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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 760 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.

    Mailbag!

    Mailbag!

    In our mailbag episodes, we answer questions from listeners about traveling, hiking, public lands, outdoor gear, and whatever else is on their minds. In this episode, we’re talking about the America the Beautiful Pass, how to get started backpacking, and our thoughts on how to balance work and travel. If you have a question you’d like us to answer on a future episode, email us at mattandkarensmith@gmail.com.
    Links we discus in the episode:
    ·     Where to purchase an America the Beautiful Pass online.
    ·     A description of all six types of passes.
    ·     More info about the Annual Pass
    ·     More info about the Military Pass
    ·     More info about the 4th Grade Pass
    ·     More info about the Senior Pass
    ·     More info about the Access Pass
    ·     More info about the Volunteer Pass
    ·     Resource for renting backpacking equipment
    ·     Great site for renting backpacking equipment in the Pacific Northwest
    ·     Backpacking checklist from REI
     
    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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    • 47 min
    Zion's Epic Subway Hike

    Zion's Epic Subway Hike

    The trail to The Subway is one of the least traveled yet most spectacular in Zion National Park. Over countless years, water has carved a unique, tube-like slot canyon along the Left Fork of North Creek. If you’re lucky enough to win the permit lottery to hike this trail, you have two options for getting there: top-down and bottom-up. In this episode, we talk about our experience hiking the bottom-up route and tips about having a safe and enjoyable hike.
     
    Link to Zion NP’s webpage where you can find more about how to get a permit to hike to The Subway.
     
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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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    • 53 min
    Antelope Canyon

    Antelope Canyon

    Starting at the shore of Lake Powell in northern Arizona, Antelope Canyon stretches for over twenty miles as it snakes its way south through pristine Navajo land. Over millions of years, water and wind carved several incredibly beautiful sections of the canyon. In this episode, we discuss four of the areas that you can visit to experience these wonders of nature up close.
     
    Links to where you can find more information about the tours we talk about:
    Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tour
    Dixie’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tour
    Upper Antelope Canyon Tour
    Antelope Canyon X Tour
     
    Please 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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    • 52 min
    Mailbag!

    Mailbag!

    In our mailbag episodes, we answer questions from listeners about traveling, hiking, public lands, outdoor gear, and whatever else is on their minds. In this episode, we’re talking about road trips, train trips, bears, and ticks. If you have a question you’d like us to answer on a future episode, email us at mattandkarensmith@gmail.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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    • 47 min
    The Best National Parks to Visit in Each Season

    The Best National Parks to Visit in Each Season

    We get a lot of questions from people asking us what parks they should visit during specific times of the year. On today’s episode we’re going season to season, talking about which parks are great to visit during the winter, spring, summer, and fall. We cover all 63 national parks, taking into account factors like their weather, accessibility, wildflowers, fall foliage, crowds, and much more. Grab a pen and paper and get ready to take notes. You might learn a few seasonal travel tips that’ll come in handy when planning your next spring break destination, summer vacation, or fall getaway.
     
    Some of the topics we discuss in this episode:
    ·      The only national park that closes in the winter
    ·      The one piece of the U.S. that is below the equator
    ·      Our favorite park to snowmobile in
    ·      Best national parks to view the brilliant fall colors
    ·      Which park you can tour while on a beer train excursion
    ·      The park you’d visit if you also wanted to attend the International Chili Championship
    ·      Which parks you can visit in the winter for a tropical getaway
    ·      And our list of national parks that are great to visit in any season.
     
    Links to more information:
    ·      The Kula Cloth
    ·      Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (link to the beer train)
    ·      54th Annual CASI Terlingua ​International ​Chili Championship


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    • 53 min
    Glacier National Park: Part 2 of 2

    Glacier National Park: Part 2 of 2

    From historic hotels to jaw-dropping vistas to spectacular hiking trails, Glacier has it all. Because of its mountainous terrain, activities and sights are clustered in several unique areas of the park and along the central park road corridor. A visit to this magnificent place feels like going to several national parks, all nestled around the Continental Divide. It would take a lifetime to see and do everything that Glacier National Park has to offer, and in this second episode of our two-part series on the park, we talk about our favorites. If you haven’t listened to the first part of this series, please check it out here.
     
    Some of the topics we discuss in this episode:
    ·      Why it’s so important to do advanced planning before visiting Glacier NP
    ·      The best time to visit
    ·      Recent changes to the park’s system for entering the park – you may need a reservation
    ·      Why you might want to park your car and take the hikers’ shuttle
    ·      Overview of the historic lodges and hotels in and around the park
    ·      Some of our favorite hikes in each area of the park
    ·      Where to get the best huckleberry bear claws in Montana
    ·      And much more!
     
    Links to more information:

    Glacier NP’s webpage about their shuttle system


    Glacier NP’s webpage about planning your visit



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    Check out our Twitter account



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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
760 Ratings

760 Ratings

JennyLee74 ,

Fun!

Very enjoyable podcast!

Linda Lu8 ,

Fun adventurous couple

Thank you for providing practical tips for even the beginning hiker!

Alien 77 ,

Top Podcast -AAAA Rated

Karen and Matt are awesome. They have great stories to tell and so much humor and laughter intertwined. My wife and I leave January 15, 2022 for a 2-3 year trip around North America to see all the National Parks and then some. This podcast series has been awesome…I take detailed notes and add to my spreadsheet of trails, restaurants (especially brewpubs), and other things we must do along the way.

This is the Bible for National Parks touring and hiking.

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