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In Dear Bob and Sue, authors Matt and Karen Smith share stories of their travels to all of the U.S. National Park as well as other spectacular public lands. From adventures gone awry to memorable moments and Q&As from readers, get to know the couple behind the books and get inspired to go on some adventures of your own.

Dear Bob and Sue: A National Parks Podcast Matt and Karen Smith

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    • 4.9 • 910 Ratings

In Dear Bob and Sue, authors Matt and Karen Smith share stories of their travels to all of the U.S. National Park as well as other spectacular public lands. From adventures gone awry to memorable moments and Q&As from readers, get to know the couple behind the books and get inspired to go on some adventures of your own.

    Everglades National Park

    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
     
    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.
     
    Follow us on Instagram at @mattandkarensmith, on Twitter at @mattandkaren, on Facebook at dearbobands, or check out our blog at www.mattandkaren.com.
     
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    • 53 min
    The Grand Circle Tour

    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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    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.
     
    Follow us on Instagram at @mattandkarensmith, on Twitter at @mattandkaren, on Facebook at dearbobands, or check out our blog at www.mattandkaren.com.
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Best National Parks to Visit in the Fall

    Best National Parks to Visit in the Fall

    Once summer vacation season ends and kids go back to school, the parks are a little less crowded, making fall the perfect time to visit our incredible national parks. In this episode, we took our fall travel suggestions from Episode #50 and added a few more comments about the best parks to visit as the weather cools and the leaves begin to turn.
     
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    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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    • 34 min
    Mailbag! Our Favorite Waterfalls and Much More!

    Mailbag! Our Favorite Waterfalls and Much 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:
    ·     Which national parks you might want to visit sooner rather than later if you're concerned about how escalating natural disasters will change them forever.
    ·     Our favorite waterfalls we've visited during our travels
    ·     Whether backpacking in Olympic National Park during November to celebrate a special anniversary is a good idea - and a couple of Plan B options just in case, and
    ·     Where's an excellent place to watch the sunset in Acadia National Park for a couple of park lovers who aren't exactly morning people.
     
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    Follow us on Instagram at @mattandkarensmith, on Twitter at @mattandkaren, on Facebook at dearbobands, or check out our blog at www.mattandkaren.com.
     
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    • 50 min
    Our Ten Favorite Day Hikes in the National Parks

    Our Ten Favorite Day Hikes in the National Parks

    Whether you prefer hiking through forests, deserts, or to the top of mountains, this list covers them all. It wasn’t easy narrowing the list to just ten, but these are the hikes we find ourselves doing over-and-over again when we visit the national parks. And as a bonus, we offer alternatives to each of these trails in case you’re looking for easier options or just want more hiking suggestions near these great hikes.
     
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    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.
     
    Follow us on Instagram at @mattandkarensmith, on Twitter at @mattandkaren, on Facebook at dearbobands, or check out our blog at www.mattandkaren.com.
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mailbag! Hiking in Big Bend National Park and More

    Mailbag! Hiking in Big Bend National Park 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:
    ·     Some of our favorite hikes in Big Bend National Park
    ·     Our thoughts on which parks are good for pre-teens
    ·     Budget-friendly suggestions for visiting the parks
    ·     How we plan for a road trip
     Link to a government site that displays wildfire and air quality info
    ·     Which apps we use to store and remember information about hiking trails
    Link to AllTrails, which we use to research specific trails and read recent trail reports
    Link to GAIA GPS, which we use to navigate and record our hikes
    ·     How to keep your lunch cold while hiking
    Link to insulated lunch bags we use to keep our lunch items cool while we hike
    ·     And more!
     
    Also! Please check out our online merch store Dirtlander.com. Here you’ll find fun and inspiring shirts and merchandise.
     
    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.
     
    Follow us on Instagram at @mattandkarensmith, on Twitter at @mattandkaren, on Facebook at dearbobands, or check out our blog at www.mattandkaren.com.
     
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
910 Ratings

910 Ratings

buckingk ,

Love the Podcast!!!!

Everglades is our ‘home’ park. We go frequently. I listened this morning to your Everglades podcast and I have a python story. We were riding bikes at Shark Valley and saw an alligator who looked like he had a small tree trunk or a huge stem in it’s mouth. It wasn’t vegetation, it was a huge snake!! It was one of those moments where your eyes can’t believe what they are seeing! Wild!
PS: I think slough=slew

happiestnomad ,

Lessons in parks and life

This show has taught me that national parks are a lot like men - the good ones are taken, the convenient ones are reserved, and the rest are just too far out. Thanks to Matt and Karen for the good info and better cheer.

Kansas Hiker ,

Love this!!! UPDATED REVIEW

So I had to add to my original review to urge fans to subscribe to the extra content Matt and Karen have on Patreon. Oh my goodness! So fun! Been a huge fan for awhile, and you get even more laughs and tears on the extra content, lol. (Karen-you just go ahead and giggle and cry all you want!!) I just want to say that I would visit your visitors center and contribute to your donation box if you decide to give tours and let people use your stamp-I’ve already purchased my Smokey Bear shirt from Dirtlander, so I’d be first in line at the gift shop! 😂😂😂 Please keep cranking out the fun, I love saving your podcasts for hikes and runs. Love you guys!!

I just recently found Matt and Karen and am reading their first book and listening to the podcast any chance I get! I literally laugh out loud frequently at both, while also enjoying tips for future hikes and learning interesting information about the parks. The only downside is every time I listen, I feel manic about getting to the places they talk about, and I’m not retired yet! Lol it’s so much fun to revisit the places in my mind that I have been to, as well as picturing my future trips. Please keep traveling and sharing-I love this podcast so much!

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