Which parks have a shuttle from a regional airport to the park.

·     Where we would go if we had 5-6 days to spend in Southern Utah.

·     Which month is best to visit Denali National Park.

·     And hiking hat suggestions from Karen, who always looks so cute in her Instagram photos.

 

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Where to buy your very own 20252 t-shirt

We’ve moved all the “20252 Only You” t-shirt designs to our new online merch store www.dirtlander.com. Please visit us there and don’t forget to subscribe to the Dirtlander email list to get 10% off your entire first order!

Also, we have a bunch of new designs on Dirtlander, like the ones below. Click on any image for more info!

#83: Grand Canyon, North Rim vs South Rim

When visiting Grand Canyon National Park, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, should you visit the North Rim, the South Rim, or both? In this episode, we talk about what makes both rims of the canyon unique, and explain the differences in infrastructure, scenery, number of visitors, etc. We share information about lodging, camping, hiking trails, scenic drives, and some wildlife sightings unique to each rim. While the South Rim is where most people go to experience the Grand Canyon, you won’t want to miss the less-developed, rugged scenery of the North Rim.

 

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#82: Smokey Bear Has Never Been Hotter

This episode is devoted to Smokey Bear, the beloved spokesanimal of the United States Forest Service, who spreads awareness about how to prevent accidental, human-caused wildfires. We discuss how and why the Smokey advertising campaign started more than 70 years ago, how Smokey went from an animated bear to a living, breathing animal, and where to visit the Smokey Museum and Historical Park, plus the largest Smokey statue in the country. All this and more!

 

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