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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 Matt and Karen Smith

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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.

    04 Our Favorite National Park Lodges

    04 Our Favorite National Park Lodges

    What's it like to wake up with a view of Crater Lake from your bedroom window? In this episode, we gleefully revisit some of our favorite National Park lodges and the adventures we had staying in them. We discuss the "parkitechture" and fascinating history to each of the lodges. We regale some hilarious stories from our stays at Crater Lake Lodge and El Tovar lodge at the Grand Canyon. We also talk about how to get reservations and some fantastic places for sunset viewing,
    In this episode we discuss:

    Staying in the largest log structure in the world in Yellowstone NP

    Watching bears from the deck in Glacier NP

    Wintertime stay at Zion lodge

    Ranger programs at Bryce Canyon lodge

    Twin beds at Paradise Inn in Mt. Rainier NP

    President Roosevelt's stay in Olympic NP on Lake Crescent

    An unexpected surprise at Crater Lake Lodge

    The mule-train journey taken by Matt's shorts in the Grand Canyon

    The public space at the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite NP


    Links:

    Photos from our trips to Yosemite, Yellowstone, and more


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    03 Arches National Park: Getting Lost in the Fiery Furnace

    03 Arches National Park: Getting Lost in the Fiery Furnace

    Would you go into a fiery furnace on purpose if you knew you’d probably get lost, have to squeeze through narrow openings, and be forced to crab walk over sketchy boulders? Well, that’s exactly what we did, and we even waited in line for a permit to do it. The Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park is a special treat for visitors as only a limited number of people are allowed permits each day to hike through this magnificent maze of rock formations. We’ve visited the fiery furnace in Arches National Park a couple of times, and in this episode, we talk about our experiences along the trail.
    In this episode we discuss:

    Karen's fantasy of being an off-duty park ranger

    Our ranger-led tour into the fiery furnace

    Returning on our own and getting lost in the slot canyons, and

    How we live and work together 24/7

    Links:

    Photos from our trips to the fiery furnace

    Recreation.gov


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    • 44 min
    02 North Cascades National Park: Glaciers and Boulders and Scree Oh My!

    02 North Cascades National Park: Glaciers and Boulders and Scree Oh My!

    Join us on our backpacking trip to Sahale Glacier in North Cascades National Park. Along with our friends John and Lolly, we braved the treacherous trail and a few overly friendly mountain goats to camp at the base of a glacier in a truly sublime setting. It was a strenuous, magical, and unforgettable journey. In this episode, we relive our trip into one of the most beautiful alpine areas in all of the national parks. If you ever want to make this trek yourself or would just like to hear about our challenging yet humorous adventure, this episode is for you.
    In this episode we discuss:

    Why we should stop reading the reviews of our books

    Our struggles with making it to Sahale Glacier Camp

    Why you should never separate when hiking as a group

    The toilet with the best view in the world

    And address a few questions from listeners like you


    Links:

    A video of us with the mountain goats


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    • 46 min
    01 Adventure in Alaska

    01 Adventure in Alaska

    It's here! Episode 1 - the very first episode of our brand new podcast. We can't wait for you to hear it!
    In this episode:

    A tour of the National Parks "visitor center" in our house

    The story of how we wrote the Dear Bob and Sue books

    A trip to Alaska that almost ended in disaster

    Answering questions from readers of our books

    Links:

    Photos from our Alaska trip

    The 2011 Seattle Times article about our near-disaster


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    • 43 min
    Trailer

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    Dear Bob and Sue launches January 30th, 2020.

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Customer Reviews

ASKRJS ,

Funny and Informative

I’m a national park lover and Matt and Karen’s podcast is both informative and fun to listen to. Each podcast provides me with insightful information ( park lodges, hiking trails, times to visit, poop bags lol ) that I can utilize to get more out of my national park visits.

J. Askins ,

Don’t miss out!

Reading Season 3 but this podcast allows for you to continue your journey with Matt and Karen and get some behind the scenes information that isn’t in the books. Even better you get to continue to laugh along and learn with them about so many great places our country has available my family to vacation in the future! We look forward to many more episodes!

Mattkrc ,

This podcast fills me with joy

Listening to Matt and Karen is such a pleasure. They’re so fun! So honest! And their dialogue together is both genuine and soothing. Listening to their podcast feels almost meditative. Also, I literally LOL’d at the moment in the Crater Lake lodge! I’m so happy this podcast exists.

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