20 Episode results for "National Parks Park Land"

Bonus Episode! Boondocking With Brad: Getting Classy

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13:46 min | 1 year ago

Bonus Episode! Boondocking With Brad: Getting Classy

"Let me tell you about Pete who loved hockey and always wanted to play in the NHL. Pete played since he was three and begged his mom to let them stay on the ice. Apply some nights. He even slept in his hoppy skates Pete practiced and practiced until when he was forty seven. Pete realized he just wasn't that good so so he threw his skates on the trash. But then you heard how diko proud partner of NHL good save money on car insurance so he switched and saved a bunch so it all worked doubt. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This is Park Land Lia production of iheartradio we sold our Lofton Chicago moved into an RV. Full time now. We're traveling the country with dog. Thin exploring America's national parks and today. I'm really really excited because we're going to introduce a new segment in on our show called Boondocks with Brad. This is a new segment that we're doing with throughout the podcast throughout the season. We'll we'll have five episodes of these and really what the main goal is to help you find the right. RV for you to help you. Dive into the essentials is that you don't even realize that we're not included in the RV It's about hooking up for the first time it's about Boondock for the first time and going back back to the basics like minimizing your life. So what the goal is of moon docking with. Brad is to really help you dive into seeing if this is right for you to give give you the tools and the necessities to find out how to do this in order right because not everybody grew up going to places with RV. Yeah that'd be a pop up a Class A classy clasby. Whatever it is you know families just don't always have those opportunities but that doesn't mean that you can't do it yourself self so my goal is to help you start your education process on this Going to be a complete three sixty circle but stick with me. Because I really want to help. I hope you find these essentials. We're going to take you on a big journey so you don't make the same mistakes that we've done. What was the biggest thing that we probably made man? That's it's hard for me to answer because I feel like I'm pretty oblivious to most. RV things still don't mistake probably was that the incident and Santa Fe. When was that that was in the dump tank the dumping? Okay so I was really going. I was trying to lead in for the the size of the RV. But but yeah we'll we'll get into that But YOU'RE GONNA have to stay tuned for a future episode of `Moondoggie Brad to talk about that incident. The biggest mistake we probably made was finding the right. RV FOR US We gotTA classy. which is Great? And there's a lot of great Portions of classy like the slide outs Where they're a position Like ours in the back in the bed but it would have been better to have one in the front room so you have more living space right. So there's different classes of RV's maturing over first and then there's different slide out options for all of these. So I'm going to start telling you with the class. A these are the big rigs you know. Those are the ones that that people use for tour buses to travel around the country full-time for their bands or anything like that so These are the big big rigs There's gas ass. Anders diesel versions. And it's always better to get a diesel pusher when you get a class A. Just because the fuel and the engine maintenance and everything like that it's much better run. RV when you're talking about over thirty foot RV's clasby conversion bands. You would think that that would just go down. But actually that's the conversion vans right so those are your Van Life Campers. You know the ones that are trying to stay off the grid they have the generators and their ABC's way they can just live off the land and and do a lot of boone docking They're beautiful way to view. The country visit the country format night and it makes sense. 'cause we have matt myself and Finn Right so Three of US living in that full-time would be a little more than intense. That would be a nightmare. Yeah Yeah but there are the class. B Conversion commands like the buses. Those would also be technically class BS and yes but there have been way too much build out in time and effort and seeing how we lived in Chicago. We didn't have enough space to actually build out our own conversion van so we had to go with something that made more sense for us and what we thought that would be a classy and class CS mostly under thirty foot There the trucks that have the built in campers and basically. You're looking at that overhead peace over the driver's Everson passenger seats. You're going to have that extra bunk These are great for like long family road trips and coming back like a month long or things like that. Those are really what classes were built out for. It really wasn't made for full-time living but it can definitely happen. I mean we've been making it work for over a year now and I ran into our own issues there. And that's mostly of for us. where the slide outs have been placed like it was saying our slide out is in our bedroom which is in the back so we have a very slim path to walk up and down and so we always run into each other and like we're trying to like when guests are over her complicated forget it I know? It's like human tetris. It really is like okay. So you know when you're sitting there make sure that your legs over the side so he can still walk through. Yeah yeah now. If our slide out was in the living room we would have that extra space and it would be so much easier to travel with multiple people but it really works for a little family. You know the two of us in Fin. It's like that perfect size for for us and what we're doing it's just that's that was different. It'd be beautiful perfect perfection. Ray now going into some other types of RV's when we're talking about ones that are not with a built in motor We have a lot of different pull behind options. There's the fifth wheels. There's Toy haulers travel trailers pop ups and Trunk Campers Now some some of these you can live in full time some of them you would never want to. It'd be horrendous. The fifth wheel options those ones are normally with big like thirty plus plus foot living spaces behind and basically a fifth wheel is installed into your truck. And there's a big hinge basically in you drive your truck into it and and it picks it up but you're talking about the whole bed of your truck is taken up by this so if you wanted to try to like you know do an event or you know pack in your truck as well. You're not going to cause this where this hooks up. It doesn't Hook up on your tailgate like the rest of Pull behinds do there's toy haulers which are actually an amazing One to have because what it basically means is the whole back will actually drop like a A ramp so you can actually actually bring in your. ATV's you can bring in your motorcycles. You can sometimes even fit a whole car in there for like a car collector or things like that. So there's the toy haulers can really fit in a lot of extra space and a lot of times when you pulled down that back door Your bed actually pulled up to the ceiling or an extra couch or things like that. So there's like hidden. It's like a to really fascinating build for a trailer. So if you're an outdoorsman outdoorsman and you want to do more with your life outside of like you know with ATV's or motorcycles or Dune buggies If your car collector then and that's probably more of your style and when you go down from toy haulers you kinda go into these. Travel trailers These travel trailers are ones. That you're gonNa find that or like twenty foot twenty five maybe You can go a little bit longer. But they're gonNA go on your normal hitch So those are going to be a normal truck hitches that are gonna it'd be pulling it and when you pull those definitely want to get more You're going to want to get more equipment. Lake a sway bar and a low bar which basically that will help you from jack-knifed trailers or like when you're driving from it tipping and things like that when we were pulling behind regular trailer behind our Avi this year we had one of those and it made it feel like it was part of the. RV And I never felt unsafe polling that trailer across the country. The next one is actually really great for weekend trips. pop-up Campers Your family had a pop-up camper didn't they. Yeah I think that a lot whenever we'd go camping it's a family like a pop up type thing. Yeah which is fine. Yeah a lot of work you have to like really pop it off and all this stuff. Could you imagine living on the road fulltime in pop-up absolutely Louis Nano but it's perfect for your quick weekend. Maybe a week but like you don't really want to like live in it or anything like that and because every time you take down the road you have to put it back down because otherwise acts like a kite role just like oh yeah. You'll definitely mess that thing up real quick if you don't another other a beautiful addition to The RV world was truck campers. These truck campers basically your truck you back up into it. You drop it on your truck hook it up and then you can drive away through camper. These are great again for weekend trips. I've seen people use these as conversion van styles where they're living on the road with them Kudos to them. But I could not do that because we're talking about a ten by ten by ten space and a ten ten by ten by ten space. I mean you have to love and be in the perfect climate all year round like right now where it's a little bit colder for us It would be miserable to good to sleep in that. I couldn't I wouldn't know no not at all because out here Matt like yelling at me and all these kind of thing now. RV Yeah so basically you know there's all these different kinds and it's really about finding the right one for you if you're a weekend warrior you know definitely truck campers hampers pop-ups travel trailers and even some toy haulers But when you're living in an RV full time you kind of want to find the right hookups in in the right place for you for us. Classy was really great because we can get into a lot of national parks and around them. We've only run into to where we're three-foot too big back to like drive the RV through that specific national park So we could actually almost get around the country easy with our class senior. Yeah class bees or just like any kind of Van Burner van. That's converted or a buzz so most places you're going to be really able to get around that country Class A we're going to definitely want to pull behind a car because you're not going to be able to get everywhere you can't go into the cities with these things you know it's not going to be easy I'm so when you're driving. You have to find out your skill of driving to find out really what's right for you. These aren't the easiest conversations to the have but if you have questions about finding the right. RV for you and you want more answers. You can find us at Park Land pod on Instagram or twitter at Parkland Lia pod in our facebook group Park Lanier Rangers. There's many different ways to get a hold of US would love to have those conversations with you and help you find what's right for you. You've been listening to park land. A show about National Parks Park Land as production of Oh by heart. Radio created by Matt. Care Wack Brad Care. WACK and Christopher has Yoda's produced edited by Mike. John's our executive producer is Christopher. Has He Otis. R. Researcher is Jocelyn Ashland Shield. A special. Thanks goes out to Gabriel Collins Crystal waters and the rest of the parkway India crew and hey listeners. If you're enjoying the show leave us a review on apple podcasts. It helps other people like you find our show. You can keep up with us on social media as well Chekhov photos from our travels on instagram. Park Lydia pod and join in on the conversation in in our facebook group Parkland Rangers from our podcast. My heart radio visit the iheartradio APP apple. podcasts Harari listen to your favorite shows and as always thank you. You are listening Are you a fan of pop culture. You up on game. Do you know the vibes ABS- not the ballers show podcast. You keeping you in the note with the latest your favorite celebrities kind event and providing free games so listeners in need okay lifestyle Ethiopian Su Solo. 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Bonus Episode! Ecology 101 with Jesslyn Shields

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21:08 min | 1 year ago

Bonus Episode! Ecology 101 with Jesslyn Shields

"Hi there I'm Zach Braff. Donald FACE ON. We're real life best friends but we met playing fake life. Best Friends Turk and J D on the Sitcom scrubs twenty years later. We've decided to Rewatch the series one episode of the time and put our memories into a podcast. You can listen to it home. We're going to get all our special guests friends like Sarah Chalk. John C McGinley. Neil Flynn Judy. Reyes show Creator Bill. Lawrence Editors Writers and even prompt masters would tell us about what inspired the series and how we became a family. You can listen to the podcast. Fake Doctors Real Friends with Zach and Donald on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. And wherever you get your podcasts on my name is host of money on a morning show and on the move I want to personally invite you to my new podcast. All My name is Ado show where I'll talk to artists community leaders and people like you together. We'll learn more about the triumphs and failures that empower my weekly guest. You could find my new show on the free iheartradio APP or wherever you. Listen to your podcast. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This is park land. Yeah production of iheartradio. We sold our LOFTON. Chicago MOVED INTO AN RV. And now we're traveling. The country full time with our dog thin expire America's national parks and today. We're talking about ecology with our shows researcher Jesulin's shields. Why don't you introduce yourself in what you do? Hi Guys. I'm happy to be here today. I am a freelance science writer. I work a lot for how stuff works. And I am the researcher for your show I love it. And if you've been adding such a segment about wildlife ecology and really helping US learn and understand the nuances that each national park is facing When it comes to that the importance of each of those ecosystems and wildlife. Yeah well it's fascinating stuff and I love diving into it with you guys so we have to start off. Or what are some of the things that Ecologists Study Well It depends on the ecologist. That you ask ecologists would probably say. They studied the interaction of organisms with their environment. But the truth is this is such a huge complicated thing to focus on that. Mostly call just look at ecology through a specific Lens. Oh like a population ecologist. That's exactly right now Population Ecologists Study the population of a single organism so how they're distributed over an ecosystem what factors contribute to a population growing or shrinking Why the organism does that so that could be an elk or it could be a mushroom interesting. Can you give us an another example of this? Yeah for instance. Salmond is after it reproduces. So when you're studying all the salmon and what they're doing together the population ecologist would do that or you know there might be a huge explosion and mosquitoes in a certain place and population. Ecologists would study that too. Well so these are the type of questions that population ecologists try to answer. That's right it and actually there is one step up from a population which is a community so community ecologists to look at how different organisms with an ecosystem interact. So this'll be like how the wolves in yellowstone suddenly changed. The interactions between the other animals and plants in ecosystem totally. That's a great example. Yeah so the existence of top predators that hunt in packs change the interaction of all the other organisms and ecosystems? So for example you get elk acting differently when you introduce wolves So that means that riverside willows grow bigger which attracts beavers because they make these dams which makes more habitat for otters and fish and re wading birds and the wolves go after coyotes and coyotes. Sort of Compete with things like hawks and Fox's so they do their thing so basically community colleges are interested in why and how these behaviors effect. Those interactions sure. Yeah that's and you know how? The interactions between like the plants and the micro in the swail everything How they all interact. And why? Wow Yeah another thing I find fascinating is ecosystem ecology and how it takes all that population and community ecology can teach us in adds a layer of non living things like weather soil chemistry. How energy flows yes so. An ecosystem is an area that houses a specific set of organisms and also non living elements like dirt and water. That work together to create. Its own special thing whether it be what you'd find in the Mojave desert or among the giants a quiz so the borders that contain an ecosystem or really blurry though and they are mostly defined by humans so organisms find little places to live and work in even in the borders of Ecosystems Like an tide pool on the beach. It's in the water and it's not really that much like the forest. That's just ten meters away but they still affect each other They bleed into each other more than you might think. Also because ecosystem science takes into consideration biotic or non living stuff that impacts the system ecologist. Who studied them often examined? How ecosystems are changing things like climate change or how we change the use of the land like a forest that turned into an agricultural field. For instance right so ecologists study populations of organisms communities of organisms and ecosystems which include both living in non living things interacting in a particular place is the ecosystem the largest unit of ecology if eagles systems bleed into each other. It seems like there might be even bigger systems to study. I'll say great question Yes one thing. The Science of Ecology teaches us is that there is no disconnecting one thing from another thing on this whole planet so if we use our current climate situation is an example decisions made by one nation state regarding something like coal fired power plants can affect both living and non living things thousands of miles across the ocean and really big ways so a colleges talk about to other levels or units of space and interaction. Right yeah so they talk about the by an Abiam which is confused with an ecosystem a lot of times. It's just a general term to describe habitat type where organisms and their environment. Interact in generally the same way. But it's not specific to any one place on the globe For instance a desert is always going to have plenty of extreme temperature fluctuations and not much water and not very many large plants so the organisms in a desert are going to be adapted to those conditions. And there's a good chance they've evolved to act look like organisms and other desert by ams all over the world so animals that we talked about earlier in the season. I live exclusively in. Caves are generally small with slow metabolisms and sightless but with good hearing touch and smell yes. They got that way. Because their surroundings required them to evolve in -struction another example is like in North America. We have that. North American kangaroo rat which is in arches national park So it evolved under the same or similar conditions to this little mouse in Australia called the Australian hopping mouse in the outback. Oh Yeah I really wish. We saw one of those in arches. Those have been such a great thing to yeah. Yeah they're really they're really adorable And so that there. There's also this little jumping rodent in North Africa and Asia and the Middle East called the ROBA and it's very very similar to those and so they you know evolved similar ways of being through just living in similar types of places that really fascinating so what would be the next level up from Abiam. Well basically it's earth from there. It's the last level that he called concern themselves with and it's called the bias. Fear which is earth atmosphere the geology and everything that hangs out on this planet. Although earth isn't like entirely a closed system yeah because my beloved Jurassic Park dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite. I'm sorry I'm not exactly and so a lot of water got here to our planet Through just being brought here by asteroids when the planet was being formed The biosphere like an ecosystem has to draw a sort of artificial boundary around what we call this planet And that's what you call just got. We've got this planet and so that's what that's what they call the biosphere. So what are some aspects of an ecosystem or a bio That make what it is. It seems like desserts end up with strange strangely familiar. Features like animals and plants Regardless of where you are in the World Ecology Seems Pretty Complicated. But can you put down to a couple of elements that like make an ecosystem what it is at the crash and you're right. Ecology is difficult to study. Because everything you looked at within. The discipline of ecology is so tangled up an interconnected. And everything's affecting everything else. There are biotic factors that decide what specific please is going to be like. So what kind of predators hang out? What kind of animals and plants provide competition or some sort of benefit for each other like food or shelter? Wow so these biotic factors are part of what make up who can live and survive there. Yes and then there's also biotic factors like non living things which include temperature moisture Sunday elevation. So these are the elements that have nothing to do with organisms in the ecosystem right But they influence them just as much as living things. Do and on top of that sometimes. It's even hard to know. Where one organism ends and the other begins or where an organism ends and the environment begins. I think you can generalize very broadly and say there are two elements that Dr Ecology that make an ecosystem. What is can you guess what? They are No but that's why we wanted you on exactly and I can't wait to get after a really quick short break. Okay now we WANNA tell you about one of our absolute favorite products. Yeah as you know. The National Park System is home to some of the most beautiful land wildlife. But it's also home to many many pleasing ticks. So many we need to make sure Doug thin as protection at all times with US arrest collar you can get one too at peds. 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Best fiends is a puzzle game. You can play right on your phone. It's pretty cool because you go through all these levels solving challenging puzzles that actually engage your brain but it's a casual game that anyone can play and it's actually Super Fun. The great thing about it is that it doesn't take up much of your time but it's great because it fills up those moments where you wish you had something to do. You don't need an Internet connection to place so it's cool for when you don't have a connection. This game is also visually stimulating with these bright vivid colors and cute characters and best fiends. Updates the game monthly with new levels and events so it never gets old. Best scenes is a five star rated mobile puzzle game on the apple APP store and Google play and you can download it right now for Free. That spreads without the our best fiends. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This is Park Land Area and today we're talking with our researcher Jacqueline Shields about ecology. So right before the break you asked us what to elements Dr Ecology you left. Us dumped because we're trying to retain this and really really packed in well. I mean they give you a hint and they bet you're gonNA guess what they are like the next fifteen seconds. Oh perfect. Let's take a really extreme place leg. The Mojave Desert Death Valley National Park is have you ever driven through Death Valley Driven to Death Valley but my pre deployment training took place in twenty nine palms and California also known as the stumps. Oh well what do you think of when you think of twenty nine palms or Death Valley National Park Hot exactly? You basically just cracked half the college so temperature right Because animals and plant have biological requirements mostly having to do with enzymes that act as catalysts that their bodies were never underestimate the power of chemistry. Y'All these enzymes only work within a set range of temperatures so the chemical reactions that make an American pike as bodywork crap out like when the temperature gets above seventy degrees Fahrenheit Other animals like grizzly bears in yellowstone. Don't have internal chemistry that functions. That will in the cold so the pack on the pounds during the summer to insulate them and then they find a nice warm place to hibernate over the winter So you'll notice that most of the biodiversity in the world so by divers means that most of the different types of living things on this planet and live in one place which is the tropical places on the equator. And that's because the tropic. Stay Nice and warm. It's a good temperature for most plant. An animal enzymes to function. Well what do you think the other element that drives an ecosystem is well if we're talking about a desert like death valley which is really hot but it's also really dry that's exactly right? Water and temperature are the two main things that decide what type of ecosystem is going to be in a particular place So the water situation also has to do with chemistry actually because plants are at the base of basically every food chain on the entire planet and because plants require both sunlight and water to foot a synthesize. That's where they make their own food. Exactly see I paid attention in school. Yeah I mean animals need water to make ATP and so do plants Atp is a enzyme found in all living things that carries energy around on ourselves so biomass with very little water like the Desert and the Tundra. The plants will be smaller and fewer and farther between And as a result so well the animals so what about Mike Rainforest type environments like Olympic National Park? Well Olympic national park has a temperate rainforest. So you're going to have like lower temperatures than you would like an Amazon rainforest. Amazon is real warm and Olympic National Park has like a whole like plenty of water so a lot of animals plants and fungi. Kinds of things are going to want to live there. But not quite as many as like around the Equator Gajah There's not enough room in the tropical rainforest for all the animals and plants to their so organisms. Adapt to the place where there's some space open and the crazy thing about this planet is. There's literally something living in almost every nook and cranny on this planet I think that there's one place that there was a paper. That just came out. That there is a geothermal spring in Ethiopia that they couldn't find anything not even little extrema file microorganisms If you think about the way that our planet life on the planet evolves like it was a pretty crappy place to live for a really long time so you know like things are good at living all sorts of places like even in yellowstone those like crazy in that crazy volcanic environment is just like seeing. That are living everywhere. Yeah well that's crazy And speaking of you'll notice when you look at a globe that three fourths of the planet is covered with salty. Water Do you really don't WanNa live there. But some things do Since water availability is an issue and ocean marine bio GMS differ and things like temperature pressure oxygen content late availability. All kinds of things like that But waters generally a problem for them while so basically that's ecology insert shrugging Emoji for me. That's a lot to go for. I mean that was just like go. Knowledge and excitement Yeah for sure. We went over so many amazing lessons. Psychology one yeah. This is just the beginning. You've been listening to park. Land a show about National Parks Park Land East and production of iheartradio created by Matt Carroll. Wak Brad Care. Wack and Christopher has Yoda's produced and edited by Mike John. Our executive producer is Christopher. Has He Otis. Our researcher is Justin Shields Especial. 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Boondocking with Brad: Boondocking

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23:39 min | 1 year ago

Boondocking with Brad: Boondocking

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Rv and now we're traveling the country full-time with her dog been exploring America's national parks and today we are bringing out another episode of Boone docking with Brad and today's topic is in the name is boon docking So it's about our first time moon docking. It's about different like Safety measures you have to go through when boone docking in different. Things like that just to help you understand what it's kind of like to Boondock so many of you might be asking. What is boon docking Boone docking is when you're going to be off the grid Not Attached to electricity and water for the night so you have to learn how your RV is self sustainable To do these one nights to up to a week in some places of what's called Boondocks. So you're not You know hooked up. You're just on the Lam basically and you have to fill your water reserves. And you have to use your generator and how it all works and you have to understand your electricity flow so you can know to not microwave and cook a pot of coffee at the same time. There's many places to boondock across this country From rest stop areas to Bureau of land management areas to while they world and beyond. We've done while world may times. What's while World Walmart? Oh right yeah. You've definitely heard me. Wally Brill. But that's a great question ass. Boondock is a lot of different issues or UM fears that come about When you're first doing this I know when we reverse doing. This Matt was asking questions. Like are we going to be safe? like Were just going to be parking here at this. Rest area for the night We're GONNA be Wally road for the night. Oh we're going to be you know just parking on the side of the road for the night and it's you know not a logical fears right. There's definitely questions but Up to this point have we had any issues. No aside from just being called occasionally. That's the biggest issue. But I would say that's more because of well our heater and RV is on the Fritz and we don't want to use a space heater while the generators running because it puts too much power to the generator so Sometimes we'll just leave on the engine in the front half a chassis of the truck. Rv To stay warm but then it gets really hot and so we had to turn it off. And then I'll turn it back on in the morning type situation but there's a lot of different things that you have to deal with when owning an RV and getting him fixed and finding the time to get them fixed because sometimes you just on the run and going all the time and just traveling so much so when dry camping. There's definitely a lot of questions that come about Who are they going to be a lot of like wild animals bears and things like that and even on the Bureau of Land Management Where they allow boone docking? You're not gonNA have Too much wildlife or too much fear of that because It's normally in a part of the land where it's not like covered enforce. It's not like hearing me driving twenty minutes into the woods You'RE GONNA be on the outskirts and where there's not a lot of things but you still have to be bare aware and you have to put away your foods and things like that. You don't want to leave the leave them out all night For animals to to get them A lot of people have the other question. Can you leave your rig Certain situations yes other situations. No I would not leave your rig in a truck stop but that's kind of obvious rate For many reasons. There's a lot of people coming in and out and You're not supposed to stand truck stops more than sometimes for hours. Sometimes six sometimes twelve Just depends on that state so you actually have to look it up as you're traveling so boondock is it's pretty A simple fact of setup but there's a lot of technicalities behind it to really find the right places There's great resources out there like free roam Which is an APP. That will help you find it. Then there's like camping diem And then another one is The Bureau of Land Management. Blm offices ranger stations. And then even word of mouth But they're going to tell you where when and how the a lot of these APPs have even cell phone strength signal to what the local areas like. So it's actually. There's some great resources out there to help you find those places when you are looking for. Boondock and opportunities. There's always this thing where Matt and I are together and we have fence or not alone. boone docking alone is definitely a different experience. And there's some different fears. I mean even the Times where I was out there in Matt was on a trip back home to Chicago or somewhere else A Boon ducking by myself was totally. Different I didn't want to turn on the lights. I didn't have like a safety in numbers type of veal and so I just kind of stayed in the dark. And just like like jumped on my Tablet and once the movies and I make it a home. So it's kind of weird but I you know these were irrational fears. That I had and now I don't have those same exact fears But in the beginning when we're just getting started and it was the first time by myself like a you know everyone can have that fear of just like where they're boone docking and you know not wanting to have conversations with people but most people won't bother you if you're boone docking for long-term. There's some things that you definitely have to check. You want to make sure that your propane is full. Your batteries are charged in your frigerator. Works while Not Attached to power. But when we get into boone docking for a long time. There's some things that you want to know is like you're even if you're on. Bureau of Land Management Land or your boon docking station. A lot of times. You're not allowed to use your generators at night. There are still quiet. Hours per se And that's so you don't disturb the wildlife at night it's also you don't disturb your neighbors. You don't cause any issues so you have to really understand what you're getting into you're going to set up your almost similarly to when we were talking about hooking up the RV Basically the first thing you're GonNa do you're going to go over to your AC unit and make sure that your AC is off. Your heat is off because that creates a big surge when you start your generator and what. We're talking about right now. Starting a generator because you want to have electricity to charge your appliances. You want to watch a movie You need to work you need to you know Shower so you want warm hot water you know. How do we do these things? How do we turn those on So basically you're going to go to AC unit. Turn it off. Make sure that nothing's on and then you're GONNA go over and in the side of R V. We have a built in generator so basically we have a button on the inside. That just hit start. You prime it. I do by pushing the button down for about five seconds on the light will come onto your kid and then you hit start and you hold it. And the new generator will start. Our generators fuel comes from our engines. So we of course have to make so that we have a full tank of gas. Now if you're it's an off board generator you're going to have to make sure to have a like five gallon jug backup and things like that to make sure that you don't run out of fuel if you're staying in a boondock king situation for multiple times because there's always different types of generators and how they're set up with in your RV so it's going to be a little bit different for you than it is for Matt and myself but once you generators on What we do next be pushed out our bed. And so that's where slide out is in the rear So we push out that beds that way we have our full bad And then I normally turn on the hot water heater so I'll have to make sure that my propane is on on the outside so basically have to walk around the RV. Propane tank is. I'll make sure that that is open so that wave propane is feeling into the RV. And then I'll come back in turn on the hot water heater and I'll wait for about five seconds to hear the pilot kick on and that is what allows me to know. Okay it's on because you'll know once you start getting used to this you'll hear this like won't sound inside of your RV that Is telling you that it's on. It's a little bit different sounding but the rhythms more like that But yeah so then. You'll have that on. You'll be able to do dishes. You'll be able to Take warm showers. Wash your hands with warm water different things like that now are RV with the heater. It's having issues with the blower motor That's what I've gotten it down to so far. Just have to take it in and really get it figured out. But that's actually kind of good because that means my fridge is still getting propane to keep it cold Even when the generators off there's different things like this different technicalities that you have to understand. Bring Boone docking. That's different from actual setup because our fridge works off electronically as well and so when we have electricity coming in from the RV Park. It's all fine and Dandy. We don't have to worry about propane. But when we're boone docking. We do have to worry about propane and so that is when you have to understand how your system start to flow and through a year of RV Ownership over a year now I've really started to understand these now. There's some technicality is that I don't quite get yet but that's a learning thing so I'm learner and I'm figuring it out as we go and This is a beautiful part is. Our heat doesn't work because that propane pilot is separate from the hot water pilot light and then there's even another one for your oven and stove and things like that so You have to understand where your pilot lights are What they do to control the temperatures within your RV right so keeping cold food cold frozen food frozen keeping shower water hot so that way. You're not taking a freezing cold shower in the middle of the winter because that happens. Those are miserable. I have one or two those last year and Yeah definitely don't want to do without again. You're listening to park land from IHEART radio. Are you loving your afternoon? Crews not or what? Gosh yes I'm loving it. Especially while on my afternoon hikes I just throw it in my bag in and beyond my way I am loving it while working in the middle of the day so I keep a few my laptop bag because I don't WanNa have to worry about teabags exploding everywhere on me when I'm on the move like what happened to Jim. The owner yeah exactly That's exact reference. I'm talking about. So what's your favorite instant tea flavors? So far Well I'm really loving the organic green tea because it reminds me of summer no matter what the weather's like. I mean we don't have to worry about summer though because it's really basically seven degrees where we are right now and I'm perfectly content. Well I'm drinking that everyday wellness brand. Honey I mean come on it's high biscuits rose for crying out loud. They're all so good because they're made from purity rela fruit real herbs and spices. Can you believe that? Each flavor achieves it smooth and balanced taste without the use of additives fillers preservatives or sugar right candy event. It's amazing and I get so excited when I go into. Rei and see my beloved Coosa. T I know right. I mean really diving into their website to learn more about their processes because they are Mazing join me and go to Kusa. T. Dot com that C. U. S. A. T. A. DOT COM. Yes join US and go. Get a free sample. Pack containing one serving of each T. flavor or use Code Park Landy at get thirty percent off your first order. That's not dot COM C. U. S. A. T. E. A. dot com. Are you loving afternoon? Crews or what are my gosh. Yes I'm loving it especially while my afternoon hikes I just throw my bag in and beyond my way I am loving it while working in the middle of the day so I keep a few on my laptop bag because I don't want to have to worry about teabags exploding everywhere on me when I'm on the move like what happened to jam the owner. Yeah exactly That's exact reference. I'm talking about so. What's your favorite instant tea flavors? So far Well I'm really loving the organic green tea because it reminds me of summer no matter what the weather's like. I mean we don't have to worry about though because it's really basically seventy degrees where we are right now and I'm perfectly content. Well I'm drinking that everyday wellness brand. Honey I mean come on. It's biscuits rose for crying out loud. They're all so good because they're made from purity rela free real herbs and spices. Can you believe each flavor? Achieves it smooth and balanced taste without the use of additives fillers preservatives or sugar? Right can't even it's amazing and I get so excited when I go into an rei and see my loved. I know right. I mean I really love diving into their website to learn more about their processes because they are amazing. Join me and go to Kusa DOT COM that C. U. S. A. T. E. A. dot com. Yes join US and go. Get a free sample. Pack containing one serving of each flavor or use code park land to get thirty percent off your first order that's Kusadasi Dot Com C. U. S. A. T. E. A. dot com. Hi Matt and I'm Brad this park land area. So can you leave your rig after you set it up? Can you leave it yes You can leave your rig there as long as you know It's an appropriate and safe area. Now you're gonNA WANNA lock your doors. You know you're GONNA do all the safety precautions that you do with a normal home But you're not gonNA thing towed away in most cases Unless you are maybe more being obnoxious your destructing the land. You're you're you're being overall jerk. That's when they're going to take you know. Take you out. But if you're being respectful of your neighbors of the situation of Boone docking than you're going to be fine Enough you're close to a city. Of course you know you're gonNA take some extra safety precautions And that's coming from TV from the city but honestly most people aren't GonNa mess with you in these situations. I other now when it comes to leaving pets alone when boone docking I have a hard time leaving Finn in our RV while we're boondock so that kind of limits the things that were able to do When Boone docking for an extended period of time But if I do or when I do like okay. We're going on a little hike coming back. I always make sure that generators running with the AC or heater on whatever is necessary to make sure that Finney doesn't get too hot or too cold because we want to take care of him like he takes care of us. So you're going for your first time. Boone docking ever. I would recommend to make sure to know where the closest RV Parkas and the reason. Why is because you want to test out locally? You want to test out near your home or within a friend or family's home before you do it for a whole week. You know you WANNA go learn kind of like what we did with mammoth caves. You know when we were first learning how to just hook up an RV we went to mammoth caves and we checked it out and tried it out found our mistakes and our issues and that really helped us in the long haul Because we had like a small instance of what we needed and then in these situations and boone docking. When you're going to do you want to test that out locally as well you can even test out in your own backyard. But just make sure that you're not going to your fridge in your home for a beer. You want to know that you can have a cold beer in your In your fridge and your RV as well so make sure to take the time to learn about your RV Watch some videos. There's great youtube tutorials on Youtube about Boondock and for the first time stakes for the first time issues that they run into and I think it's really an important thing to do your research before you just go halfway across the country to think you can boondock anywhere and everywhere because finding these places are not easy. They're not close to things. They're not going to be in your national parks. They're normally not around your national parks But sometimes you know you can get away with it for the night but you know you have to be very careful because you do not want to disturb the wildlife. The reason main reason why Boondock is not allowed in national parks is because people will run their January vehicles all night well that changes the ecosystem wildlife's behavior the whole entire. Shebang of what the National Park is about and it's about preserving and protecting those animals and wildlife so when people are Boone in national parks any large numbers. It's not safe for that environment. So that's Boondocks with Brad That's one of the hardest episodes to really talk about. Because there's so many different situations with boone docking. And if you have questions please please please reach out to us on twitter at Parkland Lia pod instagram at Park. Land Pod or start a conversation in our Park Land Air Rangers facebook group. This is about like campfire conversations. We really want you to start a conversation so we can get community impact and and feedback because that is what makes park land is so special to us. 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Bonus Episode! Boondocking With Brad: Hooking Up

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Bonus Episode! Boondocking With Brad: Hooking Up

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Land our production of iheartradio. We sold our LOFTON. Chicago moved into an RV. Our country full-time with her dog. Ben Exploring America's National Parks and today. We're airing another episode of Poon docking with Brad. We are talking about hooking up your RV. So I guess this one is one. That Matt definitely won't jump on how hot I want him to when he can and when he wants to talk about it because there's definitely a point where he's GonNa throw something in my face in particular about Santa Fe but okay so we should actually start at the basics. What is hooking up your RV. What does that mean So that is when you're going to a campsite and you are going to be using their electricity and their water inside of your RV. So what am GonNa tell you how to do that? I'M GONNA describe it to us so that way you can learn and find the ways till like research it so if you're trying to get into this lifestyle basically you are ahead of the game and you know what to ask next right. Everything here is just the beginning. Because I don't have visuals So I want you to just listen and learn how to do this because these are things you can do all the time Up and disconnecting your. Rv happens almost daily. Sometimes it's definitely weekly thing if not a monthly thing so when you first arrived to an RV park you're going to get A map of the campground when you check in and then RV Park will most likely have a guide that will take you to your RV spot. And you're GONNA pull endure. Rv spot now sometimes back ins and then there's also pull through sites So those are the two main sites so back in is one that you back into And when you do that. You'RE GONNA disconnect any vehicles you have or any trailers because most of the time those are like a smaller sites you park your vehicle or trailer In front of you or on the side of the road so disconnecting a car or trailer. It's about your ball hitch and it's how your hitch. Setup works The Nice thing about the trailer that we were pulling around with us the past year it had an electrical Jack. So basically you didn't have to crank it up and crank it down with a chalk block. You pushed a button. He held it down and like raise the trailer. Off of your hedge for you. It was really really nice to have in those situations but because it was a trailer we always had to call the RV. Pack ahead of time to ask them about like where to be parked. This can we park this year? Some do allow it some. Don't A parking space as our special storage area. There's a lot of different questions that you have to get into even before you arrive to make sure that they can accommodate you and setup. This was really annoying for us. but luckily most places had somewhere. There's only one or two but luckily we actually had friends nearby so we could go drop it off at their place and then we have to call them and ask them where they want it and that kind of thing but so these are definitely Technical details of when you're on the road of what you have to deal with. So why don't you get the car or trailer disconnected You're going to back in this situation. So you're GONNA WANNA make sure your level when you're backing in so you're gonNA find you're GONNA do a walk around of your vehicle and of the site beforehand. Because sometimes they're gonNA have different dips in the ground or things like that. So you'll have your own. Chock blocks and those chock blocks are either going to help you level out so as you're backing in your kind of putting these chuck box below to help level out your rv because when you have a crooked. Rv It kind of feels like Vertigo And you just get dizzy or you're like whoa like are you misstep a lot. Because you're thinking you're on a flat surface beer. Not so the chock blocks come in handy definitely One hundred ten percent and then. Once you're on those chock blocks and your level you don't WanNa put it in your emergency brake right and that's a really quick way of putting that together but there's this is a very important step There's Times where it's taken me five minutes because I'm on flat ground and then there's times where taken me half an hour to get it right I mean that's because I didn't have the right chock blocks at that point in time So I had these ones that you basically there were four by four in square almost and you basically stack them on top of each other like a pyramid so there was like four pay goals almost like a Lego. And so I had two of those and then I put one in the center of that so it created a ramp like you put three legos together. One two and then one in the middle that connects them. Both right and so. That's how you start to get a level but you have to move forward or backwards depending on where you're at But then there's some RV's that have auto levels for you so you literally push a button it levels itself and your golden so it all depends on your specific RV site and our setup that you that you get And these are all great things to look for when you're buying an RV right We would love that. It would be a beautiful thing to have and then you have to get different Jack Pads and things like that Jack Pad is the thing that goes on the ground That will basically the auto lover goes into an ED sideways. It doesn't poke a hole in the ground and then it doesn't level itself so once you get your vehicle level the first thing you're GonNa do in most situations plug in your electrical cords So if you have a trailer like ours where the it's permanently put in a hooked up into your RV Basically you're going to pull out this long thirty amp extension cord that will go and plug into the electrical outlet box and some RV's they're not like a permanently attached so basically they'll be in like one of your storage areas and then you're gonNA come out and plug it into your and then into that so there's like two different types of setups there but when you get over to that Electrical Alba box. You'RE GONNA WANNA make sure that the electricity breakers circuit breakers are turned off. And that's just because you don't want to create a surge with into your RV Because you'RE A C. Is Still on an accident or something like that Because all these things can create these surges which thinking rune your RV and then you have to go get warranty work done or you have to pay more money to do it. So it's always better to be safe than sorry and that's why we use a surge protector as well. And so we plug in our search becker into thirty amp outlet for us we then plug the surge protector into our extension cord that came out of our V. And then we turn that circuit breaker on to feed power into R V. There's a lot of electrical equipment within your RV and protecting it as probably the most important asset to RV living We had an issue with our generator breaking. But that's more for boone dockings organised generators and another episode but You're going to want to go back in you're going to check your fridge is working because it will be auto gas and off so when you're driving it actually works off of your stored energy in your House battery there's two batteries in an RV normally sometimes more but basically to break it down simply you have your engine battery for your chassis for your normal vehicle and then you have your house battery which is in the back right and so those two will charge off of each other and connect to each other. But then there's different breakers between them again to help with those electrical surges and such so when you're driving down the road Your Fridge is on gas but it actually runs off that house battery as well work together to make sure that your food stays cold while driving So when you have that on auto you just want to make sure. It's a solid green light. Once you plugged in that Thirty amp outlet The thing you're going to do is you're GONNA go over to your AC or your heat panel to make sure that that's working and then you'll turn on your lights and live life With Electric Right so I bet you didn't know there's all that involved in no idea and we're only on electricity. The next easy part is water right. It's like hooking up a hose to from your car to a a spray nozzle gets just that easy except you WanNa make sure you have regulators on there. There's a water pressure regulator. You can get almost anywhere. Walmart's Amazon anything Five to ten bucks cheap. But if you don't have one of those some water parks water levels are so high with pressure that could actually blow out pipes within your RV. So you get this little five to ten dollar thing and you put that on the spigot outside then you plug your hose in your water hose. You don't WanNA use your dump hose Or your Your dump cleaning hose Because they're going to be two separate ones so you have that water hose basically and then what we do. Is We have a Walter Water. Filtration System So that way of filters the water that's going into our RV so we can drink coke with it. Because we don't know over this waters Ben and how it's been used in these different local municipalities. So as you're traveling you don't have a normal resource for water. That like you know where it's from. So that's what we do to make sure that we filter that water plugging Jarvi turn on the speaking outside and Walla water inside of your RV these are the easiest parts of hooking up the next one. Is the dirty nasty dump. Hose my favorite absolutely. You're listening to park land from iheartradio. Hey Andy if you don't know me. It's probably because. 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It's bobby bones. I host the bobby bones show and pretty much all asleep. You wake up at three o'clock in the morning a couple of hours later I get all my friends together. We get into a room and we do a radio show. We share our lives. We tell our stories. We try to find as much good in the world that we possibly can and we looked through the news of the day that you care about. Also your favorite country. Artists are always stopping by to hang out and share their lives and music too so wake up with a bunch of my friends. I Ninety eight point seven. W M Z. Q in Washington DC. Or wherever the you on the iheartradio APP. Hi I'm Brad this Park Land Lia the next one is the dirty nasty dump hose high so hooking. It up is actually really easy. You basically what you're doing is you're taking that dump hose It's normally in a fifteen foot accordion. there say the circumference is like three inches or four inches high around. So it's a big hose Because it that's what's GonNa take your Wastes from your RV or your dirty waters from your RV into the ground from the outside you're going to have a panel that flips So basically this is where you're going to take and put near dump hose on the RV's waste fitting And that basically extended to where you can then take it to the dump stations inlet and inland is going to be normally in the ground. And that's where you'll hook up the other side of your dump hose and Make sure that's tightly secured because you don't want any of this stuff coming out. That's for sure where I made my biggest mistake in Santa Fe. New Mexico was before I put my dumps on. I basically didn't check to see if my black tank Safety Valve was closed. And so when I took off the cab to my RV's fitting The the waste fitting I took off that cap and all that Black Tank. Shutout at me when everywhere? It was a disaster. It was the nastiest thing to happen in my life and I was screaming. And you're fighting against all this PU filled water. Yes feces filled water. And it's spraying on you and you're trying to like freak out you're like. Oh my God what do what do you and you're trying to put the cap back on. And then you don't realize that like it's not the cap you need to turn. You need to put that safety black tank safety lever back in so just stops flowing for a second so you can breathe and vomit. Because it's so gross. It was like it was a horrible experience. I'm still had. Ptsd over this. And I just remember stripping down I definitely through a real to make it that much And I remember going to man I said I need you to give the shampoo and he wasn't moving fast enough. I said I need you to give the shampoo. I said if you don't give it to me now I'M GONNA FREAK OUT. And he's like no matter what happened. I said the dump tank went all over me. And he's got real quiet really nice and he just smiled as he passed over. Because he's just like this is this is a the. I can't take this like yeah. That's why I don't do this case so needless to say we're supposed to check out at ten and I didn't check out to eleven because I was in that shower for an hour I went through about half of that bottle of shampoo because I just I wanted to have every gross feeling off of me I brushed my teeth. Threw away my toothbrush afterwards. Anything I use basically threw away including the towel and the clothes wearing Even though they're my favorite pair of jeans I think I'm not dealing with that now but I so I get back up and you know my hook up the dump tank and get it all taken care of and the problem is I don't want you to ever have to go through what I went through. It was a traumatic experience. Horrific experience and you. Just you're going to be a lot happier knowing that you don't have to go through that like I didn't So that's all good dumped the tanks. I just connected the hose. I washed it out but anyways this is about hooking up that not actually disconnecting it so Over that in a tiny bit Longer 'cause there's a couple more things that you're definitely gonNA WANNA do And this is also why you wear gloves when you're in the situation when you're hooking up you're dumping And then you're going to want to always keep those closed even though you have the hose connected When you're dumping it you want to open up those you dump your waste and then you close those emergency safety levers again even if you're there for a week because you're going to want to dump your tanks about like every couple of days But you don't want to keep those traps open because you know then you'll have different like flies and possibility of animals or rodents getting into your RV. So you WanNa keep these things closed at all times even if you just like leave your dumb pos hooked up like I do. You don't want to leave it open so basically you will be collecting waste within your RV and then dumping it every couple of days And that's just to to make sure you don't have rodents inside of your RV We never really had any issues with this But I've been told about the different kinds of flies that can grow There spawn like Satan and come in to your RV so we just be safe. And we learned from other people's mistakes in that aspect. Because I've learned enough around the dumping that I don't need to learn anymore another thing you're gonNA WANNA do is. You're going to want to just make sure that your propane tanks are on and they supply full when you're hooking up just Well you can cook. You know you can You can bake in your oven. You can cook eggs on your stove. Top whatever you want. You just WanNa make sure that you have that But now once you've done that you've learned your lesson to never mess with the dump tanks you've cooked up your water and your trinity who ready to throw out that awning fire up that barbecue and put out that outdoor equipment because it's time to have a good time camping Really easy and a super super fun time As long as you don't make mistakes right so basically you're going to reverse that now To get out of there. You're going to you know. I always leave the water electricity until the end. Because basically you're Matt's always gonNA be in there. Maybe like making a cup of coffee in the morning or making his oatmeal or something of that. So he'll need some of those things And so basically Because we'd take off pretty early in the Mornings. You know we try to get out of places by eight or nine. Am even though you have to eleven So when you go around the RV you're GonNa take away your dump impose I so you're going to dump your wastes. You'RE GONNA do your Black Tink I. You always do your black tank. I because asking me your feces and like bad bad stuff And then you do your great tank second. And that's because that's just your gray water that's why it's called Grey and that's because it's just the water that was from your shower or from washing dishes things that are not as nasty But basically you're going to dump those second once. It's all done your clothes. Your valves put your cap back over your RV sewer inlet and you're going to take your accordion Dump Hose and you're going to wash it out and this is where it requires a second hose. You don't WanNA use your normal water hose. 'cause you don't want that to actually touch and then all of a sudden you have like nasty water so he is a special hose to clean out. Rinse that out Coordinate you put their caps on you. Make sure it's nice and dry out and like rinsed out and then you put that away Really easy next thing I do is. I'll take the water. I'll check with Matt to make sure that he's all good. He got his water. He needs and then I will take that water. Hose assembly apart. And just you know rounded up and put it in my What storage container on the outside of the RV which is one of the storage units that Ugh? It's better for wet. Went stuff then. I'll take our electrical cord and wind it back into our Arby's side Organizers holder place and basically that will go away. I'll make sure that all of my awnings are in that are slide. Outs are in. I'll do a three sixty surveillance of the area to make sure that there's nothing else hooked up or that are scooters Still hooked up and not like Laying on the side or anything like that because we toll around our scooter To get around to different areas in different neighborhoods that we travel to and so basically Do a three sixty check. I'll check my tires I will make sure that everything is working. And we're ready to hit the road safely. I'm so on sets all done. I'll jump in a little bit. And you know you have to do again after you pub or Ford about five to ten feet you stop it and you go to another three sixty because a lot of time job chock blocks and you don't. WanNa leave back your talk box because those can range anywhere between forty dollars to one hundred eighty. Because some of these chock blocks are like eighty bucks a chalk for like these specialized ones. Luckily we don't have those but you don't want to leave anything behind And then you basically get in your RV and go on your merry way and to. You have to do it again the next day if you're living on the road full-time or if you're going home than to go home again so there's a lot of fun things about RV living and hooking up your RV can be a fun thing and a bad thing. Most of the time. It's just a lot of work. It only takes fifteen to twenty minutes and it's not really that difficult but you'll find your system you'll find the places where it's you store things and you'll make it you'll make it work for you I make sure that Matt never has to do with this. But this actually reminds me You have to remind me to pick up some more gloves because I just ran out when we hooked up this time. Oh okay all right. We'll do you've been listening to park land. A show about National Parks Park Land as production of iheartradio created by Matt Carroll. Wak Brad Care. Wack and Christopher has Yoda's produced and edited by Mike. John's our executive producer is Christopher. Has the oldest are researcher? It's Jesulin shields especial thanks goes out to Gabriel Collins. Crystal waters and the rest of the Parkway India crew. And Hey listeners. If you're enjoying the show leave us a review on Apple podcasts? It helps other people like you find our show. You can keep up with us on social media as well. 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Bonus Episode! Boondocking with Brad: Back to Basics

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25:27 min | 1 year ago

Bonus Episode! Boondocking with Brad: Back to Basics

"You can help slow the spread of cruella virus by staying home. You can help save lives. Let's be alone together. Learn more at Corona Virus Dot Gov brought to you by the Ad Council. Hi I'm Esther Dean and I'm excited to welcome you to a brand new season of song. Land and Sung lands podcast. We have an amazing roster talent. This season I promise you. You don't WanNa miss one single episode. Don't miss some men. Monday nights at ten nine central on NBC. And Join US your son. Lantz podcast available every week after the show on the I heart or wherever you get your podcast. Hi I'm Matt. I'm Brad this park. Land area production of heart radio. We sold our loft in Chicago moved into an RV and our in the country. Fulltime with our fen exploring America's national parks and today. We're bringing you another episode of Boondock with Brad. Now today we are going to be discussing back to basics before even jumped indoor. Rv fulltime we had to sell of stuff. We had to fix our loft to sell it We had to talk with friends. We through yard sales garage sales into the Goodwill and gave well donations. We had to do a lot of different things in order to do this. There's a lot of mental minimization and physical mental is minimization. Yeah for sure. It was emotional and stressful in in addition just being a lot of work in preparation and it's different much different than like moving. 'cause I've moved several times especially in and around Chicago and this was really different because now I'm having to go through pretty much each and every material possession in way whether I need it or not is when you put in storage put it in Sergey out which is a whole another thing. Yeah and then like. There's this mental Minimization that you had to go through because you're realizing that you're giving this city. There's so much to do. There's so many things to to remember and to people to talk to and say goodbye and and what you're doing is you're trying to like get ready to go on the road for a long period of time. I don't think a lot of people realizes that. There's this mental peace. We have to restructure how you think you feel how you act To be able to focus on RV living because it is such an undertaking in the beginning. So when I talk about I make mental minimization. It's really just trying to refocus that into what we need for the RV and so when you start thinking about okay. I have a ten foot by twenty six foot space too but all of my belongings. And how do I do that? Yeah it's definitely not easy. We couldn't take your child desk But we did but then storage. Okay Yeah right but I know but it's still. It's one of those sentimental things. So you know we had to find out what it was and so. I had to take a couple of trips to the storage Indiana To the farm and it was a was a journey for sure. Yeah I know like for me too I needed to specifically find items or keep items that made me feel at home because you're leaving. Chicago was really hard like especially for make those there for so long so rooted there in leaving was just a real mush struggle. So I knew I needed to get items that would make me feel mentally comfortable and that means like movies and games and books and stuff like that that I was used to having and using a regular basis. I remember that Louise you and her went to a little store and bought a mini CACTUS CACTI and You know you wanted to bring that because you know that's something that would make you think of her I told you Louise that Matt would even be able to kill a cactus. And we're sorry to say that About eight months in. I don't even know I like trying to give you some really trying to give you some extra leeway. I don't know it has. It has since passed and then Maggie gave you the Neon cactus. Sign that still we Double sided sticky. Tape it right to the Sides that's all night light For when we wanted to glow and it's just really you know there's those things you see them in your they remind you of the people around. You totally And that's great. I can handle like inanimate objects living things now. Yeah then it's great but it's yeah yeah and Finn is very well taken care of unspoiled so we don't have to worry about that But Yeah so you know. There's those things you're like okay. It's not necessary to have it but it's something that you want and it helps you with that memory or that feeling of that friend and and so there's things like that you bring. That's why we have photos up in her. Rv and all these different little aspects to to make it really your homing. Well that's a question. We get asked a lot or like I get. People asked me a lot. Like how do you make it feel like? What do you recommend really basic questions like for people moving into an RV for the first time? And how to feel comfortable with it. And I one of my number one recommendations is doing stuff like hanging photos not framed or anything. That's you don't really have the space for that and it's not necessary but like what we do is just having photos that we print it out and we literally just kind of tape them up essentially so closely pin. Yeah so they don't take physical room. There adhered right to the cabinets and stuff and it goes a long way because it not only does it live and up space but you're surrounded by these positive memories and friendly faces and it's really uplifting it really is and You know getting extra Kaba. We had a lot. We had a lot of collections We have a Tiki mug collection. I had a leaker collection. I did have a record collection but I ended up selling that before going on the road because I don't know why I probably shouldn't have but That's okay they're in a good home and everything's good there and people are using them. So that's what matters Records are meant to be played not stored and I just didn't want to go bad because they're in a storage area and not like temperature controlled so yeah but I I mean I was at least four or five hundred records in there And our TIKI mugs. We had to wrap up box them. All Up. Label them We took down our national parks wall which has to travel on one side and traveled to on the other. Um and then it has all had fifty nine at the National Party at the time so All their postcards in these beautiful frames and basically as we traveled to them we would move the frame from one side to the other and then we collect knickknacks fill gaps and beautiful But we had to pack all that way we can bring that onto V tempering oncein. And that's the Jack Kerouac quote their suitcases or piled on the sidewalk again yet. There's longer ways to go because the road is life And that's hanging on our fridge now and so we cut that one part of the wall because it's a beautiful quote and that's on this beautiful piece of wood That our friends at tift would in New Mexico Made for us When we were getting that national parks while together and so there's just so many beautiful aspect so we wanted to bring with us that we couldn't and then close Matt had actually had ninety percent of our closets base. I needed a You did and actually I remember one Christmas. He surprised me by reducing it to half of it and he actually allowed me to have the space after three years of being married so that was like a Christmas gift to me one year. Because I was like I don't have any room and he did that for me so that was really nice because in addition to having this whole closet I also had a big Armar. Merry Christmas have a closet that you know entitled to but I have refused to give me but then we had to reduce even more and so now I mean it's gross like we're talking about. That was a four foot deep by fifteen foot wide With to like racks high where you can hang clothes. And then Matt finally reduced his behalf of that and then from there now we have a two foot by three foot by five box formats close and three drawers too small or too shallow You know four or five inches tall drawers and then one. That's like a foot deep and that's all he gets basically nothing So what we had to do is we had to find like okay. These are the good clothes. We don't want to bring these on the road because they will get ruined and there's some clothes that we did and you know what they're used so much that you know We never had to really deal with this in Chicago because we didn't like do that but like we have hats that are literally were this beautiful black color and now they like have brown spots because they've been out in the sun so much wear them consistently and constantly And so there's just different things. You have to make sure that you don't bring your Nice Nice clothes but bring a nice set of clothes that we can go out on a date together. Things like that so these are things that we had to think about. It's all this minimalizing and just trying to figure out what are necessities to be able to live this lifestyle. Yeah totally like you were saying board games. That was another collection. We probably over eighty to one hundred boardgames bathroom inside. West fifty to sixty. I mean that's still high end but I we had a good amount of board games. Probably Twenty five now. We had more than that more in that so I will agree to disagree but we ended up bringing five with us and now we have like acquired five more. Somehow they fill up section of like different cupboards. Read above our bed We have all of our little Word Games and you know there's ones like tracking the national parks essential Then there's Had trained game. Check your ticket to rub such a fun game. They're very similar different but similar. I need to play that game. Do I MISS PROBLEM? A lot of the things we have are meant for a minimum of three people who ticket to ride. Just the two of us but you get mad at me but yeah well I be a with the better because it's just more fun that way but also it kind of softens the blow when I feel betrayed by people I as you said by you go ahead and keep it so uh ticket. Just get too annoyed with. Yeah no and you know what I'm When you have other people you can actually like turn them against me. And that's what you do. I want to do that. And they're on their welcome to you. That's all you'll never play monopoly with me because I'm not that I not just hey backing it. Tears apart families. Yes but yeah so we had to decide to bring monopoly and so we had four different types of monopoly as the National Parks Dealer Mario Marino. Oh my gosh yeah. We just have a national parks version. Which is that definitely makes it like better but we still don't play it because I won't play with you. I played it with like my siblings. One time and that is true. Yeah he won't like I love playing monopoly. And you're tuned devious. Yeah I even tell you my strategy and you still don't like I don't know get it can't do that Which is the worst strategy? Now they think about it because I realize gentrification Exactly what you're doing. Yeah I just realized. I'm a horrible human being when I play monopoly. You're listening to park land from iheartradio. Everyone then bowl in here host of stuff that a wants to know ridiculous history as a podcast host. I'm constantly reading and researching for upcoming episodes. But even I need an occasional break so when I feel like I need. Some kind of mental pallet cleanser. My GO-TO REFRESHER IS THE MOBILE PUZZLE. Game best fiends. That's fiends not friends. Best scenes is a puzzle game. You can play right on your phone. It's pretty cool because you go through all these levels solving challenging puzzles that actually engage your brain but it's a casual game that anyone can play and it's actually superfund the great thing about it is that it doesn't take much of your time but it's great because it fills up those moments where you wish you had something to do. You don't need an Internet connection to play so it's cool for when you don't have a connection. 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Yeah and it's a small pot not a big one But basically we had to just find these things and you know there's some things we had to get rid of or read. Put them in storage for a kitchen staff. Because we had to get like full or stackable or different things like I can't blame bring all of my Cocktail classes like I have my coops. My High Balls. My rocks classes all different kinds of cocktail glasses beautiful venture diamonds. I mean I love. I love making cocktails That's something you might not know about me but I make my own bidders when I have space and creative outlets. They have Around cocktails and making making them yes and that's because I got Ethicon COSMO's hominy. Were first dating. Because you're watching real housewives and drink COSMO's and I said I'll never do that again so I had to learn how to make way too real tossing politicians. No I can't you those Martinez because politicians are too sweet to them. You probably make them doubles. Now they're probably triples. Think that was bad. I should have been cocktails at that point now. Ever since then when I seen Matt crawled up on the floor and they know something went very wrong. I was like okay. I I remember like waking. I don't remember much. I remember like waking up probably curled up in the position like on the bathroom floor. Yeah bathroom as a pillow. And I'm I'm just gonNA leave him there because I don't want him to. I just don't WanNa move better. Made sure he was okay. So don't think I'm just through water and I give him tylenol and I you know I sat there with them for hours. Even fell asleep on the floor just making serious good and and then Then I just I went finally went under the couch because he was okay but it wasn't as dramatic as this sounds. Yeah so anyway. We don't make hospitals in the Yeah so there's just so much it's like you know you have all this space The other day we went into a friend's house And I was like Matt One last time. We've been in a home and he was like. Oh those probably like two months ago At my dad's house and I said what I just think of this concept of not being in a home N. home. You're on home any home for two months. You're living in ten by two thousand twenty six th space and so when you go into this home. You're like it's so gigan- our yeah like their bathroom was bigger than RV. Right legit like no joke. And so you just have to remember like when you're minimizing minimize to your bathroom that's In most cases but It takes a lot. It's a mental. It's a physical thing It's an emotional thing Because you have to part ways like you know like marine quarter memorabilia and things and I had to pack all that away and my dress blues from the Marines and you know so I had to pack all that stuff away I have a lot of memories notes Like about my martial arts days all these things that I can't just go to get inspiration from or like remember I came from and a lot of that just goes away So you just gotTa have to focus on what is absolute a necessity versus anything else. So you have all these things and you put them all away. But what did we gain from that? Well we've gained a lot. We've made a lot of memories together because it kind of refocused is everything and we spend more time together doing stuff. More time talking. Because there's less distractions for sure and less space like we're not not that are locked was huge or anything but like you know back then like I could be in one room doing something you could be in the other room doing something and it's nice. That things have gotten cozier with less distractions and we do more stuff together. Whether it's watching and without the we meet New People Talk to New People because we don't have much within. Rv We definitely push ourselves out. Just talk to more people and visit and explore more too. Yeah I feel like we've made a really broad network of acquaintances and even friends across the country. Which is really nice and comforting. Because that was a big struggle was just leaving that social safety net of Chicago innocence and then in the PA- the subsequent like year and a half like making connections with people all over the country and being like now. I don't feel so tied to one place. I feel much more comfortable. I feel like Albuquerque's my backyard. I feel like Portland is my backyard. Orlando obviously lander comfortable. Yeah these are all places That are just amazing and I remember when we were in Nashville We met a couple Cameron in Germany From Atlanta and they became great friends. this past. Thanksgiving we actually spent things friendsgiving with them in Atlanta because we are in Atlanta and we were. You know where you're working and making sure to try to connect with people and so we've made these great friendships at travel. We did not meet him in Atlanta. So it's weird that we would just be in Atlanta now where friends and we went out multiple times. Who met their friends And it's just it's really inspiring. The things that you gain aren't exactly physical items. They are relationships there. People are relationship with Earth with national parks. Oh yes with wildlife and ecology and all these brutal aspects of what it really means what life means. Yeah and within two like. That's a big night in Chicago. Yeah we didn't ever take him like downtown or anything. We didn't go sightseeing within. He all he really got to do. And See was explore the neighborhood and wander around. There's a park at the end of the Block. Which is lovely but like not much change. He would just do the same thing. And when we were in Portland Maine watching him he was just it was full of wonderment and yeah he's seen so much and we've done so much with him and his enthusiasm is very clear you re he has a very emotive face in. You can see it. We want a couple hikes with him in Acadia National Park in Maine and not only. Did he hold his own? He you know tiny little dog with little legs was able to walk for miles but he was scrambling and like in and out of Little Rock and along the shore and that was blown away and it really inspired me. I'm like wow your enthusiasm it's beautiful like I feel like I'm closer to the meaning of life than ever been. Yeah that's just thing being people seeing it through thin meeting people talking with people doing something for somebody else. And that's what I feel is done for us for so long and now it's nice to see that for him that makes me happier than any monetary value out there just seeing something done for somebody else or seeing somebody's energy spike because they're in love with the world in nature. Yes it's a wonderful thing and that's been a really rewarding aspect for sure you've been listening to park land. A show about National Parks Park land as a production of iheartradio created by Medicare Wak Brad. Care Wack and Christopher has YODA's produced and edited by Mike. John's our executive producer is Christopher has Yoda's R. researcher is Jocelyn Shield especially goes out to Gabriel Collins Crystal waters and the rest of the parkway India crew. And Hey listeners. If you're enjoying the show leave us a review on Apple podcasts? It helps other people like you find our show. 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Bonus Episode! Camping In Yellowstone With Tim Burton

Parklandia

32:06 min | 1 year ago

Bonus Episode! Camping In Yellowstone With Tim Burton

"Hey guys it's bobby bones host the bobby bones show and I'm pretty much always sleepy because I wake up at three o'clock in the morning a couple of hours later I get all my friends together. We get into a room and we do a radio show wish our allies we tell our stories we try to find as much good in the world that we possibly can and we look through the news of the day that you'll care about also your favorite country. Artists are always stopping by to hang out and share their lives and music to wake up with a bunch of my friends on ninety eight point. Seven W. MC view in Washington DC. Or wherever the rotates you on the iheartradio APP hi. I'm Bobby Brown. Welcome to my podcast beyond the beauty. Eighty a new show from iheartradio. I'm going to be sitting down with different people each week that I think we can all learn from iheartradio is number one for podcast but don't take our word for it. Listen to beyond the beauty on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcast because we all have something to learn talk about the real meaning of so season to a park land is just full. I and little twists. We have Tim Burton from Britain's Maplewood farm at the guest which is very exciting. Yes can we talk to him and had many mazing experiences yellowstone together yet the man the myth the maple legend which I. I'm not sure if anyone's ever come up with that line for him before but it's really fitting and I'M I. It works really well for him in this episode. So as Maple Syrup is actually brought media yellowstone and that brings us on our first journey with Tim Burton as we interview him about how we were both on the maple trail and visiting Yellowstone National Park. Hi Matt and I'm Brad. This park land area production of iheartradio. We sold our lots in Chicago moved into an RV with our dogs thin. And now we're talking in the country exploring America's national parks back in today's eighth episode is about Yellowstone in Wyoming. Our friend Tim Burton is joining US and Tim Are you. Tim Burton the producer or the director. Well I'm I'm the producer producer. What do you produce? We produce pure one hundred percent maple syrup at my farm in Indiana. I love it I love it so more than just hundred percent pure you barely as maple syrup says well right we do. Yeah we sure. Do we started doing that. I'm GONNA guess maybe six years ago I think might be longer than that really made it is. I don't know but It's it's really taken off for said we've become more known for barely edged Maple Syrup than just the traditional Maple Syrup. That's awesome well. We Love Burns me would fired because we're a big family here and we've done a lot of things on the road together but The farm every March you host the National Maple Syrup Festival that's correct. We've we've been doing that since Two Thousand and nine and it's great It's a great event. We have people from all over the country. we've had people that have actually traveled from Seattle to attend the National Maple Syrup Festival in Indiana. So it's it's it's a great National Event that's amazing and you know with the the National Maple Syrup Festival you you have a lot of different elements involved in that. So it's not just coming there to like see treason. See people but there's like reenactments right. That's right yeah really really great friend of mine. He's we've come of very good friends over the years at Jeremy Turner and his family They come in with friends that are also reactors and I would say this is the quality and the accuracy. Historical accuracy is history channel accuracy. Chrissy I mean these these folks It's not something they just necessarily do for fun. I it is obviously for fun. And it's to keep Those traditions alive if where they actually Demonstrate how the native Americans made Maple Sugar They consider that pre contact pre contact means means before Europeans came to this country. Absolutely and So they show how the native Americans discovered How to make maple able sugar and then there is early European re-enactors the Tharp Family Mike and so you tharp. They come in and show how in the sounds funny. But how Europeans revolutionized the process of making Maple Syrup by you you having metal pots and pans. And and that kind of thing and and then of course then. I'm kind of responsible for showing how Maple Syrup is made aid. now traditionally With a wood burning evaporator or a fuel oil evaporator. So it's it's much A more modern now that's awesome. Yeah but it's really important to show People where it started and how far? It's come so one in a cool things that I found out about Jimmy Turner this past year when Benjamin went on the road with US mutual. Explain who. Benjamin isn't a little bit but germy turner he is actually featured at the saint. Louis this arch he is. Jeremy is very highly sought after. I hope he doesn't hear this because he is he is. He is one one of the country's strongest authorities when it comes to Native American reenactments. You know. He's he's not just coming out for the weekend just to have fun per se. I mean he will not demonstrate anything if there's not a some historical Proof to it. When Jeremy got involved he said to me he said I will get involved with the National Maple Syrup Festival but I wanNa make sure that History is is being completely accurate on how things were done and so I said I just put in in his hands and said okay. Then you're responsible for all of the re-enactors and that kind of thing and that has really brought a lot to the table so much so that Even the State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources have hired him to oversee some video. That's being played aide at some of the state historical sites and our national parks Have hired him To put together her a group of Native Americans that is being featured under the arch. And so when you walk in there's a there's a number of of Videos that are there and One of them is a group of native American like Hunting Party uh-huh going through the woods so if any of your listeners go to the the arch they can see Jeremy and You know other native Americans a lot of them from Oklahoma that are in this and again he. He will only participate in something. If as long as it's a hundred two percent accurate I love that. It's so cool. In Germany Turner kind of folds into yellowstone well the thing about Yellowstone National Park in. What we're talking about today is what inspired us to go on the road and what I thought was beautiful as you took Germany Turner's son Benjamin on the road with you on the maple trail right and you got to go all these national parks? He got to see his father at the arch on video. Which I'm sure he was just like? Oh yeah whatever. Benjamin was after Benjamin is is an active participant in all these things that his family does so it to him. It was just another day. hypothetic and I'm I'm I'm emphasizing to Benjamin. Isn't that cool. That your dad you know and I I mentioned a couple of other people That were in it. I said look. That's you know. So uh-huh yeah. That was. That was a cool. That was our very first. Stop on the way out. West was the arch and I started to Seattle I got flown out there. Air picked up a SUV. And I was staying in the back of SUV on the maple trail going through Seattle training people there and then going on through all right. That's when I met Schalke. Who is just amazing? She just had her baby and she ran a market two days before that I met her and then the next weekend she was back the markets were there may be an handed. I'm just like Montana. Tough believe that she was at the market she had a baby the market. You know so unbelievable. Yeah and so going through there and then you know gone through. And I'm meeting people and Big Sky. And then that's when I got to head into Yellowstone UH stone and we were planning and this was over months months at a time. And so you're coming the opposite way. Where were you guys we were at the cody stampede? over the fourth of July weekend and so they have a big Gathering there and so we were selling our maple syrup. there and and What's what's what's really cool is? We've been able to partner with distilleries all over the country and so there's some a little bit of a local flair also cowboy country at Pinedale Wyoming until. I knew that that is a diamond in disguise that distillery because really is oh my Gosh Tim traits and his team. They produce incredible spirits their incredible and I I'm not quote unquote a whiskey or Bourbon drinker. But his stuff is incredible. I am and I love it this past year I got to go to distillery in his bourbon has now been aging for two years and he has one more year to go and oh man that was this moodiest. Bourbon had a very long time. I mean already in two years in two years in and other year that's unheard of so I'm really excited to get back out there and try it next year in a Tim. You'd better hold that bottle for me not please. Wyoming just south of Jackson Hole Wyoming anybody's interested really small L.. Charming little town and distilleries across from from the airport and we have a bear leads maple syrup with them at the farm and beautiful beautiful thing and we've made that that the the cowboy country is the official Syrup of Burton's Maplewood farm at the frontier days. which is in Cheyenne Wyoming? Yes yeah but now yellowstone It's like six seven. AM in the morning. I'm driving in and you're driving on the other side. Let's just say that it was the most most beautiful sight coming into that. I mean it was foggy. There was like a a van. It was a camper van. Actually that was painted like there is like mountains on the side of this came prevent. I Asia have this shot and it was my first experience in yellowstone going into that. And we'll make sure to post that but it was so beautiful and yeah we met up at the Lake Lodge and yellowstone right off a yellowstone lake. That's right yeah yeah it is. I mean there's something magical naturally I don't mean to sound so dramatic there is something really is oh my gosh I mean there's there's there's something magical about the pristine -ness of yellowstone and and what it was like not just hundreds of years ago thousands and thousands of years ago with the Bison and I mean just the geysers and I. It's just incredible it really is and I just loved meeting up with you guys because you guys were staying in the back. The box truck with double bunk beds. I'm staying back in the RV. And we're talking about entrepreneurship like we're just trying to hit this road and hit this maple trail and just really live life. That's right and that during that time just manifesting my God what about the RV dream and all these kinds of things And a member of just texted madame. Like thank you think about getting RV and then we started to text and of course when we can because I have to be like in a building connected like it's not very easy which is good because we we got to detach but so when this whole RV lifestyle started really manifesting for me Because I'm like I'm not staying back boxer my life. Ah I happen to really like it. I mean it's crazy when you wake up in the morning and you hear brush something moving through the brush rush right outside of the box shut. Because I leave the I leave the door open and I got up and there is a bull moose like fifteen feet away from you know the the back end and and I even took a Selfie with the most. The most didn't know but I took a Selfie. Winkle was in the House L.. CFO and so it was pretty special. That see those are the moments. That's the magical moments like living on the road that many don't get to see and and hear about and so that's this is all manifesting in me and I remember that's where we met but we went up to Theodore Lodges Lamar Valley. Yeah and those were so so much fun I mean we were just giggling schoolgirls and just having fun and it was just a such a great time to to stay in those it was and you know Benjamin Jamin. I was introduced to him at the National Maple Syrup Festival and have watched him grow And I just felt like if if there was a kid that I was going to take on the trail might. My grandkids are too young but Benjamin was twelve and anybody that meets Benjamin. You're just GonNa Fall in love with him him because he's just so polite and respectful and he smart I mean he's he's a smart kid and he really has Absorbed what Shannon and Jeremy have taught him the native language. And how something Benjamin is very well versed on native American language. It's a major shannon is full blooded Navajo from Arizona WanNA and When when we went out West we would run into other native Americans and Benjamin would He would introduce himself and he would explain what nation He is Associated with and I even had in in Cheyenne Wyoming. There were some native American actors. Native American re-enactors actors. There was one young man who's like eighteen and he said to me he came up to me. Afterwards he goes. I can't believe how well versed he is For only being twelve years old being able to speak the native tongue and so he was a big part of that trip because he was just. He's just a great kid. I hope he doesn't hear this either. Because he's going to get a big head but he was such a pleasure to have out on the road with us. I remember waking up early the next morning. And Benjamin yourself and myself we all went out to Back to yellowstone lake which is almost clear across the park but that was the only lodge that was left right. So we're like. Let's take it unless you're going to spend like six hundred bucks right but Over For the weekend. And that's of course. When that's Super High Primetime Primetime tourism prism but we went to the lake and we had the most mind blowing excursion four and a half hours of fishing yeah on Lake Yellowstone? So Dash when we were on their real like okay. We'll do. This probably won't catch many because you've been before I think we hooked five and caught to last year and when we went out there I mean it was just record breaking even on our guide was telling us like you guys hooked twenty twenty three fish he goes. I haven't had fish in like this ever. It's not this good. Here's my diary of five years of it. Every time I go God I make sure to vote because we WANNA know and it's like a study. Yeah and then what happened after we got those fish. Brad Oh yeah we had a beautiful beautiful so Spread of them The tour guide extra took us back and he just he started filleting them and you know setting him up for the kitchen then we got not to bring those to the kitchen and they made some beautiful fish for four ways because there were what we took to them was four fillets and and one was Cajun was Lemon and pepper. One was fried. What was what was the fourth one? You know what we'll have to put on our social media account later because I have that beautiful pictures Unbeliev- Oh man it's a great spread and it was so good wasn't it. You know. Yeah I mean that was the freshest fish I've ever had in my life I haven't fished in Alaska because I know I've heard a lot of great things but I mean man that fishing experience -perience four and a half hours cooking all those fish Watching Benjamin Laugh and then I got this one and then you start pulling it up at like loses it and we were just having such a good time. It was fun of each other catching them. Were not catching them. And it was That was a really great experience To have and then there was that Bald Eagle. That was just flying around us. I think it was waiting for us to catch the fish. 'cause I'm hungry too. Yeah and yeah. Yellowstone was such a magical experience and you guys e Benjamin and you went horseback riding. We went horseback riding. That was great. It was NOSEDA but horses so it wasn't like free range everything. He does such a to create thing to be able to go around on the horses and experience yellowstone in a different way from except from the roads or from the lake. You no just in the backwoods. You're listening to park land. Yeah we'll be back after a quick break the available now from Iheart a new series presented by t mobile for business. The restless ones join me. Jonathan Strickland as I explored the coming technological revolution and the business leaders who stand right on the cutting edge. There are certain decision makers that are restless. They know there is a better way to get things done and they are ready. Curious excited for the next technological innovation to unlock their vision of of the future. These restless ones are in pursuit of bigger. Better stronger they seek new partners new strategies new processes they they pursue innovative platforms solutions to propel their teams businesses and industries. 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My guess and I'm Brad this park gland era and today we're talking about Yellowstone National Park. We'll tell the listeners brad about when you down and you're going to get closer to the Bison Oh man I was in the car and I was rolling I have video going yeah I was walking towards the Bison and all of a sudden tim shouts I shall Brad be careful. They'll charge you and I just turned around and said that's okay. I got money and I started walking down towards the Bison and of of course this was all staged. Don't don't think I'm complete idiot was all stage. It's really fun That's a that's a video that we put up and people really like nerds Dorks just like making fun of us because they know that's just how we we got. We got a ton of hits on that everybody seemed to like it. You know it was so much fun. But and that's the thing about yellowstone. There's just so much to do and after that we went on over to grant Village to the campsites and we ended up getting the last campsite. Yeah that's right and all of a sudden I see two people walking with you. What had tim do this time time because he meets everybody and I love it? Yeah but he brought back. I'm Daniel and the Tasha Hano Yeah Canada and and what they were on a cross country trip yes under motorcycles right like three weeks right everything that they had was on those those two motorcycles and they were camping that kind of and they made great company around the camp. Oh you know at night just had so how many great conversations and I remember even you inviting them to pinedale where we went after yellowstone. We stayed on that lake Fremont Fremont Lake and they camped with us there and so we met these people shared campsite and then just kept on traveling with them and that's the beauty of the road right and that's when I just lost it I'm like map. We gotta do this. Yeah Yeah and Matt's back at home and it's like yeah right and then like I think I think after the third phone call one day like Oh what about this one. What about this one? That's Matt started freak out. I'm like okay. This is a happening again. Yeah Yeah and then thirty days later we're buying an RV right and we're getting ready on the road and all that kind of stuff but it. That's for another APP. You guys. You guys moved fast on that I my wife and I were like the guys are doing it. Can you believe that. They put their loft on the market. They're selling everything and going on the road trip and I just two weeks and just changed everything in the loft flipped it. We went on our first Test and that's that's the beauty of it. That's the road. Though we were able to do in yellowstone and and you know driving across the country and I mean that your I drove across country multiple times for work and it was one of those amazing experiences where it just really Lee inspired me. I said if I can do it this way and our visa can be cake. Yeah and of course she's inspired from the badlands. Yeah very much so so these these places and then when you combine that with the RV lifestyle and it all fits together so so well. And I'm so glad that we did it and now we're doing wing it absolutely and you know the memories with Tim. Burton here. Burns may put farm have been huge in our life He's inspired us and many others across the United States to travel to enjoy life. He was even the efficient at our wedding So this guy he. He married us. Yeah and over. Spilt beer in my lap was asked Out To dinner I was in Chicago. And and the FELLAS does ask me. Hey We'd like to take you to dinner and I said Great. I'm always up for a free meal and of course I didn't know if I was going to be buying that neither but anyway so we've never turns is out you buy it so we went to Publican in Chicago. And so we're you know small talk just chatting about our days and things like that and then Matt looks at Brad. What's this will? Aren't you gonNA ask and Brexit. Oh yes so matt and I have been talking. We'd like to get married goal. And we'd like for you to officiate. Our wedding and it was just silence. Because that's one of the that's one of the nicest things for somebody somebody to ask you to do is to bring them together type of thing and I was speechless. I'm never speechless speech. I said we'll yeah. Well thanks Brian. I I was speechless. I guess I'm not a preacher. I'm not a priest. I'm not a minister. And they go. Oh that's okay. We got that figured out. There's a you can go online and get your license Through what is it. Universal Universal Life Church Universal Life Church. I'm a card carrying member as well. Yeah and so I went to shake. Brad's hand I and I said I dumped the beer. In my it was your land in your lap. So officiate so it could have been. That bad. Just had to kristen me with beer. Yeah yeah so that was that was that was great you know the yellowstone experience was a great experience. Not For just me personally in terms of what I got out of it As far as like the fishing and the beauty and that kind of thing but it elevated My relationship with Brad and my relationship with Benjamin as well because we were experiencing something together I don't say this loosely and I've only said this to a couple of people but And again I don't want to sound too dramatic but this is the type of experience with Brad that kind of has elevated it To the point where it goes beyond just being an employee of mine It's almost like a father son relationship Especially for me because I grew up fishing In the eastern Sierra with my family and when I sit back and I see our fishing experience whether we you know on video or pictures and things like that that it it really Brought me closer to Brad Because of the experience that we had together like that and it was the same way with Benjamin but with Brad It was for me. It was like a father son excursion outing. And that's all I'm going to say about that because I don't want I get choked up and then I completely agree with that. It's one of those times where it's just. You had the time to process it as your away from everything you know. Have all the technology your hands and you're able to really look at each other and just enjoy each other and I even shared with you like I didn't grow up fishing right and shoot dude. I probably had to pull my hand less than the Mount of fingers on my left hand. Yeah like there's just no time that expend on that and I felt like a little kid and it was one of those experiences where it was really amazing time and I knew that because you told me you. He really didn't have any experience with fishing and I was like. Oh my gosh you. And that's too bad because there's so many great memories that I have and I was was hoping that that's you would walk away with that. Great Memory I definitely. Yeah and even within that I mean after that when I was Jumping into this. RV lifestyle. Like whole body. I I mean there's there's nothing left behind If I needed something you were there if you if we needed help getting the right trailer hitch or anything you you lead me through that in a way to where to not make the same mistakes you might have made. Taylor's I'm I'm I'm a believer in learning from other people's mistakes. Yeah there's no reason to try to reinvent the wheel it just You know get the right stuff and so I appreciate that. And every every step of the way that has gotten us into this lifestyle because is without your guidance and conversations I would have had made a lot of mistakes where now I've made minimal like just dumping my tink on myself like just crappy situations nine from scituate and and now a Tim. Burton of Burton's Maplewood Farm. You've been listening to park land area. 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Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats: Sweet (And Savory) Home Chicago

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Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats: Sweet (And Savory) Home Chicago

"Hello bunnies this is marine. You may know me from Chelsea lately or as Regina Sinclair on insatiable. I want to tell you about my comedy. PODCAST will you accept this. Rose which is new to the iheartradio podcast network. We recap every season of the bachelor franchise including the Bachelor the Bachelorette and Bachelor in paradise we bring in Bachelor Super Finns including Lance Bass. Nikki Glaser Debby Ryan. More listen to will you accept this. Rose on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcasts. Hi I'm Brad. This is park. Land up production of iheartradio. We sold at auction. Chicago moved into an RV INARA travelling the the country full-time with her dog been exploring America's National Park and today we are having our second segment of traveling eats with Matt so excited I love hearing that talk about food inspiring me because I get to re all these wards and benefits from his research while you're welcome welcome and today is a very special and it's a big one because it's very close to home literally. Today's episode is about Chicago home. Sweet Chicago where we met where remarried where we lived for several years. Engaged to where I fell in love with Matt Huck Finn Yeah so Chicago. I lived there for thirteen years. full-time I moved there for Culinary School in two thousand six. which is how I got into the food world and into food in writing and fast forward a decade plus later and here we are talking about food because I love researching and writing with that stuff and talking about that stuff? Now you've been in an industry for twenty plus years. I have. Yeah so let's I thought it'd be perfect to reminisce about our old neighborhood in Chicago. Where we we lived in an an interoperable imperfect area called Ukrainian village? Yes which we loved. And that's right. I locked eyes on you right. In front of the LOFTA we ended up buying and selling But I remember pulling up and I saw you with Huck Finn walking down the street and it's sad because Kazan's past But we still Finn and Finn as though Rockstar love of our lives really but it was amazing because we win and we walk. The two black dog gelato right speaking dogs so our first date. Yeah we wanted around the neighborhood and we stopped into this little corner shop code black dog which which they are known for their kind of whimsical offbeat flavors. They have the traditional by chocolate and Vanilla and multi vanilla and yummy stuff like that but they also do seasonal he's no flavors and then like kind of exotic things like fig like sesame strawberry Basil right until I got my nickname yes. Aubrey played strawberry. Basil a lotto. Yes and soon after that you started calling me basil. Yes because of that is about. Yeah an accolade you banana because of your crazy sweatshirt right which I still have really love food guys. Basically we want you to understand that we love food. Yes we do. And there's there's lots of delicious food in your in village that we said we had a lot of local spots that we would return to frequently chiefly. I think one of you are a place that was newer when where we came to adore. Was this place called Split Rail and it's kind of warehousees sprawling space rustic but really well designed and beautiful and deeply comfy especially. We'd just love to go sit at the bar and have cocktails and talk with the staff. There were always so nice. They're amazing they're just very like you feel at home. You feel like you're going cousin's house for the weekend you know. And that's what feels like. They're yeah I know that's why we went often in that and the fried chicken especially the fried chicken is is great but our favorite was Vegan chicken strips there were like say Tan and so well seasoned and perfect texture. It was just so good that like I'll go any better. They are better than real chicken nuggets. I realize them better than real checking. And that's an I love me going crazy. Yeah same and they're really good as we would always get like one of their or to their buttermilk biscuits which got me better. Yes so perfect that place and then that's just like one on this string of places within five to seven minute walk from our place yes so beautiful. These read these places. That's why it was so great so and other places that we adored was kyw's on on favorite sushi still to this day our favorite sushi place you have to though you will not be like you will not go there and find the table open unless you want to be seated at ten PM. Yeah I remember one time going on at like sevenish or something on a Wednesday and just on a whim and end David table for two though we do it like eleven. PM and they're like no. You're done okay. We'll take ten. We'll come back but it's it's Oh good. Yeah that's why it's so crowded and that and it's a sliver of a space it's really cozy if you can get a seat and highly recommend though Mukasay obviously changes changed all the time is Sushi like kind of tasting menu based on whatever. The chefs are whipping up. But it's always one of the more affordable Mukasi's you get a ton of food for a reasonable symbol price in comparison. It's definitely worth every penny and they put into it especially with those Hamas got that Wang. Ob Full Yeah. There's there's like a thin sleep seared perfectly Sierra like buttery sliver of y y you beef just draped over top of the Sushi roll like wow perfect it really was. Yeah and then we had a really other. There's other amazing places. Breakfast was like or like pies and bakery items which which we all love you especially love but spinning Jay's Spin J Soga best breakfast sandwich I'm like fluffy homemade English muffin eggs. You get you I mean you can add me to it or whatever you want. I usually either get a plane or there's one with like Kale I think. Yeah I like to get a Bacon Bacon Sandwich. Yeah I mean it's wonderful. Whatever option you get or does there? It's too they're known for their pies. They come in flavors like biscuits key lime which is beautiful. My personal favorite favorite. Is that your favorite absolutely. I mean I totally. It makes sense epic and they also have s'mores Pie and then the best peanut. You better cookies the best which sounds so classic and straightforward but these ones are just other worldly the texture just so soft and they have this little sugary crackle around the exterior. It's not going to Chicago just for those peanut butter cookies up here. Yeah and then right across the street from Maher. Was this place cafe. Mary John this kind of the I.. D. The ideal Nero had bistros what that place is. Because it's not like the riot. Yes they don't try too hard like no it's very binding is pretty stripped back your it's basic because they focus on the food. Yes and you're like an off the food for something that looks so modest every dish that comes down to so perfect. There's like a lot of French finance. That goes into it so you have these gorgeous like French omelettes and and fruits and masterful cocktails and flaky. Croissants all because they're open for breakfast lunch dinner amazing wine selection soon they keep it really simple to yes. They don't like give you one hundred choices of wines like now. You know a lot of Bistros do that. And they go way too far into it they tribus back and they just go with the best. Yeah and again another example of just the loveliest people the owners here the shaft the people who are clearly putting their heart and soul into into it I mean I just WanNa go there and like be around that kind of energy and that kind of passion and then it helps the food is just unbelievable and that's what we get. That humbled hat that I wear all the time. He's still flying since focus on says humble but it's Basically without all the vowels yes because this neighborhood is tactically Humboldt Park but walkable where we live. It's like literally on the border almost like we're we're counting it as the UK Ukrainian village. Yeah I've of adopted this place. That's my own speaking of Ukrainian village. We can never forget our favorite place that we went to every single day. Every single the one place we went to more than any other place in the entire city is star lounge coffee bar which is part of dark matter coffee and their rose. Three like headquarters is just just around the corner from here from our loft but star lounge is kind of their main like cafe where people go work on laptops and you know Chitchat. Arista sit on the back porch stuff like that and it's pretty perfect. Yeah they're back. Porch is Like a fenced in by old school when infants with all all the different graffiti artists. One of my favorite freebie artists. JC Rivera Does the bear champ which is like This droopy looking bear beautiful beautiful. I love it because it's like one of his thing is just keep rolling with those beeping punches And so basically it's one of the things that's one of my personal motto. Is I just keep on rolling with it. You know keep on fighting believed for you believe in and who you WANNA be. And that's what I really love about him but he's all over Chicago but a really good relationship with dark matter coffee so the yeah the bears. What boxing gloves on and he looks like a Winnie the Pooh who spend drinking? He looks like a drunk Winnie. The Pooh Kennedy with boxing gloves pretty much. Yeah you could say that absolutely absolutely hard to mess it is. The coffee here is so delicious. It's tends to be strong strong so I'd get a large dark matter coffee. Usually get a mind MOCHA so spice cinnamon spice Mocha and then donuts bagels especially donuts. Old fashioned don't doughnuts. What a wonderful little piece of neighborhood paradise we loved it there never really was and so? That's you hitting village in the thing I love most about Chicago is all the neighborhoods and how distinct and how much character they all have and they're also felt with with stuff like this these independent businesses and bars and shops and restaurants that we came to love love. We didn't visit all them as much or as frequently as we visited the ones and you can't even village because of proximity but there are so many places that have become Chicago stables for US anytime we're back we need to. We need to visit. And I think my favorite neighborhood for going out and socializing thing in bar hopping especially is probably Logan Square. Yes and you know there's so many six neighborhoods in Chicago and we're not going to go over all of them definitely going to touch touch on a couple of different neighborhoods to really get into it. Yeah Square run our second home away from when it comes to food and stuff. Their second most traveled apple place to get the benefit. Yes spent a lot of time there. It's not far from the really easy drive or Uber Ride. And there's just a ton there it's really exploded exploded in the past few years especially with its food and beverage scene and some of my favorite places. Are there like this cocktail bar called Stereo. Yes it's this like nick sunny triangular shaped bar right at a corner so it's flooded with lights and it feels like a warm arm like beechy hideaway or vacation like no matter. What time of year with the forecast and they only do wrong? They don't do bourbon drinks. Well Yeah it's a lot of like rahm tropical stuff without being Tiki Tiki. So yes they toe. That line really nice. It doesn't nothing feels tacky. Here feels almost Cuban and like really thumping thumping music and just it's sparkly and lovely and colorful and just you're instantly happy when you're there if you WANNA get some perfectly whimsical tex-mex lonesome road. Gosh just on the street from a stereo so you can both of them within walking distance and I would highly recommend lonesome rose also has that kind of warm warm Sunniness to it. There's a lot of light pink and Light Green Hues inside of here a lot of lush plants and CACTI and I it really does it feels like gear in West Texas or New Mexico or something. It's like mesmerizing how they've managed to capture that essence. It's crazy in the food. It is and drinks are both surprisingly affordable considering location and how gorgeous spaces Paul McGee makes those cocktails who is a great Tiki. mixologist mixologist. In general one of the the best has carefully curated cocktail bars all over the city. Yeah including this one and he. There's also bargain basement that he does where. It's a completely different vibe and just like really really dark lonesome. Roses like super bright and light and almost whimsical. And then you go downstairs which has its own entrance and it's called Golden tear-drops and it's Dr Haunted House dark. Your is new August when you go inside like I walk into a wall when I go in there. Yeah exactly. Yeah but it's cozy once you find a seat you're stable that's all Paul McGee's faces also our most expensive Tiki Mug 'cause matinee unknowingly bid against each other one Christmas because I wanted this Tiki Mug so I was like. Oh it's forty thirty bucks. I started bidding on it and then Matt knew that I wanted it. So he was also bidding on it while we were bidding on the same mud and madman of winning that by paying hundred and twenty dollars for this key Tiki. Because he wanted to get it for me. That bad could have had a twenty dollars. So that's definitely one of a funny experience that we had together. Yes so Paul via this your most expensive Tiki Mug to date and we paid way too much for your face. uh-huh clearly yeah. So Yeah Punky he has. He creates beverage programs for numerous properties. One of which is Lost Lake and Logan Square love Really wonderful teacher with the year right They've they've done many awards because they're they're bark. Program is very conscious inches in their awoke to what they're doing and and how they're serving people. Yes so that's really great. Some of the best drinks in general that transcend the TIKI genre. They're just solid drinks but he that mug with his face came from three DOTS DASH which was the big like the first big tiki Burn Chicago in one of the biggest country and I adore that place because it is so immersive and so fun. It's like are disappearing into another world or going going onto a ride or something because you enter it through the alley and you go downstairs you follow these like Tiki torches down the alley and there's like a skull line ceiling as you're going down the street installs with Blue Light yes. It's very pirates of the Caribbean and exotic. And just every it's like you're guaranteed to be excited and getty when you're going thing in there and I am every time I'm there. It's one of the most recommended places I suggest people go to when they're visiting Chicago. Great group friendly drinks a really really fun vibe and the bartenders know what they're doing the drinks are really well done and they've since added another kind of bar within abar at three dots called the bamboo room. That's the more intimate quieter space where the drinks are kind of more elaborate. Take more time. And there's more interaction with bartender customer. So like it's more about the conversation and like technique in history involved with Tiki culture and the recipes both classic and contemporary and that's a whole nother approach to the whole world. And they do both of them really. Well it's just crazy. I mean we were obsessed with Tiki and we could gone for a whole nother episode about that. And maybe we'll you're listening to park Landau. We'll be back after a quick break in our podcast. Hush money we're going to get you talking. We debated AH uncomfortable questions about money and life than a celebrity. Judge joins us to decide. WHO's right? There's no such thing as strings free money. There are some archaic laws right. Now that it's traditions. That men should pay women do reach the fake reach. You know. Money is one of those things that people like to ignore. You can binge all the episodes now on apple. podcasts casts the iheartradio APP or wherever. You get your podcasts. Hi I'm Matt. An umbrella does Park Lancia. Yeah and today we're talking all about Chicago's delicious food scene. I think we should hop on over to hop leaf. Oh Yeah Great. So that's in a neighborhood called called Anderson villages on the north side several miles from where we lived so it's not a place frequented because it's out of the way and takes forever but it's just just so cute and lovely up. There has these Belgian cozy vibes. Yeah Hopley if is just the warmest. Most heartwarming place I when I feel like I'm like at hogs mead in Harry Potter or something. It's like one that we're deeply cozy and like from another country and the best muscles and tone the muscles steamed in beer of course amazing beer list which is always changing heavy on the Belgian Beers and then their food is next tax level like especially the sandwiches they have like a duck Ruben. My favorite is the CBS. Which is CEO? Brad that has cashew butter fig big jam and Rick Latte and it's all pan-fried to illegally goodness. It's ridiculous. I really love of how that plays makes me feel and another place. I completely transform. You is the violet hour. Oh Yeah so the place that I described this allison wonderland alive. Because it's it was like the original kind of speakeasy in Chicago. It's been around a long time. It's one of the most pioneering craft cocktail bars in the city and in the country and it's in wicker park a really like hip neighborhood and your village and the violet hour is known for not having silage this discreet. Wall like with no street. Presidents and local artists are constantly painting over. There like commissioned to do these elaborate murals on the outer wall. The tell you kind of recognized that I remember. This is the place where I I said I love you. Oh my gosh. Well what anymore. Mantech like alluring place to do that forced me to because it was so perfect and they really wanted to. I mean yeah and it's like a dimly lit hidden little cocktail bar where velvet chairs are with huge back that stretch almost to the ceiling. It's like romantic towel. Really making me hungry for so much food but I know we kinda started started on chicken but I wanna get on over honey butter fredge getting new to the are. I mean just in general even if they weren't serving food I would want to recommend this place because they are the nicest S. most impassioned people the two chef owners Christine Sikorsky and Josh called and they are just the most incredible talented inspiring duo just as human beings and Christine. She loves national parks and then not gets a lot of energy from traveling to national parks and I think thanks. You just went to one. And she's planning on going to another one and maybe we'll catch up. They're awfully national parks. Yeah because I I just love where they they got their start from yeah. They started green city market. The city's premier and largest farmer's market and this was pre fried chicken. They were serving Burgers burgers under the monikers Sunday Dinner Club and they really became renowned and beloved for their burgers using like seasonal local ingredients. That changed pretty much every week. And among them and lined up for them and they turn Sunday Dinner Club into a kind of underground supper club. Yeah where people were on. LS and they would like host dinners in their one of their houses. Do stuff like that and Sunday. Dinner Club still exists. It's located upstairs above honey butter fried check in which is in the Avondale neighborhood. Just north of Logan Square and highly recommend Senator and club in and of itself to get on there Guest is less because they do amazing work there and it's so intimate you feel like you're in their home getting to know them and just other diners take care of their people you know. They really care they really want to evolve. They want to change the restaurant scene and make it a a better culture and they do so many different initiatives and ongoing training and the have insurance for other teams. Yeah I mean like they are doing it. They're killing it. They're kicking it so when you go to Chicago please make special stop there until Matt and Brad said Hello. Yes yes I know. Give them both air. Hugs for for us because we adore them and admire them and their food is just wonderful. In and of itself the fried chicken served with honey butter the corn muffins into sandwich. You can have it with a side of mental Mac and cheese with cookies for dessert. All of it just excellent excellent people and a couple of other excellent people that were we feel very connected to you are David Meghan Miller from Baker from Baker Miller this bakery and in cafe and Lincoln Square and these two. They're wonderful human beings and they made our wedding cake for us. When we got married and Double Bunk Cake Banana Plum Double Bundt cake with us like Vanilla frosting WHO's out? It looked like ooh actually looked like mammoth hot springs rings or something like that just like these this beautiful colors and like leaves coming from it. It was really a cool thing. Tastes like software though it was not like he also done cake but so good. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. But they do because they're cafe their home he like wonderful. Warm welcoming. Cafe has delicious wishes cookies and cakes and pies like chocolate chest pie and her Chata Pie and I think my favorite time to go. There's for breakfast to get coffee and they they do. Yummy like grits poles topped with like pork sausage or like corn and cheese and CILANTRO. But I actually my favorite thing and this is like something. They are famous for stunningly. Is there oatmeal just the best meal. It's made with heirloom oats with cultured cream. Cinnamon sugar toasted PECANS secons hotmail. It's like this is. How should people would love oatmeal and eat it so much or if it was this good Dave and Meghan Miller they really put the love and soul back into very fast food very and bakery items? You know they. They're two very passionate people That they built something for themselves from nothing and their story is amazing the them as people as mazing and like just talking about makes me miss them more and more because I just love like hang out with them and seeing them randomly and coming and visiting them at Baker Miller and along a lot of Chicago because really is this beautiful place with so much. Amazing Yeah I think it's. It's good to kind of wrap. 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Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats With Matt: The Maine Course

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Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats With Matt: The Maine Course

"Hi there I'm Zach Braff. Donald face on we're real life best friends. We met playing fake life. Best Friends Turk and J D on the Sitcom scrubs twenty years later. We've decided to Rewatch the series one episode of the time and put our memories into a podcast. You can listen to it home. We're going to get all our special guests friends like Sarah Chalk. John C McGinley. Neil Flynn Judy. Reyes show Creator Bill. Lawrence Editors Writers and even prompt masters would tell us about what inspired the series and how we became a family. You can listen to the podcast. Fake Doctors Real Friends with Zach and Donald on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. And wherever you get your podcasts to you believe in ghosts do you believe that the spirits of those long gone still linger on this earthly plane. Do you believe in evil. So powerful that it can consume those apparitions and twist them into abominations of their former selves. T believe in ghosts. I didn't until I moved into lighthouse. Lighthouse Premieres April twenty. I listen to lighthouse on the iheartradio APP on Apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcast. Hi I'm math am Brad. This is park land in a production of iheartradio. We sold our LOPS IN. Chicago moved into an RV. Our time in country fulltime exploring America's national parks with our dog Fin. We're excited to bring you another bonus. Episode of traveling eats with Matt. Yes special place in my heart for this. Because again I get to live vicariously through your most of the time but in these situations now we get to travel together and do it together and eat all these amazing things together. Yes and excited is an understatement. Because this week is very nostalgic. It's about main a state that AH grew up visiting frequently. I grew up in New Hampshire. So mean was right in our backyard. I would go to the the beaches there all the time I would road trip there in the summers and these are some of the most. I mean some of the most iconic American flavors in dishes. You'll find here. And they're wonderful things like blueberries and lobster and what pies and shellfish of all sorts and so much more and and for me was just coming into the NEWBIE. I've never been to Maine I get to explore it through their food and their national parks. And I'm just loving it because I get Again reap the rewards. Yeah so we have two different perspectives here. Right and fresh fresh fresh lobster yes and we really took full advantage so I wanna back in I talk about my mind nostalgia with means so I grew up like New Hampshire's coastline is really minimal. And not all that great but main is right there so we would always just drive over. Took like an hour to get to main and we'd go to beaches like Old Beach York beach in Wells Beach and a whole lineup of others and I just remember not only swimming and going on like the boardwalk and stuff like that but just the foods that came with like feasting on lobster whether it's lobster rolls or just like whole lobsters that you you know rip apart and yeah right and then things like blueberry pancakes and Blueberry Pie of course with all the whip cream and Whoopi pies which I grew up like swallowed by proximity are wealthy pies. Assuming that they're abundant everywhere and they're not the tricky thing about it About growing up. You're like I just think that this is everywhere. Yeah it'd be able to get it anywhere and it's just not it. It's so hard. That's the hard part about travelling. You don't get any normal seat but you get these experiences. It's a win. Lose win. Win Win Win Win Win. Well it does make me appreciate them or I guess like. I fully took for granted growing up now when I am in Maine. I am super excited. And it's like I'm experiencing them for the first time all over again which is a great thing so we would also as a kid and I actually did this. This past year tail but a- tradition was road. Tripping up from New Hampshire ought to Prince Edward Island in Canada and that means obviously driving right through Maine for several hours love it. Yeah and spend like one week every summer and confederate island but one of my favorite memories from that row chap was we would always stop at this restaurant slash truckstop called dies arts in Bangor. They actually have a few locations in man. It's like a little mini restaurants slash truck stop chain. But it's shockingly good food for being like an truckstop. It's this like these rich homie recipes in this really comforting warm dining space with all the main things like blueberry French toast in then lobster and like baked pasta dishes in sandwiches and huge chocolate while pies with marshmallow filling cute. They're cute. They look like cakes. They come in a variety of sizes. But they you know. They look at layer cakes more so than just go. Let's go let's just fly there for this cause your the way you described it. I need to have this experience. You've yet to share this experience with me. I know I wanted to go back to when we were you and I were there this fall but kind of ran There's a lot to eat man. I can't can't cram it all into one lynch I guess but this is something so that was nostalgia. All that's all and get but I actually learned something new and exciting about main cooking mean like recipe traditions. So my dad's girlfriend gail is from Maine. She actually has like dual heritage or dual citizenship between candidate. Because she's from northern Maine. Which is acadian culture like French? Acadian culture which is a whole like in a world in realm in and of itself especially foodwise and I learned from her all about these dishes called ploys P. L. A. Y. E. S. and. They're these thin buckwheat pancakes basically they look kind of like crepes or like a real like a flattened. English muffin more. So how I describe them and their real simple. They're made with buckwheat flour flour baking powder in water traditionally makes thin Crepe Lake Batter. And then you prepare them on greased iron griddles and doesn't to cook the batter so thin and they're so thin so they're done when they start to bubble and get a little bit of Golden Brown underneath and then they're served traditional the whole variety of things they can be Denton Chicken stews chicken soups or served with maple syrup or even peanut butter but the most traditional thing in Acadian culture is something called Creighton and that is a savory like ground pork pate made with onions and spices blended into it like cinnamon nutmeg all spice ginger. And it's nice and thick hearty aromatic spread that you serve and eat with poise. So you have like a little bit of spicy and fragrant like a little bit of sweet ninety s from the pancakes. I'm having here where I just want to leave this room. And go onto a plane and go wherever you describing. 'cause like I just WANNA TRAVEL WANNA travel there. I want to eat it and then I wanNA come back So if you can give me we'll pick this up. I mean I want to explore this region because I have never been time in the Acadian Person Maine which is like the far northern along the Canada border. And you can't find it like I never saw ploys or Khotan like along the coast by any means. I'd never even heard of them. But you can find them in restaurants that like Long Lake Sporting Club and dollies and here in this part of the country. They're just us with everything they're us kind of in place of Brad Ploy and you can do a lot with them but I'm so I'm so so interested that I'm Mike. Oh man has so much already. Didn't know there's this whole like subculture that I am just learning. It's more than just lobster right so but getting back to the coast which is kind of my main thing you know. It's like my heartfelt memories and everything that I crave all the time was like Portland is the main city the biggest city in Maine and what are incredible foods. Foods in that city has no yeah. It's amazing you and I were there summit recently because my brother got married just outside of Portland just a couple of months in the past from the time of this recording so we were there in the fall. Beautiful then to be in Maine. And we're able to get more of a recent taste or re for me like revisiting some of those flavors and you experiencing for the first time and some of the highlights. I think were. There's this bakery. They're this famous Baker in Portland called fat cats bakery and it's this rustic little shop super fragrant. Like you start to you. Get this waft of like a Pie. Crust Aroma singer approaching the door. And then you just get invalid with it. Feels like you're in like this little cottage kitchen. I feel so. Yeah just thinking about it really. And they have things all sorts of goodies but like Blueberry Pie and Bourbon pecan Pie in seasonal things like new England bog. Pie which is wild. Main blueberries cranberries with Oh crumble and some flags of bittersweet chocolate as well sounds great. I've not how I'm like. My mouth is filling with saliva. They also have layer cakes and cupcakes. And of course what pies. They're known for what pies I think in particular in rightfully so because they are wonderful they have the classic which is two chocolate cakes with marshmallow buttercream filling and then they do seasonal things like in the summer. They have lemon Zucchini whoopie pies with blueberry filling. They also have pumpkin pies in the fall with maple failing love so great. I'm like tearing up And then my favorite like coffee shop which is somewhat of a doesn't really do justice because it's really a full-fledged incredible bakery it's called tandem coffee and bakery and we have a couple of locations but the one that I love the most is housed in a former gas station which is just the coolest thing yes looks really cool. It's fun to go there and hang out but they're pastry assortment is mind blowing. The amount of products are able to create and innovate with. Because these are these are not traditional stuff you see just at every commonplace cafe. They have things like cornmeal cake with berries and RICOTTA and squash cakes with brown butter cheese and chocolate. Her shot a cream pie. Cornyn Red Chili Scones Lovin. The biscuits armies to just you can get the biscuit by itself and that's great but they also serve it with butter basically. It's like they give it so much better. That's basically a biscuit butter sandwich. Which I'M GONNA yeah. I feel like I need a moment. Just just give me a couple of minutes to bleriot again trying to get you read. Gosh sorry. There was a a caterer at Brian Witness Wedding. And that was okay. Yeah amazing food. Their wedding was just about Whitney great job on that wedding. It was the perfect wedding That's not just because I was your Dane Minister or about with Matt was the best man you know the best best man but they had one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Portland like do catering in this place called even tied Oyster Company. Their their main restaurants right downtown Portland and totally worthwhile because obviously mean in coastal Maine is very well regarded for its seafood. Not just lobster in lobster rolls which they have plenty of that here. They are known for their brown butter lobster rolls in particular but even tied as a ton with some of the best oysters. You'll probably ever slurp in your life. Yes as well as like little neck clams and crab claws clam Chowder New England style. Of course the only style worth mentioning Lobster stew and then if you want oysters in cooked for you can get Friday. Stir buns as well. And then I think a fun option would be to bring a group go to even tied and then do one of the family style lobster bakes. And that comes with a Cornucopia by with whole Maine lobster steamer clams mussels potatoes. Salt pork knock worst in steamed ones? That's a lot to take just not fair. You should not fair had it so it is from that aspect but I that I want it right now right and I'm way too far away to get you know. I know it's hard but it's just one of those places that you absolutely have to go to. It's very destination worthy and then swinging back in the direction of sweeter things and also on the of Brian. Whitney's amazing wedding. They had donuts from this place called Holy Doughnut like instead of a wedding cake. They had this tears. Stack of donuts and holy donate is a local institution. Some of the best doughnuts I've ever tasted in my life and I'm not just saying that because I just remember laid out the donuts. Everyone was dancing so they didn't even get to like cut their donut other cakes that aspect and So they boxed them all up you know and then they put him back in the kitchen and I remember like later into the the wedding party like sneaking into the kitchen just he donuts and like I literally fed with me because she didn't want to touch it because he was still in her wedding dress. Sure I you know was stunning. Donate Tamimi Horse but the cool thing about holy donut is how they make their Dow and stuff and they incorporate main potatoes into their taoist mashed potatoes. And I've I mean how perfect how incredible and it adds a really great texture. Its they're soft I remember these so soft and fluffy and lights even though the flavors kind of sound heavier than they are and they're all top like the most vibrant glazed is in frostings and their eye candy and then also literal candy for your mouth because they're so good good donut and talk about my old fashioned doughnuts in Chicago but you know these donuts might have kicked the rear. I mean the heart heart to top especially when they come in flavors like maple in Blueberry glaze and Chai pomegranate and then they also do in addition to like main potato doughnut. Sweet potato doughnuts and then they come and play with ginger so yeah I would eat potatoes like with everything pretty much where I Just eat nothing but sweet potatoes and every form. You're listening to park land from iheartradio plus world where everyone is confined to their homes. 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Heart's staff join us for fake doctors real friends on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. And wherever you get your podcasts Portland also has a really great bar scene to which we're kind of starting to write how in and one of the biggest surprises there that I that we discovered was this adorable little cocktail bar called Joe box and the name itself is just the cutest thing ever. This was really interesting. I've never seen a core like this like a lot of vintage knickknacks soaring ceiling like bright pink color and purples it. The whole luck was very pro. It looks like Prom. Vintage crop vintage prompt but like not tacky really enough like normally of our for like a prom theme. It'd be uncomfortable bizarre. But this was this worked. Hips teary funke's hipster vintage prom and there's two floors. There was like the main bar area with the tall sailing. And there's you upstairs to a lofted area which was so cool which is great When we went there ruined their at the wedding party there was like probably thirty people that all met up here over the bar and we go upstairs and you know this people on their dates and things like that and then all of a sudden you just see them. Start to leave. Because they're like what is going on and more and more family members get up there and then I remember the last group leaving and we all just kind of looked at each other and started cheering because because we took it over which was wrong and but it was funny to us and really we do feel sorry for everyone who had to leave Because we were just weird and family ask environment return great basically if National Lampoon's like Christmas Vancouver took over The upper floor of this place but yeah yeah it was a fun time and the cocktails are really good very they tended to be really strong but like so flavorful and really interesting combinations as well and right now and when we were there they had things like the fall fashion which is barely edged. Jen ancho Chili Core Apple cider Syrup in Orange Bidders love to like a spicy happily version of an old fashioned and then the age of discovery which has absent Raspberry liqueur. Also by all spies liquor lemon juice and Campari like very robust flavors. I've never seen I've never had like absence. Aquavit in Campari together for instance. But it all works. They do really bold things here and the results are really exciting and great. I Love Maine fell in love with Portland. And if it didn't get cold. Probably try to move there but yeah I'm trying to stay away from Colon Yeah and then if you continued up the coast as you shed because Acadia. National Park is up the coast. There's this lovely little. Seaside town called bar harbour and that's the entry town to Acadia and it's this island towns small city with tons and tons of great independent restaurants and cafes coffee shops bars all of that and unsurprisingly seafood. Is The star here at all of these so much like we didn't get too much time here really sad I would love to. I mean this is the place that it would be kind of buckled down and like hang out for a few days and just Katya back up when it's not cold and like forty degrees good option. Yeah because a lot of the restaurants here are seasonal to which makes sense because it does get so cold and tourism drops off because a lot of Acadia is not accessible in the winter. So you have a lot of like lobster centric restaurants like Stevens lobster pound and Eden lobster and a bunch of others that'll close for. They'll take legal winter break. You know which is nice. Oh Yeah and then there. Was that one coffee shop. Independent Was so great You know because when we are there was forty degrees. It was perfect but they had like sandwiches and other like bakery items and Perfect perfect Little Coffee Shop reminded me of Central Park in friend. Yeah not as like fancy like not advanced. You know there's not like a lounge chair there but it definitely had that like you know the owners. They're you know or you know the main people are there and they're not like trying to be something they're just trying to do. Great Quality Food and coffee. It was really yeah. I HAD BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE. Morris again blueberry everything everywhere and I'm all about it and then yeah. Barbers has died with these. Really Nice cosy place like the Chart Room. Just like the best. Like kind of quintessential nautical vibes. It feels like you're in a sailor's I duNno. Shop or something like the Holla ship with like salmon and Macadamia crested halibut. Main like main crabcakes. And then the thirsty whale lively more rustic POB Bob's roles and chowder. And this is where the lobster bisque. I don't think so. No no I remember that lobster says you can get lobster. Bisque almost anywhere. You probably the best roles. But I love a good solid lobster bisque like I forget how much I love it until I go to somewhere like Maine and get some beautiful lobster bisque. Yeah well this is the place to eat and go lobster. Crazy Bar Harbour. Portland the coast. We I mean we have a lot to explore here. I'm still very good a northern Maine and just go back to all of this and I think the beautiful thing here is like showing. That Maine is a lot. More than just lobsters and blueberries. Yeah it is. It's what it's ploys it's diverse outer it's new it's Inventing things in its trying things differently. Just a beautiful place to go and explore all these magnificent foods. I seriously cannot wait to go back but I'm leaving now because I'm hungry. Same you've been listening to park land. A show about national parks park land dates and production of iheartradio created by Makara. Wak Brad Care. Wack and Christopher has Yoda's produced and edited by Mike. John's our executive producer is Christopher. Has He Otis R. Researcher. It's Jesulin shields goes out to Gabrielle Collins Crystal Waters and the rest of the park landy accrue and hey listeners. 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Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats In New Mexico

Parklandia

30:21 min | 1 year ago

Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats In New Mexico

"The thing about food is that it's never just about the food sources the origins and the roots of different food ways are all intrinsically tied to our humanity from iheartradio. Whetstone magazine comes point of origin. Podcast dedicated to exploring that connection. We traveled the globe to connect with those immersed in different ways from Norway from Nigeria to the Appalachian Mountains and beyond fine point of origin season. Two on the iheartradio APP or wherever you listen to podcasts. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This is park land a prediction of heart radio. We told our Lofton Chicago moved into an RV. Now we're traveling with country fulltime whether dog thin exploring America's National Park and today we have a special bonus episode traveling eats with Matt. I really love these episodes because I love talking about food but I love hearing about food for Matt. First and foremost because he does so much amazing research Which I get to read those rewards for him. Yeah and this is a very special episode indeed because talking about a region in a state that is very near. Dear I love it. It's New Mexico which has some of the best tastiest regional ingredients in the whole country or that have tasted ever my life in obsessed with at all so much amazing flavor right so we're going to focus on a couple of areas of the state that we've spent a good manner time in on our. Yeah and we`ve. It's been very fortunate. Sometimes we make special trips just to worthwhile to go hundreds of miles to go to these restaurants and Breweries. Yes specifically but sorry. Yeah we'll get the second. Go crazy so I for a little bit of background New Mexico. Some OF ITS MOST ICONIC INGREDIENTS. Are things like green chilis and blue corn and peon which is the not. That's used frequently to make coffee there. That's bound to foreign places in cities especially It's also known for breakfast burritos which were allegedly invented. Here is you told me there. Yes supposedly they were invented at The International Balloon Fiesta Stacks when everyone was trying to come in early and supposedly. I mean breakfasting ended loaded with potatoes eggs cheese. It's like the perfect power. Like you know power. I guess and I had one of those. The balloon fiesta and it was so good. I miss it all the time. I had one at least once a day. Great Yeah and with those green. Chili can't get enough. Yeah so other things. That New Mexico's for these are dishes. Are Carney outta vodka to reno's chilli cheese burgers and stuff appears all of which I'll talk about here. And I WANNA start with Albuquerque. Speaking of the Balloon Fiesta. So Albuquerque is the kind of the bigger like biggest city in the state and more of a hub for restaurants entr traditional old school places as well as newer ones and breweries and bars as well. And I'm obsessed with Kirke. I love it a lot more than I thought I would. Yeah really great. They have like you said classic. They have like new. They have like vintage red. Magin like you know all these different kinds of restaurants and a great mix of all styles I think throughout the city and it all feels very cohesive and they all use these native ingredients very well in different ways. And are my first taste of Albuquerque when we arrived for the first time for the balloon. Fiesta was you took me to a place before called Marian Tito's yes my friend Dean Ricker from Chicago told me about this and I had to go check it out because he even told me that they won a James Beard Award as like a classic as an American American climatic classic. Yeah so it makes sense to. Because it's this beautiful homey institution it's been there since nineteen sixty three and they're using their original recipes. Sandy author opens. They don't change it and it's been generational. Three generations of family in that passion really comes through and these recipes are so like classic in so comforting and nourishing and this was such a delicious lunch and great first taste of Albuquerque. I think there's so many dishes that are like rich with like red chillies and green chilis and like native heritage. They have things like to reunions. Which are you know? Stuffed Fried chillies whoever does and then Kurnia. Vada which is park strips that are marinated in rentals and then baked and those are employed in a variety of different dishes here for my Tacos Burritos enchiladas all that and then you can also get something called stuffed sopapillas which they they call on the menu as Mexican turnovers. And they're basically do these like flaky buttery pastries and their garnished with red or green chilis or both and then fell to things like beans cheese. Optional meats like beef or chicken. Hold on I have to get out of here. I'm going to New Mexico. Okay okay okay. I'm sorry I'm back with eating Yeah I mean it's all really really tasty and then you ha- you have to save room for dessert and they have a things but my favorite is Mexican wedding cake and it's not like a layer cake. It's this more Bundt cake style with pineapples and walnuts and it has this like super delicious cream cheese frosting on top and it's made by the mother She makes them specially and when they run out. You don't get an hour right so get there early like we did because I do not miss that and then next up we have to talk about our absolutely favorite place now. Kirke one of our favorite places in the entire country. Take a detour. If you're one hundred miles away from Albuquerque New Mexico take a detour your ears because they think I'm an amazing job. Yeah my favorite beer across the country. I remember like looking at Man saying this is the beer that can bring people together. Yeah I'm stunned by this place. It's Mike Murray and the country like by far. And we just kind of discovered by happenstance. We arrived in Albuquerque. And I was googling looking for berries in Albuquerque. Cause we love to do that? And this is one of the top results. And I'm so glad we went here because it's absolutely gorgeous first of all. It's the sprawling. Lofty brewery with gorgeous like photomurals indicative of the American southwest. So it's very scenic pretty in here in well stylized but not pretentious or stuffy whatsoever very comforting welcoming and it's owned by two native American Women Shiloh shepherd and missy and they employed just like really wonderful heartfelt every time like employees there and literally. We have really good conversations with Their bartenders and their staff. Because they're very just tell that there are place that this isn't just a job or paycheck to them like they care a lot about not just the beer in the product but the business and the brand and who they work for on the whole in that really comes through so we love to go here instead of the bar and just chat. See what's new because they're constantly rotating new seasonal beers always interesting always delicious. They have things like hazelnut. Imperial Stout and then Tangerine Melt Creams Cobra. Sat My Gosh. That's I mean. Yeah and then they have one of their more routine like regular flavors is called Strawberry Amigo and it's fruity sour beer. I love it because it's inspired by flavors of strawberry shortcake. So yes please. And then they have things like blue. Corn loggers or that German chocolate cake. Stout yeah and I normally don't like stoute's or reporters really dark beers at all and this was Soga the German chocolate cake style. And it's funny because like sours but there's I'll take any of the week great and it's a delight to follow them and Ceram and facebook and just like see what products they're working on what they're releasing although it's also kind of torturous because I constantly desperately just wish from their yes and they always have like a rotation or Food truck that comes in and so they don't serve themselves but they do have a rotation of food trucks and so that's great because they're always getting a new experience and a new dish from another local food truck really awesome. I know that's a mass. We always go multiple times pretty much every night so that place has great highest recommendation. You also introduce me to another place. There called the pharmacy and that's spelled f. a. r. m. and so nervous and that's because they use a lot of local seasonal wholesome ingredients and they saw that which is great and that really comes through really does. Jane is the perfect time we actually together. I didn't I didn't go there before But I've heard so much about it. And then we went to their location and it was like their last weekend and then there are moving into another larger and so we were talking with the owner and he was just really really Nice Guy And he was like yeah. We're expanding a little bit. Just trying to keep modest but also realize that you know people want to sit down inside room so he was just he's just moving on over and We got two new place the last time we were in. So we've been too old location on the new one and the new one was just perfect. They still kept their same small vibe. And they're they're great energy that they had behind it but a modest expansion so they're not trying to become like a huge business or or anything. They're just trying to make sure they have a solid place for people to come and have conversations. Yeah they do things like Green Chilly. Turkey sandwiches and they have always have a different kind of waffle special. They have like both sweet and save ones with mark on top. They have carrot cake waffles. So those are always great empanadas. Breakfast tacos Egg Sandwich is all the grades Shebang. Yeah and then one of my favorite kind of old school places. In addition to marry Tito's is located in Old Town Albuquerque. And it's this place called Church Street Cafe and talk about an institution gem. Wow this place has been here for a very long time. It started as a private home when it was first constructed in early in the early seventeen hundreds which was when the city itself was founded. So this goes way back and it was privately-owned as a home up until nineteen ninety-one so not even too long ago. Was that transformed into a restaurant. Some really great Indian TACOS. Yeah they did Indian tacos which are always hard to pass up whenever we see those just so open faced fry brad heaped with like ground beef and cheese and classic but as an all that and we sat on the back patio here they have a big sprawling back patio after you wind your way through the inside which it's like feels very homey which makes sense and it has so much soul and character and the patio is amazing. It's huge has these little water fountains. There's like cats roaming around literally wildcats and it's beautiful. I mean that's the ambiance. Just don't you know the the cats otherwise you won't be eating your whole Indian taco not. Good knock it now. I don't show that they also. I'm great Margaritas and Green Chili chicken soup tamales. And then we shared a big plotter of Tuxedos just be filled tuxedos which are more willing to fight most of them starving and I'd been hiking a lot that day so I like twenty two does. It's really good. Loved Him and then another. 'cause we basically when we go to Albuquerque. We just eat green chili everything everything. And especially. When you're there like we were for the fiesta which takes place in October annually. And that's like green chilly season. So it's on every menu and every part of town and also just the the air kind of generally smells of Green Chili which is very true and one of my favorite renditions of Green Green Chili. Cookery we found at this pizzeria of all places called more kind of Utah Pizzeria. Greens pharmacy Which is a collection of little bars? Eighth version of Food Hall. It's this like construction. Smattering of what is called tons of different words. Okay shipping container so they have different cafes and bars and restaurants in these things on two different floors. And there's a neopolitan sal pizzeria on the second floor and we went here mostly expecting traditional Italian stuff which was great one that had New Mexico style toppings options one of which was had green. Chili asked right to the tomato sauce and serve it with like Mozzarella Ham. I know they're in love that Hawaiian Pizza. Jesus it's like a new Mexican. Hawaiian style was really really great. And we also had another Green Chili one that had both red and green chilies alongside like corn Italian sausage tomato sauce. Mozzarella oh my gosh. So many great then everything Great about to leave again looking back to that. I'm talking about this over not there but that yeah that was just everything and then. I also wanted to shout out this coffee shop. That I love in Albuquerque called little bear. Coffee didn't have any Green Chili things here. But they still have really good. Like power over coffees and Latina's and seasonal specials like black cherry cappuccinos wonderful cold brew especially in the summer. When it's scorching hot here and then pastries croissants and cookies. But I just love the the VIBE. It's very she can sunny comfy great place to hole up and get some work done in your lifetime. Do have to tell you that I did introduce for out of the six of these to you. Yes you did including little bear coffee did you. Oh I didn't know about I remember. Yeah that's because you you don't want to take ownership of me suggesting these amazing places to you because I've been there before I did. No I think there's just so much albuquerque. That is wonderful and I can't wait to talk about Santa Fe after this short break guys. It's bobby bones. I host the bobby bones show and I'm pretty much always sleepy because I wake up at three o'clock in the morning a couple of hours later I get all my friends together. We get into a room and we radio show. We share our allies. We tell our stories. We try to find as much good in the world. If you possibly can and we looked through the news of the day that you care about also your favorite country. Artists are always stopping by to hang out and share their lives and music too so wake up with a bunch of my friends. I Ninety eight point seven. W M Z Q in Washington DC or wherever the rotates you on the iheartradio APP. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This is Park Land Area and today we're talking about food in New Mexico And we're getting into the wonderful little city of Santa fe which is easily accessible from albuquerque. Only like an hour away. An hour north very doable. Also a train that connects the two cities in. That's stunning easy. Yes so our favorite place in Santa Fe was this dreamy little cocktail bar called allow arena and it's located at El Rey court. This kind of Boutique Hotel or Motel. Kinda looks ago multiple times right. Yeah we went at least twice. It's this fantastic daily little mouse calabar. It looks like something out of a Wes Anderson Movie. Hit it right on the head. Yeah just the Color Palette. Like bite cues like pinks. Greens and like the CACTI. The fact that's in the motel the facts. How people and we were there. And there's very and that night it was just like I mean. That's how magical place that does poetry slams on on a regular basis. It feels like so. I wasn't surprised to see that. And then they have. Obviously very ave focused drinks a limited menu. They changed them pretty regularly. But always delicious. They have things like ranch. Water which is Tequila Chico in the Lime Wedge Real Simple I love it super refreshing and then La Ultima Palabra which has Jennifer machine lacouer Moscow and lime juice. All these are so quenching. There's some inviting potent. Yeah inviting just like in the second night when we came and like people were like just coming up and talking to this conversation like it was so wonderful because it was a community space. It was a It wasn't like a cocktail bar like. No people was hopping around lying on couches. Yeah it was. It had a great feel to it and it felt very Santa Fe. Wish we came to discover it at other restaurants venues like this is how the city is and why. I adore it so much in a very good back. So some other places at we loved Paloma which is a restaurant are not that it's classic but that the name Palomo just makes me think classic and Classy. Yeah it it has a really good job with obviously Palomas but like a whole other range of cocktails like mess. Connor GRONYEA's Mesko hot toddy. Yes please Spicy Passion Margaritas and then like great snacks. They have like salsas really fragrant like smokey salsas. Guacamole a shrimp tostadas. Three J. stuff like that and then they have the whole dining dining many but when we go out and snack But they definitely had some killer menu item Media Andrea items like the space was really modern and art. See it was nighttime mood went so like just flickering candlelight and more cozy vibes. Yeah and we actually went there and then we couldn't be seated right away so we put in our name weightless and they're like you'll be about two hours okay. We background check. So maybe grab some reservations snacks. Because that's yeah. Yeah yes I think. In between we kill time we like wandered around Santa. Fe's very walkable especially the greater downtown area. Like where this is where we were so we wandered from there to another popular cockatiel sparkled Secreto Lounge and that's right in the heart of downtown Santa Fe inside this beautiful Boutique Hotel. The hotel Saint Francis and they're known for what they call garden class cocktails meaning the freshest fruits and herbs and vegetables and stuff like that that they use in their drinks along with all local spirits and bidders and what a gem was really great and they do really interesting things on like a smoke. Said's Margarita Yeah you did. And that's like the I think the best example of what they're doing here because like sage SM- in like local. They probably clipped right outside their window or something. And then they smoke it so it's super aromatic and just billowing. This aroma loved a-. And then the cool thing about this and this drink and Taylor is. It's part of something called the Santa Fe Margarita trail which sounds like a boozy Appalachian trail or something. He'll love it. Sounds like it's right up our alley. Yeah I'd love to hike that trail and that trail consists of forty five different iconic Margaritas at bars throughout town. And they have a website for this the Margarita trail so you can do this journey. I'd like you shouldn't do it in the same night but can we make it until like a passport book. That'd be fantastic. I'd love to get a stamp and everyone to the hours I would. Love would not be able to do forty five and one nine now just just saying not not recommended and other place they go in general but also you could go to drink here is meow. Wolf so came the whole conversation with because it's more than just accept plan. I shouldn't say more than experience. It isn't experience in L. South that it's like you just you you transcend into it. Yeah I mean it's not it's like become it it becomes you. Yeah it feels like it's part haunted house part art museum part escaper all tangled into one neon colored web. It's it's crazy now. Most people are probably asking like what does have to do with food or traveling. We'll tell you when they're done with me owl once you're done like crawling through this weird house maze thing. They have an onsite cafe bar which is called float caffeine bar in. Its right out in the main lobby of meow. Wolf here and great. Great spot to unwind after you're done with Oh Yeah Mike exhibits and stuff because the drinks are really good and really fun and whimsical which makes sense. They have like legit absent. The traditional status trips. Yeah absolutely funny story about that. I was recently talking with about this with a left driver. When we're in Florida and I don't know how this topic came up. We were talking about meow wolf and the bar there and stuff and I mentioned I was like yeah I I did a traditionally absinthe trip there and he misheard me and thought I said acid so he was like oh yeah I could totally see doing out there and I'm like like just yeah right. No I didn't cry like I'll take it. I'll act like a cool kid. Yeah he actually thought it was doing acid no but absent absent different thing they also have adorable named meow go rita of course right now and they even have you. Don't even need help by. Cocktails are liquor here. They have really fun. My coffee based drinks like something help a night wolf which is double espresso dark chocolate and lavender with steamed milk and something they called Purple Shimmer while at and then guess something called Nebulae markets where it's like. They're making up a language here. They are with purple white chocolate cocoa with steamed. Milk topped with marshmallow. Lucky charm mar bits and Unicorn Shimmer. It's like I don't understand what's going on here. But it's beautiful and like absolutely fabulous. Every meal was fabulous including all these drinks like Yoga Rita. I mean love LA Z hair. And by the way I found out that Margaret's is a word for marshmallow BITs. So there's more sons and then beyond just like absent and like Palomas and all that Santa Fe has tons of other deliciousness. Like I went to at least two different days to this bakery called who's doughnuts and that's W. H. O. Like what an hour would say the whole thing and it ll. It's this really modest looking cafe from the outside but you go inside. And you're like blown away by the array of flavors they have here in the the the donors just like so delicious and they are and they come in classic flavors as well as contemporary options and they especially have an impressive. Lineup of local specialties. Local flavors like Blue Corn Blueberry lavender donuts and Green Chili Apple fritters. Yes and blue. Corn Maple pecan. Yes and then Red Chili Bacon toughie. It's yes there's a lot there's a lot of love. Gosh Yeah Too. And like you brought me one of these back I WanNa it was something like the summer peach. Yeah I I think that timeline checks out and they also. That was probably late in their strawberry season. So they have. Strawberry Rhubarb is a popular option for them and then later like in like fall. They have Perr Ginger fritters like all of it. I'm on all of it right like right now. I literally just go. You know what we're going to have to find a way to get back to New Mexico in the next couple. I missed that and reminiscing about. It is not helping when we're not there. No it's not helpful at all and then and other place that I loved was Santa has a great. They have a very robust coffee shop scene. They do much to my delight. They have plenty of those. My favorite was this place called sky coffee and it's in the railyard area of which seems to be a very kind of up and coming in like industrial area hip but like that's where like the Rei was and area. You're obsessed with because you're getting those town mountain bars from. Yeah and only I can only get them in areas. So that's what brought me to that. Area was to stock up on energy bars and then I was like Oh. Here's a coffee shop. That looks really cute. So hot in there and it did not disappoint. It's really sunny bright. It looks like kind of a white cottage definitely place that I would just chill out working main computer for a little while which is exactly what I did and they have like wonderful espresso and Cortott does Chai per over coffee. They've come on tap and then they have lots of coffee cake and muffins and they also supply a limited selection of. Who's doughnuts so in case you can't make debate. They were ownership. Yeah and last but not least has probably one of the better views was that rooftop Cantina For Margarita's yes. I was like are fun. Awesome like bar hopping night in downtown Santa Fe and this is the grid casual option. It's very chill lively vibe. Still kind of silence in artsy but like much more laid back I would say and spacious rooftop we were able to like Mosey right up to the edge. Pretty much and just have like a couple of margaritas probably like guacamole chips. Solid foods solid Margaritas. Like nothing too crazy. Fancy it's about the views but then they do have that like Fancy restaurant inside though they do. Yeah which is just right through the doors and I remember just like sitting sitting there chilling. The Sun was setting and it was the most idyllic experience and a great way to cap off just a wonderful dream evening in Santa Fe. Yeah and I cannot get enough of Santa Fe or Albuquerque or New Mexico like all of this from blue corn donuts to like blue corn lagers at bow and Arrow and Green Chili Pizza. Grizzly Turkey sandwiches. I love it all such a wonderful and you know what's crazy. This is just a taste of New Mexico. Yeah it just tastes so I can't wait to go back and re eat re drink all of us and then just explore everything else. Because it's really unless you've been listening to park land show about National Parks Park Land. As production of iheartradio created by Mac Cara Wack wack and. Christopher has Yoda's produced and edited by Mike John's our executive producer is Christopher. 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Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats Goes to Disney World

Parklandia

31:48 min | 1 year ago

Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats Goes to Disney World

"We are living in complicated times. I'm seventy rule. MSNBC ANCHOR NBC News Correspondent and in my new podcast modern rules. I'm going to be spending time unpacking. Packing some of the hairiest of today's top decided I was going to be a survivor survivor. Fights back aboard. They want new. It's America listening. Subscribe to minute podcast. Modern rules on Apple. podcast the iheartradio APP or wherever you get your podcast. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This is park land. Yeah production of iheartradio. We sold our lots in Chicago moved into an RV not in our country fulltime with our dog. Fan Exploring America's national parks and today. We're really excited to bring you our first episode of traveling. Traveling eats with Matt Yes. I'm so excited. So this is a little kind of mini bonus episodes series inspired by you know how obsessed interested I am in restaurants and food. That's how I started as a professional writer mostly with the food focus so this has been something. I've been at least interested in for a long time since I was in Culinary School in Chicago. So it's an important piece for when we're traveling and wherever we are for in a city a town around our national park. I always put a lot of effort into researching great local restaurants or check out bars whether it's from a historical perspective or just like getting a a local taste of that culture that region so and I love reaping the benefits of this. Oh totally yeah so. I can't think of a better topic to start with then Disneyworld because not only do we talk about disneyworld ton in reference it on the podcast but it you and I are fresh off just about three months of staying right near Disney and spending a lotta time there so we we were there for the duration of epcot food and wine. You were working at it so thera and that was from August twenty ninth through November twenty third a good chunk of time but we arrived before there for like one hundred days. Yes I think a third of your almost a fourth year over four th of the year right which is I mean. I can't can't think of a better place to spend that much time Disneyworld so at this point I have a special eaten my way around all the parks and beyond so yes I can definitely speak to it and I want to start by clarifying that. This is not about Orlando Orlando Disneyworld. Are they get lumped in together. There are frequently kind of synonymous but they are totally different places. There eighteen twenty miles apart. A thirty dollar left drive to get from one to the other. I can attest John Because you've done it multiple times we because you wanted to try the differences between Disney world and Orlando and just experienced the whole culture food they are so different in Orlando dining seems incredible so I don't want to blur them altogether here. That's actually deserved episode later. But this is all about disneyworld world which contrary to what a lot of people might think it's not all Maki shaped pretzels and cheerios and stuff like that. There are plenty of those and they're delicious but Disneyworld has so much to offer and I was delighted by our experience here and the different restaurants and kind of food stalls dolls the parks and then Disney springs and even some of the hotels have great dining options as well which are all gesture nation worthy. So I I think it makes the most sense to divvy this little episode into the different parks. Magic Kingdom Animal Kingdom Epcot Hollywood studios. Because that's obviously see where we spent the bulk of our time and then also adding in Disney Springs. We can't yeah. That was a huge pleasant surprise themselves to that place but I wanNA talk about the the best food options and highlights each park starting with the the main most iconic one magic kingdom. Yes and I'm starting with that because it's my least favorite for food food so it's only going to go up for here magic kingdom. I have some issues I love it. It's the most massaging is probably my favorite part for like rides and nostalgia but the food. You'd just not nearly as kind of amazing as the other three it's seems a little dated dated and the the Lack of bars is an issue. Yes drink everywhere so difficult anywhere they make it really hard and unlike the other three parks switch might have alcohol everywhere like coffee shops. have it and matching really like annoyingly difficult. Which is aggravating? Because it's the most crowded and if I'm going to be like you know bouncing my way through a sea of strollers waiting in line for two hours like the least they could do is not make it impossible to get a beer exactly but now and not only that but they have places with names that sound like bars like tavern in the enchanted Tiki Room. That sound like they're not misleading. So without out of the way hasn't way too much right now. There are some gems here. I think the best full service restaurant is skippers canteen the full name is jungle. Navigation Company skippers canteen. It's the restaurant nearby and inspired by the jungle cruise ride. which is your mom right? We did yeah. We had to wait for like an hour for lunch seating but it was worth it. The food is really good and Dan. The full service restaurant imagine him are also the only places where you can get alcohol so keep that in mind but this place was wondering why that had it had a really fine unlike jungle. Track VIBE. The people who worked there were really into it like nonstop jokes and like quirky references and stuff like that a lot of fund and then the food is really adventurous. Like your link on a jungle journey with pretty eclectic dishes like corn pancakes with beer raise poor four and peppers salsa avocado cream love. They were kind of like open face sliders with corn pancakes. Yes good absolutely deliberate and then we had Brazilian Lynch bread favorite and then shrimp dumplings as well. I think there are park and shrimp dumplings So we have like an array of snacks and some wine and it was really Yummy so I would recommend that. Make reservations for that one if you can because it is popular and then they other kind of Maine Iconic dining destination destination at magic kingdom is be our guest which is the beauty and the beast restaurant. It's inside the beating the castle in Fantasyland and and that was very hard to get into. It took me like two months to get a reservation for just me and even when you have a reservation you're waiting in line like meandering through the castle making your order finding seat and I think most of the charm here are all the charm is the Mike just the ambiance because it's a theatrical in regal obviously or in a castle. The dining rooms are gorgeous. So ornate there are three different dining spaces you can dine in like the the kind of West Wing. Whatever we're yeah? It's like dark and ominous with the rose. And then there's like the ballroom and then there's the like main dining room where bell serenaded in the movie. And I sat in the ballroom which I thought was the prettiest and most lavish. The food is like French. Esh french-american because the movie takes place in France even though no one speaks French and the movie my favorite part though was they have this cupcake. Basically it's chocolate cupcake. And they call it the great stuff Mike from the movie lumieres. Try the grey stuff malicious and it's basically just like a gray colored buttercream frosting which doesn't look great like it's gray is not an appealing flavored or thing you want to eat but it was great. It was my favorite part of the meal for sure the great it was delicious and the other thing that I think I really enjoyed eating at magic kingdom was there. They have this spring rolls stall which when I was there was stationed kind of permanently right by the entrance is to adventure land and they do spring rolls filled with things like cheeseburger and pepperoni pizza. And love it really. I mean yeah so get to order the on the go snack and I thought it was. Shockingly good I didn't try them until we're already there for two months and I was like what if I've been wasting my time. mm-hmm my favorite meal inning. Magic Kingdom are still make years. You still listening. They don't it's not the same for every park for me as well. So that's magic kingdom. We'll leave it there and then moving on to another kingdom animal kingdom park sorry Beautifully designed the ambiance and all the different sections like Africa and Asia Asia and the dinosaur land phenomenal. It's all beautifully done and the food and drinks. I think match that as well the they put a lot of Africa into it and it looks good taste great so when you're going to an walking them the first thing you should do is make aligned to creature comforts which is basically a decked out starbucks starbucks kind of wrapped to look like this individual Mike Jungle. He plays morning coffee right. GotTa get coffee So so do that first and then later in the day I think for lunch my favorite place is in the Pandora's action the newer section of the park. Where the I love it? Yeah so I'm not sharp minutes the Tuli canteen. It's right outside like the main attraction there. The main there multiple times to go loved it it it was so good. So it's like customizable bowls. Essentially you pick your base pick your protein sauce and then go from there or you can get like a whole a platter for Sixty eight seventy five bucks great. Brace when you think about it. Yeah because I have all of those different median proteins. And you know all that Yes yes so you can get noodles rice. My favorite is getting the hardy salad as a base. Because it is it's very nourishing very hard to get like Broccoli and Cauliflower and Mike Leafy Greens and then weirdly they add Boba like popping boba curls on top of it but it Kinda works I guess and and then I like the grilled chicken and they give you a lot of it. The portion is like very generous and then pair that with one of their Green Name Beers Green bluish and it's somewhat hoppy it's kind of like an IP which is my favorite so it's basically Avatar beer and that so that restaurants a must and then for something like in the evening. The cocktails and snacks at the nomad lounge are fantastic. Nick love the no matter That's where I first met Chef L. who was the Executive Chef for Tiffany the the nomad. And that's where Maple Syrup is featured at Burns me. It's when we got to go there. That was my first time going to Disney with your first experience and I and it was and it was one of those like immersive experiences but They're just they have so many amazing things animal kingdom and ever since then chef L. has has been Promoted to food and beverage director over at cop and he does all the things up concluding food and wine festivals and all that fun stuff and so just really amazing thing to To see how you know he was promoted within the company. But I know this is a very large sidetrack from what's really important. The Food and cocktails nomad lounge yeah. They're they're definitely note worthy. They have really solid drinks. Really good food. We always get the like Brad Service. And it's like this trae yeah different. Brad's inspire by different countries across the world. They have like an Indian pancake like flap. Brad the best is the pomegranate Picacho and then it served with these different like Chattanooga's and sauces and yogurts so great I could just go here. How bad in some cocktails coriander yogurt? So good especially when you mix it with that on Tomato Chutney. Yeah it's a good idea to Max. And then like can customize estimate each bite because why not and then the cocktails are really good too. They're all like each. They have different sections of the many. There's the Asia section. There's cocktails inspired firebomb Africa. So we're kinda mimics the layout of the park to and you have drinks like the night monkey which has dark brown guava puree coffee syrup lime juice and Cilantro kind kind of a wild mix-up flavors there but yeah very good and then right next door to the nomad lounge. Is the more formal full service. Restaurant called TIFFIN's so it's all kind of in the same building. Nomad Lounges. More casual bar side with a nice patio or nice deck. Then tiffin's is where we uh we most recently eight here on our anniversary. That's right we did our anniversary. I packed with multiple parks. Yeah we're park hopping and then this'll very ended the day with dinner Tiffen so you get kind of more expanded version of the offerings that nomad lounge in. That's drink wise also food wise so you have like really intricate impressive dishes. philophical with men Pistachio Pesto. And we had chart octopus with theriault right. There was to die for and the good thing is included on the Disney dining plan. If you're going there and a vacation we weren't You know you can. You can definitely make reservations nations here. Yeah so tiffin's excellent if you want kind of the classis full service dining experience. I think it's worth is one of the best in all Disneyworld and then moving on from animal kingdom there's Hollywood studios which is another place near and dear to my cart. I love it there and few places really capture that nostalgia in Americana quite like the Hollywood Brown Derby so great we went there. That was the very first thing we did. When we got our like Disney pass says yeah we just went in? Well we should just go right and it's like two hours before the park closed or three hours before the park closed and it was perfect. We made a mad dash to the browns. Maybe it's just a gorgeous like old like I don't know nine hundred twenty s Hollywood style restaurant with like framed photos or they're probably fake photos because 'cause there's thousands of them here and the big like decadent dining room with great food Cobb Salads and scallops and and stuff like that and Martinez Excellent Martinis flight for table side recommended. Yeah Manhattan's solid met like really solid Manhattan's and it's wonderful. So do that also for something more casual if you just want to get drink and a snack or something. There's baseline tap house and they have all Californians fired stuff all they have an impressive roster of California Beers on tap as well as California wines on tap and then even a couple of cocktails yes Margarita and then the those change in rotate. I think we all do. But it's mostly beer. They even have a cider and then their snacks lecture. Cury in a pretzel so not really a meal take place but great to get a drink on the go and then right next door to that and other like whimsical wonderful place place. We went as well as the Scifi Dine in theater. That was such an immersive experiences. The experiences that you've had all these different like the Brown Derby you feel royal regal you know baseline tap cool and Breezy California when you get to this one you just you and merging into drive in theater. Yeah I felt like a kid again Dan because I remember going here as a kid. It's like the outdoor drive in theater vibe with like twinkling stars all over the ceiling and then black and white movies so I I felt exactly like a child except a child who drinks peanut gratiot because and by the bottle right it was great so make a reservation there because they're all like little cars. You like literally sit in these kind of fake cars. Which Adam totally as beyonce and those it was a popular unsurprisingly so they tend to fill up and then the other highlight at Hollywood studios more recently is the star wars section called Galaxy's edge edge love it that opened like a few days after we arrive to Disneyworld so yes it does stone? Do I went on opening day. Yeah you're crazy. That wasn't saying big mistake. Honestly like I thought it would be fun and like an experience to do that on opening day and it is I remember lines twenty years from now when you forget about the lines that guy was there on opening talk about it now. Let's find believe me. I did like very little things because I I I can only wait and like one five airline and writing and do other things so it was cool to see they did a great job with the the design of the land here and in addition to the the ride they have some really interesting and inventive dining options like milk. Stand Milk Stan. That's GONNA love it. That's just like such a creamy cocktail. So they're kind of like they're not milkshakes a similar like rice so it's dairy made with a rice milk base in. They're kind of like rice. Milk smoothies one is green. One is blue those the only two options on the menu. You can get the Blue Malka. The green milk one. I think the green is like more kind of tropical flavor. The blue has more of a coconut kind of creaming us. Dan One's with rum and wants to Tequila. Keillor you you can add that. Yeah And I would recommend that and then across the way from milk stand is the much more popular bar that is difficult to get into. Because it's so popular is called Oguz. Cantina yes so great. It's really fun it's We did this enter anniversary. Sorry we did. We started our day. Here we went to the CANTINA and had rum cocktails at six thirty. In the morning. That's showy tell people that I mean I mean that's just like but when you walk in it feels like this party you walk into the Cave and then it's all dark and lively like a cannon from the Star Wars might be bursting with life and energy gene and there's like a Dj there's a Dj the DJ at six thirty so if the DJ's here are the cocktails and that was the first time in my life. Hopefully the last time I. They had cocktails with oatmeal yeah so those rough but it was delicious. I mean a mackinaw. I mean our our whole like breakfast meal was really expensive very expensive. It was the most expensive breakfast and the weirdest breakfast. Yeah her her and things like that. The first edition. Yes Oh yeah it was able to go back like a month or two later. Go here at a normal hour and have drinks when it's socially acceptable to do so and when I did that. I got this really epic beer. Flight you try. I think it's four or five different peers. And they're serving this gorgeous really like elaborate wooden fixture with what's meant to be like alien teeth or something as the almost like a saber tons of glassware. So they use the to the teeth to pour the beer into and you drink out of. I mean it's a souvenir you get to keep the whole thing. It weighs like thirty pounds. I mean it's like it was not be their Napkin. You know you've been listening to Park Land Eah. We'll be right back after this break. The New Year is upon us. which resolutions do you plan to conquer? In Two thousand twenty become more mindful mindful or create a healthier lifestyle through diet exercise and of course improved. Sleep the sleep number. Three sixty smart bed helps everyone get the proven quality. Sleep that that will change their life uselessly. 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All the parks is absolutely epcot. Yeah yeah this is the place where you dine around the world. Drink around the world and it it's amazing and enthralling and so many other restaurants are legitimately intimately wonderful spend eighty seven days here almost all of them there and I got to a lot of like you know for lunches I went out and grab things and then we went back multiple times. I would say that you win here more than any other part easily. Yeah and it's just like problem I've ever part because as an adult they have much more things oriented for that. Yeah and foods and called Mr. So here's our my like kind of quick hit favorites at Epcot for dining and drinking. There's there's a great buffet at Beer Garden Restaurant in Germany. so much can go nuts and then I would recommend getting full bureau pours at blocking Hans. John's in the Americas section. Yes like my favorite Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Beer yes they also have a PA.. Even they've goose island they have metrics. Yeah another corruption. It was meant for me the whole thing. That's a good one. I guess I'm just plainly American so if that's the best thing for for beer and then the Mexico section is really solid they have this place inside. This big pyramid called La Cava del Tequila. So they're like dark cozy cozy little Tequila cave great mad cow selection and Tequila and they have things like mess calendar Gronyea's in a whole variety of Margaritas including like Avocado Margaritas nice and creamy and little sweet delicious and then heaping platters of chips and Salsa Guacamole very generous. Start here though. No because you will you a little bit buzzy. Yeah because they are beautifully done heavy cocktails make sure do that in the middle or towards the end of your right right I would also recommend getting scotch eggs and black and tans and or maybe fish and chips or something at the rose and crown pub in the UK. Hey every time we had to go there I'll play just fantastic. I'm obsessed with the decor and everything in the UK section here. It's really wonderful. And then also so we love getting charcuterie cheese and wine flights Tudo Gustavo wine cellar in Italy. That was charming and just really really fun yeah snack. That's just beautiful. And I also love the Nigerian meat pies which is from this like Africa section in the park. They didn't have a full service restaurant out there. But it's like this casual walk counter where you can get Nigerian meat pies. They also have like a dessert of some sort. At the time I was a lion king themed panna cotta. But what's really really feeling that I miss food and wine. I know so food and wine that I mean that's a whole thing in and of itself. It's nearly three month long festival where it's epcot it just like times one hundred because they they bring in like thirty eight additional boost right for food and snacks and throw like snack like bites at like five fifty on average. But it's good because each you and the other person that you're with hopefully Can each get a good bite and like good taste of that. It's it's a good place to go share things right so intermission to all this wonderful stuff. That's there year round all these restaurants. They add all these other countries with these mini kind of smaller stands ends everything from like Australia to Thailand. To what like Brazil Belgium. It's it's a lot all are they're kind of situating scattered all over the global. The World Pavilion here roll showcase and my favorites from food and wine where the chicken Teriyaki Albans Japan. The Brazilian Cheese Brad. Though the I loved there's these Charcuterie MIT's cones from Spain. I sell those great. It just did not get a chance to try. Graham there is s cargo Khorasan's from France which also gets points for being the craziest but it was good link garlicky. The like this pesto thing on tug-of-war yeah then boozy Mingo losses from India and they spike that with child corps which is so yummy and creamy and just the amount of space and then Hamas fries from Morocco which was really interesting as well they really are. Yeah it was were beautiful wonderful. And they're like thick fries almost prize. Rela cheese they were they were like. I'm really FRY sexton beautiful. So that's that's op dot. That's epcot food and wine and then like we mentioned the real surprise stunner here all this Disney springs which I had not done prior to going here this time and this is not one of the par. It's it's part of Disney world. It's more of like the shopping dining retail place with like a movie theater and Bowling Rolling Alley near downtown Disney and now it's his niece brings because it is. It's it's more uplifted a lot. More great like restaurants and coffee well. A lot of our friends Chef Art Smith Rick Bayless mazing chicago-based chefs and restaurants. So good yeah and it's huge. It's the sprawling shopping and dining complex. And we've been multiple times and didn't even go to like a quarter of the places here probably probably but it's wonderful and we loved so much of it we. I think our favorite is probably homecoming which was art Smith. Five Times you just leave their with their soulful awful yeah. I'm in Southern Comfort deliciousness. In a really beautiful building and chef art he used to be Oprah's Private chef and so that he knows what he's doing that good food to the world and it's just a really inspiring place to go And there's so many people people came out of town we said we gotta go. Oh here down here. Getting Fried Chicken deviled eggs and hummingbird cake all of it. That was a good one. I also loved this like wild place called the Addison this sprawling two storey restaurant and bar. That's like has a steam punk vibe and yes just insane. They have like the whole we'll components and people doing acrobatics in the ceiling and then like employees here just randomly walking around on stilts. It's such a wonderful experience to go there. It is great cocktails. Yes innovative for sure. Innovative cocktails which are right up our alley so good for that and then we also loved this place called the the plate pig which is more casual it gets it gets hop later in the evening so go for lunch or like an early dinner so it's barbecue and they have have a great like pulled pork brisket and the barbecue glazed fried chicken sandwiches and stuff like that but the real winner is probably the best Manhattan Hatton cocktail Disneyworld was solid and delicious and I would rather just sit at the bar and absolutely knock him some fried chicken sliders or something like that. That's a good way to go. And then I think the last one shout out that was noteworthy that we loved. Was this place called. Enzo hideaway this. Like tunnel if they call it a tunnel bar. It's kind of under quasi underground Italian speakeasy or you know this kind kind of looks. Like if olive garden was the speakeasy but like the food way. Better like rone's and the wine grape wine selection cheese board stuff like that got but again wildly popular. We try to go back with my sister and there were like it'll be two hours like never mind and did you mention frontier. Oh Yeah Rick Bayless not forget. Rick Rick Bayless has restaurant and which really cool is when I was working in farmers markets Chicago and when we were going to different restaurants we really met Greg and Leah Gun Thorpe and they actually Provide Rick with theriault The special treatment made for Rick. And it's on one of the best appetizers appetizers on that menu So you definitely have to jump by their. Don't enjoy all the delicious foods that Rick has. Yeah so that's these are some highlights from here. 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Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats With Matt: Behind the Vail

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Bonus Episode! Traveling Eats With Matt: Behind the Vail

"Are you a fan of pop culture up on game? Do you know the vibes. If not the ballers show podcast. Is He keeping you in the note with the latest? You'll favors celebrities kind. Event and providing free games so listeners. In Need Okay Thousand. Ethiopian Su Solo. Make sure you check us out on our brand new K. ball alert show podcast available now. I heart radio on Apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcast my name is Pearl Wells for the past. Four years I've been trying to figure out how twenty two year old son. Courtney wound up with a bullet in his back outside Chicago police station. There's what you hear on the news. That Courtney got shot then drove himself to station. Were officers did everything they could to help him. And then there's the troop. Listen to somebody on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcasts. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This park Landau production of iheartradio. We told our loft in Chicago moved to intern. Rv Now we're talking. We in the country fulltime with her dog. Fan Exploring America's national parks today. We're doing another episode of traveling eats with Matt. What are we talking about today? This is a good one. This is kind of my dream place. We're talking about Vail Colorado literally a dream dream place this type of place. Where if I win the lottery I almost said when lottery play right so if I win the lottery I would totally buy some serious property here because it's like Mountain Town Paradise. That really doesn't get much better than this. So Vale is a like a couple of hour drive from Denver into the mountains. Yeah it's not too bad Hours two and a half. Maybe yeah so as long as you're going like on a weekend like at the height of weekend traffic detail you'll get there with rental car for this trip so we didn't we didn't drive the RV up you're either. Yeah so I've been to a couple of times both in the summer so I have not been here in the winter for skiing or anything in this is primarily known as I think like a boozy skiing Mecca people. Oh yeah that's right up there with Aspen and Breckenridge in Park City and whatnot and I would absolutely love to be here in the winter and do some of that but my two experiences avail have been in the summer and this is a mind blowing the beautiful place in the summer and it's also incredibly delicious with really specific and interesting history. Although short pretty recent history is not nearly as old as like ass men or park city or most other kind of economic skiing mountain towns. Yeah it's kind of funny like the extreme like Aspen. Vail and Breckenridge It's like that Disney movie Johnny. Soon Nami like when your kids like snowboarders were like the Breckenridge irs. Skiers were the veil like crowd. But even above that. I guess like Aspen. They all like talk down each other. It's crazy yeah I I never saw that to remember but yeah they do have an interesting relationship and what makes veiled the Soda Stink and so fascinating is compared to those two and a lot of other places that originated as like mining towns like hundreds of years ago. This is much more recently. This was never a mining town. It kind of blossomed fresh from nothing in the nineteen sixties because it was envisioned as a great location for more skiing and potential resorts and stuff like that and the town's founders wanted to create something reminiscent of varying culture and the Alps in Austria. And it just the location in the atmosphere just really fit that. And that's what they did they envisioned it a constructivist town to Echo that. And that's why it's so beautiful and so unique is it's a little slice of the Alps in the rocky mountains and it's amazing it really is. I love it so much. Just wander around here in awe and that's exactly what I do so my first time here in. Vail was a couple years ago in September like early September. Nice and warm perfectly sunny and it was a lot of plenty of outdoor activities. Still Hiking is amazing mountain trails. You can do fly fishing in rivers and Gore Creek which runs right through Vale and Vale. Village beautiful such a Beautiful Creek. Yes bother water activities like rafting and kayaking canoeing stuff like that really anything in great leaf peeping in the fall to September October math. The trees are so beautiful like bright yellow. So the thing that I want to talk about and focus on today. Obviously this is traveling. Aids is the food culture here and the delightful restaurant and bar scene Mafia. Al Has because for town. That's not very big. It's certainly has a lot and the restaurants I think are world class jam packed. Yeah there's a lot of full restaurants right right so a lot of them reminiscent or in line with this kind of Bavarian theme of the whole community Yes they have unsurprisingly a lot of restaurants that are Austrian or German. Or you know serving things like fondue in Schnitzel and Nice hearty like Alpine Mountain Food. Which is so wonderful we. We rarely eat stuff like that. Because it's not very common place we don't get on the roads everywhere but this is one of those places where not only you can find it but it's in abundance much to our delight. Yes so I wouldn't like I think my favorite and I've been here twice. I was here on my own. I were my work trap and then we went back together when we were here in. I think it was June. And it's this restaurant called Almasy A. L. M. R. E. S. I it's in Vail village so Vale is I is kind of divvied into two main sections. There's Vail village in Lyons had village and there's other other parts of it too but those are the two main hearts fail and that's where most of the restaurants and businesses are so. I'm Razzie is in Vail village. It's this heartwarming Lee. Cozy restaurant run by a family of A German family who moved here because there are so smitten with the rocky mountains while they're vacationing here which is understandable. But that's also yeah there they upgraded their life and they came here and they wanted to bring a taste of home with them and they're sharing their culture and the recipes with us at this restaurant which is located on the second floor of a building like right in Vail village. So you're kind of you're going up there. It's the snug ist warmest most welcoming little place. It really kind of feels like a Alpine cottage or something. It has lots of dark wood paneling and paste a huge paster counter. Things like strudel's and then there's a ton of cuckoo clocks to which are a real trade. You don't see those auto yeah. I love a hookah cloudy. Intricate intricately carved cuckoo clocks of all shapes and sizes. And then they even have like when if you do shots here. They have these cute. Little Glass boot-shaped shock classes. That are specifically designed for doing shots of SCHNAPPS. Yes I love it so much. The sharks keys no thing but you should by all means do shots schnapps out of little boots because it's as tasty as it is adorable in the food. Here is just really really good. It's the most soulful food that I've had in a while and you can really taste like the family legacy of recipes fairly like timeworn made with love. Cliche as that sounds but it really fits and there are things like cheese fondue. Of course these big BUTTERY PRETZELS. Swiss potato pancakes they can get topped with things smoked salmon and then gigantic dinosaur sized park shanks and the desserts. You you absolutely have to have some desserts or share it or something make room. Because they're wonderful like those strudel's I mentioned or their signature is something. That's kind of hard to pronounce. It's called a Kaiser Sh- Marne it's an Austrian pancake desert essentially. It's not one big pancake. They're kind of like little tiny pancake morsels and they're all dusted with powdered sugar. And served with this Tamie Tart Cherry compote counterbalance to the sugar and like kind of daily sweetness of the the pancake. It's really good. The drinks are also really amazing. Like this place. You go to have mulled wine or Gluhwein as it's called or something like what you had which was so cool and really different. I've never seen it was called another another really long hard to pronounce the Word Fowler. Zen Ken Bell. I don't even that just sounded like diverse. But it's look on the menu for something that is described as spicy mulled wine with a piece of sugar and that sugar is kind of perched on top of the Mug so it's dangling over the spice mulled wine. And what that does is once set on fire it'll grow steadily drip down into the the wine and enrich it and sweeten it a little bit. And it's quite a spectacle and funded instagram and but be careful. Drink it cautiously. You don't WanNa like plan your face into a flaming sugar cube. Then they also have things like hot chocolate with Ron or black tea with from Australian beers so plenty of things to sip on and sabre here and we had just come back like a Minolta usually. Yeah another good example in Vail in Vail village is this place called Alpin. Rose displays has been around for a long time rate since like nineteen seventy four. Yes but you know what's really fun about this? Is that the Almazy owners The father he came here in Nineteen eighty-four and that's where he win and he's loved. Alpin rose ever since I was just this past year. They were like Alpin. Rose was selling it and guess who bought it. The I'm ready people absolutely fascinating thing because he got inspired so much so that he came and opened up his own restaurant and now he's buying on that his family is buying the one that Was inspired so I mean that's like such a beautiful full circle like you were saying James. Like I just love that. That's the community that this restaurant tour in this guy only has like they wanna make sure that they continue to sell that legacy. That's a great thing. That's fantastic. Like that has warms my soul but yes often rose clearly very inspiring and it's been around a lot longer than most places here this has been in operation like he's had since nineteen seventy four which is close to the inception of the whole town in general. And it's just this well Warren rustic dining room it. It feels like something out of frozen. It has that kind of vibe almost nordic in like really dark wood and like what? What's the town in frozen like an Arab al or something donors don't well? I'm just getting now. I'm recently getting into person. I only saw it for the first time like a few weeks ago but I fully end right before I came out right. Yeah and then we saw I into and now I'm obsessed with it but still piecing things together but it did remind me of that inner reminded me of like the first and read it epcot so this is all fresh and I obviously love anything that reminds me of a Disney movie especially frozen and Alpin roses really great. The food totally matches that ambience too. With rich things in media things like brought worse and Sauerkraut and cheesy speed. Saul lots of German beer. And of course you can get German beer serving those huge overwhelming. Stein's great for choosing chugging so things. Yeah and then another Vail Classic. That's been around for a long time. Is this place called pepys Bar and restaurant and this is another decades all place with all those cozy charming vibes and this one is named for an Austrian skier named peppy. Graham Shammar which great name. Yes Josh Yeah and so. He was international racer on the Austrian ski team in the fifties. And that's who inspired the name of this restaurant so today and ever since its inception it's been family run. It's one of those places where the walls are pretty much lined with taxidermy. And then the dishes are basically also filled with taxes because there are things like. Caribou with sweet potato puree oven roasted duck and then lamb with smashed potato. So it's very meaty. They have a lot of game meat here especially and altogether. It's very like kind of would the current love it. I was just such a a an amazing place about because I've been dreaming. We're going here and of course you're describing it and I'm like can we go back. I need to go here. That's exactly the type of food especially in winter because it gets cold here gets snowy and that makes sense. Why all this food? All these restaurants are so hardy because Immedi. Because that's exactly the type of thing you should be eating or craving when it's the forecast as frightful. Got here not to sound too much like your Christmas Carol. But you're listening to park land from iheartradio world. The World Is Yours. The baller show podcast the new podcast with a fresh perspective on pot coach. Hannemann in the NFL. You're not just GONNA tear the NFL down in one city in. Let's talk about this. They're all eight league. Every owner is seventy on the way out comic creep in on social media. He thought okay. You should carry a little corny or whatever it is they think right so now say anything. Messy those OSHII. Amelia Rock Right Oh. She explained city attack girl. Summer right down like I. It's Yalo y'all are alive in jail and I started the light someone else. I know. 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Everything in Vale is Bavarian or Austrian. Of course the architecture all looked like the restaurants and breweries and bars and coffee shops like they do some really contemporary creative things as well which is very on par with things. We've seen in big cities. Yeah like Veil Burn Company. My favorite. I've been here a few times. Yes anytime in Vale. You need to go here. Perfect after like a high or it really trip down the slopes at yes. The perfect placed online no matter the time of year it's very casual very a very welcoming taproom. The people who work here are very informative. Great like providing suggestions giving you like sample pores stuff like that and also like. I've brought my laptop here and gotten some work done too. So it's it's one of those like chill tap room's that I just love to hang out in and have a couple of years because they do some really interesting things. They have the classics like a handful of Beers that are always available but then they do really fun. Things with seasonal brews as well like they do something called. Pour some syrup on me or a person Syrup on me whatever. Yeah and that's they call that their French toast out so like notes of maple and sentiment and little sweet rich sounds great like breakfast in Pine Class Moving. And then they do. This is kind of more up my alley. They do something called. Soul Blossom Cezanne which is brewed with Orange Blossom. Honey and elder flower. So I love things that are like can wider and floral a hint of sweetness and then the tourist trap double tap. Your that is very much my alley. 'cause I mean I love as a special of WPA's and they love tourist trap so all of it. It's like speaking my language and I would highly recommend going here and sampling. The the worst. Because it's all really good but if you want a coffee to start off your day or night yeah beautiful play of one place that solves all those cravings and that's this place in. Vail village called to Eros coffee the one to hit a veiled rate. I love any type of place. That's like coffee shop by day. Then morphs into something else. Wine bar cocktail bar. Tapas bar whatever and invaild. This is like the spot for back. It's a very like contemporary chic space. It's kind of small and snug with a little bar onto big which is Great Pele. Twenty thirty people could fit in right. It's intimate and I love that and in the more I think I my favorite is in the morning when it's bustling a little bit people like kind of streaming in and out getting their coffee or law or like avocado toast and stuff in. I like to perch myself at the Bar. Sip undetermined law which they have here. I can never say no to turmeric Latin and how something like came up breakfast bowl or a pastry or something you know. They were toast. Which is always great. Yeah totally and then come back a few hours later in the afternoon or evening and this we love places where we can just like chill out and have a drinker to you and then snack as opposed to like a robust meal and they'd be like Hamas cheese Kurds with country. Ham Olives always always ahead. Yes just give me a plate of olives and I'm excellent contests the bartenders knowledgeable like ordered off Menu Carre. And you like whenever you order off me. I'm just like I always like no look. I love my craze. It's like an old fashioned in Manhattan. Had A baby. You've gotTa Buca Ray. But it's like one of those off my new drinks that you have to be wary of where you're ordering because some people have no idea what you're talking about just getting. I'll take all tasks right. Some people know exactly what you're talking about them. Whip it up no problem other people just like what Mike? Because it doesn't sound super popular during it's not but this is the place where you can safely order off menu and they will not only know what you're talking about but they'll be able to do it. Justice all the classics. I really loved our hotel. Oh yeah so. This is the dream I guess staycationing. Or whatever 'cause living on the road we have quote unquote stations in random places because all of a sudden the country's just are rambling home and yes and so we want bigger spaces new spaces and so you know once a month or every other month we'll just get a hotel couple nights and yes treat ourselves and feels really especially in a place like veil and especially at a place like the hotel theresa. Which was everything in more because crazy place where like the bed is the size of RV and it's Super Dog. Friendly Finn was on cloud nine. Because he's very pampered. There they do dog Room Service. They treats and toys and even full blown meals. We don't do room service much but we definitely did -servative damage robes and just had finn and ordered room service and realize that we spent way too writing and it was. It was ridiculous. And I'm like oh I can't wait for room service and bathrobes and then like two hundred dollars later. I'm like well. That was the most expensive lunch. But you know what we don't do this now. It's not like we're boozy all the time. Now that once in a while and just do her when unveil to it and this is also my favorite aspect of this hotel. Is the champagne vending machine? That was yeah. That is a real thing that exists here and it's in the lobby. It's this vending machine. Look it looks like a soda like you know kind of fancier models yes so many bottles of Moet and Shandong Champagne they come in both brew Rosa and You get it that we got one of each multiple times so you get. It's like not attritional vending machine as you might have guessed so you go to the bar the main lobby bar and what you do. Is You get a token of some sort from the bartender. So you essentially pay their get a token and use that token to redeem in the vending machine. I it's like so crazy and wonderful to do something like this and I've never and it's the only champagne machine of its kind in Colorado. One of only a few entire country with a rare trait and it just it was beautiful because The Gore rivers right behind it. Right goes another. There's definitely different restaurants and Like there's even some outfitters Good stuff charlie. Amazing Fun unique stuff right so this is not your stuff that you'll find in like never store no of course not so this is like. I'm obsessed with Vail. Because of reasons like this where trails walking trails hiking trails are so omnipresent. Like this made me so happy to walk out the back of our hotel. There's the paved biking walking. Show right there that runs the length of Gore creek into lions had village. Three lines had village and then all the way through Vail village. And it's not terribly long. It's probably like a mile and half or a couple of miles but it's so convenient and so pretty. The Creek is the most beautiful thing lined with like the greenest tallest trees. And then you can also use this trail to like branch off into hiking trails up the mountain and stuff like that plenty of those so whether you WanNa like wander into town and go to restaurants or bars or the farmers market which is great yeah. The farmers market is wonderful. That's actually what brought us up there for this weekend. Was I was Training some people for Burton's Maplewood Farm Because they sell at the local farmers market there And that's when I first met Brad Markesan he's Colorado native and really awesome human being in person and so he's been representing the farm and That worked out really well. You know So if you need some hundred percent pure barely it's maple syrup to go when you're in bail and believe me they'll give you samples you can try it and it's wonderful but there's so many great things and That farmers market like our friends grapefruit. Which is I started. Great roots which is a horseradish Matt isn't the biggest fan of horseradish. But even this one he like loves aides and It's just wonderful so there's so many different aspects to Vail So outside of even restaurants you know you can get your all your local agreements and make your own meals. You know if you wanted to and you know I think it runs every Sunday Throughout the warmer months it's not really a winter market. It's not a good playoff out. It's real die and you don't WanNa be slipping and sliding through the farmers market and when you win you the first time you into October fest and you were killing it loving it so much involved in that and I was like you were telling me about it and I'm like stop. Oh I got the most amazing variant hat that I was rocking through October. Yes and I wish I could wear that a more regular basis without looking like cartoon but it's it's great it's good fetal well. October fest is a really big deal in Vail as you might imagine from all. It's all like Bavarian Alpine inspirations and German restaurants and whatnot so every September. It's this big blowout Both in Lion's head village in Belleville. There's like endless events and food specials and special vendors and a great live music from German band they have yodelers Mueller's not for movies and then Louis who yeah Yodel. Well we gotta get back at them and then they have. All kinds of like brought worse are big deal during October fast and then some of the best people watching because folks come fully prepared to embrace the festivities with like the Germans know how to drink. They know how to drink gigantic Stein. And then they there's so many people I saw so much like really nice lavish like Bavarian hats and let her hose in and the just all of it. Like dressed to the nines was really inspiring and like again like the I like the look of it and I wish that I could just dress like that without looking really bizarre in completely out of place but it is what it is. That's part of the reason why I am so infatuated with Vail and all its restaurants and traditions and facilities like this. Because it's got everything that I love. It's like all the outdoor activities and beautiful scenery. And then as soon as you can just like Bob around need fondue and pretzels and Sauerkraut and look at taxidermy. In other place you can go and hang out which we loved. Is this place called Tenth Mountain Whiskey? Yes and Tenth Mountain Whiskey. That's that seller red shirt that you wear the time I wear far too often. Yeah so I bought a red flannel here. And it's this really snug distillery in Vail village. And they do amazing things with like a full bourbon. They have ride. They have different cordial's they have vodka. They have moonshine even so there's a lot and my favorite thing to do you get cocktails and mixed drinks here but my favorite thing to do is go and sit on the couch. Mike Nice Comfy Lounge chairs so favorite thing to do is go there stag one of those and do a flight and just kind of these small pores of their spirits. Because they're so well made that they're good sipping spirits even the moonshine which is kind of shocking because normally thinking so abrasive and intense his great like I could just simple not a lot but like it's nice to have a little sample of it and really appreciate the precision and work that they put into their products because it really really shines through it. Real moon shines through. Yeah and definitely like I can't recommend their swag enough. They have shirts. Hats sweaters and jackets and the game is their skis. They I think they even have shot skis. Which I'm really depressed that we didn't get coffee so in case you're wondering shots keys. Are this kind of mountain town Western tradition. Where it's it's basically group friendly shot where there's a ski ski that has shot glasses. Foreshocks classes their attack permanently attached. Because you don't want to fall off no because what you do. Is You. Grab that ski with for their friends. And you put your shots in there and then you all like say one two three and you shoot them all together and most like more than likely like one of you are just going to get your shot import on you versus in your mouth because unless you really your wild and crazy said spray you. There's like delicate like fancy way to a shot ski but yeah while you're at Tenth Mountain Whiskey. Just be mindful of how much you drink because you could. I could go nuts in that by swag airy and just like by everything and I think you did But yeah and also you have to remember that when you're in the mountains you know your tolerance is going to be a lot lower. That's another thing. Yeah if you're used to drinking to cocktails like start with one and just but it's it end because you're not like you're GonNa get a little tipsy. A Lot Quicker Vale is very high up and especially so if you go to the top of the mountain weather you hike up there or take the Gondola or something. So another thing when you're hiking Or coming up or down even just like a four or five hundred foot elevation you do have to think about your hydration and your thoughts Everything there's so much like all the normal necessities but like times. Five Sodas become over prepared with all that stuff and then if you had to wrap up fail and tell everyone what it is. You love the most about what is that. I think they love most about it. I think it reminds me almost of like epcot or something that sense. Where like? It's this community that had this bold vision the very specific vision and they honed in on it so well in created something very distinct like the you know the initial developers of the town wanted to bring the Psych Alpine culture and Motif to rocky mountains. And it's astonishing how they're able to succeed with that and it maintained its maintained ever since and continues to do that whenever there's not a ton of new construction here such a kind of confined controlled community but whenever new things do develop whether it's a restaurant or a new hotel or whatever like everything fits into that and just builds upon that so it only gets better and better and I love that so much how transformative it is an immersive when you hear it truly feels like nothing else like Breckenridge. It's not that far from here. Aspirins not too far and Vail's that's apart with this specific. Feel and as you can. You'll could be a little tough in. The restaurants is very specific taste. That is really enriching and the most some of the most soulful food often by families a lot of these businesses are family owned and so it all ties together. This big like warm hug of a of a town of a hug. That costs a lot of money. But it's a hug you've been listening to park land. A show about National Parks Park Land as production of iheartradio created by. Mac KEROUAC Brad. Kerr wack and Christopher has YODA's produced an edited by Mike. John's our executive producer is Christopher. Has He Otis R. Researcher. It's Jesulin shields. A special things goes out together Collins Crystal waters and the rest of the park landy accrue and hey listeners. If you're enjoying the show leave us a review on Apple podcasts? It helps other people like you find our show. You can keep up with us on social media as well. Check out our photos from our travels and Instagram Park. 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The District Dudes Explore DC's National Mall

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The District Dudes Explore DC's National Mall

"You guys the impeachment is happening. The president will be on trial presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. And that's can wild keep up with all the impeachment mint today a daily podcast featuring me as Brown World News reporter and editor at Buzzfeed News. Each morning we'll talk to experts and other reporters to recap the most important news from trump impeachment in a way. That won't leave you dead inside find impeachment today on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcast for season two parkway India there are a lot of I were excited about from I guess interviews. To the first time we call nine one one from a national park of course and today another i. It's our first time covering in urban park and of course there's no better place to mark our first urban park than Washington DC. It's a city filled filled with more national park sites than most dates have. Yeah plus the city itself is just so rich with history and culture and the omnipresence of memorials historic. Sites is inescapable. So if you're looking to come to DC and just have a chill history Free Day oh probably lose your mind now but really why would you come here and and not at least do a little bit of history. Yeah it's so much fun. It's not like boring school trip. Type stuff that a lot of people remember. Yeah and that's definitely how I remembered -membered mainly at first from when I first came here in middle school or like whatever gray that was but my distance with DC at the time may also have been due to the fact that I had no friends during that phase of my life. So it's just me like this lonely sad child wandering around memorials. Fortunately we were able to go together this time and I'm I'm happy to be your friend. Thanks and we're able to take lots of cute selfish together to that. Looks like you and I were partisan sort of also twin type directed. DVD movie or something thing like probably had would have like these cute names like a day in DC or district dudes or something that DC dudes. Another guy like. Stop this today. We need to really focus on this incredible legacy of National Park sites in Washington. DC from the National Wall. All to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and beyond. I'm Mat and I'm Brad this park land area a production of iheartradio radio. We sold our LOFTON's Chicago moved into an RV. And now we're talking in the country full-time with our dog. Then exploring America's national parks and today we're talking talking all about Washington. DC The National Mall and memorial parks surge. To DC was another other stop along the event trail that I was working on earlier. with Burns maplewood farm so like every week or two there'd be a different craft market along the mid Atlantic coast so he spent a couple of months visiting places like Maryland New Jersey Pennsylvania. Virginia and one of those events was in Virginia. Yeah and the suburbs of DC. So it was the perfect excuse to get here early and spend some time in the capital city. Perfect excuse and I was seriously very excited. DC Z. is just one of those cities that has really interested me for awhile. And I've been wanting to go so the timing and location of your our work schedule just really worked out and I've always had an inkling that I liked DC. I think which is also torturous because it's one of those cities I could never afford to live and I mean visit. It's really a great city of all the big cities. We've been two cents living on the road. It's definitely one of our favorites. It's And I try not to use favorites anymore. Because there's so many wonderful places in this country but I'll make exception because it literally is one of our favorites Hi It's the perfect mix of a big city with culture and neighborhoods without feeling is busy and overwhelming Places like New York or San Francisco. Yeah I think is a big part of the reason why I like it so much is. DC kind of reminds me of Chicago in that way. Like Chicago's a huge city. But it's still feels relatively calm and accessible civil at least when you compare it to those other places like New York or San Francisco and it's not like dizzying is those types of cities. That's probably why we lived in Chicago for so long because we felt that way and and why I'm constantly drawn back there. That and Chicago's incredible coffee scene and it's Burgers and it's rooftop bars story short short We really do And we crave cities like this so DC was A way to satisfy that craving winging it was so it was an emotional time because going to see the history of that city but also just going into into the city for this trip. We didn't drive very RV and of course because it's DC And there's a ton of traffic. I mean it's crazy and parking the twenty six foot. RV would have been a nightmare offensive and if at all even possible. Yeah I don't know that it would have van and the traffic here is really no joke. I feel like I can totally speed walk faster the most the cars and traffic trying to gain to the city especially granted. I do speed walk faster than like sonic the hedgehog. But you got the just like it's tedious. Tedious traffic here. It really is and that's why we took advantage of disease public transit to get in and out of the city which was awesome. I'm it's another reason why we really love cities because when you're on the transit like this it's much easier to get around and but also like there's this beautiful mix of culture when you're on the transit and big cities you get to see who's living there who's go -habitating who's who's like The different personalities of that city and I feel like they're transit was just very diverse and it was a beautiful thing to see. Yeah much more so than than just like suit and tie politicians and stuff like that. There are a lot of people going in and out of DC when we were and so not only is that a great option and economic economical option for traveling. But it's nice to be around that and see that especially since we've been removed from Chicago for several months this point in it was a nice reminder. It'd be like This is a great asset of urban living and visiting places as well because at the time when we're visiting DC. We were initially staying at some huge in kind of fancy. RV Park and campground on the Maryland side of the city and conveniently. There's a bus stop literally right at the entrance of our RV Park. So what we're able to do was just get up early in the morning. Catch the bus to the nearest train. Stop which only took like ten or fifteen minutes. That's and then just hop on the train and go into town. It was super easy. Just a few stops on the train to get to DC and it was super smooth and quick and that's one thing like us being from Chicago. We understand how to use transit so for a lot of people this might be confusing Sure for your first time. So it's just about like like. Oh my gosh I have to take a bus to train to then like walk around or take an uber or lift. It's really not that. Make it a journey. Make it about the journey while you're you're doing this Because it really is easy and fun and again you get to see the diversity in that culture it is really fun. Yeah you don't have to stress about parking and stuff effect. That would drive me nuts. I can't do that and it's like super smooth and it's really clean and cheap. Yeah I know all of it and I I feel like DC public transit. Has that that part over Chicago gone a little bit like I love the transit options at home but the Allen Chicago is nowhere near smoothing clean as trans food. Yeah I I I'll stop in DC. We needed to feel for the day of exploring in touring so in a way to the DC location of milk bar because of course God. We love milk bar and myrrh truly obsessed with it so milk bars in New York City based mini chain of dessert shops. From this famous Pastry Chef Christina Christina Tosi and she developed his reputation for these beautiful whimsical kind of quirky desserts. So she's known for things like cereal no saucer of ice cream a and cornflake cookies and like cake. Truffles stuff like that. So cookies are literally the best that serum soft serve in Las Vegas is she does like a Sierra milk. BOOZY ENTHUSI- cocktail thing. Oh yeah sorry to jump over there but But we really got into them when we were in Las Vegas last year. Everyone into their location at the cosmopolitan Probably half dozen times for cookies in those boozy Latifi when a lot. Yeah the boozy lot has great too. Because it's like you have the cereal milk flavor which is like so nostalgic and childhood but then you can also get busy so it's like occurring like vodka. Oliver Childhood Memories. It's really really nice. Yeah and I yeah just talking about now like I miss them dearly. Those milk bar the specially wish we had them I do to immediately now so they have a few locations in DC though which is beautiful But I'm going to the one in the city centre location cents. It's like so central and right next to all the main historic sites and attractions where we wanting to see so now. It's what is like three blocks from the train. Stop I mean literally perfection of where it was located. Yeah it would have been silly not to go honestly like we we need to do is preordained. I think I had one of my beloved cereal. Milk Law as there's no booze check you know got that and then I probably had a corn cookie. which is my favorite cookie from bar and check? Chad is love having cookies for breakfast or cookies. In general. It's a great breakfast food museum. I think I tried to go to the National Portugal Ary Because we wanted to see the new President Obama and Michelle Obama Portraits But the gallery wasn't opened until later in the day so we just kept on walking and exploring which was kind of a bummer. Yeah that was a bit of a bummer. And you know we. We weren't able to see that one this time but it was the perfect day for walking and exploring it was probably like mid to late March at this point so it was still chilly. We lay coats on but it was sunny and comfortable for walking walking especially and things warmed up into the afternoon so at this point we decided to make our way to the US Capitol building since neither of us have ever been and my main memory of this building is seeing it blown up and independence. Day so I figured it was time to make new memories ones. That aren't so destructive. That's a good idea. wasn't on the way. Hey there didn't. We pass where Lincoln was assassinated theater. Not Skip the Ford's theatre Kinda. Yeah I know but yes we up. He did again like Gosh. We skipped a lot of a lot. There's ton we saw but we also skipped a lot. It's absolutely packed. All the way the right through it. Yeah but back with the US capital you know. That's right up there with the White House and the Washington Monument is one of the most iconic buildings in DC and it really was is the only one we were able to tour at right. Yeah because that's not the easiest like you. Didn't you try to book tour of the White House. Initially but it was like probably to Osman at and they didn't have availability or something. Yeah you need to email your state senator set it up for both of the can do this. One is a walk in as well well the capital of the Capitol building. But the White House you have to do like way Yeah I. I'm not surprised at all. That one's difficult to do and but like the state senator things seems seems so like an unnecessarily official. Yeah in official. Like isn't that kind of shouldn't they be doing other things like I'm sure they're busy but they're trying to educate people on who they're senators are because a lot of people still don't vote they still don't. They're kind of forcing contractor Senator and they don't realize like you're supposed to have this truck window to them so it's like education having I can respect that. Yeah so you did that you emailed or like Illinois senator absolutely But I'm really glad we got to get into the Capitol building and it all worked out because it was an epic experience In case you need to refresh her. It's a huge dome topped building at the eastern end of the National Mall Right. It's impossible to mess. It's a huge building looming over the whole park the entire city and it's a super important building. Obviously it's basically like if you think of DC circulatory system this would be the era of DC EH is home to the US Congress plus the seat of the legislative branch of government. And it's the center of the city's four geographic quadrants and numbered streets so it's really central in more ways than one here everyday so for some background here. The Capitol building was built way back in eighteen hundreds and it was expanded in later for years with that kind of Dome and extra chambers but important fact is made mostly by Savory Yeah we learned not in the tour. We definitely did. The the architecture style is neoclassical. which makes sense because it totally looks like something from eighteen Europe? It's very distinct among any building in general especially since it's like all pristine white so it's almost like glowing from the end of the National Mall. Here it's magnificent wedding Alexander Hamilton who helped establish D.C The nation's capital It's to create more of a neutral location so that no single state would have more influence or power over the federal government. Yeah that's by. DC is district of cleansing. How we how we got here and abroad I star- helped solidify our country's capital pop quiz quiz? Okay is Washington. DC estate know exactly. I know that sounds silly. But a lot of people still don't know that Washington. DC EASY is not a state or with interstate. They think it's owned by state. But it is its own district right like I. I could see people thinking. It's part of Virginia Maryland. Right it's like a district of it or not. Yeah so this part I love and I probably knew this at some point. But my memory's foggy but but Philadelphia was actually our temporary capital while the well. DC was being planned and built along the Potomac River so it's been quite a saga for the city and our country general. Yeah I mean the really cool part about building this new city from scratch was how city planners were able to lay it out with the specific vision in mind signed. The president's Helms was intentionally like connected west to the Potomac by a public space. That would come to be known as the national. Oh Yeah Yeah. And eventually the public space would grow and expand to including connect the Capitol Building The Washington Monument the Lincoln memorial the Smithsonian museums and a slew slew of other important sites National Park and otherwise also the Capitol building was initially called Congress House but Thomas Jefferson wanted to change the name inspired by the Latin origins of the word and its connection to Capitoline Hill in Rome. Yeah right so the tour we did here was excellent. It was Pretty Sizable Group. I would say and we were all led around the interior of the building into numerous chambers learning about the construction of the building how it was partly burned damage during the war of eighteen twelve. And how the building was expanded in the mid eighteen hundreds to accommodate the House of Representatives the Senate since the country was growing adding more states. They were running out of room for all the new legislators so it was literally a full House. This is also when the new dome was added like a Cherry on the top of a Sunday. uh-huh yeah and I'm still starving firm bar chat so these references are kind. Have torturous for me to handle but I do like it. Yeah so the Dome is the Cherry then the statue statue of freedom on the top of the Dome would be chocolate drizzle or the whip cream or the sprinkles or Jimmy Chunga. Jimmy's carrying. Yeah yes all of it. It's The statue was actually in ornate bronze statue of a woman with a military helmet holding a sword and shield. So she's was basically like a bad ass of liberty now after years and years of restorations and add on's the Capitol building was named a national historic landmark by the National Park Service in nineteen sixty and rightfully so. Yeah rightfully so so. My favorite thing about our tour here was seeing all the different states that were so well represented. I felt such a sense of unity and especially important during a time when our country really needs that feeling that unity the tour started in small round room with statues important pioneering during figures from the original thirteen colonies including my home state of New Hampshire. Nice to see that yes. This area was called the crypt really It was filled with columns and and has statues of people like Samuel Adams Massachusetts Charles Carroll from Maryland and Roger Sherman from Connecticut. Yes New Hampshire was wrapped by John. Stark doc actually each state has its own statue somewhere in the buildings some of them have more than one. So it's not just the crap and it's not just the thirteen colonies statues can can be found in the visitor. Center at the National Statuary Hall connecting corridors and the Hall of Columns Statues. Yeah I think this statuary hall is my favorite. It's a huge room with tall ceiling filled with these beautiful statues from across the country and the tour guide was really on it with information. He would ask people in the crowd to say where they're from and he would would immediately point to the statue in the room and talk about that person and their role in history Yeah the the guy was on it. Really cool thing about like statuary hall is is that that is where like Congress collected for a long time until they outgrew it but it wasn't like the modern day like basically the game. It was a full all houses path but I think every state can have up to two statues And they're donated by your state and youthful. Yeah Oh gosh. Good Teamwork's dates who they're important characters are too so it's you're such a really really great. Yeah unpack there if you want honor some someone new or you know swap things out or someone being honored turns out to be awful if they haven't h well in history then sought that out in another note on our way into this hall. We also pass by Nancy Pelosi's office which was a total surprise to me. I did in her office was here So I wasn't expecting to see yeah. We didn't see her but we saw our office and it reminded me of a dream. I recently had with Nancy and day. Tell you about the stream things. Oh so I dreamed that she invited added me to our office for some sort of meeting. I guess I just envisioned the sweater office would look like it Kinda elementary school principal's office or something I don't now if that's how it actually is. But she invited me into her office for a meeting and then we didn't really talk about business but she did Parmi some red wine and like a paper Cup and I was like Nancy. She's call and then I don't know what we talked about if anything but the meeting is pretty much over like right away. She did hug me goodbye. Though so I woke up feeling great and that is amazing. I love it. No I remember some weird dreams but that's one that doesn't seem to offer. Maybe what would happen. I just think that Nancy maybe she would do that. Were Real classy than a paper Cup. Like I think she'd give you. That's the unbelievable part. That's that's really the only unbelievable part of that dream. And it's like Paper Cup She probably has like steinmeyer absolutely. And when we come back from this short break we'll get back to reality with more from our trip. The Washington National Park sites. Hey guys it's bobby bones I host bobby show and pretty much always sleepy because I wake up at three o'clock in the morning a couple of hours later I get all my friends together. We get into a room and we do a radio show. We are live we tell our stories we try to find as much good in the world that we possibly awesome again and we look through the news of the day that you'll care about also your favorite country. Artists are always stopping by to hang out and share their lives and music too so wake up with a bunch of my friends I ninety eight point. Seven W. MC Q. in Washington DC. Or wherever the rotates you on the iheartradio APP. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad this park land area and today we're talking about Washington. DC The National Mall and all the Memorial Park that we visited in the city monument so like we mentioned DC has a ton of national park sites many of which are well known in popular freelance along with others that are less visited in addition to the Capitol building and the National Mall itself which serves as the grand public connector to all of it the other national parks revisited. Were are at the Lincoln Memorial Martin Luther King Junior Memorial President's Park Ak the White House the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Pennsylvania Avenue which is considered a national park. Stay stay in and of itself like you said there's a lot here and we also stopped at the Washington Monument But we weren't able to go into it or to the top of it because it was close for innovations it has since reopened. So it's a bummer. We missed it but you do not have to right. Yeah it was. We did go into like the little visitor center store the increase that for a little bit. But we'll just have to go back which I'm totally fine with because that means more milk bar cookies and more American history so signed me up the great the thing about how DC is laid out is that the National Mall makes it super easy to get from one site to the next. Yeah do you remember when you mix up the National Mall the mall of America okay. I don't really want to tear you. Were under the bus here. We're wandering from one side of milk bar cookies for you. You're like where's the rollercoaster. And I'm like what like your your horrible. Bring that up waller because my favorite thing and I have nothing to say except utter embarrassed modestly though I feel like in all fairness that probably is an easy can thing too confused because the names are super similar. They're basically like synonymous names. Even though like in actual out of the two places could not be more different they represent entirely different things. They really do And do you know any way things for embarrassed me. There are first stop after or eating lunch at the. US Capitol building was the National Archives Museum to see the Declaration of Independence and the bill of rights. Yes and I was so excited to go take so excited to talk about it because this is the part of the episode where I begin to talk pretty much nonstop about my favorite movie of all time national treasure as you remember all day took place in like most of the movie took place in DC. Nicholas cage epic epic adventure and I was thinking thinking about Warren. DC of course especially the National Archives. Yeah well let me make sense. Because like Nicholas Cage until the declaration of independence. Well he didn't try hi he succeeded. which would be probably more impressive in honorable? That wasn't like a heinous crime. A horrible thing to do but honestly after visiting the archives. I'm starting to think that movie was a wee bit fantastical and unrealistic. Are you really now just realizing that. Well as far as I'm concerned like National Park was as accurate as maybe a documentary like all these things were laid out their plans. Relate out and Nicholas cage would run through his itinerary of like the Mike. Okay okay I have no reason not to buy this but then again I'm also the type of person who thinks like Jurassic Park seems viable like if they were to do that with the mosquitoes. Today tell me that the meg is the same thing I thought. Yeah I mean that that movie about the giant shark at the bottom of the ocean and how they broke through this. What was that like a frozen frozen layer like a freezing layer and there was like mega don down there like I explained it in the movie and I'm like okay? I'm in like the seems breath. Maybe we should actually for this. Yeah you just love those documentaries. Yes documentaries with quotes around them. Yeah I think it's safe to say that. No one would be able to steal the declaration of independence not even Nicholas Cage This thing was on heavy lockdown and guarded by several staffers. And they don't even even let you take photos if it with your phone let alone anyone's deal with it. Yeah that's true. I've never seen anything this guarded and even though photos weren't allowed it was still really really cool. Oh spend a few minutes with it just trying to read it in the dark room. It's hard to see because the ink is so faded and it's all fancy calligraphy. Mary's are are not able to decipher. Yeah same thing with the bill of rights a lot of curse of Families are. Do you know how to write in cursive but They're hundreds of years old so it's the the the big fancy curse of big hand. It's something that we're just. We don't read like that anymore. it's a lost art. Both of these documents are in the Rotunda under section of the building which is kept mostly dark and Chile to help preserve them. Yeah in other neat thing here. Is the Hawk murals. These enormous oil on canvas works created by Barry Faulkner in nineteen thirty five and nineteen thirty. Six they're depicting a fictional seen the presentation of the Declaration of independence and constitution Russian. And it's extraordinary. It's huge mural just gorgeous and it's perfectly yeah absolutely stunning. After this week continued down the the National Mall to probably which is the most iconic memorial in the city. The Lincoln Memorial. Yeah it I would definitely say it's the most psychotic like after of course like the White House and just I mean I like it better. Yeah Yeah White House Lincoln Memorial those two can go get up. There's nothing that's really going to beat those two. No no no. No you remember that scene. A national treasure when Nicholas Cage is sitting on the steps of the memorial like talking again with this type of his side Hicks name was Riley. I don't remember like what that actor's name is in real life but it's like conic. Although the in the movie the The craziest part about that scene was when they were there at the memorial pretty much had it to themselves somehow like nobody around which doesn't make any sense to me. Maybe that's the point when you should have realized that the movie was not a documentary. I mean that was the most unrealistic part of that movie. One thing I will agree though. Is that the Lincoln Memorial is definitely a national treasure. Yeah it is a national treasure like we talked about in our Gettysburg episode with we are big fans of Abe Lincoln. He was the Bianchi of Gettysburg. And he's the beyond saved to absolutely The memorials such a special place but this giant statue inside of like this Greek doric temple overlooking the mall and speaking of Gettysburg that's peaches and inscribed along one of the interior walls Along with his like second inaugural address. Yeah so the memorial was officially dedicated in nineteen twenty two designed by architect Henry Bacon Daniel Chester French in carved by the picker really brothers. Jules Jules guerin painted the murals on the inside so good job team everybody pulled it together ever since its creation. It's been this endless source of inspiration. Not only for us and for the visitors today but for people like Martin Luther King Junior who gave his famous. I have a dream speech in front. In addition to being a national park site of its own right. The memorial memorial was listed on the National Register of historic places in nineteen sixty six. Yeah and when we said it was popular we were not kidding. The Lincoln Memorial alone it gets more than seven million annual visitors but despite these almost concert crowds it's still somehow like a very peaceful feeling place of reflection. It's nice and quiet inside died so you can drink it all in the work and subject that inspired it and speaking of Martin Luther King Junior That's another memorial we major visit Like most things on and around the National Mall nearby yes it's in West Potomac Park and the main attraction here. This memorial is the intricate Granite Statue of Martin Luther King Junior which was carved by Lee. Hsien who drew inspiration from memorial by the I have a dream speech. She she gave nearby. The statue is actually called the stone of hope which is part of a line from that speech when he said out out of the mountain of despair. A stone of hope. It's a really deep and it's definitely still resonates. Today is like civil rights are still huge issue in this country tree sadly true yes but the civil rights movement was such an important turning point for the country and we're all so much better off. Thanks to Martin Luther King. Junior's bravery and leadership the memorial royal is one of the newer editions in DC since it opened in two thousand eleven and it's overlooking the tidal basin. So it's got a gorgeous location and gorgeous scenery another author like amazing slash like crazy thing. Is that the memorial still. Her was the first African American memorial on the National Mall. Most of them Our presidents and this is the only the fourth memorial. That's not a president. Yeah and honestly if anyone deserves to be memorialized. It's Martin Luther King Junior. Another one of those presents sends who have been memorialized as Thomas Jefferson. who had his own famous memorial just southeast of the Martin Luther King Junior across the title basin when we visited it was has just the very early beginning of Cherry blossom season? So these bright pink florals. We're starting to bloom a little bit on the trees around the title Basin which made for very pretty walk from Memorial Memorial. got a little sneak about now. This is just another beautiful structure almost totally surrounded by the serenity of the title basin. It's a neoclassical building with at the bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson in the middle under the huge Dome Glove at it was designed by John Russell. Pope and built by John McShane finished in nineteen forty three in the statue was added in nineteen forty seven. It's right up there with the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Monument as one of the most visited sites town with more than two million visitors. This is another side. I remember visiting in Middle School actually probably by myself I mean like the rest of their somewhere there but I was like you know alone. We'll leave it this way. You were probably able focused more and appreciate the details better. Yeah you mean without the distractions of friendship. Sure so the other memorials memorials revisited. In and around the mall where more war focused The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the world. War Two memorial naturally these were especially sombre destinations but so beautiful and inspiring nonetheless. The Vietnam Memorial is really close to the Lincoln Memorial. It's a two acre structure Designed to honor. US armed forces who fought and died or went missing in Vietnam War The one thing that really hits me the hardest is when and I see families going there with their paper and chalk or their their pencils and they're outlying the name of their loved one a lot of people do this and the home and is that like Keepsake for them but just knowing a lot of people who served especially during the Vietnam War war. It's you know for those who died. It's it's really hard but also those who have survived and so for me when I hit it just hit me in a full circle because I was just like Ah for my time in the Marines and just realizing what it was that these people sacrificed That just really really hit me extra yard. I know I it's a very impactful place very somber and I mean that's heart wrenching to see and we thought there was a lot of people. There and the main part of the memorial is the memorial wall which consists of these two long black granite walls with a walkway that runs the entire length. And these walls are attached with more than fifty eight thousand names of service members from the war many of which had flowers and cards and other sentimental items place on the ground when we visited. I think there was actually a school field trip happening or are probably more than one in June's for writing letters to service members. I think it was so sweet again. Heart wrenching it was an absolute like it was is just one of those inspiring moments. Where like it's nice when they have a space to leave those letters of things you know right The main part at this memorial was finished in nineteen eighty two and today attracts about three million annual visitors There are two other parts of the memorial as well The bruns three soldiers statue at the end the Vietnam Women's memorial which honors the nurses who served during the war. Yeah it depicts six three women with an injured shoulder and powerful stuff then also nearby speaking of more powerful stuff is the World War Two memorial which is dedicated to American service members and civilians who died during the Second World War. This one is a really big in central. It has fifty six large pillars and a fountain and and it gets about four point six million annual visitors. which is really incredible since it's been open since two thousand and four yeah? Those pillars are really stunning. It's this striking king series of seventeen foot tall granite pillars in a circular shape around this Central Plaza with forty three foot arches either side one for the Atlantic in one for the Pacific East pillars chance for a different US state plus DC the Commonwealth of the Philippines Puerto Rico Guam American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands when we come back we'll explore more of DC from the Smithsonian to one of the city's most historic restaurants Available now from Iheart a new series presented by t mobile for business. The restless ones join me. Jonathan Strickland as as I explored the coming technological revolution and the business leaders who stand right on the cutting edge. There are certain decision makers that are restless. They know there is a better way to get things done and they are ready. Curious excited for the next technological innovation to unlock their vision of the future. These restless Tesla's ones are in pursuit of bigger better stronger. They seek new partners new strategies new processes they pursue innovative platforms in solutions to propel their teams businesses and industries forward in each episode. We'll learn more from the restless ones themselves and dive deep into how the five five G. Revolution could enable their teams to thrive. The restless ones is now available on the iheartradio APP. Or wherever you listen to podcasts. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad this park land in today's episode Sodas all about Washington. DC The national mall the Lincoln Memorial and so much more so even though we weren't able to tour the White House we were at least able to thraw along president's park which is overseen by the National Park Service in his part of the National Register of historic places on surprisingly. Yeah Lafayette Square is the main part of the park. Just shy of seven acres of public parks base that has been used for a variety of different things over the past century including graveyard a zoo and a slave market. Yeah so it definitely had a pretty dark past today. It's pristine and peaceful with incredible views of the most iconic mansion in the country. The the south part of the park. It's called the ellipse. It's a fifty two week or lawn that's open to the public for leisurely meandering and also serves the site of annual events like the White House Easter Egg role and the Christmas pageant of peace. We weren't able to do much here other than marvel at all of our beautiful spaces in public lands is and I did ride one of those little like urban scooters around for a while But you didn't want me to now you pigment beg me to you. Wanted to write them together. And I just I'd rather walk. I was mostly scared of crashing into something like a car head on or just a big group of people. It's there's a lot of activity you like buzzing around me so I'm more comfortable like defeat. Yeah that's true. I mean that's true so it's a very walkable city. Anyway to sow more more food able to walk a block away from just too old epic grill. Which is the oldest restaurant and the whole city? I know yeah I established in Eighteen fifty six. That is crazy especially when you think about how like mercer less than half the restaurant businesses. Nowadays it's difficult for like restaurants to even stay open for a decade let alone more than one hundred years. Well they say on top of it. I mean they're very innovative and they like their cocktails very updated data. Like the odds. Not like like you're still getting Muddled old-fashioned or something like that. No it yeah. There is an interesting Combo of like freshness here it still felt like fresh unclean and new but also clearly very vintage and classic in a in a sleek way so exact ideal. Yeah it's always really great to seek out these historic restaurants and bars whenever We're in a different city Not only do they feel historic and super unique but the recipes are total originals and tastes like the culture of that setting sitting. Yeah they do so we started pretty early. Went for like an early dinner at like five or even a little bit earlier. I think we got to the bar area. I at around four forty five or so and loved the bar area. It's this rustic like would filled space where we had Oysters Oysters and cocktails than the caucus were so good and fittingly strong. which I always enjoy? I think we add things like Blood Orange and growney for me probably and the Irish old fashioned for me to have that. Yeah so it's basically like a regular old-fashioned but with Irish whiskey which is sounds great and I'm surprised they don't see that more regularly and it's like like literally a place that the bartenders servers have been for a long time. Like you could just clearly see it. Because they're passionate about their jobs. They know the menus like the back of their hands. They're staying up up with current like qualities and so that's the beauty thing that's why it's state along around so long. Yeah right there clearly passionate and like very very good at this and very yeah. It's it's wonderful. Plus everyone who works here is Super Dapper and buttoned up but like in a fun still kind of casual way. It doesn't feel stodgy or anything like that. It's it's perfect. So the main Dan era we went after drinks is kind of expansive. Pansa opulent space. That's bustling and lively without feeling too fussy doesn't feel too fancy kind of perfect and then after our drinks at the Barr this is where we met a couple of my friends who live in DC and had an early bird dinner so as you can see. I have friends now. That's good especially since this type of restaurant that's best enjoyed with a small group The Menu is just fun to explore and try different things. Yeah it definitely is so we met up with my friend. Lauren Oren who I actually went to high school with back in Hampshire she now lives in DC. And I'm insanely jealous. And she. We met her and her fiance nick who I had uh once before in Chicago. They're a great couple Super Fun to hang out with yeah. I'm surprised you didn't go to these in highschool that'd been great because then you would have actually had friends oh sorry But the food there was solid They have things like jumbo lump crab cakes and trout. Parmesan and pans heared scallops scallops. They had that crispy roasted chicken and Meatloaf I love me. Love me so really love it But it's all very very American which is perfect for such a classic restaurant in America's capital city next to the White House. Yeah I know I mean it is. Perfect Quintessential American recipes in and one of the oldest restaurants in the country. Like literally smack DAB in the middle of America's capital. It's all just beautiful ideal. Yeah and speaking of all American we also I went to a couple of Smithsonian museums of course cannot go to DC and not do that especially 'cause they're all free which is phenomenal things about. Do you see all these psychotic museums and we started with the National Museum of American history fantastic. Yeah it was great and we saw things like the ruby slippers The batmobile and then tons of other quintessential American things from history. Like everything from Oprah to D Day. Yeah we really wanted to see this movie. They're playing about national parks which would have been perfect E. R. F. E. C. T. Perfect But the theater was closed. Offer vent or something just like I know Mike Do Kidding. What a special screening? But AH regardless of that we definitely saw Tun and also went to the newest Smithsonian Museum the National Museum of African American history and culture which was Italy incredible and also very moving place like super. Yeah really felt because I wouldn't only opened up just in two thousand sixteen and it's right next to the Washington in monument It's hard to believe it took this long for museum dedicated to African American history. But I'm sure glad it's here now. It's clearly super-popular Super Special It's first full year. Beal being opened it was already the fourth most visited of all Smithsonian museums. The that's amazing. Anything and I just love that so that just tells you how important it is that how many people across the world on just the United States. Yeah truly and also fittingly. This museum is massive literally like enormous. This building has like ten stories. Five of which are underground in totals three engine engine fifty thousand square feet. The main crux museum. Is this lying. Incredible tour of the Slavery History Galleries and the concourse. It's all the time line. Starting in fourteen hundred and kind of meanders forward depicting things like the transatlantic slave trade and king cotton the civil war all the way through the Jim Crow era segregated railcars cars they can go on and the civil rights movement heads up that some of the galleries and content. Here is quite graphic and potentially unsettling in they have signs like red warning about them how to time before entering these specific spaces as trigger warnings particularly with stuff relating to the K. K. Lynching which is unsurprisingly surprisingly. Pretty graphic and in hard to see. Yeah it's definitely brutal But it's an important part of history In addition to these galleries there are other areas celebrating breeding African American history and Film Music Sports and TV plus a great museum store in sweet home cafe. Oh Uh this is inspired by the cradle coast in the south The Western range and beyond my favorite all right now. It's the time of the episode where we share our favorite parts of DC in its national park sites. We haven't told each other answers. So it's all surprise Matt. What was your favorite part of Washington? DC and the National Park Systems. Fantastic question I would say. My favorite part was probably the national archives because seeing seeing the bill of rights and the Declaration of Independence is probably one of the most like Americana things I've maybe ever done. And also you know directly to my favorite movie national treasure so that that plays a big part in in that decision now but it was. We're only there for a few minutes really in the Rotunda like looking at these documents but you are so immersed in it in every way. It's like a dark space. It's it's chilly so it's basically got Tony Environment and I it was. It was really really cool skimming over a little bit. Couldn't read most of it but the the impact of these documents is profound and yeah. I absolutely loved that so. I'm glad that we're able to do that. What about you? What was your favorite part of a very tough question in the bud I would? I would have to say the Lincoln Memorial There's just so much history Torri to to contemplate there. There's so many lessons in life the being on the road and just seeing these different memorials in these sites That impact as like a culture as a single culture and within the multiple cultures of the United States and trying to figure it out. And I think that's the one thing that I see. Abraham Lincoln means to me is like E. He realized that we're all individuals. We have our individual cultures but we have an American American culture as well and bringing people together was his mission. Yeah Yeah it is his legacy and so that's really what it is to me a little bit There's more to like processing over there but I just really love everything. That Abraham Lincoln was about out and figuring it figure it out. Yeah and it's also cool because that legacy and his whole ethos is really living on today as you can see the Lincoln and we'll get seven million annual visitors. That's a ton it's like one of the most visited places in DC and swarming with people. We were there and people from all walks of life from all over the world presumably. Are they're mingling together. And absorbing this experience and that was amazing and I also love how inspite of how crowded it was while you're inside the extra memorial. Everyone is quiet and respectful. That and there are signs that say like you know please be respectful and inquire while you're in here etcetera and everyone is very well behaved you know. Yeah they are yeah and also the view view from up there is just the best like up his long series of steps in overlooking the reflecting Pool The Washington Monument. It's probably the best view in the Jose I think about. Yeah sorry. I'm like kind of stealing your favorite thing. Now that's coming into my own but I'm just listening having fun you know and and this this park the or Washington. DC The district of Columbia. However you want to look at it the three things to bring really isn't your normal? I mean honestly I would bring friends and family because you don't want to be like thirteen year. Old Math like younger and friendless. Yeah don't experience it like I did in middle school Because you you might not have the best memories but I would say oh awesome place to visit with groups with family especially really and then there's a lot to do here and it's hard to kind of summarize it because it's so spread out and so many different things freebies freebies except bring money for milk. Barney yeah because you need to get your clock days and your corn cookies yes you do and then you also need to go to old et grill. More have an iconic meal. We actually ate and drank very well in DC. So I'm glad that we haven't even scratched the survey and that's fine though. Maybe maybe they'll be a special bonus episode in the future maybe branching out into neighborhoods and checking out more culture her and other kinds of activities and DC. Because this is just the very beginning and let's see the third thing so we got money friends and family yeah slash appetite of some sort of a camera and it can be yourself on. It doesn't have to be like huge beautiful camera but like there are are places to take great photos too so but just bring some kind of Camera because there's so many memories that like you're just GonNa take pictures all day anyway and what you're going to look through your remember you went to that place and then you're gonNA start researching because that's what we do like. We take pictures like. Oh yeah forgot about this and then I just go back and and start research and try to understand and see what else is in there. Because that's just what I I love to do right right for sure. Also I think this is another little thing to bring. It's like or the thing more so I think to get while you're there is public transit cards like we talked about Makes it real easy to to get around town. Walk to like while you're in and around the National Mall Very walkable but the the train makes it super easy to branch out from that as well. Yeah those public transit cards. Yeah definitely definitely worth it. Yeah I gotta say it was much nicer spending time in DC now that. I'm not a socially awkward seventh grader. I learned a ton I had so much fun and I left feeling very inspired and very well fed. This is definitely an all American city filled with inspiration and history. Plus it is inspired us to to obsess over Netflix. Shows like house of cards. An Madam Secretary. Yeah obsesses an understatement. Best enjoy it of course while eating milk bar cookies. You've been listening to park land. 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Parklandia COVID-19 Special Episode

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Parklandia COVID-19 Special Episode

"Hello this is Ron Burgundy. And you're listening to my voice which commands trust and respect. Guess what my podcast is back. And that's a win for everyone. If you're longtime listener to the show you probably already know the deal. Each week I bring you hard hitting journalism and also Light Entertainment. I contain multitudes. Find the Ron Burgundy podcasts. On the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcasts. Welcome to farm land yet from iheartradio this podcast about national parks and life on the road in an RV. I'm Brad KEROUAC normally co host. The show with my husband met. But I'll be taking the lead on today's episode. You may notice that this week. We sound a little different. I'm recording from our RV. And in this episode you'll be hearing quite a few phone calls and here is why that is as you probably know corona virus and the disease it causes Cova. Nineteen are keeping people. Sheltered in their homes is caused massive disruptions across the country and has made a lot of people very sick and has even caused some deaths. Like I said you probably know all of that. One thing you may not know is how it impacts people who are on the road full-time like Matt and myself and countless others across the country over the weekend. Rv Parks and campgrounds began shutting down turning away campers and affecting people when this news. I went through the community. Full timers van lifers. It created a lot of uncertainty. We didn't know how we're going to be displaced or where we were going to be displaced so we're GonNa talk about that with some of the folks who have been affected and others who are trying to help. The first person I heard from is Shawn Miller. He's a fellow listener and a newfound friend who've connected with over our park lead arrangers facebook group John Edwin staying at a campground in New Mexico when the RV Park gave him the news he couldn't extend his day before we go into the details. On this call. We want you to know that the state of Mexico did not shut down all of their RV parks but in the moment of this call. Sean just read the signs were posted on the RV Park doors from the health department. And that is the message. He received seeing these official notices on the doors of this. Rv Park was scary. Very scary situation to be in. Sean is okay and you will hear him say New Mexico. Rv Parks are all closed at throughout the state but we found out later that day. The research that that was not the class we were simply just getting ready for Listener Trivia game that we were hosting over the weekend when we found ourselves on. This call Sean. Hey this Brad. Hey Brad Shawn Miller how you doing? Oh Man I'm freaking out. I just got kicked out of my. Rv Parks so On the on with people this morning. So what's going on Well just just found a place to stay. Luckily but New Mexico is shutting down all. Rv Parks not allowing any new residents and not allowing current residents to extend their current reservations. So you know. My reservation was Through tomorrow Yeah I know. Needless to say I don't think I'm going to be able to make it down to you in Houston. Unfortunately no of course. Of course I mean right. Now you gotta just see where you're at and where you can go So where are you headed? Have you figured that out? I have my I run me enough. My dog sitter. It's been my dogs. This week. Offered to me on her land so I think that's GonNa work at least for a few days. Well that's good. Well I mean I mean that's like our worst fear right I mean people are just scrambling right now. Trying to figure out what to do where to go. Are you still pretty settled with your hands in Houston? Yeah so we're actually be extended here To make sure that we're not to just see what's going on in the next couple of weeks because that's probably smart. GotTa be safe right. I mean exactly what you're going through now is something that we don't want to go through. I'm trying to make sure before we go out and start traveling that we can do it responsibly. I mean not saying that you weren't so So you said you have a place to stay in the next couple of days I do. Yes so Very lucky but Also feeling a little bit more relaxed than when I woke up morning so I mean I couldn't imagine like did they. Just come and knock on your door. And say hey. It's time to get out or like. How did they know? Did they didn't actually say anything. They just hung a sign on the office saying Park closed so I went in there today to talk with them. And that's when they told me that they wouldn't be able to extend it but they just put that sign up like two days ago so if I had got in three days ago I probably could have extended. Wow that is That's what it is. And you know that's the problem with this lifestyle is there's not always those protections for us For people living there travelling You have to go through a lot of loopholes and you know we have to adapt That's that's part of the lifestyle that people don't understand and we all know it in the back of their mind. But we're like nothing big ever. GonNa Happen. Something big happens and you just have to figure out what to do. So that's the crazy part somehow. Always do figure it out. I mean a LO- CRV. Because of that right we all come together so sean is lucky that he was able to make other living arrangements when his campsite shutdown not? Everyone is that lucky. One person caught wind of this problem early on Chris. Colmer Chris is someone who started full timing about a year ago now staying just outside of his business. Instead of traveling throughout the country. Chris took to facebook to try to help van life and fulltime campers who are displeased. Find homes during the situation so I helped on the phone with him and here is his call So I see that you started a facebook group for displaced RV Tien full-timers What what What made you do that so I grew up on a small lake in Arkansas That's ran by the cordage. Deers and recently. I think it was Wednesday. We got notification that they were shutting the campgrounds down as of tomorrow. I believe that you know anybody that was there. Had to be had to be out there. We're going to lock the gates shutting utilities off and I posted that and the escapers. Facebook group In the comments and responses to that where I realized a lot of places are shutting down along the State Park. Alava public use lands. The A lot of people depend on to park their their Arby's in Kinda put two and two together with you. Know How a lot of friends that that owned restaurants or other businesses that are being close to the public Just felt like there was there was going to be space space available. It may not be ideal. But you're you know we've got a lot. We've got a large fulltime. Rv You know. And so I was trying to just be think about creative places that people could go if the the places they typically depend on are no longer available absolutely and I think displaced nomads and fulltime Arbor's relocation resource is going to be super important To full timers and Van. Lifers out there Now you have this pretty structured and I loved seeing that and so basically what I saw was in your about section. You have strict rules Because they need to be followed because it really helps people understand what is needed so our. I've heard this facebook group together. Pretty quick I was home for lunch. You know and just Had had an hour and a half or so to to spend on it and another gentleman came along with a lot of experience with facebook groups Richard Dean Starr. He's in he's been phenomenal and creating formats of subgroups of of the group and he he really helped me see how important that format was And so we've had a lot of people get frustrated over but the the point of it is within a group. Facebook has created a search engine by going up to the search bar and so if we keep post to very concise pertinent information it makes that search feature super super powerful. So basically what we're trying to do is we're trying to point this out though So if you go to this facebook group it's a public group saw so far. I've seen people with amazing response People that are saying. Hey we have our land open Give us a call. You know we. This is what we need Can Anybody help? And I love that Because right now during this time that's what people need so I think this is a fantastic resource along with a if you've ever heard of Cambodian dot com. They have a blog and their Updating a daily the closure by states by counties by cities you know to make sure that people are getting the best resources out there So I think the two of these combined going to be a great resource for a lot of people. They're looking for where to go. What TO DO Luckily Matt Ni- We're in Houston right now and we're at an RV park and it's Completely fine at the moment we have space until the first Unless we need to extend But there's a lot of our followers that don't have that so the resource that you're providing is Is Amazing really so your current situation. You're fine you've got room you've got space for your self in your family's taken care of I do we. We bought our first Arbeed Right out of the year ago and moved into it shortly thereafter full-time. I've owned a brick and mortar business for about sixteen years and so we're parked at the business Is taking a little longer to to to close the business down in our had. T- intimidated so you know at the moment and there's been frustrations about that along the way but today I feel blessed to not have to worry about where I gotta go tomorrow. You know the facebook group. Chris comber sat up once again displaced nomads and our viewers and we'll have a link to that in our show notes. We're fortunate folks like Chris. Providing a form for people to share resources for those who aren't living on the road. It may be hard to imagine the impact that these shutdowns can have. It's not just simply losing a parking space. It's so much more complex than that to give you an idea of. Just how disruptive artists is. I spoke with Meghan McNicoll. She is my cousin and is also a van. Lifer she was in San Francisco and all of this was unfolding and thankfully she is not there anymore. And we'll get into that but let's get into our conversation. Hey Meghan how you doing good? How are you good Thank you so much for joining me on this call we are talking about RV and Van Living and the current situation of Kovic nineteen. And I'm so glad that you decided to join us today. Yeah thanks her for asking me to be a part of this. So when you were living in San Francisco doing the Van Life Movement You're telling me that you what's your normal routine like. How do you shower what you get your Internet from whether what are your normal routines throughout your day? Yeah so I have a gym membership And that's where I do. My showering Also Do not have a fridge right now. in the process of Doing my own build so I have to go to the grocery store daily In order to be able to eat like fresh and also to stock up on water Because my water system right now is is homemade So I get Like two gallon in five gallon jugs or water refill for grocery stores as well And so one of the first things that happened for me is All the water was Gone so along with all the champion Tiger and toilet paper My ability to get water was gone and then I go to coffee shops daily for my Internet service. So that When they started clothing The gyms and stores and restaurants and things like that my ability to Stay connected and a shower daily Both things went away. And so what the the major impact for me to decide to leave San Francisco was when the cruise ship Decided to dock there and they were predicting that the cases were really gonNA surge and just didn't want to be in a place That was you know high risk and I had the ability to leave us. I figured that that was just kind of the smartest decision for for my wellbeing. Considering I didn't have any access to any public places anymore. That's just that's a lot to go through in a matter of days because I mean it's like not even days probably felt like ours because of how fast everything was Developing and it's just been hectic for everybody right now and. I'm really glad that you are back safe with family I know from talking other family members. That are happy that you're back that you're safe But just to hear about those daily routines and how they're impacted by such a thing you know as our ears in full Van Lifers we we kind of prepare for these situations In the back of her head because you have to you're forced to because the way that we move throughout the United States Changes on a daily weekly basis and she always have to be ready to adapt Luckily for matinee we do have a full Fritsch And we were able to go to the grocery store and stock up and we have water from TAP That's filtered through our filter process. We have Enclosed shower and those kind of amenities that a lot of people have but in the full-time Van Life Movement. A lot of people have because they are currently working on building out like you are so you're going through that transition of building those out right. About how long did it take you to get to San Francisco to where you are now So I actually moved to San Francisco in February And I was looking for. I work in a restaurant industry so I was looking for That type of employment And I have been following the news pretty closely because I was watching like election steph and how that was all unfolding which is when the corona virus News started coming out so I had been paying attention to it. Pretty consistently and Had been weighing my options. Pretty early on so I decided to leave Cali- San Francisco area before they went into the Stay in place and the lockdown and and all those things and unfortunately I do have Family support some evil. That you think day with my sister our has been for a week and then I'm also considering Going back to the Mid West where Where my mom lives So that I can You know be able to have the support of family to just stay with. What until you know. I have access to the gym and to you know This daily resources in the grocery store. Yeah exactly absolutely and you know even with that you have to plan on how to get there. And when's the right time to do that? Yeah so just because you're in a safe location now doesn't mean that you're planning stops and that's what a lot of people. I don't think understand Within the full-time and Van Life minutes that you're consistently planning and organizing your trips. Your routes your activities Fuel stops to water stops. Restroom breaks And there's so much involved within that and hey or like gas stations like. Are they going to be open? Am I going to be able to hit enough of them to travel across the country? Like that's the or you know our state's GonNa go into lockdown. Where maybe it's not okay for me to be traveling through them and I want to be mindful of you know everyone fears and I've been rather self quarantined And I I don't have the virus as far as I know But I just you know I wanNA reduce any fears by Not Coming into contact with other people and you know just having nine have that fear of does she have it or also to get it from someone else absolutely Especially because there's a lot of small towns right now that are stopping public and private camping. And that's just because hospitals don't have the resources like the bigger cities do And the the thing with these shelter and good but when you shut down things like public and private camping displaces a lot of people and they have to then travel through these small towns to get back to a safe space much like your house be been talking to people about They're opening up to their friends There are lots of land And things like that so it's just one of those things that we're all trying to figure out how to do this with social responsibility and that's including today take away that fuel that bread from a small town that toilet paper from a small town so for those people that don't have family to go to right now Try to rely on some friends If you're having troubles there's resources out there. We're going to be posting them on our facebook and our park. Ling Rangers facebook Rupe So that way you have those resources and Meghan. I really appreciate you coming on and telling your story today because it's going to help people make these decisions and help them move where they need to to protect themselves and others While they're find themselves in these sumo similar situations yeah definitely and thank you Bradley. I I love the the like this is what we need right now in our society is to see that there's caring compassionate people who who do want to help others and there are ways for us to reach out and to and to be connected in these uncertain times and see that there is love and there was concussion. And and that's how we get through things like this so thank you. Bradley for for everything that you're doing for this community that was Meghan McNicoll. You're listening to park land deal. We'll be back in just a moment. Today's episode is brought to you in part by Amazon photos. A lifetime of photos can be a lot to organize on your phone from baby's first steps to first day of school holidays. 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We're talking to folks living in the full time in Van Life Communities and about how they're being affected by the corona virus outbreak and the resources. That are in place for them. My next call is with Jason Eberson when I caught up with him. He was at a private campground. Just outside of SEDONA and here is our call. I'm Jason Person. I am the one of the editors at RV MILES DOT COM And with my wife and I we We're fulltime travelers and we host the RV MILES. Podcast where we talk about our travels and what's going on in the RV industry and we host The America's National Parks podcast which is sort of a storytelling history type show and The C- America podcast which is Which is similar in scope to the America's national parks broadcasts but it's about sort of American road trip destinations like Car Hinge where you guys at the because We Are we're in Arizona. We were at a private campground Just for the week All the started to happen and We decided to add Just go to a monthly rate. So we're just Kinda hold up here near Near the Delta have you have you found any like resources yet? for Like News relating. Rv closures campgrounds and next year. Yeah I've got several Several good options are a lot of them As far as closures go. There's a there's a couple of websites that have been tracking very closely Campaigned EM and And Rootless living doing an excellent job of it Rootless wealthy write that down. Yes their new Their new magazine. it's an actual print magazine for for anybody. That's not just our viewers but anybody who sort of you know digital nomad type person But they so there have been tracking closures but they've also created a resource that just They just Blonston but it. And it's just starting to populate but it's basically a listing page Work Campgrounds can put Now that the that they have availability ended. They do long-term stays of for anybody. That's displaced right now that stuff shove openings in such so that's really good Among so I've just For our episode of arguing miles that released today I interviewed Woman named Stettler who is Who Runs this nonprofit called the RV advisor RV dealership? Yeah Yeah so there in Florida. But she is so she owns a dealer but see also. Has This nonprofit? And what they're doing is basically she's taking all the used inventory on her lot in offering it up for For first responders for For healthcare workers and anybody that might need it but also Also anybody that's homeless Urdu or or can't get back to their view and so they're doing in Florida but then she's also creating a network across the country getting other dealers In order to help and she's also if people are are home and have their RV and are willing to loan it out She's also creating resources where you can loan it out for not only for workers but people that need to be quarantined and then Bill Pay The average daily rental rate to you. So if you're somebody lost her job and you still have this. Rv and you know you need to pay your loan on it and stuff you can. You can loan out and they'll pay you for it. And then they have a two week process where they clean it and sanitize it and everything. So it's a different thing going on out there. I was talking to him a little bit about what they're trying to do. escapees or V club. They're trying to do Lobbying truck campers DOT COM OR TRUCK CAMPER MAGAZINE DOT COM. has created petition National Traveller there Rock about the national park closures. And it's just a amazing all these resources that are out there right now. I'm trying to consolidate them all into one area so people can get there the news that they meet exactly. Yeah I've been talking with A couple of the The RV parks associations in different states. And they're they're lobbying real hard to stay open I I know that They've sort of been working together in these states. That already have shelter in place Going on or some version of it to to stay open because there there have been areas where private parts are closed like. I know the Florida keys is completely shut down and they have asked all travellers and transient people to to leave. A county presidio. County Texas has done the same MOAB UTAH so And a lot of these parts are housing traveling nurses and doctors and And Oilfield workers to people that are that are doing their jobs or you know. They're they're like a million full timers on the road. To but that that pales in comparison to the number of snowbirds that are down in warmer climates. That are you know looking forward to heading home. Somewhere and And that Route Koln as a little scary fill out of right now. Oh Yeah Yup fulltime workers of Like you said the out the Snow Birds. You have Hanley Listens Dangerous. Things going on and you know you got a careful but by uplifting all these people that actually creates more panic especially within our community exactly Edit creates more travelers. It did make forcing people a Lotta these snowbirds. That would be happy to stay where they are To to make that journey back to Minnesota Wisconsin her whenever from Florida and New Mexico. California people to see if they're sick so when they go to that gas station pump. You know so bright. That's where it's scary right. It's just yeah in. A lot of the parks are are filling up because the private part because the public parks are closing. Everybody is more. You know there's more people combined to a smaller space and a lot of a lot of private parks but it's it's not terrible. The the I. I think these organizations like the Campground Association if they can continue to do some lobbying to let the government know that. Hey we're not just like a place where people come hang out and party. Were unessential service and and call for a nuanced approach to closures. I think if a state can say instead of saying we're closing all of our campgrounds today. Why not say you know? If you're self contained in your already here you can stay in the park as long as you need to. And we're not going to bring in a new travelers. You know for local people could come camp whatever it might be the everyone such unique situations that like they're trying to one-size-fits-all and it actually just makes it worse for everybody else. Yeah a lot of a lot of our visa. We forget that a lot of the smaller. Rv A little drop trailers and stuff. A lot of them don't have a lot of vans custom-built building of love and don't have bathroom facilities at all and even if you're in a private park the one we're staying and they've closed the bathrooms Now if the if you'd they're they're doing an excellent job here if you had a special need like that they'd they'd open one up for you or whatever but I think private part is weird. Because we're we're generally State Federal Park type people and we we probably spend ten percent of our time and and private parts. And you know I I think private parts are are sort of the ones. We're looking to now and are actually doing an excellent job of sort of figuring out and closing their facilities but keeping the place open for Campers and clean and like at least. This place is constantly cleaning everything. They've got the laundromat open but closed every Every third machine to help keep people separated and they've installed hand washing facilities in the hand. Sanitizer there yeah so. Rv Partners Doing fantabulous job as well. And you know. There's there's a lot of credit that needs to go out to them. I also know that. Koa is is Keeping a you know. They've got five hundred campgrounds. So they're they're they're keeping a special web page for chronic virus open where they list the ones there closed in early fix that are closed right now at least is the last time I checked yesterday and and they're really trying to keep up to date on for for people. They are allowing people to cancel without any fees and stuff like that to you absolutely. And I think that that's the a great approach and I was looking at that because Matt Rights Koa's blog Oh Yeah and you know. I thought that that was that they are telling people how they're handling the situation which will only help other. Rv Parks so even if you're an RV park owner you can watch what they're doing and that will help you protect your travelers Yeah exactly there there. And they the parts are they really are all talking to each other especially through their state associations and stuff and and looking to their state associations give them advice and and those people are the ones that are sort of directly talking to the government and getting you know information about S- weather pools should be close. You know about whether the restrooms should be close. That sort of stuff. They're they're at least if they're members of the State Association and from a few of those stations I've talked to. They're trying to be a central resource in create a sort of networked and filter that information down to all their member campgrounds. That's absolutely amazing And just to to keep on hearing bet that good news of like how people are trying to come together Another one that I found I was displaced nomadism. Full-time OUR EARS. relocation resource. It's a facebook group. That just started a couple of days ago. I saw that good But yeah so I. I talked to him One of the people who started it a little bit earlier Just to to see what he was. And you know it's all just came from a genuine place of trying to help others and I think that that's fantastic that there's that resources well and resources are popping up daily by the minute. New Things are coming up. And so I think it's It's safe to say that there's an amazing response to what's going on so we can all be scared is. There's a lot of great rice as out there. One of the interesting things to though is that I think this points to the issues. We're having right now. Points to some of the major problems in the in the campground industry like we don't we don't have a hotels dot com. We don't have an expedia where you know you can go and book any hotel and and compare rates and see what's available and that sort of stuff and I think that the the campgrounds would be wise to get on board with something like that in the future. So I was one of the things I was talking to one of the Heads of a the head of the Florida campground says station was talking to me about how you know. We're the RV. Parks are place where people shelter where people get away from natural disasters and we could still have no tornadoes and hurricanes and all that sorta stuff during this pandemic you know so. It's yeah it's real critical that we keep those lines of support available for when something doubles down on top of it absolutely. Yeah you you have to think about that and you know. I'm hoping that people within our states and federal governments are starting to think about this because They need to get that correct. Messaging out there and reassure the people of what what their decisions are and what And how to implement it you know they in their important that the RV parks open. Yeah and I know. Pennsylvania had retracted their order day to Pennsylvania's shelter in place order Restricted all hotels and campgrounds except for residential. Rv Parks. But it didn't it didn't clearly say what residential meant But the hotel association got them to back off of that A bit so I think. I think they're going to be open and I know the RV Industry Association has been working on this as well But I think that got reverted. So we'll see what happened as more and more state dues because there's more and more states certainly will be you know going forward with shelter in place restrictions and and It's unfortunate but it's different in every state and you have to know what it means wherever you are but that's just going to be the reality of you're listening to park land deal. We'll be back in just a moment. This is Anne. And this is Samantha. And where the host of the podcast stuff mom never told you or seventy as we would like to say podcast about anything and everything through a feminist lens and since we know a lot of you are saying in and maybe looking for something to listen to. We've curated some play list of episodes for you all. 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I mean I'm sure like California and Utah are big hits on that You know the state parks in California close. You know the states you know a laundry list of state parks that are closed and all army corps engineer and then it gets a little more granular After that I was looking at your Your resources the Cova nineteen resources under website. And what I love about it is that you have direct links to the official websites of these announced. Yeah because yeah. We don't feel like we could maintain the we're trying to maintain the information throughout the day. But you know things are changing so and then we'll also where we'll be asking the community just as as things as they're telling us that places are closed we have community would also adviser funds places. So it's been it's been a great effort that Many people involved in in providing information. Oh yeah absolutely that's awesome. I'm really glad that you know it's it's crazy. How the communities coming together and just really working to give the best advice and resources available You Blur really using their brains and resources to like find different ways to help Right yeah well. I think we all feel so help us. So whatever whatever we can do at this point we can't control the situation at all know exactly. We realized our hands and all we could do is just being a good resource for each other. And I think that's important in the end of all this but I did also want to ask you what I'm what made you Start compendium odd question. yeah so we actually my husband and I start at the site. Kobe Bryant And myself started Compendium in Guess Thousand Twelve. We started the Davis. But that was that came after We had a different website and earlier. website that we started in our first airstream that What's her finding Brick and mortar poker 'cause we actually our relationship started over poker game so It's a gamble. Yeah so When we hit the road for the first time in two thousand five we You know wanted to continue playing poker but back in those like donate as You couldn't have google. You know whatever town you're in and then the word poker and expect to find all the results in the surrounding areas. You could only find a result in the town you were and and Yeah and so it would be camping and location You know for a week and then move on and and then drive by casino. Oh playing poker. So I'm telling you how we started poker Alice instead of him. anyways ones We actually sold that website We literally Brian worked on it for a year in that transition. But then the day he Stopped working on. He started working on the database. Campanian and basically the reason was We're taking for years Between and when we got back on the road in two thousand eleven we expected that You know things would have improved as far as finding places to camp and they had an. Yeah we you know 'cause I always wanted photos and we needed to know cell service because of our work You need to be connected and there was nothing you know there was nothing and Brian was like we should do that. You know we do it right. And then you know as you know to work and And so basically I was like fine. We'll set up the database for you and if you feel this database with information then we'll build a friend for and that's what he does that is I love that. How rolling the dice to campground closures. To make sure people get this resource. I mean like it's just that you're really working on. You're working on something that I use. I use compendium For the last year and a half to Kinda like get those exactly what you're talking about and I love that yeah and closures as far as A virus related closer That will we're adding Filtering for that on the website on Monday and then APP should be a few days later. We'll have that updated as well as show closure so that way You would be able to select. I only want to see camp grant center open right now. 'cause really who wants to click through and find a bunch of close friends. Nobody so hopefully we've been able to give you enough resources here to keep you afloat wherever you are and wherever you are headed so now you've made it to destination. What now for some advice on how to maintain your peace of mind during these difficult times. I called up. Cadle fanning a business culture consultant and founder of well vocation and. She had some advice on how to not get too distant while we socially distance so I just put out just a quick little list of tits. That people can start with I think I put that out on Yesterday actually my brain is so muddled with what day day it is but yes that was yesterday and you know it's like we've kind of all been convinced right now that we gotta be refreshing the news every five minutes we've gotta check our email For the latest articles were all getting inundated with all that southlands. So one of my first recommendations for people is take a media break Yes news is breaking all the time. But we really don't need to be stayed glued to it and one of the things that happens when we do stay glued to it is it can send us into sort of a fight or flight state of mind and I mean that can lower our immune systems that can make you feel. More stress too can affect our Our sleep our overall wellbeing and so that was one of my first head was taken media. Break take at least three or four hours each day where you're looking at your phone. Turn THE NEWS OFF. Is One of our checking in you know at least a couple of times a day and also checking in with our loved ones and save timing. And and you know doing as much connectivity via video conferencing as we can. We're we're doing fine. I don't think that we need to be glued. So that was my one tip and then I. I have a lot of people because I've always worked remotely and you know. I know that y'all do as well in many ways so people are just trying to figure out. How do I work remotely? And so I'm kind of hoping client navigate. Okay well if you know if you're not set out for this how can you Just create little lap top desk space. That is just your than it feels right and it feels comfortable because a lot of us are skinnier days. You know in our. Pj's wops hops on the Sofa and that might work for some of US. But it's not really. The best workstation long-term I mean even for a week really you know and so I'm just encouraging people to really Spend some time making a workspace that works for them. That doesn't need to even require spending much money going out but just making something that is quiet and peaceful and organized To just those two things I think if people can focus on just creating a safe good environment where they're not constantly eating up the media And then breathing exercises. I help or reading. Yes yes yes. Yes yes I just read that Like organic produce is down and Pantry and sugary and flour based product are up and hello people like before on a quarantine and trying to keep ourselves. Well this is not the time By all means like you know. Get Your Comfort food. I'm not saying that we just beating. Tail twenty four seven but I literally just read that thirty minutes ago literally had to hop since like my emergency and too pockets. Just because I've been strict. Oh I get it I get it. It's all about balance. I totally get it. I had macaroni and cheese this weekend. I will bet so. Yeah by all means like you know EPA Comfort Food Bake the fund pizzas with your with your nose but Find Find The balance and my dad just sent me a video of him working out with paint cans because he didn't even get to go to a Kademi before it closed down to get a kettlebells. I was cheering him on like. That's awesome because there's so many people that love going to the gym and now they're trying to figure out okay. How can I do this at home? And I now is not the time for all of us to spend ten hours a day on the SOFA. That's not gonNA do any of us any favors. So just you know. Create create like someone said today. Oh I really don't miss my alarm. I love not having one and I was like well hold on to wake up. Yeah like re intriguing. Re Entry is going to happen and so it's going to be a lot smoother and easier for US physically emotionally mentally if we stick to some sort of routine right now for sure. Oh Yeah of course. That's what I've been talking to people about As be replaying trivia with Some listeners and interacting in different ways just to try to give them Some kind of something to look forward to. That's an activity. Um something to keep them busy. Keep their kids. Busies can have ten minutes in the bathroom to cry. You know whatever that union. Yes through this and And so yeah exactly You know when I was talking about this it's a lot about displaced people within the RV communities for those people that are and it's our it's actually not RV as much more of the van lifers Because they're gyms were they take their showers of taken away their coffee shops where they have been taken away and the grocery stores where they get their water refills. Or you know. They're they're foods have been taken away as well and so it's about like trying to make sure that they have the right resources to really work within that. And then once they get somewhere they need to create a new routine because they're routinely completely out the window and that's part of the risk of this lifestyle even with fulltime viewers. But not as much because we can contain and we can. I'll say hoard away but now or we didn't fill up our a reserve water and you know we can dump it different stations. You know it's it's a very different style but I think it's really important now. Is that people have that holistic approach. Yeah and it's you know. Studies show that when we are stressed out. Our wellness and fitness plans are usually the first thing that we throw out the window. You know how many of us have said. Oh I I can't work out today. I just don't have time and you know here. And there. That's okay but I'm just trying to emphasize to my clients right now that we practice our holistic wellbeing all the time. So that in times like this. It's just a muscle that reflect. It's just a muscle that we go back to. It's like muscle memory like riding a bike and So yeah we're going to have days where the routines is gonNA feel different. We're GONNA have to figure it out. It's okay if it doesn't look like it did before because life isn't looking like it did before But now's not the time to you. Know Wallow in despair and throw all that out the window because we really really need it absolutely absolutely and then with you know the texture really good points like our viewers we we do this on a constant basis. Like this the Sipho `isolation and When we travel. It's not like we're around people all the time and so our minds have already adapted to the situation where it's not as stressful Right but it's still stressful to be uprooted You know we kind of always plan for that because of Boondock in that culture even in the in the tweet. I always ready when I'm in a Walmart parking lot. Hey you're not allowed to be here. Okay exit you know on the side of the road somewhere So you kind of almost rallying for these extreme so totally. It really home is where you park. And it's such a cliche now right but I just. It's like you. We embrace this temporary way of living and home really is where we park it and and so we just had to really Kinda remind ourselves about this week I just and trying to stick to facts as much as I can and not let the emotional side of this takeover and so I do see people saying things like. How did you check in at that? Campground I thought all campgrounds are closed. And I understand why people are saying that. But I'm I'm trying to be cricket. Say please check campaign dion or you know please please talk to your camp host. Because the fact of the matter is that these campgrounds are companies. And I think a lot of them realized that they can't displace people and a lot of people month-to-month they've they've signed something with the campgrounds and so it's just simply not true that there's not a campground available but it does take a little bit more digging right now talking. I mean we checked this morning before. He drove two and a half hours over here and they said we're ready to welcome you. We have the sanitary check in process So that was just good extra peace of mind but for sure you know what Camp Indian is doing is such a lifeline for US refreshing it every every few hours and they really are very grateful for that resource. You know. They're they're doing an amazing amazing job and You know there's there's people out there that are You know creating petitions to keep our campgrounds open Like trump camper magazine DOT COM I think it's I think it's a RV see And that's the Basically National RV Park Association You know they're paying with lobbying in Congress and making sure that people are educated on the right. Each state has their own association. Who are working on that so I think that that message is getting across our plan at least for the next two weeks just avoiding large cities and staying put and so we are staying put here. Were not traveling anymore. We've made sure that we had enough gas like a week ago so that we didn't even have to touch a gas station today. Like there really are ways that you can hit the road if you absolutely have to And not interact with a lot of people you know we used to. We were joking earlier that we would go to the grocery store when we were out of our favorite things and now we're going to go to the grocery store when we're out of everything. We are literally going to go through everything before we do that. And so there are ways that we can be even more. You know minimalist minded. I guess right now and and not be so quick to jump in the car and and exposure you know how big of a minimalist you are and because of his style so did from minimalist even farther into it. That's crazy but yeah like man. We went shopping yesterday But we literally had like two slices of bread no eggs. Yeah absolutely and I just think that there are people that are doing the right things and You know it's all about trying to find our balance again. Yeah we really are all in this together and I think what we all do might look a little different. 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Re-learning History At Little Bighorn National Monument

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Re-learning History At Little Bighorn National Monument

"Dear Young Rocker is more than just a podcast about music. It's a memoir of how it feels to survive high school when you don't fit in and the freeing feeling of picking up a guitar for the first time it's also advice for anyone who is for was young and his ever felt weird or alone dear. Young Rocker is written and narrated by me. Chelsea Ersan executive produced by Jay Brennan. And comes you from double elvis productions. Listen to Gary Rocker on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcasts well let me just start by saying that. I feel totally misled by my elementary school. Teachers about American history and the battle of little big horn was Well my memories of it foggy but whenever I would think of little big horn and custer's last stand I thought of general custer as the protagonist like a Noble Avenger on the frontier but as we discovered from our time at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana that is decidedly not really the case. No not at all those definitely one of those more. I opening emotional trips to a national park for us Right up there with Gettysburg. It's a modest park but we learned more in a few hours here then probably the entire year of sixth grade. Or whatever you that was yeah I mean there's a chance I wasn't really paying attention during that class probably because it was topped the same teacher who made me literally wrap about Haiti's so I tend to just block out after that like she's dead to me but I remember things totally wrong from like what. I'm trying to piece together now but still I felt like one of those emojis with the part of their had blowing off and it might in shock like a little bit. Corn is just my mind blowing. We're both just a couple of enlighten Modi's after this trip. That's for sure So let's get right into it and share experience at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Matt. I'm Brad this is park lane production of I heart radio. We thought are lost in Chicago. Moved into an RV and now we're traveling the country fulltime with our dog. Fan Exploring America's national parks and this week's episode is on the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana history. So for those of you who are like me and have very foggy misconceptions about little bighorn. Or perhaps you were my classmates at Saint Anthony Manchester New Hampshire and you also ignoring missiles. Luzinski less clear. Some of the basic facts for you. Yeah do you think your teacher has any idea that she's being been incurring character on our podcast. Yeah that's a good question. We've I've talked about her in at least three episodes of this point which is kind of crazy. Because I haven't thought about her in like twenty years but now she's like literally recurring character in in my life. She probably she has no idea though and I I wonder where she is a again. I know give her a lot of flack now but to really was pretty great. She clearly liked left an impression even though she was a hard ass and I'll give it to her that she thought way outside of the box. I mean what other teacher would make their their students rap about Greek gods or any of that but she did. She also gave me my first attention. So you mixed feelings. You've had to wait wait. You said you'RE I. I may have multiple Improv. I've probably had multiple. I think I I remember. Sixth grade was my rebellious year. Where I just like got crazy like like got sent to the principal's office and how to like have my parents sign notes. I don't know I was rebelling hard. I was really docile. Nice through fifth grade and I just went haywire. I definitely had a lot of detentions suspensions all the all the above your didn't Miss Lewis. Gnc She would not now of what I mean like. Where would we be without Mrs Lasensky? Them? I know it's kind of like the butterfly effect. You know accept. This is the missiles Lewinsky in fact if I hadn't had her where would I be? It'd probably be completely different. Probably not here today to talk about the battle of little big horn. But we're GONNA get into that now because that's what we're actually here to talk about right. Yes so a re- I Refresher on American history little bighorn battlefield is located in southern Montana. Halfway between the middle of the state in the eastern portion of the state. The state is huge. In case you didn't know that It's close to the Wyoming border and about three and a half hours from yellowstone. The closest like bigger city is billings. Montana which is about an hour west of the park and it serves as a monument to the battle of the little bighorn which took place June twenty fifth and twenty six and eighteen. Seventy six weirdly. Exactly one hundred years after the signing of the Declaration of independence. That's oddly poetic kind of dark way or a very dark way. Yeah especially because of low straights the ongoing struggles between native Americans do some layers and how it most certainly did not end right away like still. It's still going on today. So yeah it's really sad As as battlefield was and this monument is Actually it's a nice memorial for the legacy of the LAKOTA. Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho People's. Yeah Nice might be suggest. Subjective The battle alone was definitely a violent tragedy but over the ensuing years. This place was fraught with even more drama and even more conflict mostly because for a long time the battlefield was preserved primarily to commemorate and celebrate general custer and his American troops like. Excuse me yeah. A lot of native American history including the important fact that they were being aggressively forced off their land. Especially with this battle. has been erased glossed over which is nuts and over the years starting in eighteen seventy nine when the site was first preserved as the US national cemetery to protect the graves of cavalry troops. Little bighorn took on all these different phases and monikers lake national cemetery of customers filled reservation in eighteen. Eighty six and even more egregious custer battlefield. National Monument in Nineteen forty-six. Yes in nineteen seventy six. The American Indian movement finally put their foot down and protested the name of the site Which they've done this. They were doing this for years up until that point. But they really got into it as being preserved like it's just it's not right since it primarily custard in his side of the battle Which they felt was literally inactive genocide. Yeah I know it's crazy to mean it's crazy and sad that it got to this point where they needed to be like hey remember. This wasn't like a one-sided this isn't black and white And they felt like they're being like fully attacked and murdered and genocide. So I get it. I don't remember exactly what the lesson plan entailed for me in elementary school. I don't remember like what I initially learned but I sure remember it. Like praising custer at least I'm like ninety seven percent sure it did like I remember growing up thinking he was kind of in the hero role. Yeah I mean and in American history. He really was. Yeah and you know there is a lot. There are a lot of times where he was on the right side but great men can still mess up true. Yeah I WANNA be surprised though because judging by how confusing this place was for so many years. It's hard to figure out exactly what happened here. Who deserves to be honored and who should be taking top billing It's all black and white Yeah very gray very blurry I think like little bighorn is as complicated as it gets really but still one important bottom line is that general custer is in the noble like heroic steed. I was initially led to believe. I'll give him this though his name custer always does make me think of custard in. That's a pleasant well aside that I'll take I guess that's a good way to find a silver lining. It's a little weird but you do. Yeah I you know I gotta find levity wherever I can especially with a place like this and dessert is always go for me. I always compare things to like sweets and stuff and custard it literally. Sounds custard. So gimme that so anyway. Finally in Nineteen Ninety one. The site was renamed. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and formalized by President George H W Bush which I mean took long enough. Yeah this was years and years after name change. After named James Shuffling the park around the secretary of war to the National Register of historic places to the National Park Service and reshuffled in so a lot of the history is still not accurate. And what we needed to be right. I feel like all these different organizations are basically playing like hot potato with bighorn battlefield. You know just bashing around from one place to the next renaming it here. Renaming it there. It was very confusing and very very over the years which maybe is why all the way back in fifth grade. I was so confused and unsure of what else learning and who these people were in these events were but little bighorn. Battlefield is actually also now on the National Register of historic places which that fits finding. I went through a fit about that. So memorial started being added by bearing soldiers bodies in the ground. Exactly where they were found until eighteen eighty one when they were dug up and reinterred by this new GRANA memorial constructed at the top of last stand hill and they initially put stakes in the ground. Where the bodies were found but eventually upgraded to marble markers and we saw a lot of them while we were here. Yes we did but the thing I like most is how the monument was finally renamed to honor the native Americans as well. This included adding in Indian memorial near last stand hill and once again. It's about time now so now fittingly. There's also markers. Memorials honor like Honoring Warriors. Like crazy horse in one thousand nine hundred ninety even added. Red Granite Markers to further highlight them and where they died in combat. Today you look out over a little big horn and you just see this expanse both ride granite markers in white marble markers so like you said. It's definitely not black and white at all. I mean it's technically white marble but the events of what happened here in eighteen seventy six. The following years require research and most importantly I think personal experience when we visited a little it was the same time period when we are visiting yellowstone over the summer We were staying near Cody Wyoming for the Rodeo few days before July fourth and we had a rental car while the RV was stationed at their be part so on one day. That didn't I didn't have to work We decided to make the long drive up to little and back. Yeah little ambitious. It was definitely a long drive like I drive the hallway by the way which is probably a nice change of pace for you. You're not used to thank you right. Yeah you got to sit by and relax. It was like two and a half hours each way so a lot of drive a lot more than I'm used to. I'm used to zero so I drive a little bit more than that with twenty six darby and a little bit more weight and speed restrictions behind right. Yeah I for me. It helped that the Montana or like ninety miles per hour or so times literally flying by literally but we were able to arrive in little big horn by late morning. Make the most of the day. Yeah Good Timing Museum and is with most parks We started in the Visitor Center Museum and the Little Bighorn had an excellent museum totally. Yeah there's just really something about historic battlefield parks. I think they have some of the best immersive museums. We've ever seen and same thing as Gettysburg. Same thing is true here. We spent a good while. Just strolling through and reading and learning because it's all here like so much history and so much context so. I just you know we just play Hooky and fifth grade. Come here learn everything in a day and it'll stick with you far longer. I promise this is definitely the kind of stuff that Burns Itself into your brain and your memory now. While there's like a scrape museum there's definitely more and more history to dive into and there's more ways to expand and become more knowing Throughout this that's definitely for sure so take it for its initial value of educating you enough to dig deeper that's You know one of the great things Some of the most power stuff in the museum is all the materials collected from the battlefield. Itself like ammunition soldier's equipment tools and even horse bones so gross. I can't even deal with the horse bones like I'm that of a person who I can't watch movies with war battles and that's primarily BP. Because I get upset about horses when the horses are rain about all. I'm like what about no like they didn't choose this. They don't hurt the don't go to war. They like are forced to participate in it but leave the horses out of it. I don't see that though. Then you're not can late this fact Horses play a huge in the battle of little big hit when a Lieutenant George as Godfrey visited custer hill two days after the battle he noted that there were forty two men and thirty nine dead horses here. That would explain why I saw a little horse cemetery up by last anthill when I was out there walking around and I was definitely not emotionally ready for that and I'm still not emotionally ready to talk about it. It's broom people as I mean. It's not one that's coded with beautiful tales now and it's important to realize that these animals gave their lives to It's so nice to see them Commemorated as well yeah. I guess that's true when he lifted that way like they gave their lives as well. So it's nice to see them commemorated. Even though stumbling on unexpectedly across a Horse cemetery definitely it does look like something out of a Stephen King novel like pet cemetery but with like a battlefield twist. Yeah but let's get back to the museum. There's also a huge collection of historic photos. Manuscripts maps are an records This place is perfect to really dig into that like the context on to try to start understanding it for yourself for the first time And the information of the battle of the little bighorn led to it. And what happened after absolutely because evidently you and I were both going completely clueless so thankfully. There's this incredible museum to guide. Us along battlefield though the battle took place on the bluffs ravines and ridges that surround the little big Horn River. It's not a mountainous area. It's mostly rolling hills and meadows as far as I can see. It's really pretty very tranquil today. But it was utter chaos in eighteen seventy six. When the LAKOTA Sioux Northern cheyenne-arapaho tribes came to a head against the seventh regiment of the US calvary gruesome in fierce battle OF NATIVE PLAINS TRIBES. Pushing back against Americans westwards expansion And the men who aggressively spearheaded that movement. Yeah it all started in eighteen sixty eight when the government tried to persuade LAKOTA leaders to sign the Treaty of Fort Laramie which would mean ending their nomadic lifestyle and moving to a reservation in South Dakota but famous photo leaders like crazy horse and sitting bull rejected the treaty as it would mean giving up their way of life for one restricting their hunting and essentially being beholden to government subsidies. So things weren't looking good right away. And they only got worse in eighteen. Seventy four when Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong custer was sent on a research trip through the black hills to find a fitting military site and document. The area's natural resources but on the trip geologist discovered gold and this triggered a huge gold rush of miners to the area so the government once again was trying to push. Lakota tribes off their land by purchasing the Black Hills from them billick it always starts gold and Caridi gold Russia's unsurprisingly yeah but again the Lakota the Lakota tribe said now. Okay Fair enough and since the government didn't understand that no means no they couldn't just acknowledge this in respect it. They only escalated the situation by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs ordering them to move to a reservation by January thirty first eighteen. Seventy six and you can probably guess that paid did not do that. So in the following months generals from throughout the region started assembling troops and migrating towards the code and tribes with the intent to force them onto a reservation. custer was leading the seventh cavalry which was a large portion of the troops. Yeah General Philip. Sheridan Colonel John Gibbon and General George Crook custer began to descend on the little bighorn region in June when all three tries through gathered for their annual. Sundance mony at the time sitting bull actually had a vision of soldiers collapsing into their village. Which made them feel like a victory of some sort on the horizon like he was like prophesyzing that something might happen. But they'll try. It's all emerged victorious. So custer set up a camp nearby on June twenty-fourth and sent out scouts to report back on the location of the tribes By the morning of June twenty fifth customers men were perched by the both mountains Only about twelve miles from the little bighorn river. Once he's suspected that Indian warriors had discovered them. He commanded an immediate attack on the village. Which is estimated to have about eight thousand people so the first assault took place along little big horn river where three companies commanded by major. Marcus Reno met worries for the first time he wound up withdrawing and fleeing but warriors chase them down and really weakened his troops to the point where they had to scrape some blocks in the side of the river and they were stuck here under fire from warriors until the following morning. Meanwhile custer had led troops north along some bluffs to an area called medicine trail Were some fighting occurred. Once the warriors had pushed Reno back to the top of the hill they begun to move forward towards custer. Yeah so at this point. Seven cavalry was severely outnumbered dwindling and they were starting to realize that. Like maybe we're in over our heads here. They're in a way that's They're in way over their H- their heads and they kept being pushed back further and further into precarious situations like the present day. Last stand site. Where many of them corner were cornered and eventually killed because they couldn't successfully escape and this is where that giant granite memorial was built in eighteen. Eighty one even though the battle is technically a victory for Lakota and Cheyenne Tribes Peoples. It only enraged the government and made them want to force them onto reservations even more Less than one year later that surrendered and given up the Black Hills as well and they were not paid for anything for him. Yeah basically this whole saga was just one epic lose-lose in the most gruesome way. You're listening to park land from iheartradio. Those who work with Mike Bloomberg know him best working with Mike. Bloomberg was one of the most empowering experiences that I've had I've been working for Bloomberg for Twenty Seven Years Twenty five years almost thirty years. There's nobody that I respect. 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I host the bobby bones show and I'm pretty much always sleepy because I wake up with three o'clock in the morning a couple of hours later I get all my friends together and we get into a room and we do a radio show wish your allies we tell our stories we try to find as much good in the world if you possibly can and we looked through the news of the day that you'll care about also your favorite country. Artists are always stopping by to hang out and share their lives and music too so wake up with a bunch of my friends on ninety eight point seven. W M Z Q in Washington DC or wherever the rotates you on the iheartradio APP. Hi I'm Brad. This is Park Land Area and today's episode is on Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. The main man at the center of this story and this monument and the source of a lot of confusion as well as General Armstrong custer So think it's important to talk more about him and his past as well. Oh for sure. Yeah he's a complicated encompass figure more than anyone we've talked about our learned about by far and he's not overtly in the wrong but he's definitely not in the right car. He was born in Ohio in Eighteen. Thirty nine and initially wanted to become a teacher before attending West Point Military Academy He wound up graduating last in his class in eighteen. Sixty one be made up for it by volunteering and Proving himself as a reliable hard worker and this was during the civil war when volunteers and hard workers were needed most. Yeah and he was such a hard worker that he actually got promoted all the way up to general volunteers of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade Eventually Tomato General. By the end of the war. He became famous as a leader always entering battle from the front like he was literally the first person to engage with combatants which is terrifying and also super brave. He fought in several battles against confederate forces and rarely ever received any injuries which is why he earned the nickname custer luck the only wound he got was from an artillery shell during the battle of culpeper courthouse. That's crazy considering. He's always leaving the charge. That's pretty impressive and very lucky. Yeah so this hard work and loyalty and all his efforts to the civil war all great and all noble. That's awesome and that's it's history is not black and white by any means and he certainly didn't go rogue and attack the village on his own or anything he was just following orders like he's always done so that's why he's such a complex figure. I think is you can't take one instance or one battle from his whole career and just like judge him because he did really brave heroic things sure but he also did atrocious things but then you also have to weigh the fact that he didn't do them on his own coordinated and just charge into Montana one morning and be like I'm going to commit genocide today you know that's why it sounds easy to talk about the little bighorn battlefield. Because it's so complicated. You can kind of see both sides but ultimately you have to realize that none of this would have ever happened. If the government didn't aggressively try to force native Americans off their land exactly and while you're at little bighorn you can get out and experience it for yourself too. Which is what we love. That's how we came away learning so much. There aren't really any hiking trails or like outdoor activities. Here it's mostly self guided walks and stuff like that like we did the deep ravine trail which is an easy half mile round trip trail near the visitor center and this goes down into the basin by last stand hill. And it's got a self guided trail map that goes with it so you can read about important historical facts along the way and see all the different memorial markers in the tall grass. Is that surrounded? Yeah that was. That was pretty amazing. Very cool somber. But there's also custer national cemetery which looks like a mini Arlington kind of where graves are marked for known and unknown veterans. It's one of one hundred fifty cemeteries in what's called the national cemetery system across the country and one of only fourteen but the national park service manages. The cemetery was created. After those who died here. Were already buried on the grounds which is how most national cemeteries operates. Several bodies have been moved though including custer yeah he was reinterred at West. Point in other cool thing you can do. Here is Dr Along Tore Road which is about four and a half miles with an accompanying cell phone audio tour option. But I think you actually bought a CD at the visitor center definitely did at a CD player so we put it in there and just pause it and listen. We drove from stop to stop. Yeah I haven't used the CD. Longtime actually. I don't think I've had a CD. Since like the last now the Terekhov music volume seventy six or whatever but we could call this audio tour cd like now. That's what I call a little corn right. Yeah I mean. The narration was a little weird in del- maybe the Torres Livelier. I don't know but it got the job done gave us enough like education To just start to understand the process of how the battle went out and was laid out and why it was put together that way since the road in landscape is pretty plain will yeah literally like their planes so playing plans and the most recent side of the park is the Indian memorial and like we said about damn time. Construction of the memorial was ordered in Nineteen ninety-one and designer was elected in nineteen ninety seven and it was finally finally unveiled in two thousand and three formerly titled the Peace Through Unity Indian memorial. It's a beautiful memorial. Cross the road from the last stand hill Designed to honor the native Americans Who died during combat protecting land and their culture as well as their children. It's important to note that it wasn't just custer's last stand here either. It was also the potential. Sdn for local Indians have this place home for centuries and the sculpture of three warriors riding on horseback which was designed by Oglala Sioux Artist Colleen Council Aka Sister. Wolf is perfectly sat so that it looks like they're riding on the Montana pair in the background. It's really beautiful. I love the memorial. Yeah this is the heart of the memorial which is a large circle that has red dirt in the middle and a stone walkway around it. They're a panels for each tribe. Who fought in the battle as well and the most emotional part is the weeping wall where water is consistently flowing down into a pool designed to represent tears for fallen warriors and soldiers. Yeah definitely weeping like thinking about its powerful stuff and gets even better or by better. I mean more heartbreaking but the memorial was constructed so that you can actually see the seventh calvary monument from the weeping wall signifying that both warriors and soldiers are welcome in the memorial together in a symbol of unity bike. Very beautiful very full circle and it's great to see all come together this way especially after such an epic tragedy and then the years and years and decades of ensuing Mike Drama and like Renaming and disrespecting. It's absolutely I mean it's just one of those crazy experiences where you realize what we learned in school or didn't learn or didn't learn is hopefully what not what they're still learning today. Yeah I can only hope food under done at little bighorn. We are starving So he drove outside the park and across the road. This place called custer battlefield trading post which has a huge shop filled with native American goods and clothes. And there's also a restaurant. I mean they should probably update the name of the restaurant. Reflect the national monument but I still loved. It can blame them. I mean really. There was so much renaming of this place that they have to have a whole new business license and business plan it keeps on getting renamed very confusing but our server was wonderful and the restaurant was so warm and cozy it really just felt like this huge lodge and they had like one of my favorite foods ever they have the Indian tacos. Yes a FRY bread heaped beans cheese tomatoes lettuce and they even have a sweet version with honey dipping. Yeah I kind of wanted to get that but you know I I just love the I can't say no to the TACO. It's you can't really eat it like in traditional Taco like hand-held forum because it's really layered and it would get really messy but it's a great like knife and fork Taco. A savory like fried dough perfect with a cup of coffee yeah yeah it really was bottomless cups of coffee. Great but it was a great little place. There's a lot of fun. Touristy ask Items in their shops and even some Authentic native American paintings and sculptures and things that you can purchase As well so it was a good mix of All of your needs it really was it was so fun store or to wander around for a little bit after after lunch any talk. Yeah we definitely decided to leave the RB back because driving it here would have been really difficult because we weren't going through here. We definitely wanted to make the effort to visit this national Battlefield right and I think this is a great example of being mindful of gas with RV. Because that's by far the biggest expense with our RV and driving from where we were staying to here in backing the same day would have been like five hours. Roundtrip would've would've actually six six. And a half. Dr. Who doesn't go up? I mean it can but at ninety that'd be terrifying yeah And so basically you know once you get into seven hours your time out at least one hundred and fifty dollars in fuel versus taking a car hours. Roundtrip twenty-five Thirty Bucks Right Different Compaq So like just that day's rental plus that is still cheaper than getting totally worth it that yeah yeah. So that's something a factor in and it all worked out great also taking a car. It leaves less anxiety for us because we're not leaving the V. Somewhere and you know we know that it securely hooked up somewhere so there's a lot of things like that that just us the freedom to do different things because I couldn't imagine doing that like car tour with the audio book in the RV. Just be a little not fun. Not exactly narrow yeah totally narrow and RV does not have a CD player. So we'd be out of luck with without little beauty and so this really just allowed us to connect with the National Park and not and leave. Our baggage are home at home. Ecology yes and our ecological concept of the day is fire dependent ecosystems. Yes on the surface it would seem that fire and ecosystems do not. Math fire can be dangerous to plants and animals. Obviously I mean that's what's causing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes in California. It's it's horrifying but the human relationship with fire. Ecosystems is different from an ecosystem's relationship with fire. This world is filled with fire. Food after all oxygen is what fire eats. And there's plenty of it here in Earth you know. This has been burning since it was formed in. It's even been argued that humans couldn't have evolved the way that we have without the -bility to make firework for US fascinating however fire has the potential to destroy what we built our homes communities and Agricultural Land. Yes and for at least a portion of human history. We've tried to keep fire separate which is of course impossible because lightning strikes eventually but the more that ecologist study fire the more they realized that it's actually acts like a living breathing organism in an ecosystem. Where fires allowed to do? Its thing there might be a handful of fires every year of varying sizes intensity and type Groundfire might breeze through burning just or Ganic soil. Or it might be accompanied by a surface fire that feeds on grasses low growing shrubs enforce litter yes and then there's crown fires which might happen after a lightning storm in burn through the tree. Canopy as long as fire isn't suppressed. It's unlikely that any of these will be very destructive. At least as long as your house is not in the way of it. Yeah true there. I've been there like yeah I think. Ptsd I get it. Some ecosystems actually require fire to function And the grasslands at Little Bighorn National Monument or one of them. Yeah America's Grassland. Perry's are not what they once were. Human Agriculture has removed most of the Blue Bunch Week Grass Sandberg Bluegrass and June Grasso that used to dominate the prairies of the Midwest but fire systematically ben essential in promoting cu production keeping woody plants from sneaking into the ecosystem and basically keeping grasslands grassy although although lightning is the main way the fires are started than the prairie ecosystem. Like the one you see at little bighorn. There's a lot of evidence that native Americans started fires to drive game to promote the production of seeds in the plans. They like to eat almost like a weapon in a battle to clear the land for travel These days the National Park Service actually ignites and closely manages fires in the little bighorn and other parks for fire is an important member of a healthy ecosystem. Much like never yeah. We've seen this in a handful of parks and read a lot about it. The the benefits of fire as long as you know it's the right setting and it's obviously not arson because yes that's never good. But this time it was like Yellowstone where you know in the eighty S. We had a huge fire. And that's because we kept on putting out all these small fires and not allowing to Kinda take. Its course so then. This one happened which was by human error but still happen Basically that cigarette butt lit up the forest and it demolished most of yellowstone's ecosystem but by allowing it to what it needs to do and kind of helping it in those ways and doing in small batches. That's really what are kind of talking about this concept of like fire dependent systems exactly. You're listening to parkway India a production of iheartradio boats like big boats. You like people working on yachts. Do you like poor people in the rich people. They serve on yachts. Are you always like what goes on below deck? Hi this is Anna and nick. Turner the hosts of decades. 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It's really time to wrap up our episode on the Little Bighorn and share with each other a favorite part of this national monument. Yeah so per usual. We haven't told you there are answers. So it's a surprise. What are little favorite moments? Were from big horn. So do you want to start with? What your favorite thing about. This park was my favorite thing about this. Park was fat going there reading Looking through history at the museum's even looking to their book collections I really realized that there's much more research to do about native American culture in history Incan like junction with American history in the aspect of civil wars and timelines to understand like what we were actually doing at the same time. So there's so much more history to dive into and that's what for me. Little Big Horn was just that I still have a lot of learning to do and I. There's a lot more ways to open up my eyes to make sure that I can understand what is American history and not just written from the Americans side right beautiful. I mine is kind of similar. I would say if I'm picking a specific thing or site. The peace through unity Indian memorial. Mike easily takes the cake. I thought it's just a gorgeous memorial in and of itself but also what it symbolizes in like in general with the park on the whole I think symbolizes how much I learned what I took away and how it really rattled me. I went here and I was like like what I learned in. Fifth grade is not accurate. Granted I don't remember much but like a really kind of shocked me up and ultimately that was a very positive thing so it shows how complicated American history is especially in relation to native Americans and especially during this time and its battle took place and it's just not as cut and dry not nearly as black and white as I thought. This particular moment in history was and just fascinating. There's a lot to learn here. And it's a very eye-opening park in just that I think is my favorite also eighty-one oh shout missiles. Lewinsky from fifth grade. I know you try your best. Bless your heart. I don't remember what your curriculum was. I'm sure it was well intentioned but it'd be really fun. It's it's now kind of this weird goal of mine I would love to go to little bighorn battlefield national moment with Miss Lewinsky. Have this like Y- this beautiful like reunion there. And so if she's somehow miraculously she somehow was listening. Here's this I would love to do that. She should she should like be a gas like we've talked about her weight now. I really think it's one of those things that we should And that's because there's so much more to learn and we need to keep educating ourselves. Keep on traveling. Keep on trying to understand this beautiful culture and history that we live in the United States. Because it's very complex very deep many layers and there's so much out there. Yeah I think the number one thing that I would bring is to is to open years. Yeah in an open mind and an open mind and to shut my mouth. 'cause I just wanted to learn I want to see I want to visualize because you have to come in here with an open mind. Yes there's lots of taken so you gotTa make room for for all this new knowledge that you're learning because there is really at the time here and I think you should also bring what like I think a compact car or rental car like cross if you're are being that's something to be mindful of unless you're lucky enough to be like camping right down the street or something where I'm kind of negligible. But if you're making any sort of a hall here then it could be economically challenging now. I'll tell you one thing to not bring do not bring hiking shoes. Don't come here with like all your national parks like back camping swag because you don't need it it's definitely a small place that's very manageable A lot of eight sessile accessibility. I think the whole part anyone else can walk. It's very accessible. Yeah I think one thing. Yeah you don't need like hiking shoes or hiking boots or anything like that but I think it would be why not to come here on anything. Fancy by any means because I say that because we're here on a drizzly day and I was walking around by the memorial and step in like a pretty deep thing of mud and may thirtieth so I mean I. I wasn't wearing like hiking beats but I wasn't wearing dress shoes or anything by aiming so bring a rain jacket. Just in case just in case check the weather and younger brother printed weather thing dress. Accordingly ballparks visited and talked about I really feel like little bighorn was just a huge therapeutic lesson for me. It really was. 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White Water And White Russians At Grand Teton

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51:57 min | 1 year ago

White Water And White Russians At Grand Teton

"Disgrace land a music and true crime podcast about musicians getting away with murder of behaving very badly hosted by me Jake. Brennan is back with Season Five on March tenth. Two Thousand Twenty. And you're not gonNA WANNA miss new episodes on guns and Roses Jay Z. Prints Ozzy Osbourne nipsy Hustle the rolling stones and more. You can listen to disgrace land on the I. R. Radio APP Apple podcasts. Wherever you get your podcast rocker role when you think about the green tetons what comes to mind. Iconic Snowy Mountains Pristine Lakes and grizzly bears. Mostly yeah yeah but also have a white Russians Whitewater rafting and hootenanny. I mean sure. All those things take place here. Grand Teton National Park in my opening and clearly. There's a lot to love about this epic Park. Oh Yeah I'll say as NAVID and wrestles hiker myself. This is my dream but also as someone who enjoys warm cocktails while sitting hot tubs. It also scratches that edge. This place really. Has it all from all kinds of beautiful hiking trails and wildlife to history musical hootenanny and some of the best restaurants and bars and Teton village? Nearby Jackson we could easily spend a whole month year or more. Yeah except the RV. Park prices are pretty busy and we'd probably be bankrupt by the end of it but at least we'd be pleasantly buzzed from other great local beer and cocktails probably merrily tapping our toes hootenanny which is a real thing and I cannot wait to talk about it. All that and more coming up in this week's episode on Grand Teton National Park. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad this Park Land Area. A podcast by iheartradio. We sold our loft in Chicago moved into an RV and now we're traveling in the country fulltime with our dog. Finn Exploring America's national parks. This week's episode is on Grantee National Park. Which is in North Western Wyoming immediately south of a little place called yellowstone which you may have heard of this season All right so for starters we were here at Grand Teton in July right after our time and he also actually since the two parks literally borderie other in grand. Teton is just to the south. They're really the quintessential one two punch of all national parks. I think and unless you're strapped for time it would be a huge oversight to go to one and not be other. Yeah absolutely even though the right next to each other the bulls so different and they vary from one to the other They really look nothing alike. Which is absolutely shocking. Yeah the scenery kind of hits you abruptly to if you're entering Grand Teton from yellowstone heading south especially like all of a sudden scenery explodes and bursts open into these massive serene lakes that brush up against the base of these enormous mountains with jagged snowcapped peaks. These I really feel like are the quintessential mountains of the American West. And they're all here just looming the distance. It's at once alluring and captivating but also intimidating and it really makes me feel small sometimes. It's good to feel small unless you run into a grizzly bear in the wild. And then you're hyper aware of how small you really are. Yeah that'll do it. And that's why this is another place where hairspray is super important bike. There are signs literally everywhere in every store strongly recommending buying and carrying bear spray and also hiking in groups and making noise and all these precautions. Be Bear aware. At least. That's what the signs saying. It's catchy and I I like it. Fortunately we didn't see any bears here when you and I were in guaranteed on. I did see one a few years back when I was here with my family on that yellowstone trump turned out. Fine now clearly didn't die. I mean apparently according to me die or you're totally fine. There's there's no middle ground when it comes to grizzly bears. Of course I'm not gonNA say dramatic or anything but on apply it history so anyway. Let's start by talking about the background in this stablishment of this park because it was a saga Much more complicated and drawn out than most national parks which seems crazy because clearly these beautiful mountains deserve protection and preservation so it should have been obvious but not necessarily in this case for everyone. Yeah complicated is definitely correct. But long before this whole tangled mass the region was first populated by native Americans. Some eleven thousand years ago since these abundant lakes were rich with game for hunting in the Seventeenth Century. French for trappers this for the area and gave the park. Its name by referring to the three tallest mountains as they walk tatum which translates to the three nipples. Which okay like trappers? Six grade boys or something. It's a little say with a straight veins so basically this is the Grand Nipple National Park right real mature but also can we just say how masterful French pronunciation was I. It was great. I didn't know how snaps because I've never said it sounds good but I know we're both really mature The most famous trapper to ever explore the area though was David Jackson who apparently loved the Teton Valley. So much that. The president a town of Jackson hole is actually named after him. Home Stars Follow Jackson in the late eighteen. Hundreds then com conservationists Horace Albright came into the picture in the Nineteen Twenty S. He was the first person to appreciate the tetons. From a preservation standpoint in sought to have them establish national park since the National Park Service had recently been created sixteen at the time. Albright was actually the superintendent of Yellowstone. And he wanted to spread the national parks love to the South so he used his platform to take visiting congressmen and other politicians through the Teton valley. To wow them and help them see the value of this area. Yeah show it off a little bit. Here's the problem though. The area was already populated with ranchers this point and they were very anti national park because they wanted their private land and they wanted to obviously profit off of it and it's our cultural value and you know just really milk it and yes. I realize these in the phrase milk it in an episode where Nipples are being discussed isn't exactly ideal but that's history basically just wrote wrote itself this way. I can't Vince. I mean if it's absolutely so anyway you have Albright Onside these ranchers on the other and they were very much on opposite sides of the argument here but when things changed in nineteen twenty six That's because Albright crossed paths with John. D Rockefeller Jr. yes he did and John. D Rockefeller Jr. is a wealthy naturalist with a heart of gold and pocket-lined with goal to so good. He toured the area with Albright and loved it and he supported the idea of preservation so they devised plan. That was a little devious retrospect. But it's clever and I love it. Rockfeller started buying up tracts of land throughout the area under the moniker. Snake River Land Company which was masquerading as a cattle ranch. Business fairy sneaky and he wasn't the only person doing this time while Disney. That's how he built while Disneyworld. Did he do hundreds of different names? So we'll just fascinating right but then in nineteen twenty nine. A small portion of the land and several lakes were designated as the Grand Teton National Park But rock other all of his extra land that he wanted to include in the park he wanted to donate to the park service but the government wouldn't just take it so he kept buying moorland an additional thirty thousand acres. Yeah what have weird unrelatable problem to have like. Oh I just have excessive amounts of land and money. What a what a pickle. Yeah and honestly though. It's refreshing to see a filthy rich person on such a heartfelt mission like this like. Oh you don't want to take my donation. Well then Aldus by the whole state ENFORC- too. Which is you know so relatable and that's eventually what end up happening after you know years and years so yeah it's crazy how drawn out this was. It was really dramatic too but Rockefeller wrote a letter to President. Franklin D Roosevelt. Nineteen forty-three telling him you would sell them the land if the park service when just take it you know. That's just like a little extra slap in the face. The President Created Jackson Hole National Monument to the east of the existing part but still did not include any of Rockefeller's land. It's like they're dancing around it and if I was Rockefeller it'd be it'd be furious. It took years years. She's just take my freeland. Initially a lot of locals were furious about more protectively. Of course because you know have earned one other until after World War. Two when they eventually saw the economic benefit of the National Monument Park and how it was a huge boon to the local economy so now finally finally after everyone saw one big positive difference. These parks can have the government merged everything together into one park including rockefellers land finally. Yup and that was in nineteen fifty a full twenty one years after the initial formation of the park. Twenty one years. It took awhile fittingly. The National Park Service actually dedicated the whole route connecting yellowstone with grand. Teton to Rockefeller so. Now it's called the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway and it's a national park site in and of itself. Yeah that's true. I did not know that were there. But that's great very deserving right and it's one of the most scenic drives we've ever done and I. I really think Rockefeller would be very proud. So no today. Grand Teton National. Park consists of three hundred and nine thousand acres with more than two hundred miles of hiking trails. And that's just a fraction of the size of yellowstone to the north. But it's really great that the Teton range in its valleys are all finally included and one glorious park filled with epic views and the most beautiful lakes and incredible trails yes. It's a very fitting finale to this year's long saga and we'll talk more about those trails and more after this quick break. You're listening to park land area from iheartradio when it comes to keeping Americans safe from corona virus. This is the sound of a president. We can't rely on as various doctors. This flu people die from the flu. America can do better managing a crisis when everything is on. The line is what Mike. 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Way Up there as one of my favorite parks for hiking because obviously it's a mountain Meko with literally hundreds of miles of trails from easy lakeside. John's to grueling halls across boulder fields. It's got something for everyone whether you're usually walker or a full-blown masochist comes news a prize. That you've actually experienced these trails. Yes true it shouldn't be a surprise. 'cause y'all know me pretty well this so on my first trip to gain. Teton. It was part of my family vacation with my dad. My brother and my sister. This was in two thousand sixteen or Seventeen It and so this is like the first segment of that trip that Yellowstone Grand Teton thing and we were staying at this gorgeous lodge in Teton village. Which is the dream as a little man's had resort ever seen so it's beautiful stunning Unite tried to go back there this past summer when night but everything was pretty much closed. Yeah it's not really a late night town gas but we were there like nine. Pm and I was desperate to take you back to my favorite spots and show you around but oh well. We wound up finding like expensive Sushi and it was. It was all fine but anyway the first full day were the park. We asked the hotel concierge for some hiking trail recommendations this when I was with my family and he suggested something called the Delta Lake trail with his actually an unmarked trail that veers off Amphitheater Lake trail which is kind of the main thing that you see on the map. Yeah and so- Delta Lake was not even listed any of the guidebooks we had. We hadn't heard about it. We were just basically got this guy's recommendation and what he was explaining to us the locals. But that's Kinda scary. I'm surprised you actually agreed to do that. Yeah me too. In retrospect so this trail in Will START AT. Lupine meadows trail head area. Not far from Teton village. It's super pretty and peaceful and it all starts through this lush. Pine forest really smells like a big Christmas tree farm. It's very peaceful very dramatic very relaxing. But we were all the whole time on Hyler forbears. This is our first like trail that we're doing trip and we're obviously all nervous rex about the potential to see bears so very worried. My Dad had bear spray at the ready but about two thirds of the way up to amputate amphitheater lake which at this point has had numerous which backs mountain with some sweeping valley views below. We cut off into the woods towards Delta Lake and things started to get very icy and very snowy pretty quick and we were not properly dressed for at all. We were just for like late summer. Snow Free Walking Leisurely Hiking. Not For this. None of us had gloves. And we're all just like hiking shoes or sneakers even think I was wearing sneakers. So we really gotta get you better hiking. Oh thanks as much as you do. You need to have the best use right. Yeah I think. One of the pairs of shoes. I had literally as a hole in the bottom. Like it's it's ridiculous not okay now and especially for a grilling chair like this. Which had deeper snow. Which went over boulder fields and steep slopes that were literally crawl up some of them and get like hands on and remember like we didn't have gloves so yeah this isn't great but when we finally made it up to Delta Lake. It really was amazing and we had it all to ourselves. It's gorgeous perfectly still a glacial lake that looks like a mirror in the midst of these peaks and the main Teton. The Grand Teton was perfectly situated on the opposite side of the lake rising above the cloud of fog reflecting the water it was really such an amazing and surreal place to eat the rest of our breakfast burritos that does sound really amazing and peaceful. Yeah yeah well. The peacefulness came to a screeching halt on the way back down when we were literally sliding down these steep slopes in crashing into rocks and trying to keep our hands from frostbite at a certain point. I think I was like crying and laughing at the same time in my brother and sister like are you actually okay or do work and I'm like I I don't know honestly I can't tell you I was just like uncomfortable and laughing at the outrageousness of it all. I think that is pretty crazy. Yeah and we were wondering this whole time if the concierge recommended this hike to us because he wanted to kill us like was was this a militias recommendation. Because pull the jokes offering because you lived to tell the tale. Yeah and I'm sure. This trail is beautiful. Must miserable in like the peak summer months when snow is either nonexistent or at least minimal but this is not the time of year for it and it was late. September snow is starting to come back and forth at least at these elevations levels the L. But at least we'd be able to see where we're stepping and not constantly falling into deep snow over boulders. Were to do this in the summer which I would totally come back and do this in the summer. I think it's a worthwhile trail. You just need to be equipped and mentally ready and on the way back down. Once we're back on the main trail. We actually did see an adolescent grizzly bear eating dairies or something it was just like foraging traumatic. Yes it really wasn't as scary as I thought or like this terrifying image we are like Brennan to our our minds of what it would be like. It was mostly mesmerizing lease and like there was an adolescent so it wasn't this big gigantic looming. No that was getting ready to pounce right I mean hopefully not but even if it was we made it out but it's safe to say at the end of all of this the end like this treacherous snowy hike and then the bare setting. We're all very eager to make a beeline. The hotels hot tub on the roof and that was the first time you've ever had a white Russian wasn't Yeah Somehow. I've gone through my entire life without ever having one of these in their amazing I like I. Just don't get it. I mean I used to be my go-to you drink but then I I haven't had one in a while no well. They're they're rich. They're kind of have as I can't now. It sounds something having a regular basis but for this setting like after painfully cold. Hike when you're like just sitting and mending your wounds hot tub. It's it's really perfect and especially these ones were Bresso and it was all exactly what I needed. This is like the medicine I need it. Well the main amphitheater lake trail is a good option though And for anyone who wants to get those glacier lake views without having to go off drill yeah totally. I did that mean trail this past summer and honestly it was just beautiful as Delta Lake so again I'm not really sure why the concierge didn't just suggest that one to begin with it would have been much easier to follow and it would not have required scrambling over any boulder fields. So great story at Ted and ultimately I'm glad for that so I guess thanks. In retrospect to that concierge that DVD's altogether and flu-like is about ten miles round trip and it's pretty strenuous for the tunnel. Switch back then. Some snowy maneuvering at the very top. But it is worth it and it's not as difficult and hands on don'the like not all the trails that Grand Tetons are strenuous steep though The mountains are the main attraction for sure but the park is also filled with incredible lakes. That are surrounded by much easier. Chelsea Jenny Lake yes. Jenny Lake is definitely a leading lady. Here it's the second largest lake in the park and one of the most visited areas so prepare for crowds in crowded parking lots and arrive early to avoid both as much as you can especially in the summer months yeah. I remember the day that you were doing Jenny Lake. I was driving Hervey. Rv Park near Teton village. Which was really beautiful but definitely the most expensive place that we have ever stayed. It was basically hotel prices. Yes it was like. We stayed at hotels for cheaper. And this is a busy area for Sir I. It'd probably be like staying at stay on property at like Disneyworld or something. Yeah Fort Wilderness right with the RV or even this might have been even more expensive. But we still yeah. We still have the rental car that we had been using for yellowstone to make it easier. Cottrell Hudson such so. We were able to park it here. There are Parka the campground and then just make it easier to get around and also to park because this was primetime. Yeah so I use the rental to drive Jimmy late one morning early and I got there with enough time to get a spot. Parking Lot was not yet at capacity but by the time I left they were cars literally lined up down the main road down the highway. Or whatever the freeway yeah. It's crazy by the way. This is a good time to point out. That Grand Teton National Park. It's more than three million visitors. Making one of the top ten most visited national parks in the country and the most of those visitors come in July and August Rate when we were there. Yeah it seems like all three million of them were there that day on this trail. Yeah it was a lot and it explains why I had to speed hake passed a ton of groups on Jenny Lake Trail. It was it was crazy and exhausting and I must be a really quiet hiker because anytime I pass people they always do a little gasped and act so shocked that I'm suddenly next. I'm like there's like you know that happened like repeatedly on the 'cause I passed like I dunno fifty different groups of people and they're all like panicking. I'm like they didn't like Spray you bear spring. Yeah I didn't want to catch them guard and then get sprayed in the face. Yeah you're quiet and fast so it's a tricky combination No wonder you're always sneaking up on home and especially sometimes I actually find myself arc really like in the middle of some larger groups that I've been trying to pass like at one point. This trail. There was this huge like family of twelve or more people. It seemed like they seem like they're all related. It was like the family for home loan or something with a bunch of bickering and like kind of chaos. And I could only pass a couple of people time because it's a big group. I can't just like speed walk past all twelve of them and then I was kind of tangled on the middle mixed with their family and a one point. This man was like scolding his child and getting super angry. And I'm like ooh I don't get in the middle of this and I'm worried I might like you know. Excuse witnessed something. We witnessed a family confrontation. I'm like Sir. He's like there's a stranger in your midst be because he did not say that no one else thinking okay. It sounds like you love the trail anyway in your photos. Were some of the best ones. I've seen have grand tetons. Jenny Lake is just incredible. So it's the seven mile loop all pretty flat and it was a perfectly sunny and warm day that I did it with this wide. Open Shimmering Lake in the mountains off to one side. They're boaters and kayakers Chris Criss crossing the lake. It was also idyllic. Yeah and by the way for those of you. Don't want to hike around the entire lake. There's a shuttle boat you can take from near the like Jenny. Lake Visitor Center for a small fee and a job right off near the entrance of the Cascade Canyon which is totally worth exploring as a lot of people use in that Bo throughout the day and the Canyon was definitely fall when I was passing through. I didn't do a ton here. I didn't spend a lot of time there mainly because it was super crowded. I stopped at hidden falls though which is an epic waterfall just slightly in the Kenyan away from the lake. And then I did a little hike up to this point called inspiration point while reinspired. Yes I was. I probably would have been even more inspired. The whole place wasn't swarming with people. But still I think it's also a good time to highlight some of the parks wildlife because there's a lot of it Probably not much as yellowstone grand. Teton is still known for. Its moves bear and elk in particular. There's actually a huge on national elk refuge right near Jackson which is fascinating. It's a twenty four thousand Acre preserve that was created in one thousand nine hundred twelve to protect one of the largest elk herds in the world each winner about seventy five hundred L. glitzier migrating down from yellowstone primarily sense. There was like an abundant nyc grassy area here. Yeah that's a lot of elk. Even more than all the we saw when we're in yellowstone and that's really saying something we saw Tun. Yeah you can actually see a lot of by senior to You know what's actually beautiful though? I actually camped at the top of the National Elk Refuge on Mountain And it was like going up. This huge huge mountain was crazy. How big it was Because there's a lot of ruts that were like a foot drop so like I would. I remember Tim Burns Man. Would farm called me up there one day and this was on a different trip but basically he's in a box truck with all the Syrup in and I'm an SUV. And I'm going through these routes and then I'm looking in my ear and looking and watching him and like he was white. Knuckling this behind me. It was like as far as the time but the national elk refuge is beautiful especially the next morning when I got to like. Go down the mountain to get out of there It's just a beautiful beautiful site and you have the grand tetons in the back and it's definitely worth it but there's camping up there just in case about great to now. Yeah Yeah and like you mentioned you can also see Bison here and these are especially common in the plains near the historic Mormon row area. And if you don't know what that is just by hearing it you've almost certainly seen a photo of it because it's one of those most iconic barnes like anywhere in the country. It's this historic district in Grand Teton National Park where these farms were built in the early nineteen hundreds and they've got this picture-perfect backdrop of the Teton range with potential bison sightings as well. So it's like this most quintessential national park scenery all in view river so in addition to hugging. Grand Teton National Park is also a haven for water activities. Like I mentioned kayaking on. The lakes is popular but Whitewater rafting is also huge in the summer and early fall and the best part is when you can whitewater raft down the Snake River which made love because it's an iconic section of the Oregon trail game. Yeah yes it is. I'm pretty sure I drowned in that river several times playing that game. It's treacherous in now after wrapping it. I can attest to that so yeah. I'm not surprised that at all so I want to talk a little bit more about this rafting trip because the snake river was really adventurous day and it was epic and this was when I was with my sister and brother and my dad and we carved out a day to do this. It was pretty cold so I was worried that I might get hypothermic. But they dressed you in wetsuits in layers. So that you're well insulated and the trip is GonNa divvied into two different parks. You go down part of the Snake River. That's really docile and calm and is mostly just drinking the scenery at a comfortable pace. I remember seeing several bald. Eagles perched in trees along the river and we would see these like Lavish Mountain Mansions along the side of the river and up lake along the slopes and then after that portion you kind of make you get off on some like shore of the river and then get get back into the van and they drive you a little bit down the road to a portion of the river that gets more rapid you all get back into the raft and then this is the that's really Whitewater and for this one. My sister and I both put on like head whereas wetsuits for the cover. Your hair and some of the like almost all of us all almost all of our body was covered because I was just worried about being really freezing. It was late September in Wyoming so it was Chile's to the list. And so yeah we go down this Whitewater section and it was such a blast and you have so much adrenaline. They don't even notice. You're cold you hit all these big like aggressive crashing waves and you get soaked so much fun. I loved it and I remember our guide at one point telling us that like one of the main like waves that you hit. He said on one trip he had recently done the whole wrath. They actually like shot straight in the air and then like when upside down fell out. And I'm like Oh my gosh. That's horrifying but also like kind of exciting. I don't know if I would want to experience that. And probably not no the the my like the most fun part of it was. There's this photographer perched on like one of the rocks along the river. And he's taking you know professional photos of your group as you're passing by and then once you're done with the trip you can look at those photos. It's sort of like when you WanNa ride it like a a theme park. I didn't get to see the photos that we're taking on the right and we saw them and it was so funny because my sister and I looked like identical twins we had like these huge smiles on our faces. The same exact smile huge wet cold. Yeah smiling through the pain and it was so great because we were having the best time in the photo really captured that and we also like it confirmed that like I just look like the same person especially when our hair is all covered up. We just look like twins. The best thing to do after like a trip like that would be after Whitewater rafting. Yes I SIP west Gada hootenanny. Yes exactly yeah. And that's why I really want to talk about the hootenanny by Grand Teton national park food. Oh my gosh. Yeah prior to experiencing this actually every year I think I thought hootenanny storybook activities that took place in TV cartoons or like on Splash Mountain at magic kingdom. Like I thought I didn't know that they were real real things you kept. Yeah you kept talking about this hootenanny place and I was like real my friend. Chris Bingaman he us out to go to the hootenanny and you know have some drinks and tap our shoes while we listen to this great music and you I mean these guys were hilarious super talented. There's a lot of locals that come out every single week and they really enjoy giving this beautiful music and creating this community and it was packed because it was colder. There's a smaller area. But I mean at least one hundred people were there and people from out of town in town and the cool thing is. They said they even invite like traveling musicians out to it so you just have to be there at the right time right place. I guess but yeah and they do it every single week and it's a really beautiful place because I just I felt so much soul there. Yeah me too. I loved it so much more than I thought I would. I guess yeah it takes place in the summer months at this resort Called Dornan's yeah. I remember like when I was first hearing about this new. Told me about this like resort. I thought Dornan's was a restaurant in Jackson or something. I literally had no idea. It was in Grand Teton or like what it was. I definitely did not expect but it turned out to be but it was awesome and this resort looks like a rustic lodge or something. It looks like more like Glam and a hotel I guess and I love it so so cool. This whole event takes place there with these musical performers under a tent and food and drink served on night long. I mean it was just an absolute blast. Yeah and speaking of food and drinks I think we need to carve out some time to talk more about how Jackson and also Teton village. And how incredible the foods he says in both of these places. It's wonderful I love it. Yeah like the million dollar boy bar. That's places great you and I have both been a couple of times now and this is like an iconic stop in Jackson. It's right on the central square of the town and one of the older venues in Jackson and has a really big like light up. Sign kind of like a Las Vegas. Ask with a big huge cowboy. It's yawning does he. Let us right. Helix spins around. Well Yeah and inside. Is this big sprawling? Saloon like Bar and the best part is the the little bar itself is lined with not just bar stools but the key their stools with what are the. What are they called? They're like you said I like saddle are you are a little hard to climb up onto. But it's really like on a horse you're getting very little experience with horseback riding spine. My desperate confusion right now without. Yeah I love it though. No it was really beautiful just to get on the saddles and just like sit there and drink and there's some great cocktails in their food. Y'All it's like a pick up window Option there's that one where you go order it from the window go up to the bar put your number down in the bring it to you. But then there's also that steakhouse down below and you haven't I have I myself to him really beautiful dinner there one night and I just loved it. I was expensive for one person. I mean I'm not done yet. It was probably like ninety bucks by the time I was done. I had I had staked potatoes. I had cocktails and it was the perfect. That's like the most classic Meiomi Meal Makoto Wyoming and I say he can't get a cauliflower steak right off the Tofu like I'd probably get like literally thrown out of the front of the doors right. Yeah absolutely so. This place is essential. My I think my favorite place for food is. This cafe called softening bakery and there are actually two locations. Do Mary Yeah. So there's one like right around the corner from this bar in the heart of Jackson and then there's a newer one near Teton village. And which is right by where we were staying hostage. This place is so good. It's like sunny and sleek and modern and the food is just really wholesome and delicious and seasonal and they're known especially for their bait goods like cakes and cookies in quick breads and stuff like that. I wouldn't be surprised. Just like serve a like a cauliflower steak dinner. But they don't but yeah because it was more like modern like green balls. Wholesome stuff like that and when we were last there when you and I went together I had like a carrot coconut bread or something so not like a cake. It was more like banana bread but with coconut and carrot and so just wonderful they do everything perfectly and turmeric. Yeah where was that place that you had the White Russians? So that was the lodge. Were saying Teton village. This place called the spur. Yes and just. It's just like beautiful looking homey cozy restaurant slash saloon in on the bottom level of the hotel and it seems like the right place of Russia. And like it's that vibe you just WanNa like do all the cozy things and drink the boozy espressos stuff and it was great and then you told me about this bar where you're like roll the dice. Determine your job in your chaser. Whatever you know. Yeah we need to talk about so. That place is called the handlebar. It's also with in Teton village. It's just a short walk away from were staying and that was my favorite thing ever and that was the one I really wanted to take you to. But they were closed in addition to most everything else on Tito village but so the deal is like I mean. The restaurant itself has just great. It's this beautiful mountain lodge restaurant with like polished wood and soaring ceilings. And just you know with great whiskey and beer fried chicken sandwiches and stuff like that. Looks like kraft go back? Yeah this place alone is worth a revisit but the best thing about it is. There's this option on the drink menu where you roll dice to determine your mic shot chaser in beer so three different three different roles I believe. Yeah and it's it's a gamble because at my alley I mean the beers are all good and the I think the risk is part was like the shots because some of them are like traditional and then some of them are kind of wild like there. There was a pickle green pickle juice or something and then hot dog. Water is one of them. No so you don't WanNa let on that. The best part was like I did it. I roll the dice. I got something relatively tame. Same thing for my brother and my sister was really nervous to do it because she was deathly afraid of getting Hot Water. Which is understandable. Who thought but she finally did. It sure looked fine overall and then she landed on the hot water and we burst out laughing so she immediately grabbed. The DIS enrolled again. As if we didn't notice that she leaned but then again landed on hot tidewater she was just. I'm sorry I can't do that. She's like I and II forfeit. Yeah like she danced around that she cheated to get out of hot water because she if she is being honorable should've done the hot water but probably opted for one. I got a beautiful beers in Jackson. I mean it's turning out to be this little beer with craft breweries popping up all over the area seniors so I wouldn't blame emily for doing that. No I don't for the local sensory now I I remember. We went to this one It's Roadhouse Branko. Which has a small taproom at its original brewery. And then there's another prob located Whereas a full restaurant yeah. It's just the perfect like all of it. Everything we do. I love the decor. The decor is very rustic. Chic the beer brands amazing. The beer names are amazing and the food just also good really ought to place. Tell overseen by Brewer Colby Cox and Jeff Gavin fine. Who definitely are one of the best known chefs in the area And they have several restaurants throughout Jackson so food. At the Roadhouse is definitely better than what most people think when they're going to like get brewery for. Yeah I I think. The many here is full of surprises. Definitely raising the bar unlike Barfield so to speak. Because he's got things. Like Sierra Idaho Trout and Fried ARTICHOKES IN BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER. So not a cough our stake but in the same vicinity and then there are like Kimchi. Hotdogs Kimchi hot water shots for Emily. Would you do that then? No no those flat breads. Oh yeah duck routine and then there's even a Zucchini needle lasagna. Which if you like I mean. I'm really into Zucchini Noodles. Wonderful idea and we also had something similar in West Yellowstone at Some SELENA WE WENT OUT. We can slow and coast. Yes and I had that there. I had not LASAGNA but I have like Zucchini noodles with. I think like pesto sauce of some sort and that was my first Zucchini noodle experience. My First Zindel experience and now here it is again and Jackson so I think apparently Wyoming is in the midst of some sort of Zucchini renaissance. And I love it. I felt was deported and the beers. You're really good. Goto as well like the Walrus. Ipa and then there's that American parallel called like trout whistle They actually have a lot of like he's EPA varieties. Would you love? I love it? I love them all I. It's my favorite kind of beer. So just this year amount. That they have here makes me very happy? And they have a lot of fun variations that they do in that they kind of rotate almost like a beer series like the mountain jam. Volumes three is a hazy. I pay with Mingo. And then the mountain jam volume five a hazy. I pay with Pineapple Guava little chocolate twist love and I think the war's is their standard. I remember getting some of that like to stockpile in our fridge. Yes so there's like the tomboys of this war is ip which is great and also great post hike beer. It's really refreshing because White Russians. Hot Tubs aren't always readily available. So sometimes you have to make do with. Ipa's that's true. You're listening to park land from iheartradio. What made Vincent Banco one of the greatest painters most tortured souls of all time? There's something truly magical about the fact that he pulled out of this life of misery these joyful images of flowers and rolling hills and bright colors what Albert Einstein be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. Today he was very good students in the math and sciences and he was a mediocre to decent student in other areas. Some of that is why of interest. Some of that is also lack of talent. Was Harry. Houdini predestined to become the great escape artists. Based on his family's great escape all of these things can function as sort of a metaphor for his own genesis and origin story. 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Well yeah as long as you're not very often doing Delta Lake when it snowy and icy I think yeah but if the lake is you might as well just like stand the main go to the top and bring lunch or something and sit by the lake and it's so serene and wonderful and even though like even it was July and it was crowded especially down the trail head but by the time I was up by amphitheater. Lake it was. I had like the lake pretty much to myself and I could find a little nook likes to Iraq and just like chill out by the lake and eat the rest of my sandwich or whatever. I don't remember what I but and then I remember just like touching the water which was like perfectly still and like ice cold and there's little patches of ice all over it surrounded by these like high soaring peaks and it was a wonderful setting and I'm really glad that I like follow through and finish that trail to completion highly. Recommend that yeah absolutely so that would probably be my favorite part. What what about you? What was your favorite part of Grand? Teton well mine was definitely the hootenanny at Dan's Because you know you can just go there every Monday at six PM summer in the summer. Yep absolutely and sometimes even do winter and fall inside It's a smaller area. So actually they don't like just stop but it's just not as big. I think that's a good idea. Yeah and so it's just like it's right there They know it's actually probably a ten minute drive from the Jenny Lake trail. So it's not even that far Maybe nineteen or twenty. But you know it's close. It's like the first thing you get as you're going out of the park going to Jackson so it's in between Jackson and the entrance. Where Jenny Lee is and all that kind of stuff And so it's free to go but you of course support by buying local beers and drinks and talking with musicians and artists and just really having a good time Chris being men he he goes there. He's there all the time I know that it's like like non tourism time now so he works at the national parks and does different things in the areas at hotels and stuff. So because it's not Primetime. I know he's off traveling. The world just like US living his life loving life. Yeah just figuring it out but I hopefully. He'll be there again next year and if not there's many other great artists to go say hi do Support and any. Yeah it's perfect. Good one. Yeah I agree with that. So if heard talking about three things or or more to bring to Grand Teton National Park. What would we recommend? I think it obviously depends on season. Yes but if you're going like when we went which was during summer time you I brain all the all year round bear spray. A lot of people get attacked by. Bears hardly be safe than sorry jingle bells we can put it on your belt and Or boot Whatever you want and it actually just jingles so it creates that noise for you Matt would be like go crazy if I did that. But better it'd be saying sorry. Yeah so bear spray and by the way you can get that pretty much in any type of store in this part of Wyoming gas station literally in Walmart the anything camp stores the national park stores the RV sites literally anywhere that sells. I bet you could probably get at the million dollar Kabwe Bar. I don't think you can actually. But maybe they behind the scenes maybe or they'd be able to direct you to where you can buy and I'm sure the most any place so bear spray and then it really depends on what you're doing so ask a park ranger or a dis concierge. If you're doing anything that could potentially be snowing. I would recommend having proper hiking open for that. Meaning mittens or gloves water resistant water. Don't get those thin ones out. The inserts get real gloves hiking poles and then proper footware. I think most especially do not hike through snow with what I was wearing which was probably sneakers. Yeah no you definitely have to have like water resistant hiking boots. That's even different than just getting your normal everyday runners. But we're like those boot spikes being put on your boots. I love those and they they make a world of difference so do had I been wearing all this stuff I would have thoroughly enjoyed Delta Lake and not been miserable crying literally crying down. If you're going in the summer you know definitely. Don't forget your son's Sunscreen in your bug spray. You definitely need those. Yeah especially sunscreen and specially 'cause like even when it is snowy don't let that be misleading to you because that actually might be made it doubly important because the snow is also hitting your directly reflecting off of the snow and the ice getting hit by twice the impact. So sunglasses and sunscreen go a long way as well as water of course but that's kind of always a necessity and then another another thing and this was something we almost got I. I remember really shopping Jackson. We went to a store and I wanted to get like a big shawl. Do you remember that like it was what is that like a shawl definitely issue right and I almost got it but as I was like it on the store. The woman in the store was like that's a towel right and even tried to go to three other blazes that Had that depend potential of having that and none of them had that one but I like. It didn't really look towel so I was strong. Considering I'm like this get this where a towel I told you to get it. But you didn't listen to me almost got now. I love the pattern and I was like who would notice really like have you touch it? It kind of felt like a towel and pendleton anyway. So it's like yeah that's when we got our first pendleton blinking. Yeah this is now in storage. Because we didn't want it didn't really like we want it to be nice and pretty and we knew that it'd be used a lot in the RV which is good but it's also like that's more for the home the cabin when when when we're when we have a big home to live in again. Oh sorry. I'm daydreaming. I do love her. Rv But sometimes it just gets a little cramped and would be nice to have multiple rooms. So I I. It's not a very pendleton friendly RV. I it's not what I would do to it so for a park. That borders one of the country's most famous national parks and often gets lumped in with yellowstone grand. Teton totally manages to set itself apart and really blow minds with. It's incredible views. Scenery Food Whitewater White Russians and musical activities to yes major props go to Rockefeller and Albright for seeing the greatness in this place They worked so hard to preserve it for visitors like us and visitors in the future. Yeah and visitors in the future. We'll try and save somebody Russians for you but I I honestly can't make any promises you've been listening to Parkland. Yeah a show about National Parks Park. Land as production of iheartradio created by MAC. Brad Care Whack and Christopher has YODA's produced and edited by Mike Johnson. Executive producer is Christopher has Yoda's R. researcher. It's Jesulin Shield especially things goes out to Gabriel Collins Chris Waters and the rest of the Parkway India crew. And Hey listeners. If you're enjoying this show lead the review on Apple podcasts. It helps other people like you find our show. You can keep up with us on social media as well. Check out our photos from my travels on Instagram at Park. Alenia pod and join in on the conversation in our facebook group Park Landale Rangers from our podcast. My heart radio visit iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen to your favorite shows and as always thank you for listening. 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The Grand, Gloomy, Peculiar World of Mammoth Cave

"Durieux rocker is a podcast. Coming of age story about finding a home in rock music and learning to flourish in your own weird way. It's also a series of letters of vice to my younger self as she navigates the pressures of adolescent conceals with social anxiety body shoes relationships and discovers the transformative power. He's a theory and rocker comes to double. Elvis productions is created and hosted by me Chelsea Ersan Jason and executive produced by. Jake Brennan disgraced land. Listened to dear young rocker on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcasts when most people think of Kentucky what I think of Bourbon Horse races. KFC All true all fitting but how about the largest cave system in the world even crazier easier is the history behind mammoth cave national park which is not only the longest cave on earth by a long shot but all the weird wild different ways. The cave has been used over the years. Yes weird and wild is definitely an accurate description. And I can't wait to explore all of it in this week's episode on this Kentucky Park. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This Park Lania production of iheartradio. We packed up our LOFTON's Chicago moved into an RV. Now we're traveling. The country SRI exploring America's national parks with our dog Ben back. Today's episode is about Mammoth Cave National Park in Southern Kentucky. History now the first thing I want to talk about are these impressive stats. Mammoth cave consists of more than four hundred miles of map. Cave gave making it the longest cave in the world and it blows the competition straight out of the water. Yeah I mean I don. I don't want to turn this thing. It's like a competition or anything but that's exactly what but I'm going to do the second. Longest cave in the world is SISTEMA SAC actum in Mexico and it's nearly half the size of mammoth cave granted still ought to hundred mile cave. There's nothing to snap but it's no mammoth cave and even more impressive is the fact that the geology. Geologists are discovering and mapping more miles there every single year They're estimating that there could be as much as six hundred more miles yet to be discovered. That's crazy I'm overwhelmed thinking about that. Like where does it end is the whole world just sitting above mammoth cave like is it under US right. Now I'm kind of kind of unnerved something This huge takes a long time to explore no doubt about that But it all started a few thousand years ago and native Americans Kentucky discovered the area and they started to explore the cave and search for minerals rates so they were initially on the hunt for things like gypsum and Rappleye and we know they maintain some presence here for at least a couple thousand years because the artifacts and petroglyphs they left behind including some primitive class and things like utensils you know what what the hell stay left behind. What their own skeletons? Don't don't do it. I'm going to remain calm right now but inside I'm screaming. Yeah due to the fact that the caves like this They maintain a consistent level of temperature about fifty four degrees and the constant humidity. It's like this prime environment. Airman preserving human bones mummies I I mean is this like a parkway and episode or an episode of our afraid of the dark because I'm afraid of the dark in afraid of skeletons in this is terrifying. But after some two thousand years of occupation exploration most native Americans this abandoned the caves and I mean I get it I would do if there were like literal mummies stern all over the place and pinned under rocks like something out of a nightmare. Yeah and another. They're interesting mystery. Is that no one really knows what they were using these minerals for and why they were clearly so important for such a long time. Yeah something tells me. They weren't using the minerals to make mutterings or anything like that. Especially since I assume the primary mood would just speak constant fear probably visceral primal terror are at all times. But that's just me. Yeah easily enough. The Cave just sat pretty much empty and unexplored for a couple of millennia before it was even discovered again by hunter. Her John Hutchins As the story goes he had shot and injured a black bear. And that led him into the cave's entrance. Yeah I definitely don't improve the bear hunting but otherwise that that really is a fascinating story. It's like a violent fairy tale or something. I just love how mammoth cave in general has so much like mythical at the cold scary miss like mysterious history attached to it. It's really kind of incredible. Yeah then things really started to get even weirder and wilder Human women started to use the caves for all different purposes. The ad they really did indicate actually played a role in the war of eighteen. Twelve shockingly enough. When British troops cut off gunpowder supplies in the east Americans retreated to the huge cave to mine calcium nitrate and create their own gunpowder and since there is is basically a limitless supply of that stuff here enabled the American army to significantly increase their arms in the war? Which wild I mean the mammoth cave like played a role all in the war of eighteen twelve? Yeah that's just absolutely insane. Guess what else people use the cave. Well if I didn't actually know the answer to that I would say something like mummy museum or like Subterranean Bourbon distillery. But I do know the answer to that so I'm just going to point out that mammoth cave has been used as a church and even even as a treatment center again in wild weird. What the hell can you imagine going to like a church and a cave or like getting getting medical treatment here like oh I'm going to go like get my shots? Give flu shots and mammoth cave. Yeah but thank goodness. Like unsurprisingly. Neither of these things lasted very long in here. Right which makes sense because they're both absolutely crazy uses for a four hundred mile long cave ultimately though something that did catch on unstick was tourism For various reasons over the years the public was hearing more and more about this. Enormous cave system and curiosity was building came to her started in in eighteen sixteen. And they've been stunningly been occurring over and over again ever since even through the civil war Yup priorities apparently so even though the fate of the country was dangling By a thread people are still interested in terrain. Mammoth cave which I fully understand. It's an alluring underground world. Yeah it's also the same time mm-hmm that like early cave tour guides. Stephen Bishop explored name different portions of the cave like the mammoth dome and Gorens Dome. He even described the cave as has a grand gloomy and peculiar place yet which is a perfect description and pretty on the nose and then Stevens great nephew at Bishop who kind continued the family legacy he joined up with a man named Max Camper to formally map out more parts of the cave in nineteen eight discovering and naming things like violets violets city and Elizabeth Dome both of which sound kind of lovely absolutely so beautiful. I mean clearly tourism ramping up quickly and by nineteen twenty Johny. The Cave had several thousand annual visitors flocking from near and far. I mean it's just such an amazing thing because cave cave this big just didn't exist So became such a tourism magnet that money hungry locals wanted to get in on the action and find their own new sections the cave to monetize it. Yeah which sadly is not surprising that people were doing this then and chomping at the bit to turn mammoth cave in to a cash. This crab I mean. That's America. Yeah so here we are and then you have people like George Morrison at the time who used dynamite to blow out. What he he what he called the new entrance or or this poor fella named Floyd Collins who got himself stuck while exploring portion of cave and wound up dying on after seventeen days which is horrific? Nick what a nightmare. It's like an eight of the dark story that just never ends now. Fortunately all this greed and tourism and the death is what urged the federal government to protect the cave and make it a national national park. Not only to protect the land but to protect these like swarms of people who've been recklessly exploring and putting themselves at risk and endanger like in possibly ruining the cave. Yeah ruining the cave. Ruining I mean your your life. Apparently Floyd Collins getting himself stock. That's crazy. It reminds me of that movie James Frank movie what was it like. So it's like that except floyd didn't survive but thank God someone eventually intervened beaned because we don't want mammoth cave into a four hundred miles sarcophagus. yikes yeah this lead. Mammoth caved officially becoming a national park in nineteen forty one one At that time there were only like forty nine miles in the cave Give or take and so that good just goes to show you the incredible work in safe discovery discovery. That can occur when it's in the right hand. Absolutely geologists were able to discover that there were actually several caves systems that wind up all being connected and when they're all a piece together that's how we got the hundreds of miles that we have today and even though the miles are seemingly endless there are really only fourteen of them that are accessible for tours. I today but that's the reality for the best And for the worst the safety of the visitors. That's what's the most important you don't want to end up as like skeletons down there no now now. That's not what this place should be and I'm going to scream into a pillow now Mammoth Cave holds a very special place in our nomadic hearts. It's actually the very first national park visited when we got an RV. Yeah that's very true verb before this. My heart really wasn't a nomadic heart but I think mammoth cave kind of trigger. That and this was our first day into the RV lifestyle and like nomadic living and all that so it was our very first RV trip in general had freshly purchased our RV in Indiana Was August we were down there for a weekend and then wrote it down to mammoth cave to kind of Chris Knit and make it all feel official. What better way to do that than by going to a national park? Yeah I mean it was just a fantastic antastic little journey driving down there and the first place we had to pick was a Koa. I mean to just like we love them so near Rose right near net mammoth cave and we stayed there for a couple of days because we knew it'd be easy to visit the park and then of course some other things like Bourbon distilleries. Yeah so that that was a priority. We wanted to be close to a national park and also just kind of surrounded by Bourbon and it worked out really well and that was a great weekend. They're both perfect. We also went went kind of mistakenly to a Kentucky winery and we not get into them. Yeah This is Kentucky's great at Bourbon and uh-huh they're totally worthwhile and there are so many wonderful Hillary's but this is not Napa Valley by any means so let's skim right by that. Yeah so he stated this like amazing. Koa Man Mini Golf course than one of those giant bouncy pillows like it's basically like an inflated trampling that's what it is it's like a huge huge gigantic earth marshmallow or something and they're probably meant for kids but I totally got into it and I had a blouse like he took photos to me and I don't. I've never been that happy like as an adult I was just bouncing up and down getting some serious like elevations or whatever you call that when bouncing. I just really love that you called it an earth marshmallows marshmallow the technical term for these things. Okay Yeah we'll go with them So that was that was a great time and then right next to that was a basketball court where we I think we got basketball's from the store or something that they let us borrow and then we played Horse Horse Marvin. So we got really sporty like a lot sportier than we usually do. Yeah I mean it was is really fun and it was the first weekend thing in the RV so it was really special. We had with us of course and he got comfortable in real quick which was a huge relief. Honestly yeah he got company and cozy shockingly fast and he did really well. I was like super nearest. This is probably one of my biggest like anxieties. Going into it was just worrying about fan and how potentially anxious and scared and Swami he would be because like winter in the Lofton's Chicago who do that frequently like even when it started to drizzle rain outside he would freak out so going RV. I'm like he's going to be like constant meltdowns. And then I would. It would just reflect on me just like his father which would say no you so read the same and you would be dealing with both of us to neurotic messes next to you. But he calmed down really quick and then it was much better for both of us. Although honestly I was still kind of freaking out from buying the RV. And I'm still freaking out a little bit like a year and a half liters. Yeah I mean it really did happen fast one we were talking talking about buying an RV and selling our loft in Chicago. The next thing you know I'm calling Matt talking about how we owe for done deposit and you know it's just one of those crazy times times where it's just a Rowen and I just were kind of like compulsive so we just jump into things dive into it and we do it and this. There's one of those cases where it was like the biggest compulsive thing that we've ever done together or separately out by far. Yeah 'cause I I guess I am kind of compulsive I do freak out about it. Obviously though it did work out for the best and the fact that we're able to celebrate this huge new chapter together by visiting a national park made it all nope not easier. Yeah and we'll definitely talk more in depth about our RV experience later in the episode. But I think we need to explore the cave. Oh Yeah of course so obviously cave towards our thing to do here And we made sure to buck arturo reservations online at advance which costs a small fee. Nothing nothing major and highly recommend that you do this in advance especially in the summer months. It's like when we went because it was quite crowded. There was long lines in the visitor center to either purchase tickets or pick up tickets that you had reserved in advance. Yeah Yeah I'm definitely glad we did because like was definitely at capacity. I mean it was a pretty long line in the visitor center tickets. You know they're like if you're for the eleven thirty. AM showing of the key. This cave tour step up front and then you'd have to like wiggle your way through because you're getting so close to the time that we had to jump on the bus just to go over there. I just remember it was like really intend. It was yeah much more so than I thought it would be. I was a little stressed and I was afraid that we might wind up in the wrong line or like go towards the wrong bus or something because there's a lot of moving parts here and I'm like I don't know yeah and it was like again one of our first Not On our first national park together but like this. I experience your your normal ability to like problems of is kind of shocked when you're first getting into RV lifestyle because at least for us because we never camped in an RV. Now did it like you've you. Did it like a family trip. Yeah I was like twelve but that doesn't really count because you didn't do anything in there and like to pick up or anything so it's just a whole new experience and we're just often always always running behind. It was a fun time. Yep All adjustments in cramped into this like one like inaugural weekend but it was great man a lot of fun so the tore that we did was the domes and dripstone store which as you might expect is filled with domes and drips Jones spoiler alert and as with most cave formations here. They're made by water slowly trickling in from the surface and mixing with carbon dioxide. The ladder has the ability to dissolve limestone in overtime like lots of time thousands and thousands of years the create these lavish looking case structures like gnarly stalagmites and stalactites that seemingly dangled from the cave ceiling. Sometimes sometimes it's lactates come in such clusters resemble frozen waterfalls like with the popular formation. Here called frozen Niagara which I love. Oh yeah and for the domes. Dripstone dripstone tour reported This green colored school buses to get there from the visitor center driving along some small roads into the woods where the tour begins through a door. That looks like could just disappears into the forest and the thing I loved about this. Oh I it was dreaming. It could have been terrifying. You know could be the beginning of A. Are you afraid. The dark right is sorry spoiler they do turn all the lights in the caves do. Yeah so it gets dark and I was little afraid but that was that was great. I liked that we did the tour like we all boarded this bus. And have this like communal experience in a sentence and I haven't been in a school bus in. I don't know I was like seventeen. No because I was driving sixteen so it's been a long time and it was. It was fun. It was like this kind of nostalgic vibe happening as we're winding our way up towards the the start of the tour and adding to the kind of mysticism of all of this whole experience was it was raining and kind of a gloomy day day but I think it added to the forest that we had to walk through a little bit to get to the entry way was like Super Thick Super Lush and green so walking king through it to get to. The door was just stunning in and of itself I could've explored that section. I'm like not even gone underground or would have like this is great But the there's this door is kind of in the middle of woods seemingly like it kind of emerges out of nowhere and y'all go single file into the store or and then down a set of steep stairs so heads up not ideal for people with a fear of enclosed spaces heights or darkness just all the fears fierce all of the fears. The tricky thing with a group tour of this is is that the guide is way in front of you usually so you have to follow through a long narrow line before meeting leading up to regroup and learn more about the cave once you can all see the guide and the Guide's telling you things while you're walking right and you're missing them because you're in the back it's me and you really need to try to get up to that front. But we're more of like the back settlers to law everyone else people watching so we do and you were talking a little. What about with some people in front of you or behind you making friends and the cave? They have friends and you know the thing about this. Like the good thing is the guide will meet up with you over for an over again happens Seattle Times especially during this tour so you don't miss too much and he will go over things they use taking on the way but Yeah they're closed. Aaron Mind Yeah. If you're the type of person who wants constant like little tidbits of information and just maybe the comfort of being close to a guide or or whatever you might wanna like. Make sure that you're towards the front. You know or just back then. It was fun though. And we could mean like in these massive amphitheater the theater lakes spaces periodically where the guy would point out different formations and the thousands of years tech for water or created by by drip-by-drip There are some fun and cute formations. They pointed out to lake something on the cave ceilings that he said resembles an upside down. DOLLHOUSE yeah I like the although. That's not something. I would have envisioned myself if he didn't point that out. Because it's so specific like Oh sure just like an upside down dollhouse glued to the ceiling. But now it's like burned into my memory and it's one of my favorite things that we saw there. It's cute in another super bowl aspect of mammoth cave are the underground waterways waterways. Something we've never seen before in a cave or something I didn't even realize was actually like a real thing. I've seen like little mini cave pools in other caves like Carlsbad caverns but not like actual waterways but at mammoth cave. There are sections here called things like the Dead Sea and the river. STYX both fittingly ominous which run along science emotionless waterways. They're so silly dark that you almost don't even notice their water in another surprising factors that these waterways are actually home to animals specifically shrimp Kentucky Cave Shrimp Crazy. These definitely aren't the kind of shrimp you're used to seeing There Albano in Iowa and they only live in the deepest regions of the cave right. So you're not gonNA see these shrimp cocktail anytime soon now now and I feel like I'm actually glad we didn't see any because they sound really creepy. I don't want to pass judgment on so they're like fine docile animals but they sound horrific. And I'd rather just learn about them and respect them from afar like from the comforts of the Earth surface where things aren't pitch clock in early quiet why it yeah absolutely. And they're really fun fact about them as the reason they're our list because you live in a cave don't either I don't think it's always so. That's how they like. Adapt adapt like adapted to their surroundings. But back on the tour the domes dripstone take about two hours and set aside from the narrow like dimly lit steps. It's pretty the easy to do. But if you're looking for something even easier and less intimidating. Try The frozen Niagara tour which is a little over an hour and it's just like a less deep uh-huh underground right yeah that much Easier more straightforward and take you to one of these most iconic sites or K. formations in the park. Or if you're looking to go in the opposite direction and amp up your Adrenalin. The Wild Cave tour could be for you. It sounds terrifying to me. But I'm also a little intrigued since we're requires some serious king over the course of six hours. She's it's pretty hard for hands on There are lots of dark Tight spaces to squeeze through. It's worth noting that all participants must be sixteen years old and meet a size requirement. You know you can actually like make make sure you can fit through the tiny species like in the beginning like all right. Mike Buck demonstration. Box Box I make sure that you can do it. Yes because you don't want to be down in the Cape and be like O J K. I can't fit. Yeah and even even like knowing that I could fit. I think I would still be horrified. So I'm not sure if I could pull the trigger on this and actually do something like the wild cave tour but I did actually go spanking cave in Barbados. Not Too long ago so I know I AAC I could do it. Granted this thing was kind of sprung on me. I didn't know like the cave tour. I didn't Barbados included that so that was a bit of a surprise unsettling surprise and suddenly I was doing that and also that tore wasn't six hours long so it's a little more doable. Yeah that would be like a really an epic adventure though and what. I think it'd be fun to do like a national park experience at mammoth cave at the at the world's largest cave you're listening to park land for my heart radio the impeachment any holy rites. I'm haze Brown a reporter and editor at Buzzfeed News. Now I follow politics for a living and it's hard for me to keep up sometimes with all the news around trump's impeachment and sort out what matters what's just noise that's why we teamed up with Iheartmedia to bring you impeachment today a daily podcast that helps make sense of this wild historical moment everyday. I'm talking to Buzzfeed News. Reporters who've been following this story and the people involved for years in just ten to fifteen minutes every weekday morning. We catch you up on what happened. figure out what it all means and give you the context you need understand w. t. f. is really going on right now. Listen and subscribe to impeachment today on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen. uh-huh Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This park land area in today's episode is on Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Where we're talking more about cave tours that you can do here most cave towards that? Mammoth cave actually started out the old fashioned way at the historic entrance entrance by the visitor center. This is where the earliest native Americans I entered the cave. And it's where visitors still enter the cave for tours of sections like Gothic Avenue Star Chamber Trg which sounds like a ride at Disney or something violent city and river sticks and that's S. T. Y. X.. By the way as in the underground river from Greek mythology. Like to get to the underworld and I think it's perfect here. It really is and the historic engines is a great way to experience the park just like the natural entrance at Carlsbad Caverns it's amazing to you. Slowly descend beneath the earth's surface and feel like things gradually getting dark around you. It's like darker darker and darker and of course they have these like lanterns along the way to prevent you from crashing into things are falling into the bottomless pits. But you know it feels natural. Yeah Yeah and it's the best way to experience a cave for sure but there's actually a lot more to explore mammoth cave beyond the actual cave itself surprisingly enough. Yeah it's a little known fact that mammoth cave actually has about eighty miles of hiking trails on the surface all through this beautiful train like forests rolling hills and the green revealing. Yeah that's a lot of hiking trails and I had no idea I know you didn't know about this and I think most most people don't because of the half a million annual visitors that come to the Cave two-thirds of them focused only on cave tours and don't do anything on the surface whatsoever. They come here for one thing and one thing only and I think that's obviously understandable. It feels like there's basically a whole nother park up here on the surface it's just so serene and beautiful and another fun fact that was convenient for us was. It's super dog friendly. It really was like crazy. Huda thunk I actually wrote an article about this appear ago so it was like fresh in my memory or coming here about how mammoth cave is one of the most friendly national parks in the country. They obviously can't go into the Cape itself but if they're unleashed you can take them on pretty much. All surface drills. Yeah we went for a little hike with fin on the sand cave trail making mammoth caves. Fin First Official National Park. That was a big deal big known for him and for huge for us as his parents. Yeah and it was. I think the same cave travel was also. It's the perfect trail for him because it's short and easy and it's all on this even boardwalk through this gorgeous forest filled with tall trees and flowers and just like super chill relaxing and peaceful. We're the only ones on it when we did it with great and it ends by the entrance to sand cave. If we're that poor Guy Floyd Floyd Collins got stuck and died so you learn a lot more about that and then other like same cave tidbits along the way. There's signs that are well marks. So it's great. It's very beautiful. I mean it's a national park right and you got all that great things. Mammoth cave is just filled with creepy. Dark history all over the place though either literally literally dark dark and other ways like flying right so it's kind of the funding juxtaposition. Because like we're in this forest that's like so quiet and and coming almost like zen like and then all of a sudden here's a sign it's like oh here's where someone died. You're like Oh okay the caves have hi sorry uh-huh And like it's it's kind of Nice to remind the of that I guess in the history and all the people who have been here and experienced reinstate in different ways some less fortunate than us like Floyd but even though I was definitely happy go lucky well taking on his first national park. I in setting up the camera to pose for our first family photo by the National Park. Sign it was such a beautiful moment. I was It's a beautiful moment and there's just so many other hiking options as well al.. I mean more on the north side of the Green River And you can only get there with the Green River. Ferry which drops you off at the Maple Springs Group Campground where a lot. aww trail heads are It's worth the extra effort though because it's the side of the park. That has a lot less visitors. So it's great for finding more quiet and like serenity in the would would right exactly and unlike the river styx underground. The Green River won't bring you to Hades underworld. So that's that's a plus that's definitely a plus so if you're going to stick to the side of the Green River though which is by the visitor center one trail that you need to hike. I think is the river styx spring trail so obviously a you're above ground. You're this whole time. It goes right by the historic entrance. So you can see what that looks like in. Snap a few pictures which I think you should absolutely do because it's phenomenal. And then it follows the river sticks where it exits the cave and that eventually flows into the green river altogether. It's only about like a half Mile L. total which is super easy and almost entirely flat but it packs a lot of cool sites into a short length so if you only time for like one surface trail I think this is I really good option and speaking of rivers though Another thing that most people don't realize about mammoth cave is that it's the perfect park for paddling The park doesn't actually rent in kayaks or canoes or hosts paddling tours but there are plenty of local outfitters NYC get with and they'll do that with you and the Green River is a great easy trip for a leisurely flow through out this gorgeous forest. The Trees Line it's Kentucky. I mean it is beautiful. We are in place But all in all like the the Green River flows through the park for about twenty five miles. So there's plenty of waterways to explore here Yeah we need to do We didn't do that while we're here and I don't think we understood. Just how much opportunity. There was here for paddling in. I think a lot of people don't realize that as well but it's it's sounds great super intriguing inmate also favorite thing about the green rivers that is lined with a bunch of sandbars and these kind of rocky little islands. So Oh tons of places along the way that you could stop and relax and like have lunch and just kind of chill out and Deb your feet in the water. It's sounds perfectly quiet relaxing. Swimming is not recommended though because the river tends to become too strong and super unpredictable. But that's that's fine. It's still like very relaxing and scenic. And you can also go fishing if you're into that sort of thing now you won't catch any of those Kentucky Cave shrimp but the Green and Nolan rivers have plenty of catfish and perch and bath. Yeah and in terms of other wildlife beyond fish cave shrimp. Mammoth Cave National Park. Also has animals like beavers coyotes Bald Eagles herons mink and skunks. The most of what. You probably won't see they're pretty elusive in rare we. We didn't see like any of these. No but there's plenty to marvel at within these like nature filled park Does the park is located at geographic part of the country where the cooler north meets. The warmer south has a huge array of different flowers. And grasses is in biodiversity in general. Yeah right it's like the best of both worlds or best of both. You know parts of the country. I guess this place really is just bursting with surprises rises. Mammoth cave like paddling. Surface trails Blanche tramp. There's so much here. Both beneath the ground and above it so much food and now that we've explored McKay from the underground and the surface. Let's talk about another one of my favorite Kentucky Activities Drinking Bourbon. Yes you yeah. You can't like not go to Australia when you're Kentucky especially when you're this close to Kentucky Bourbon country in for us like we love Bourbon. We always have a supply of it in the RV. It's a big priority and I remember while we were here. We were trying to visit a couple of the big ones like the iconic distilleries like Jim beam after our cave tour but for some reason most distilleries here have super limited hours. That end like we'll early afternoon like one. PM or two PM or something which is create like what why are people doing. DISTILLERY tourists alike noon. y'All right but luckily we were able to visit. Is it Bardstown Bourbon Company in Bardstown Kentucky. it's one of the newer distilleries in the area and it was beautiful and quite modern looking very modern looking it. Looks like a sleek sleet contemporary lab or something outside and huge like in the middle of this like big field and inside was just as beautiful. We didn't do any distillery Tori and stuff like that but we did get drinks and food at the distilleries restaurant which is called a bottle and bond kitchen and bar appropriate alike. It it was so cool You can see into the main distillery through the wall while you're drinking It was literally perfect and the cocktails. Were Amazing Yeah. We were really happy there. I don't really like just sipping Bourbon by itself. Necessarily that's not like my Go-to so I'd much rather taste it this way. Like in a cocktail and the Bartenders here were really really good and clearly very creative. They are things like barrel aged old fashions and barrel age Manhattan's in Mules type. Basil Azel and other fun things like the stay gold cocktail which has bourbon honey. Lemon Turmeric in Moroccan spices. And I someone like I obsessed termer so fully and without even had like a few tiki cocktails which is a huge surprise because we love or Tiki drinks and so this is perfect for us I think we shared the Kentucky Sling. which was has this like Rye Whisky Gin Pineapple Jerry herring and Benedictine served in a fun little Tiki Mug? Of course we. We can't say no to a good tiki drink especially and a bourbon and celery which is again a very pleasant surprise it really was. I mean you know another surprise was was. There's those like glazed Brussels sprouts with blue cheese and chicken fried oyster and they had like sweet potato. You love that idea to and this is like our ideal scenario just like sitting dining and drinking at the bar talking with bartender learning more than being and I it was. It's just a great way to wind down our day in Kentucky and now we definitely got to talk more about RV experience here since our first foray into life on the road. Lot of learning curves. Lots of Luckily we're GONNA have Like an episode in the future Boondock. Brad that's going to be talking about the essentials which will be about most of our unexpected things that we had to get on our first first trip But we definitely didn't have a dump owes so we had to go get our dump hose. We the only take the water hose. which was is an issue because like I got the wrong kind? I think there was a wrong kind But I had to learn it all hook up. I the organizing it There's like leveling box hawks and all these different things that I didn't think about V.. They gave you everything they don't spoil over. I didn't see him like this. So tell oblivious Iowa's like I'm learning this for the first time like right now I didn't. I don't even remember you doing this because I actually had to go to the store and I went to this hardware store and and it was like right next to like A little grocery store to and it was interesting. Because I'm like okay. Well I'll just grab some snacks for dinner. Whatever like totally so I go in there and get my Jose dump hose all these things and then I go out and go to the grocery store and then I'm coming out and I remember walking to my Rv? And all of a sudden. I see Amish people and a minivan so like they you know can drive and everything like that and all of a sudden. There's just like Lil kid ten eleven years old and he has the bulk you know. Oh yeah CONIC ICONIC AMISH Culture and I'm coming through through with like wearing a sweater with sleeves pushed up and my tattoos showing and in shorts and then I might getting into my rv. Be With the dog. And I'm looking at this kid and he's looking at me and we're just like staring at each other because we're just like lost like in this cultural whole different think. It was like the first time. I think I might have seen Amish in person probably the first time you saw a tattooed guy getting an RV RV with a little dog like sitting on his lap while driving. So I mean it was definitely one of those cultural experiences I was just like I wanNA learn more 'cause as I just you know not that I'm ignorant to it. I just I have always been a fairy tale. I guess to me and that's just not not not now but they were At that point and since then I've like familiarized myself with more of their culture and things like that but it was just a really one of those experiences are like I'm GonNa love the road boy so many crazy people are getting crazy. You're probably like a fairytale to him like heavily tattooed attitude city person with a mini dachshund in an RV. He didn't he didn't even see me. That would've thrown for a loop like oh you're married to a man. Yeah right left. You are prank period of that. Weekend was up Laura. I don't know what I was doing it. It was really tough. I was just like sitting at a picnic table at an MD RV spot. I think you'll you're working wife. I and the one part I do remember about like the RV in our. I like night or two. was maybe you while you're out. You also bought lot a DVD. Ready Player one Steven Spielberg movie. That can be mind blowing. I it was long. I remember being kind of exhausted. There was like two and a half hours but beautiful. And we RV has a DVD player in it. Didn't I think came with it. Came with it so yeah yeah we are I entertainment activity and there was watching a better player. One having snacks popcorn something and realizing for the first time we had no. RV Why oh yeah really. Oh this is going to be a big issue so we have to address that about right away but it's been much smoother ever since you are listening to park land area from IHEART radio. Hey guys it's bobby bones host bobby bones show and pretty much always sleepy. Because I wake up at three o'clock in the morning a a couple hours later I get all my friends together. We get into a room and we do a radio show wish our allies we tell our stories we try to find as much good in the world that we possibly can and we look through the news of the day that you'll care about also your favorite country. Artists are always stopping by to hang out and share their lives and music too so wake up with a bunch of my friends friends on ninety eight point seven W Z Q in Washington DC or wherever the rotates you on the iheartradio APP I am Matt and I'm Brad. This is Park Land Area and today we're talking about Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky Ecology I'm really excited to talk about a cave column Utero. It's so fascinating and so much to impact but more about like how these work within their environments like these different animals and exactly have to live in case as some. Don't there's a lot to go off or because mammoth cave. National Park involves a case system. And it's the world's largest animals in this parker sorted into like cave-dwellers surface dwellers and those that live in the inbetween Cave ecosystems are very delicate all the energy that feeds cave save comes from the surface and anything that stops this flow of nutrients into the cave can mean like extinction for the animals that live there so as you can. Imagine populations of the cave dwelling species are never very large right. Yeah and it's definitely very delicate. This ecosystem for instance agriculture around. Mammoth Cave has put the ecology the of the cave system endanger particularly for the Kentucky Cave. Shrimp which is particularly vulnerable to fertilizers and other water. contaminants that make their way into the cave via service. This water whole populations cookie cave. Shrimp have crashed due to water pollution. Starting at the surface. Isn't that crazy just like we do has impact on the animals finals. I mean I know what a crazy concept goes all the way down to these poor helpless blind shrimp. They're very delicate. They really are and you know the key. Ecosystem is really threatened by the overuse by tourists as well The lighting trail constructions the building of a natural cave entrances and the excessive noise from the caves during tours or even very stressful. Fai Animals So us as tourists. Yeah you know we can and bring in a lot of like spores from like White Nose Syndrome for bats which will we'll talk about more in episode aid but It's all contributing to the steep decline in bat populations Yeah and this also speaks march to the delicate balance of how great it it. Is that people who visit mammoth cave and are interested in it but also how fragile an ecosystem like this is in how you need to be mindful of that especially with little things like excessive noise noise like just whispering long way. You know you don't need to be shouting or like cracking jokes or you know going in big groups and all lake humming and having the whole time or whatever but it's it's great to visit this place just do it in a respectful way as much as possible absolutely so to explore for more of the animals. I mean cave. None of which we saw all of which we are fascinated by and respect there are three categories of animals that use the cave. What are those three categories? I'll tell you so. The first one is called troglodyte. S- in chocolates are animals that are especially evolved for living their entire lives in a cave save. These animals are often small sort of grossly looking sightless with slow metabolism since food is scarce in the cave most famous of chocolate bites. Of course are are. The endangered cooked Kentucky K.. Shrimp there's also two kinds of fish and cave salamander and even a blind crayfish so and and these are blind because they live in the caves like they don't come out of it and again. Never Yano said this earlier in the episode. But they don't need siding. They never see light in any capacity. Yeah then there's like track La- files these organisms might prefer cave life to surface life But they could honestly spend their time in either plays. They don't have to live in the cave for any portion of their lives Some examples of these in mammoth are like the salamanders crayfish spiders and spring fish right. Yeah exactly so. They're kind of like almost the equivalent of like an amphibian or something that could live in like water our land and they have options. Come and go as they please. And then the third category is jeans and Troglav. Is the Greek word for cave. And Xenos is the record for guest so these animals are cave visitors and most notably there are twelve species of bats. Use The cave system here including Indiana bats gray bats in big big brown bats to name a few but two species are injured now in the number of the rest of the species are a declining sadly because chagas deans are important to the ecology of the cave because they bring nutrients in from the surface because mammoth caves. Bat populations are suffering the cave dwellers can no longer depend on back on for food. And now reliant other toggle deans like cave crickets in pack rats. Bring Energy in the form of carcasses droppings things and eggs from the surface. Yeah isn't that crazy. So like fin be classified as the file Could live in could be. I'd rather not You know I just wanted to talk about my favorite animals and and I'm just really thinking about does like three things to bring around this. The number three. Yeah my favorite three things that bring one fin and our dogs yes to cave. I think like we said it's a surprisingly prizing. -Ly Doug Finlay Park so if you have a dog please bring him or her along also bring a leash so that they can actually enjoy the trails with you because the also a six foot leash sanders reasons behind like maximum. Yeah so do not mess with it. Six every national park. It's the same thing. Yeah yeah across the country right right and guarantee your dog will love this park as much as fended Some more stuff to bring or a couple more things to ring to mammoth cave. One important. Adam is sturdy walking and or like hiking shoes especially when you're going down the cave because things can get steep narrow craggy the and most notably quite dark so even if things are lit or you're holding a lantern or something it. This is a much darker place than surface. So Oh you're GONNA choose that won't be slipping and sliding over things potentially and then also while you're in the cave. You should bring a jacket. I sweaty or something like that no matter what. The temperature is on the surface whether it's scorching hot or it's like thirty degrees. It's almost constantly fifty four degrees degrees in the cave. which I think sounds kind of comfortable sweater weather now so just go in knowing that you don't WanNa be like in a tank top because it's hot and service then go down and you're like some cold I'm GonNa drop the Sun Unit? I want to know what your favorite part of mammoth cave was. I mean I'm truly fascinated. There's so much that we've gone over so much Just of what we talked about. But then there's things that we missed but like what was your favorite thing for mammoth caves. I think my favorite the thing was an not stealing from you because I might be the case but was when we got to that little trail with Finn in that whole experience taking a photo with him at the National Park Park signed because we always do photos together national park signs wherever whichever Parker out and it was really special exciting to do that within for the first time even though he was not cooperating did not know to look at it. I mean obviously lying. What beauty all around? Yeah he's not yeah. He doesn't notice the camera at all. That's fine it was a great family fed nonetheless and he loves the trail. I thought it was the perfect length for him and and Nice and flat and just I was so happy and I. I love doing that altogether about you. What was your favorite part? I know this is is weird but like honestly finding out about eyeless shrimp. That's not I mean. It is weird but like learning about the ecology and the wildlife here Even the differences between the like Travelers versus travel files bites. Like you know that was really interesting getting to understand. Yeah the caveat because system is really deep lake also literally deep their animals living underground here deep underground there really are in considering all of our talk about like mummies and Isla shrimp And you're afraid of the dark. I think we should finish this episode with a little horror story. Yeah Yeah I know. Cause of unsurprisingly. Mammoth cave is a park. That has triggered the obsession from HP lovecraft himself with one of the foremost authorities on horror in creepy fiction. He actually wrote a short story. That's satin mammoth cave. Because of course at this place just is made for stuff like I thought it's called the beast in the cave in the kind of thing that nightmares are literally made Yeah and honestly sounds like the plot of the movie the descent which I haven't seen but I've heard a lot about and I've read the wikipedia page in detail because that's what I do. I can't see horror movies because I get traumatized to severely but I love to read Wikipedia ed pages and like experience the horror that by so that was a little teaser from that story. Yeah it's about a man touring them at gave who gets separated raided from his group somehow and he gets lost. His torch eventually goes out leaving him in pitch dark yes. This is horrifying literally horrifying. He hears footsteps approaching but they don't sound human so he throws a stone into darkness towards the sound curious to hear what happens next but I guess you have to read the short story for yourself right or you could just be like me and not read that story and watch a romantic comedy to erase list. My memory or ready player one. Just go go watch but really though like HP lovecraft really just gets it. I mean mammoth cave is the most hauntingly hauntingly beautiful place you've been listening to Parkland. Yeah a show about National Parks Park. Land dates production of iheartradio. Created by Matt. Brad Kerr wack and Christopher has. Yoda's produced an edited by Mike John's our executive producer. Christopher has YODA's R. researcher. It's Justin Shield a special things goes out to Gabriel Collins Crystal waters and the rest of the park India crew. And Hey listeners. If you're enjoying the show leave us a review on apple podcasts. It helps other. Are People like you find our show. 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I Was Promised Bison: Yellowstone Part 2 Full Throttle

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I Was Promised Bison: Yellowstone Part 2 Full Throttle

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Or wherever you get your podcasts. So on our yellowstone first parter. We talked about both of our individual first trips to America's National Park along with him Phil and thermal features and a super volcano. That you don't really need to worry about. Probably now it's time for the sequel episode which I'm calling Yellowstone full-throttle is that a nod to Charlie's angels sequel moving. Yes it absolutely. Because just like that. Insane sequel are part. Two episode of yellowstone is filled with stunts and sites that defy logic impossibility and subbing in for Cameron Diaz Drew Barrymore and Lucy. Liu We have you me and fin and Grizzly bears instead of in Evil Demi Moore. That's right this is our first time. Actually seeing a grizzly bear in the wild. But don't worry everything worked out just fine seeing as we're alive and talking about it right now. Few it was all my worst fears while streams converged into one memorable epic moment. But you'll have to stay tuned because there's a lot of ground to cover in this second part episode of Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. I am Matt and I'm Brad this park land. A production of iheartradio we sold are often. Chicago moved into an RV. Now traveling the country full-time with dog. Thin exploring America's national parks in today where returning to Yellowstone National Park in northwestern Wyoming for part two so in part one we actually talked about things like the frontiers men who first documented yellowstone and how became the first national park in the world. That's right the world yes. We also talked about how yellowstone got its name about the troops who protected the park for thirty two years before the National Park Service took over and about President Chester. A Arthur's glancing trip. But don't worry there won't be a quiz at the end of this episode. So feel free to go back and listen to part one. If you haven't it's a doozy for this part we WanNa talk more about Matt. Nice trump here together. Last summer we had both visited separately at first so is exciting to revisit this iconic park and with our V. needless to say it was a totally different experience. Especially since you're via so huge. We saw completely new things completely. So let's get right to the chase and talk about the star of the park. Which are the thermal features? They're colorful. They're big. They're allowed their scorching hot. And they smell like that time our. Rv's blocked tank exploded all over you. That's so this a feerick smell. These features is really intense. And you can just easily smell it through your car or easy drive-through Yellowstone. It's actually nowhere near as bad as black though I mean. Yes that's true. It is pretty impossible to miss these things when you're here no matter. What part of the park you're in. And that's because there are more than ten thousand of these thermal features including about three hundred geysers in particular most of these are categorized mapped into different geyser basins throughout yellowstone like monument. Geyser Basin Norris Geyser Basin and my favorite West Thumb Geyser Basin. This is a thermal section. That's right on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. So it's got a really beautiful and peaceful backdrop so good so good the juxtaposition of these like technicolor. Almost neon hot springs and steaming pools. The Emerald Blue Lake is just so striking and captivating. And there's this awesome an easy trail that winds through a bunch of the guys who can like meander through and see these two like colorful bright features right alongside each other. It's amazing it's cooling kind of creepy to because these pools have billowing steam pouring out of them and out over the boardwalks so a lot of the time. All you see is outlines of people in the midst usually posing for photos. I'm sure yeah same. It's it's hauntingly pretty and the visuals are off the charts trails and for a whole another visual. You can also just the street and hike. The trail called Lake Overlook trail which is pretty easy only about one and a half miles round trip. You can just park at the West. Them guys are as follow a clear trail across the main road through the woods and up a hill for a sweeping view of the lake These little clouds of steam just rising up next to it. I've actually done this a couple of times. It's it is easy. I remember this most recent time that I did it. I was seeing these kind of scary warning signs for recent bear sightings in the area so I was on high alert like more so than usual and I knew. You're supposed to make noise while you're hiking grizzly country so what I would do was I would occasionally cough really loud as if that would be a defense but I've also been known to have really full blown loud conversations with myself if when I'm hiking alone yellowstone which is not recommended and I'm not endorsing that and also. Please don't tell my parents that I was doing that. Yeah you're screwed. 'cause I know I realize I had literally just told them okay. So when visiting yellowstone during peak season in July like we were your rarely alone which is nice so people are literally everywhere for better or worse. Yeah that's the thing like you're you're especially like we were here in July and it's unusual to have to yourself for more than a few minutes during this like prime time and on the other side of that coin that's also potentially embarrassing for me knowing that people more than likely could easily overhear me talking loudly to myself and having these like ongoing dialogues about me narrating my week or talking about silly things like upcoming movies. I can't wait to see just like fully in conversation mode with myself your entertainment at its finest on these drills. That's for sure I'm that's great. I hope people I guess and if need be though I am armed with bear spray at all times I had it clipped to my little. Fancy FANNY PACK IS FANTASTIC. Coming back the one. That's like blue with the White House. Strap and lemon on it. Yeah and then there's like bear spray on it right and it says spells the words Sour. But I think the O. is a Lemon Yup. That's it so good. So that's what I that's what I clicked my bear spray too so a little mix of whimsey and like dead serious and it's all going to be okay in the end we just got to get you out on the trail again for you to rely. I'm ready me. And my fanny pack already. Now let's get back on the road. Because navigating park as large as yellowstone is an important piece especially for people driving. Rv The main drive in the park is the grand loop road which is basically a giant one hundred and forty two mile figuring that runs through the middle of the park and it divides into different sections. Yeah I remember before I came to yellowstone. I was definitely overwhelmed as I'm sure. Most people are because it is huge. It's more than two million acres so you could easily be forgiven for suming that it's like a giant maze and really elaborate and complex but surprisingly. That's not really the case the way that it's laid out mapped is actually really straightforward and easy to follow once you stick to the map and. Kinda get your bearings driving a little bit. Exactly the grand loop connects to all five parks main entrances and exits and it crosses the continental divide twice which is pretty cool When you think of that yeah It's well marked with you'd signs on the side of the road with pull out so you can get photos with the signs. I mean it has it all. Yes and speaking of pullouts. Here's a little helpful. Psa please use them. We beg you. People are constantly holding up traffic here by stopping in the middle of the road to get photos of animals and I totally get that understand it. It's really cool stuff in these. Are you WANNA take photos of wildlife but it creates such a mass especially in the summer when this place was swarming with vehicles plus. It's dangerous for both the animals and other drivers so there's a time and a place and stopping those not absolutely like at certain times traffic yellowstone is worse than traffic in Chicago. It's too much I remember. You were getting road rage at one point. While we were driving back to our visa from Yellowstone Lake one day. Yeah there's really only so much I can take after a long day of driving and hiking and exploring which is also fun but exhausting like you reach a certain point where you're just WanNa Kinda get back in our case back. Darby and like unwind and when you're stuck for hours and hours behind slow moving people and like stop traffic really really wears on you so I remember. There was one time. I was behind this slow driver. Like just taking a sweet time on a joyride in front of me for miles on end and the thing they aggravated me even more was he just like had his arm sticking out his window and it was like you know going through the Brie. I'm like what are you doing it like this little thing? That just kind of drove me crazy. Yeah seeing you get road rage like does either. I mean it was really silly but it was also really saying something. I guess that's most because you rarely drive though true but I. I usually enjoy driving through national parks like this in a long scenic roads in granted like ninety nine percent of the time it's relaxing and scenic and lovely but occasionally. I do get moments like this where I start to like. Shoot steam out of my ears. Like I've got too many old faithful geyser strapped my head. We should also point out That it's super important to start your day early and drive into the park as soon as you can because like you said. Traffic can be a beast Most parking areas Philip super quickly. And you don't WanNa look like Matt. was deemed popping out. I'm sorry guys are standing on busy years. Yeah job thing in my head. I'm constantly shocked though by how early these parking lots fill up. It's it's really crazy like especially since many of these parking lots are huge and they're filter past even when we get there early. Like are these people nocturnal? Do they just sleep in the parking? Lots are they? How are they here like before? I don't understand Mike. Do you hear the road rage. That like just even thinking about it. I'm like it's all coming back to me in a really. Unfortunately it's okay. Okay we gotta get you out on the trail again so you relax. Yes well the trail for me like hiking. Here is the best medicine. It Calms Me Down Inbetween driving stint. That's for sure. And for all these reasons that's why we chose to rent a car and not use. Rv for the entire time in yellowstone. How we drove through the park ones from the east side to the So that way we could park in west yellowstone remains a luck out and book a last minute. Rv's but But this was over July fourth weekend so we real lucky this is really makes it that much. Easier for parking and navigating Because a lot of the parking areas have super limited spaces for large vehicles. Anyway that's definitely true and I can't really imagine like only being yellowstone with an RV especially in like July. You'd have to get up like the night before you'd have to like Black Friday at and not leave the park at all. Just heavy stay in a parking lot and be ready to go at three in the morning or something. It's ridiculous. Yeah fortunately having a rental car we could wake up. At a more reasonable our get coffee and West Yellowstone and then head into the park by seven thirty. Am and be just fine plus since we have been with us. Of course we didn't want to like constantly believing him in the RV while we went off hiking. Cause for a lot of reasons. This is not a very dog friendly park. They're not allowed in any trails whatsoever or in thermal areas with all of which makes sense and considering the immense wildlife. Here you do. Not Want a feisty. Little Dog Lake Thin causing trouble with a wolf or bear bison or something it would be a regular Brouhaha. Yeah that and you know all these animals like dumping everywhere and people not like picking it up. Yeah you know it'd be horrific because people are rude like that but I feel like be prepared for yellowstone properly and did it right We were able to tackle a lot of this park in just a few days that we were here which We're going to talk a lot more about after this quick break. Hey guys it's bobby bones. I host the bobby bones show and I'm pretty much obviously because a wake up at three o'clock in the morning a couple of hours later on my friends together so we get into a room and we do a radio show wisher alive we tell our stories we try to find as much good in the world possibly can and we look through the news of the day that you'll care about also your favorite country. Artists are always stopping by to hang out and share their lives and music too so wake up with a bunch of my friends. I Ninety eight point seven. W M Z Q in Washington DC or wherever the rotates you on the iheartradio APP. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This is park land. Lia In today's episode is Yellowstone National Park Part. Two all right first things first. Let's take it back to what brought US yellowstone in the middle of Primetime Lake? We literally arrived on the fourth of July. And I can't really think of a better place to spend July fourth and America's most iconic National Park. All that was missing probably was like Apple Pie and maybe baseball. We did have a hot dog though His name is Finn. Oh my gosh. That's right yeah. What a patriotic little country were in right before yellowstone we were at the Rodeo and Cody Wyoming which also feels like an Americana thing really very much. So yeah all the cowboy hats and Chili and beer and Lassos and star spangled everything. This was an experience that was working at the Rodeo selling Maple Syrup and we are in the area for that and you and I are able attend the Rodeo One night just for fun. Yes and you force me to sit on a huge cow which was outrageous like a real cow and I was. I think joking for the first several minutes suggesting it. I'm like I don't WanNa do that. People do this like so. It's actually happening. That was a bowl. That was a bowl boring. Well that was a bull and Yeah it was really a cold out that it was That was epic. I really loved that experience of sitting on that bowl We got some Chili from one of the food vendors up into the bleachers to watch some of that Rodeo it was intense. Let's put it that way. A lot of fast moving animals and dextrous cowboys as it was fun. Though it was an experience and it was super close to yellowstone so after the road. Euro is down. We went into the park for three or four days to visited together for the first time together together right yes but but first before the Rodeo segment was over because this is like a multi day thing that you're working out I remember taking the rental car into the Parker may own one day driving. It was a while typically two hours just to get in and go to like one of the hiking trails. I wanted to do because this park is huge. And we're staying kind of a little ways away and one of the trails by the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone section which is this gorgeous segment of yellowstone river with huge like raging waterfalls and. It's it's mesmerizing. Amazing Place Highly. Recommend but this is where one of the most grilling hikes of ever done in my life. And that's really saying something coming from you. I remember you came back fully exhausted and that never happens. Yeah I did the seven mile trail which is ten miles round trip. And it descends down to the bottom of the Canyon along the River. And it's the only trail in the park in this section that descends to the bottom of the canine. Like this. But guess what what goes down must come back up or something like that and I apparently forgot about that before. I started my hike because it really hurt and I suffered immensely and I've never I don't think I've ever like soft impoverishing. Gasps for air like this before in my life on any kind of hike. I remember a certain point. I just fully stop caring about grizzly bears entirely and I- Barest by on me the whole time of course but it reached a point where grizzly bears my bear spray. Were complete afterthought. I didn't care like if I I'm done like me. I'm just GonNa just lay down not even crawl into the fetal position. Lay Down Right. Yeah I probably would have been unfazed in comparison to the pay knows then but at one point I also. I laughed this group of younger hikers. At one point two it was like a group of sex or seven probably like twenty year olds or something and they're all really nice and the kind of sharing on wow good job and I was like thanks and then like in my head like I'm dying and then I tried to like quickly. Get Out of their line of sight so I could literally lie down on the side of the trail and let my lungs like stop burning crazy but at least the views are great. And it's really cool to because this is apparently the only trail that actually goes down into the canyon. I learned that the hard way and let's not forget about the other trail. We did together which is about twice as long as you did told me it was yeah. The ferry falls trail which is one of my favorites miserable. Told me it was three miles round trip. That was just a wild guess. I for some reason my hat. I was like females twice that at least But it was really pretty and you know it was just so sunny. There are a lot of like flies Which is not really fun but not my ideal kind of wildlife for for hiking promised me Bison Yeah I know but it could have been worse. There could have been like a treacherous canyon. Hike could have been like you know swarmed grizzlies or something but so yeah. The ferry falls trail. I love it and this. I have very fond memories of it from when I I did this. Trails my family a couple of years ago and that? That's why I swear. I remember it being shorter because in my head. That's why I thought it was shorter but I was probably just distracted by all the things. We saw that time that he did at Green Spring from the overlook at the beginning of the trail and then all the bison like hundreds of bison plus the waterfall itself. Of course. I'll give you that and you know what that's nature right. Sometimes you see it sometimes you and you just you can't. You can't be bummed out when you don't read but I mean I was a little bummed. I mean they don't show up. You know this is. This is the real world this is the real world wildlife of yellowstone The waterfall was amazing. It was totally worth it. It's long thin ribbon like waterfall that crashes down into a cloud of mist Makes the stream that flows out into the meadows. I mean it's just a great place for lunch or Trail Beers Yeah I was so nervous about that like I was excited about it because I love the idea of twelve years and I just have built up such taboo in my head. I guess but I kept worrying and thinking everyone around us. It was like a beer or something really was happening undercover use. Their are Bir Narc. And I'm like no. They're not they're just people like they're just wish that they had a beer to noble. That one's definitely a beer in beer. Narc lucky as a camera. He's taking pictures of the waterfall. He doesn't care about beers right. The waterfall was amazing. And totally worth it Though good so you're just ridiculous that's just put it clear as day. Yeah The rest of the trail was really awesome. Though it takes you buy these like steaming little rivers and mud pots through small patches of forest and then out into this huge vast meadow We didn't see anybody in as I pointed out. Hey Times Or much wildlife at all really Side First Moore's is that people are riding on and they had cody Rodeo sweaters on to bomb the they did. How did I feel like I was wearing mine too? Yeah know they they even? Oh my gosh. They were at the radio to like but these people were probably actually in the Rodeo because it was now officially over yeah and I clearly looked like they had nothing to do with the radio right and not to rub it in but last time I was here I did see hundreds of by something like I said and a Fox said that was. That was exciting. That didn't even really care that we're walking by it so we'll call that one the fantastic. Mr Fox Catholic Mr Parks. Yes so that's why I was hoping to see a little something extra or at least you know something beyond like domesticated horses but I would say that definitely ferry falls. The waterfall itself in Grand Spring. Totally made up for that. We actually started today early at Grand President taking the boardwalk out to the spring itself but the air was still too cold. Yeah and it was extra steamy right the heirs to cold and you combine that with a scalding hot hot spring then it gets way too steamy. It's obscured you can't really see it just kind of sense it and you're aware that it's there and know that you shouldn't go wander into it. Yeah but it makes for great photos yea right and even though I was freezing when we went there in the morning and I was also worried about your wellbeing because you were in short sleeves. Yeah I really was But I bet you it warms. Everyone is really wondering why it took us a long adult faithful which is not only the most iconic site here but one of the most iconic sites in the entire country and that's mostly because the old faithful area feels too much like a theme park. Yeah it's it really is kind of too much to be honest. And don't get US wrong. The Geyser is really incredible to behold and like the name suggests it's faithful and I I applaud the reliability. So there's that but it's way too crowded and surrounded by hotels and restaurants and stuff that make it feel almost corporate like it's owned by Disney or something not that there's anything wrong with Disney. That's great but yeah no not at all. Alston is actually a beautiful. Tell when you go into and hang out at it You can maybe get some coffee and relax or check out the gift shops. It's like a huge log cabin basically but You can also watch the geyser from here There's like a porch on the second floor as well. Yeah is that where you watch different when you were first here? Yeah I watched to once or twice from there and then Benjamin and I. We went down and went up to the guys are at self and Did that But yeah yeah it's I mean it's a gorgeous hotel and I I would totally just hang out and lounge about here. I love the way it's laid out with these soaring ceilings and wooden rafters way up there. It's then we got a couple of coffees from the second floor cafe. They have like huckleberry Ladas. Yeah they were great. Yeah really good. But instead of chilling here we wind up going up to the observation point trail which I pretty much dragged to stubbornly and because I wanted to watch all faithful from the top of a hill from different vantage point. I had seen it before from ground level. Here you know in the midst of these hordes of people so I had heard that this was a cool vista of the guys are and it's an easy trail to get there. It's only about one and a half miles round trip and it's honestly much less crowded once you're up there To see the guys there there. There are a few people but plenty of room for everybody. There's like I don't know two dozen people Max deal so plenty of speed not even a dozen people right. Yeah but I mean I I can. When I'm wrong and the views I thought were not that great. It was further away than I would have liked. Seeing the geyser kind of just looked like a random because there's nothing like Like seeing it right up front right up in it but it's also beautiful looking at nature in a different way Yeah it was really nice to get away from those crowds and the noise. I'm giving that one percent Muslim. And honestly if you're spending some time in the thermal area gotTA head over to mammoth hot springs on the north of the park yeah This was the first time to the section for both of us and it was really impressive. A lot of lot of lot of history there. Oh a lot. This was a sleeper hit. I think we'd both heard of mammoth hot springs but we didn't look into it too much and I'm so glad that we did. Because this is like my favorite day interest explorer in yellowstone right. So not only because of all the military history here. Mammoth hot springs is where the troops resided when they were tasked with protecting the park. So this place has all sorts of old cabins and great like exhibits the museum and visitors center but another fascinating aspect. This place was teeming with L. They were everywhere like I have never seen this much just like Brazenly wandering around the streets like it's nothing back they were just pedestrians. You know like not even noticing we humans which was a little alarming that they're so used to crowds and stuff. They really were right. So I mean call the. They're beautiful majestic animals. But still maybe not this close. We also tried to go swimming up here at. This place called boiling river which sounds a lot more horrific than it is. It's not actually. It's not actually boiling. You'RE NOT GONNA die so obviously it's actually one of only a couple of places in yellowstone that is accessible for swimming because of the temperature is comfortable. It's a mixture of like thermo water like Cold Natural River water so it's ideal for actually but going up there we were up. There was closed for the season like it was scheduled to open soon. Like in any any moment. But we simply says by a couple of days to But they're also at least gigantic colorful hot. Spring areas called the upper terrace and lower terrence out the boardwalk trails That run right through they. Yeah they look like huge tiered wedding. Cakes is how I found them because they're mostly white and they look really to perfect. Be Real like a wedding cake. That's like building deadly steam. If you can met envision that it's like I don't know thirty thirty layer wedding cake that could kill you. If that's a good way to describe me without springs like terraces. I could really stand here all day and Gawk at them. I think they're so pretty. Yeah right by there. We had breakfast at this beautiful restaurant inside of mammoth Hot Springs Hotel It's historic property. The kind of reminded me of like the Stanley Hotel near Rocky Mountain. Yeah it really looked like it had the same kind of history. And or a nate design and even just right down to the color. Palette was really interesting but minus any of the like psychosis and murder guess. Our server was super friendly here. He was from either from Chicago or like in Illinois. Remember that that's right. I think is bad setzer Gago but it was extra from the BURBS. You know how it works your. I'm like yeah but it was really nice to like chill out here and watch out what we eat omelets and it was also the perfect fuel for the beaver ponds loop trail which we did right after. That was pretty moderate. It wasn't hard. wasn't impossible. There's about five miles round trip I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do it at first because I was feeling sore. Yeah what was going on? I figure out what the issue is. Your feet I can I look back. I can't remember but it was. I was in pain and I was like. I don't know if I'M GONNA be able to do this like and just you know I said screw it. That's just do it. It'll be fine. Well you didn't do that voluntarily. I fully guilted into it. I was like Oh that's fine. I'll I'll meet you after I'll just go hiking alone. Dangerous grizzly country probably get mauled. But I'll I'll meet you later. Yeah that worked a term. Yeah it was a mixture of like trying to get you into it and also legitimately being. You're never forgive me right? So let's be real and I do not blame you. Donald I love. In retrospect he would. He would kill me if you died Yeah that'd be dead right behind you but it all worked out no bear sightings and the trails honestly pretty easy. I think in unavowed like totally uneventful regard in regards to like dangerous wildlife. That's for sure we didn't see any bears. Anybody in I think the only animal we saw was towards the very end of the hike. We saw a small herd of elk in the meadow. But at that point we were. We had seen so much that we're like totally desensitized. They're like squirrels or like. Oh yeah how we do that. We get like desensitized from these beautiful animals and You know it but you know convert happens and you know maybe this is the lesson that will learn from ourselves and just remember to take that moment to watch them but the best part about it was all when we were driving back to west yellowstone from these hikes and we actually saw our very first grizzly bear in the White House. Finally like right at the nick of time to you because this is our last full day in the park. And I think I was getting to the point. Rose reconciling like okay. I'm probably not gonNA see a bear this time fine. But miraculously we did see one and we saw it the best way we possibly could from the safety of our car like it was off on the side of the road and impossible to mess because there was just a huge swarm of cars and vehicles pulled over and people like milling about you pulled over but really they were zigzagged every which way like basically forgot how to park it was like bear and they got so excited to again pullover because other people want to go through. I mean obviously all stopping for this but still like what if there's an emergency people true but I mean. I'm glad that we saw so we were able to pull over and get off inside of the road enough to make way and then see from safe vantage point. It was like off in the meadow. Like foraging for food or something. Full grown like full very obvious grizzly bear and just super exciting and also it is comforting when you see grizzly bear to be surrounded by other people like worst case scenario the bear because ballistic. It would have to mow down a lot of other people to get to us and I think we're pretty safe. Yeah this didn't even seem to notice the crowds of people that were taking photos from a distance it was just forging in the grass and slowly walking along enjoying its day. Yeah it was. It was so exciting and I'm really glad that we capped off our timing yellowstone with this grisly. Bear sighting like the most epic animal here that everyone wants to see perfect and you have to remember to pack it. Up picketing a basket city. I know I'm thrilled to talk about this. Next section which is about West Yellowstone sonus. Dulger love it. It's such a cute little happy. Hamlet it's one of the main kind of entry areas to the park. It's in actually Montana. Sliver like the portion of yellowstone. That's in Montana. Like far. North Western Wyoming and then Westerns is bustling tourist town in the summer. I'm sure it's completely quiet in the winter. If anything's even open at all but yeah yeah. So this was my second time in West Yellowstone. Your first and I was so stoked to be back here and come back with you and revisit all my favorite places that I went to with my family. It's so great. Yeah what's yellowstone is really a beautiful place There's so many places that you can walk to. Yeah I remember that we actually we actually walked over and saw Spiderman. Yes the news spiderman in AMAC's there's like an Imax theater randomly in sales down and that was a great great setting to Spiderman. Whatever that far from home at that because it's just really you know one. We're going to national parks. We also have to take like brakes from it and just get other entertainment just to in the evenings and this is like perfect. Go see a movie. Go eat at a restaurant which we had a couple of different restaurants and they've had a good variety of restaurants here considering how small the town is and it's really only like ten block radius of town. But we definitely made the rounds. Some we liked better than others. I think we'll just say bat like long story short. You probably shouldn't eat French restaurants in West Yellowstone. No this one I remember asking them. suggests them for wine and like read. I'm like Cambridge tomorrow please. Oh you don't even know got it so if you're a French restaurant and you know nothing about wines. You probably shouldn't be a frustrated French restaurant and let's be honest because it wasn't cheap like I got like a butternut squash Ravioli and that was like twenty two bucks and so like I'm spending a lot of money. I want you to know what you're serving me but you could see was a disorganized mess And I I. I'll tell you this that being the food writer and the family and the one that like goes out to restaurants all the time I think I'm more of the food critic you actually are GonNa call. I'll be honest softened a little over the years now like I. It's outright off all all I try to find the silver lining certain places. And I'll be like well this good or like this part is cute. Although I don't remember finding many redeeming factors that this place. I guess like the people were Nice. They were played. No that was That was difficult to say the least and it's weird because it's fortunately weekends so you know that it's GonNa be busy so it's like you know just up your game a little bit. Yeah please please try. We also tried to go to a Japanese restaurant because per usual. We're constantly craving Sushi and even in the weirdest places but we can't go too long without having Sushi so we just locked up in desperation and found this Japanese restaurant that looked promising but like we walked in and there was just like no one there at all. There was a few lake teenager looking people standing waiting to be seated or something so. I don't I don't know if we just opening or something but I didn't WanNa wait. Trevor because we waited ten minutes nothing so you know but then we walked over to bowl winkle saloon. Now that was perfect they're attentive. They're fantastic. They have like a saloon liquor store and a sit down restaurant and we went back there multiple times because we felt welcome every single time. Yes and their food but they had a diverse mix of food like a lot of regional. Specialties like Bison Burgers and Ravioli and then plenty of surprises. Welcome surprises like. They had a chicken Wellington. I had missed my first experience with Zucchini Noodles Aka zoodles. And first of all would never expect to find that in west yellowstone know doodles and especially not good like this was great. It was Delicious like you said. Prompt service very friendly which honestly ninety percent of the reason why I go out to a restaurant service like I want. I want good service so you are a service industry. So they know what they're doing and we really appreciate that so shout out to bowling and every all go down West Yellowstone National Park. You have to go Check in with them and grab a Huckleberry Margarita or go gamble in their casino Gulf. Absolutely sit down restaurant frequent them because they're really good. Yeah and then You know there's that other place a friend of ours Gary Miano from Montana. He actually told us to go to fire whole Barbecue Because it has the best barbecue in yellowstone that was solid really solid I remember we got in. We ordered our barbecue. And you know it's not like Institution it is a new play but you can definitely see that there know what they're doing And we got our food and we sat down and we sat next to do park rangers. Yeah basically I mean in our mind. They're celebrities so we were sitting next to a couple of celebrities like abs basically like the Brittany Madonna celebrities to guys. I guess maybe Elton John and Freddie Mercury his dad right so they're still celebrities here all right so I guess back into the Park Rangers. They were amazing. They were really fun. I remember there was the younger one and he was talking about how his friends are coming. He's going back country camping with them and he was just as excited as we were. And that's what I really love. That are park. Rangers are just as excited to explore these beautiful national parks that they're an all the time like they're tourists stars just like us. They gig out over barbecue just like us what they're humans. I surprised as you are. No right I'm like can we're going to go party with Bryant Park Rangers. Ooh Party with Park Rangers. Let's start this once a year event. I'm into it. And when we come back from this short break we'll talk. With our researcher Jocelyn Shields more about the ecology and Wildlife National Park Family Secrets. It turns out that just about everyone has which accounts for the incredible outpouring of community and sharing of these stories. It's happening as a result of my podcast family secrets. My Name is Danny Shapiro. I'm a writer author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir inheritance which I wrote after discovering a massive secret. That had been kept from me all my life. That discovery changed my life in good ways and hard ways and led to this podcast. I hope you'll join us for some incredible conversations about family identity and what happens to both when the secrets that have been kept from us and the secrets we keep finally come to light? Listen and subscribe on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or ever you listen to your favorite. Podcasts And I'm Brad. This is park land area. In today's episode is on Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming Ecology so biological diversity is a benchmark for measuring the health an ecosystem and today to talk more about that. We're bringing on. Our show is researcher. Justin Shields Hi guys. I'm Justin and I am a freelance science writer and also your shows researcher. I'm so excited to be on today's show because we're talking about one of my favorite things which is biological diversity and how it's used to measure the health of an ecosystem. Every organism plays an important role in transferring energy storing nutrients and breaking down pollutants. So basically. We're not talking about the big animals like bears. Bison and wolves who individually play a big part of the yellowstone ecosystem. Right not entirely. They are part of it but We're talking about something equally important. Which are the little ones end? The big ones together lots of times. People don't pay very much attention to mushrooms and Beatles and blue-green algae and microscopic worms. But if you're thinking about biodiversity at leads us to the concept of extinction so wolves were really important to the yellowstone ecosystem for a few reasons but one big thing is they work together to take down large. Gillet. That's how they hunt so bear huge powerful but it will rarely go after a moose or elk on its own A bear will scare a pack of wolves away from a dead Bison The wolves have done all the hard work to kill it. But the wolves if wolves aren't present in the ecosystem the bears don't eat as well and neither do the scavengers. Yeah like Ravens. Coyotes Bald Eagles. That's right And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Wolves made space an ecosystem that didn't exist during their seventy year absence for snakes and mice and cottonwood trees and otters and Aspen groves and songbirds and all kinds of things. The presence of beavers making dams and the increase bank stabilization on rivers even ended up changing the hydrology in yellowstone the way water moves around These changes are fascinating and it definitely makes yellowstone in nicer place to visit but also shows. That's the biodiversity is really important to preserve what we can. Yeah because we're losing individual species all over the world all the time really tough to know how many species even exist on this planet right. The current estimates for the number of species that live on earth is somewhere between five point three million to one trillion number. It's kind of like saying either. Have thirty six dollars or one point two million dollars in my bank account. He asked that window so how many organisms are going extinct every year. Well that's really tough to tell to about fifteen years ago. A United Nations taskforce estimated that eight thousand seven hundred species go extinct every year which seems like a ton but a few years later. They concluded that it was more like fifty. Five Thousand Watt. No way I mean like our third that many here yes I mean th th there might be as many as a trillion. Wow expert new all things because they were in a couple of articles and then we all see Brad just winked. Humans have only recorded the passing around eight hundred species in the past four hundred years. So I mean that's like somebody going out and being like there was a Dodo bird here and now there are new so it's tough to know exactly where we stand with biodiversity on this planet but the Wolves Nielsen help us understand that. Biodiversity Works for system. This is sad in a tricky problem to find solutions for. Yeah well I think. The situation provides a good case study. And why more? Biodiversity is good for an ecosystem without functioning ecosystems. We don't have clean air or water. Our plants don't get pollinated by bats and bees and stuff which means we don't eat and then there's a tons of stuff we don't know exists What if a cure for cancer is out there on the ocean floor in the forest? Yeah honestly who wants to live on a planet with no wild functioning ecosystems now me now so by diversity is important and arguably the most complex future of our planet. We need our national parks partly for preserving spaces that protect it and just like with the wolves which are still controversial members of the yellowstone ecosystem. We need to be boosting biodiversity wherever we can I know are part of understanding. Our ecosystem is so important we need to realize how are decisions impact our World Planet Yeah? Biodiversity is engine makes ecosystem work so each species whether it's a spider or a fungus or a lion has an important role to play greater species. Diversity insures natural sustainability for LA firms. Even humans does and that's why like digging deep into these topics Is going to be a whole podcast of its own But we just want to introduce these different aspects to our listeners. And I'm really happy that we had you on today to talk a little bit about like biological diversity and how it all works together. Because it's important we learn more The more we learn and we get to share with everyone. It helps make a better community of assets for our national parks. Yeah well it's my pleasure to be here. Thanks for having me my favorite well with all of that. There's so many beautiful things to explore in and around Yellowstone National Park and I think what we need to talk about is what was our favorite part of yellowstone on this trip. Matt what was yours. This is probably the hardest decision for this segment. I've had to date because this park is obviously huge. We did a ton. So it's it's hard to narrow down. I would say my favorite part. Even though at the time was in absolute misery it was probably that Canyon trail that I did the Grand Canyon. The allstone because the scenery was just unbelievable. And in retrospect very worthwhile. I'm glad I put myself through that and experienced it because I'm proud of you. Thank you yes I. I'm glad I did it. It'd be nice to have. It would probably help if I slowed down. I'm constantly speed walking speed hiking. And this isn't the trail for that because you will burn yourself way out before you're even like halfway done with it and then that's a mistake so but I I loved it and I would definitely recommend that trail for especially for a small group who can keep you motivated and keep you safe now. My favorite part would have probably had to abandon mammoth springs. Area Co hot springs geysers so much different lake Ecology Wildlife Just seeing how they interact differently with the environment that they're in like you're telling us about like the elk and how they were just like in the middle of everything and they're so used to it and you know that's good and bad but I remember like there's Times right go to turn on the road and there's like an crossing and I'm like hey. This is the perfect place to put a L. crossing sign. But there's that and then you know the boiling river That I would really love to do so. Let me go back. I'll have to make open seasonal so it's not like it's a exact date every year. It's like Becca Tober. I every year September. It's not like starbucks pumpkin spice season. You know it's not like China dry so we just have to be careful with that True we should talk about what things people should bring to yellowstone and that from experience. Like if you're going to visit yellowstone during primetime weeded so like July or August you should bring well for one thing a lot of patience. A lot of patients APPs in forgiveness guy willing- willingness to overlook a lot of. Don't be where there's road rage for a man sticking his hand out the window. It's infuriating like come on so that's something that we learned and that we would bring yes and then we. Also I'm. I'm sure I've talked about this plenty of times already with yellowstone but bear spray. Of course no matter whether you're alone the group that's pivotal and you can get that really anywhere in the entire area. You can get that from park stores in around the park for any kind of convenience store in West Yellowstone or Jackson hole is the hub to the south and brings them light layers. Because even though it's like in July we went there really early in the morning. It was cold. Yeah I remember. I was mad because I didn't bring a sweater or something On our first trailed the day right. Yeah it does get called. It's not during the day during the afternoon especially can get really warm or hot but this is definitely one of those places that at night and early morning it's spread at least a windbreaker. It extra probably be best. Because then that way it's still light in its breathable away So you know just bring another layer yes absolutely and then if you're doing something specifically water oriented if you're lucky enough to be here when boiling river is open then bring a bathing. Suit your bring a towel and have a great time. We'll live in swim vicariously through you. Yes and send US Pictures Tag. Us Park Land Pod. Yes well it took us two full episodes but I think we've done justice for this incredible most iconic national park. There's a lie here from epoch. History epic wildlife. And you've really got to go see it for yourself. 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Inspiration And Eruption In Yellowstone, The World's First National Park PART 1

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Inspiration And Eruption In Yellowstone, The World's First National Park PART 1

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Because it's a big one we're talking about yellowstone and frankly it really does not get much bigger than this. Yeah I really think and get safe to say that yellowstone is the most iconic national park in the country. It's the first example people think of when they think of national parks and its most notable features like geysers. Here's and Bison and Grizzly bears and they've become synonymous with the National Park Service. Yeah that's definitely true and not only is yellowstone in American icon on. But it's the second largest national park in the contiguous. US It's one of the most visited parks in the country with more than four million visitors in most impressively of all. It's the oldest national park in the entire world which is crazy so not just the US yeah exactly the whole world when the park was first established in eighteen. Seventy you too. It was before any type of federally protected. Land was set aside anywhere on earth No country has ever done such a thing until the US. Mrs Right and this was decades. Before the National Park Service was even formed it was also be before Wyoming even became a state. I know yeah this is. It's it's really wild to think about but it's fantastic and one of the things I like. The most is how ironic it is then. The world's first national park may very very well be the thing that one day destroys all as this park sits on top of a giant super volcano that if it ever erupt again well and life on earth. Something living tells me that seatbelts won't help us very much in that situation. Well they they can't hurt but now if they want to help. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad Park Land Lia production of iheartradio. We sold our locks in Chicago moved into our with our dogs thin. And now we're probably in the country exploring expiring. America's national parks back in today's episode is about Yellowstone in Wyoming Considering how huge yellowstone is both geographically and historically we thought it was fitting split this park into two different episodes. It's first time doing that. But we really want to justice and talk about our experiences with yellowstone so it definitely deserves a two parter it. Yeah it really does because there's so so much here and to really dig into it would be impossible to cram into one episode so it's our first two part park fittingly as as you can tell to Park Lane is just full first full of little twist but it also makes perfect sense to do this with yellowstone so area. You and I have experienced this park differently. We both visited it individually on her own at first and then together this past summer. So there's a a lot to cover and lots of spread out over these episodes. Let's just say that it's miles and miles and miles of information. A lot of my early massive of I mean it's more than two point two million acres That's bigger than the states of Delaware Android island combined and it's also larger than some countries. Yeah yeah that's true. So long story short be sure and fill up the gas tank before trying to tackle yellowstone because like we said there are lots of miles here. And you'RE GONNA WANNA be ready for it. And the only national park larger than this actually are are in Alaska Parks and then in the contiguous who s there's death valley really which is the only one in the lower forty eight states that's larger than yellowstone and and to be quite honest. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Yeah but let's let's get into it and it's the first part episode of yellowstone so we'll cover more of our individual trips. He'll send for this episode as well for Mine. I was here I with my family. My Dad my brother my sister for a little outdoorsy themed vacation a few years ago and that was definitely life changing to the least one of my kinda formative national park experiences that triggered this obsession. But you're going to have to stay tuned for that because I we need to talk about history. And that's epic explosive. Those of fiery history here. Yes yes it is history so backing up when choppers an adventurous frontiers men. I I explore this region of the ever expanding country. They were met with the landscape. That was beautiful lowering but also terrifying in intimidating and deadly. We're talking like simmering. Pots and steaming streams raging rivers. These explosive geysers sulphur springs and wildlife so contents that makes Jumanji look like a petting zoo. Basically I mean these explorers just no one believed them when they started like documenting it and setting this back east. Everyone just brushed off off right right. I mean literally. It sounds absurd and over the top and like completely made up and so it was assumed that these guys were just lying and had crazy machinations. We're basically writing fantasy novels sending to the government but eventually after enough of these reports came in in the government finally advisor to the fact that surely not every frontiers men has an overactive imagination. They started formalizing these exploratory expeditions to research the area themselves elves in see what all the fuss was about. Yeah it's kind of like the original drastic park when John Hammond brings all the doubtful scientists to the island and no one thinks will actually see dinosaurs but then they actually do and everyone is like stunned. Yeah exactly this place is pretty much drastic national park but instead of Dr Grant Dr Malcolm Dr Sadler earlier it was another Trifecta of Explorers Ferdinand v Hayden. A painter named Thomas Moran and a photographer named William Henry Senator Jackson Yeah. Their findings must have been huge and had some serious impact because it was less than a year later in eighteen. Seventy two that President Ulysses S. grant signed documentation making yellowstone the very first national park encompassing the land. That's primarily in North Western Wyoming with little little bits in Idaho and Montana's well right so huge huge news and the true not only provided impressive inserting documentation but they also argued for protection by pointing out that the area is not suitable for farming or mining. Because you can't mine in hot springs or overtop OPPA Geyser. That's GonNa blow up your barn or something so you might as well protect it right. Yeah I mean the first year at the as a national park there are only about three hundred visitors. It's Increased dramatically once the northern Pacific railroad was completed about a decade later. There were thousands of annual visitors. which is really incredible? Bullfrog eighteen hundreds. I mean they didn't have anything. Yeah I know that is incredible. So even though frontiers men didn't discover this steamy landscape until the mid eighteen hundreds they they definitely were not the first humans to Rome here. Native Americans have undocumented living here as far back as eleven thousand years ago most likely due to the abundance of hunting opportunities internees after the last ice age because yellowstone is after all renowned for populations of Bison and L. in deer among many many other animals so so it makes sense that this was like a hunting Mecca and the early eighteen hundreds some of the first for trappers to visit the region gave it the Nickname Roche Joan. I love it which means rock Yellow River In reference to the yellow sandstone by the river and thus the name yellowstone was born born and in history. It's been as colorful as the geysers basins since. Yeah I know totally because it really does have like this technicolor history. It's so vibrant and so Bright and very up and down good and bad vandals and poachers were big problems. In the the early years here as all these animals are being hunted and trees are being cut down with reckless abandon and the minimum park ranger staff. That was here. I literally did not have the resources to protect such a large section of land. No things really did get out of hand. I mean like literally it was like military for civilians millions and yeah and that's until President Chester. A Arthur embarked on his first presidential visit to the park with a little camping trip. Yes he did the. Although if we're being honest I think it was probably a glancing trip. I can't really imagine any president like camping. Made me do they do. Yeah it's just a Arthur is probably a diva. I mean I'm again assuming I know absolutely nothing about this guy and I think I had forgotten art forgotten. He was ever a president until right. Now which you know. I don't remember anything he did. So this is good. I'm glad but he got to go to yellowstone and his trip here was hugely beneficial because he wound up signing legislation that a lot of a lot more funds for the park which went towards employing troops to protect the Park and control the amount of development that was happening like it was off the chart so they needed to do something something. Yeah we learned all about General Sheridan and troop m of the United States Cavalry while we were in mammoth hot springs area of the park last summer Where a bunch of historic army barracks were and apparently they protect to the park for thirty two years all the way up until nineteen eighteen when they handed over those duties to the recently recently created national? Park Service yes they did because this is all new territory. This is well before the National Park Service was established. It's the first national park in the world so there are just figuring out for themselves salves and obviously taking a guerilla approach to fending off. These tendons only lasted like six months to the year. Maybe not in the turn over like it was No one knew what they were doing it but someone had to start. Yeah and I'm glad that they pioneered that and their sentiments are forever engraved on the iconic Roosevelt arch by the parks north entrance which tubes built and the arch reads for for the benefit and enjoyment of the people and it's something that has gone on to symbolize national parks across the country. Ever since and after this quick break we're going to get into some of yellowstone's stones colorful and famous geographic history. Hi everyone it's Katie couric. I've got a ton of questions about this crazy time. We're living in and I know you probably due to on the new season of my podcast cast next question with me. 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It's a place that definitely sounds like it was dreamed up by George Lucas or something just does not really sound real. Which is why the government taught early? Frontiers men were. You know fantasizing about this in creating just like lying because it doesn't sound like an actual place that's one of those places that you really have to see to believe. Even we just try to describe it to people like they look at US sideways like a little like does like right. You're lying saying and so it's even today. It's still unbelievable. and that's so crazy because we have photos and videos and all of it and Growing up here and learn so much by yellowstone that it actually seems almost too surreal and mythical it almost doesn't make sense sense and that's something that like something like this would exist on this planet. Now it's it's wild reluctant to have it. You gotta it's one of those places you have to see for yourself herself and you have to honestly have to smell for yourself because it's gotten aroma. Yeah we've gone. How do I still don't feel like I understand yellowstone? Yeah which is crazy. I know there's there's so much there's a lot to take in. And it all starts with the heart of the park. The Yellowstone Caldera tell there of course is the collapsed remnants a volcano and this is the largest of its kind on the entire continent clocking in at a somewhat terrifying thirty by forty five miles else and today this Caldera is the site of Yellowstone Lake this enormous Pristine Lake that is so utterly serene looking that you'd really never expect. There's a super volcano not to get all the scary neurotic and no not at all. We should probably stop scaring our listeners. Because it's all going to be OK guys totally I I mean probably I don't Wanna I can't get that I don't to be held with. I mean if we're being honest about the Super Bowl Hanno and I'll just come. I'm right out and give it to you straight. The Super Volcano is still considered to be technically active in doorman. Although it's only erupted three times in the last two million years the most recent recent one was six hundred and forty thousand years ago and it was strong enough to make the CVS amounted. Helen seemed like blips on the radar. Like absolutely nothing so even though it tactically could erupt again. The chances are very very slim that any of us will ever live to experience at thankfully. Yeah and on the plus side. The Super Volcano is is what makes yellowstone the incredible place that it is today without it there would be wouldn't be any geysers or hot springs that make the park. What it is I mean yellowstone actually has more than and ten thousand? These thermal features are beautiful an eerie reminder of the volcano. That's right below you and it's crazy because like it's it's supposed to be like erupting thing like anytime now. Plus or minus ten thousand thousand years or ten minutes from now. Yeah you might never hear this. You know what we might not finish this episode. I they now that would actually be kind of poetic but as long as the Super Bowl Hanno keeps doing this thing and fueling these geysers and not wiping out life as we know it. I'm finally yeah. Nowadays the best places to witness these amazing thermal features are at places like mammoth hot springs. Gore's Geyser Basin the old faithful grand prize mic springs West Thumb Geyser Basin. I mean there's so much more to talk about but I guess we'll talk about that. So yeah let's say eighteen. If the world is still around trails Dell's now I'm going to start talking about my first time to yellowstone and I was actually visiting the park for the first time with some family as part of this semi annual annual nature. Themed Family Vacation Thing that my dad had the idea to start and I'm so glad he did. And we were like ruminating over like witch park. Actually we do. which part of the country should we start this? Like kind of quasi traditional and we all agree that yellowstone slash grand. Teton was the perfect place to do this and create this experience together because none of us had been in. Obviously it doesn't get more iconic and quintessential then yellowstone so through doesn't no it doesn't so we're all instantly obsessed and we coordinated this is trap where it was about a week and we all flew out to Jackson hole flew into their which is super can be I think. It's like in Grand Teton National Park. And then we just. We got a rental car. We spent a few days in Grand Teton at this beautiful lodge and Teton village and and visited Jackson the actual city or town For a few days as well and then the second half of that trump of that week doc was yellowstone so we drove from Teton village. Up past the rest of Grand Teton into Yellowstone National Park. And then we stayed in West Yellowstone which is like the far northwestern portion of the park. Yeltsin it's probably a two hour drive to get West Yellowstone which is pretty. I know it really the first they were like. Wow this is the gigantic park and it really makes you realize that because it takes forever to get from point. Eight Point B. and one of my favorite things was like you sent me this photo of you guys and it was like your first like Bison herd was crossing the road and there's like this beautiful shot of like your dad in the driver's seat in the passenger so beautiful scenic photo behind it and I just love that one now and it's kind of misty st out or foggy or something so it's these gigantic animals just looming in the distance in lots of them in right in the middle on site for interrupting but I just had bring up. No important so west Yellowstone is actually in a portion of the park. That's in Montana. What's what's the oceans kind of the gateway it's like The northwestern entrance and it's just adorable little league touristy town that's hustling and bustling in the summer months and and we were there like mid September so things were somewhat winding down but still very lively and adorable. I loved it there. We have this cute little cabin and on our way up towards the very first thing we did was stop at old faithful which I think makes a lot of sounds as the first yells elster experience. 'cause everybody faithful is and it's right up there with like the Grand Canyon and Stash of liberty like these Like all important Americana sites and activities and we went there had to pretty much force our way through the crowds to get a good view. Because it's it's very crowded. The general is pretty is very crowded but old faithful is just like swarming with people like a mob scene. Yeah it is so yes yes so. We went into the visitor center. My brother and I got our national parks books stamped and I think my dad bought some sort of buck and or game. I I want to say. We've got national parks. Yahtzee there and we play that a little later in the cabin in West Yellowstone. Although I I don't know what makes it. National Parks Yahtzee is like a pretty straightforward numbers based ice game. So I don't understand that one guys two you guys who three guys I don't know ever but it works it works. I love a good theme. Even with it doesn't make sense. And so we did it. All faith foil and then kind of checked in and got our bearings in West Yellowstone explore the town which has super cute little like restaurants and cafes. We would like start every morning. Go into this little coffee shack thing. It's not a standalone shop per se. It's like this little window that's on at the intersection. And there's this lovely woman working every morning. Yes that's the one that he went to on our trip together but this was where the dollar originate even started with it and obsessed with it. Because you're like we have to go. Yeah there's nothing super special like the food or coffee so much that we got there before it even opened thumbs waiting like please please service coffee coffee. Yeah so they have coffee and then a very limited slash enough food items but like they have like huckleberry bars because huckleberry there's a huge part of the country so you could find huckleberry anything and everything in different restaurants and bakeries and stuff and they had stuff like that and then like doc probably banana bread and scones. You know kind of everything you said all those little little things right there in the rain and then bagels and I remember. My brother ordered a Bagel. But he hasn't cream cheese and he asks her butter and she was like butter. So just give you the dry Bagel and then he had a dry Bego geico very exciting climax to that story. Yeah I kind of like something crazy going to happen but no he just didn't have have keys and I think our favorite that the place we went to you more than like three nights in a row. Maybe was this place called the Buffalo Bar. which which is this essentially? It's the saloon. Like it felt like a saloon with like pool tables inside and big. I think fake taxidermy and then a big gigantic organic like buffalo replica in the middle of the dining room. And the Kumar. Yeah very hard last ask it is is. Yeah but it's still kind of like clean and modern ish so we loved it and I don't think we really eight every mostly went there for like after dinner owner drinks like Wyoming whiskey and stuff like that so all these great things in west yellowstone integrate place to like kind of get your start art every morning. 'cause you're close to a ton and what my family and I did was we made sure we stocked up on bear spray. First things first we didn't want to wander wander on yellowstone without that especially my dad was very adamant and he always had it at the ready and we did a bunch of different things in in the span of like three or four days. I feel like who really maximized it. It's great yeah so one of my favorite things was we did the grand prize medic springs area and and the ferry falls trail which is one of the best trails ever. I I love it. I think that's my favorite one that we did in yellowstone and one of my favorite trails like like just in general period. Was that the one that you like. Took me on this dramatic long hike where you said it was like. Oh it's only like two and a half miles and ended up being like seven. Yeah Yeah I remember it a different way with my family I thought it was. I remember it being much shorter but it was action packed because we saw Tun of Bison in a Fox down unfortunate version. But that's another episode right. I honestly don't remember seeing I mean I don't remember being as long as it wind up being this past summer with you but is great. It's like super peaceful and scenic. And you go through a variety of different trains from this super tall thin ribbon of a waterfall through these pine forests than this wide open meadows. which is on this trip where we saw like a huge herd of Bison and it was well nerving we wound up like cutting off the trail? Oh and going around them which was also nerve wracking. Because I'm like what if we wind up going off trail and then like stumbling into a bear or like alone. Bison yeah yeah true. We did wind up some way until like alone. Bison those just lying right next to this tree and I was so it is my brother and I were like kind of ahead a little bit. We're like several pages of the head of my sister and dad and we were talking and I remember. I don't know exact athlet this conversation. But we're talking about like Disneyworld because I guess I just talk about all the time and I was saying to my brother. I'm like yeah. I really like want to explorer animal kingdom more or something I was probably like you know just thinking about animals And then like as soon as I say that we see this by Senate and I freak out and kind of Yelp and my dad panicked says he think I saw bear. I can no matter. And Yeah neurotic messes. Yeah Yeah it was showing there and in that area though you do have to be careful if you do walk off trail because there are geysers and you do not WanNa fall into one of those because people have been falling into his now and you know that's just not good. You'll get burnt. You'll not be happy and it will take a long time. I mean cover. You might not. You might not recover. Yeah yeah definitely so you gotta be careful when you're doing that so I know where you pointed out where you were walking trail and it wasn't like half a mile off trail twenty feet thirty feet like into different area right. It wasn't anything crazy. Yeah exactly and then we finish that trail oh by doing this gigantic loop. That brought us back to the GRANDPA's matic. Spring which is easily won the most popular sites in the park. You go to the overlook and from up there you can see down into this like incredible like almost Rambo colored spring with the Super Bright Greens. Blues Gallos Oranges. It's insane like I don't understand how this is like this how it's real and it's massive and just like billowing a little bit of steam by mid afternoon when the weather's the temperatures warmed up enough the steam dissipates now I could see the spraying really well versus in the morning when they are so really cold the steam could like be too much. It's hard to see so I would definitely recommend going like mid afternoon like we did and that was great. Another another thing we did was. We had a little picnic in the Lamar Valley area just like Rolling Meadows beautiful little ponds and lakes. Didn't I didn't see any animals out there even though I know we could have and we were kind of hoping to you know from a safe distance and we want reminders interesting. This nice little peaceful picnic by some pond at the end of the trail and it was it was great and we also did the Grand Canyon gaining the yellowstone for photos and on a little hike by a waterfall. That's that's another popular area. Yes raging river the Yellowstone River and is lined with these like explosive waterfalls and great panoramic views from these overlooks and little trails. That run along the river his his kayak on that trip as well. Yes we did so I think the last day last full Danielson we booked kayaking trip on Yellowstone Lake which were all super excited so you and fishing on Yellowstone Lake. We didn't go fishing. We like did a Kayak trip and for that you stay pretty close to the shore. They don't really let I don't think they let you at all like go out into the main because like like I got to go out there and just yeah but we're on a boat you know so it was a lot easier to get there and back and I feel like a lot of people would get exhausted out there and not realize and take a a long time to get back so it's a good thing that they're helping their kayakers kayak safe. Yeah Spears they. They said like he unexpectedly windy. And the waves can get get choppy out there and the main problem is the lake is freezing. Set like dangerously cold so like if you capsize. It's hard to get back in. And if you're in the middle of the lake your like screwed and I thought like but I really thought the main problem was about your jacket because the near era guide. Thank you Jack. Yeah quite whatever unions. Do you know who this person is. Yeah I have this jacket this really nice. What is it called the bombers academic? Okay so it's like slick lack bomber jacket with This yellow letter B. on one sleeve. You've and a lemon on the other sleeve so I think you know I'm going with us. And then on the back is a song lyric. That says winners. Don't quit on themselves. So it's a jacket obviously from the representing like lemonade album. And the lyric is from one of the songs and this guy full on the thought. It was a Burns Jack. Jack Jacket Mike. When is on themselves right docket? Wha what's sexually strike that I told him no it's the Bianchi jacket and then he just Kinda like quietly nodded and stop talking to me for like the rest of the trip but the the trip was really fun. It was not that Wendy. Fortunately so it was a nice calm easy pace. We've got to see a lot. And my favorite part was like you get to Kayak along along the shore close enough to the West Thumb Geyser Basin so you get to see some thermal activity as well like not geysers but hot springs in this building steam and some of the like technicolor D- pools that in certain portions are like dripping in flowing into the lake. So that was really beautiful and really cool and and then from there. I believe it was when we were like all settled back into the car. And driving back to US yellowstone we found ourselves in the middle of a bison stampede literal stampede oh was that the photo no no no but there's a lot of these yes so there there. There was traffic which happens a lot in in yellowstone standstill traffic. And we didn't know what was going on. Just the impatiently waiting there and then we start to see Bison walking down and the side of the road like a lot of Bison and they're walking into at a slow pace so me and my sister roll down our windows because we were on the side where the Bison were and we're going to take video of it and soon to start taking video they start to like run like this whole heard of them are running surrounding our car not just us but like everyone on the road road and I remember it was amazing because the video turned out wind up looking like a found footage film or something. Because it's like I started. Take the video and then they charge and I'm like Oh and they get all shaky and then I scream and you get to see a very close. How huge these animals are like? If they hit our car we would have been dumb. Damaged took the least I could make. It probably flipped cars that they like charged tanks. Yeah they're the largest land mammal in the country over the phone. They can go really fast. They can run like much faster than humans so you do not want to get into a race with them by any means either so. That was my yells during experience with my family clearly epoch and intimidating and colorful and does all of it was thoroughly life changing. That was our first time doing something like best as that. These are from one trip. I know just one trip of ours each of ours and we hit on some of the same stuff if we didn't but it just so so big I mean what would you say is the best time to go. The best time to visit yellowstone. Uh is I liked when I visited. I was mid-september It was kinda chilly but not cold yet. And the peak summer season was dwindling so it wasn't as crowded as it is in like July August so we didn't have to worry about that too much just like the periodic traffic affect jams and and whatnot but it was all manageable and beautiful and all the animals are out and about and it's extremely time of the year but luckily the park is open all year round. I mean it's basically. A game of thrones esque style landscape from late fall early spring and most roads closed so the only way to get into the park is on snowmobile. So you can go cross country skiing on snow coach sewers Those are very popular. Yeah they are really popular winter months and during this time period most facilities lodges or closed closed as well. So it's definitely much much quieter in kind of a creepy way but also serene and peaceful and I know I would really love the two experience gallstone in the winter sometime. That's hi my less because that would be like visiting a it'd be like a whole `nother park of that point and that would be amazing and then and you also have to worry about bears because they're hibernating so you can put the bear spray away features possible. Yeah we'll just have to do it like not in an RV because we know we don't need the freeze now. We don't need that. The only roads that are open year round are the North Entrance Road Northeast Engines Road in the mammoth tower road of the grand loop. Yeah so pretty limited pretty quiet and I'm sure it's mind blowing beautiful as everything else says. After this quick break we're going to wrap up part one of our yellowstone episodes by talking a little a bit more about the animals here and the ecology of the park. It's the only way is through a new podcast in partnership with iheartradio and underarm. Join us as we hear from the world's greatest athletes coaches and trainers. They discuss how they utilize training competition recovery and the latest innovations if fitness to improve their performance and push through their personal physical ankle challenges. Here is Canadian. Heptathlete Georgia Ellen word. 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Land area and this week's episode is about Yellowstone National Park and and North Western Wyoming Ecology. And Right. Now we're GONNA get into a little bit more detail about the wildlife here since it's a pretty the big deal. Yeah and it's really crazy. Because in the past couple of decades yellowstone has taught scientists a lot about how food webs and ecological systems work. It's An ecosystem that runs an energy from the sun a plant turn solar energy and to food for itself but then that plant is eaten by a cricket which is then eaten by a mouse which is then eaten by a snake which is then eaten by a hawk when the Huck dies its body provides food for bacteria and fungi which then in turn feeds plans. All of these animals represent what are called tropic levels what scientists now call links in the food chain and as representatives representatives of these trophic groups each other energy has passed all around the ecosystem. But what happens when one member of this food web. It's removed from the system. Yellowstone has has actually been ground zero for sort of unintentional experiment. Regarding what scientists I've come to refer to as trophic cascades and trophic cascades occur when predators editors hunting. Their prey keeps the number of prey animals. Down passing on the savings to the next trophic level. Whatever the prey animal eats then has a better shot at survival and on and on and on down the line right and in yellowstone what they did was they actually like reintroduced the Grey Wolves Wolves back India sewn and this is a perfect example of what we're talking about so in regards to walls like every wills are scary right like humans? I have never really liked them. which is kind of weird? Because they're the direct wild ancestors of Man's best friends domesticated dogs the fact that they're fast carnivorous her nevarez and they move around intimidating packs. I think plus the livestock they can eat like twenty pounds of meat in a single sitting. This is a this is what's lead. Humans is to create this like terrifying polity around wolves with things like Little Red Riding Hood Peter and the wolf the boy who cried wolf et Cetera et cetera historically gray wolves arranged around two thirds of the Modern Day United States home. But they've been driven out of most of it now They were hunted out of Yellowstone by Nineteen Twenty Ninety six. Yeah and then. In nineteen ninety-five however the park service released. Fourteen Grey Wolves from Canada into yellowstone after seventy years of wolf less ecosystem there. This decision of course was controversial in made a lot of humans mad but the ecological results were immediate and honestly pretty startling. In fact a lot of colleges think the wolves did in yellowstone was prevent elk and deer some of their favorite foods from eating all the plans especially near rivers. Yeah the wolves kept the deer out from denuding. The river valleys which promoted the growth of trees and the riparian areas. Riparian and meaning the special groups plants that grow in flood plains of rivers and streams. So this meant more beavers which are animals that creates special mini habitats for other animals. Like otters fish amphibians and so forth and more migratory birds visited as well. The wolves killed earned him the coyotes which meant they were then more rabbits and mice around with Third Hawks and other birds of prey to the area so huge facts and not only all that but it increased stabilization of the riverbanks near Narrow River channels. which makes more different kind of habitat in yellowstone as well so would have this huge ripple effect across pretty much every everything every animal every environment and the simple truth is that the effects the wolves took on yellowstone is complex? And this idea of trophic cascade being the saving grace of the park's ecosystem is a controversial one among scientists We basically can't replicate the study because there's not another yellowstone to replicate it and so we may never know exactly what effect wolves hat on yellowstone however it definitely taught us that the human mythology around wolves being Yvonne. Dangerous Villains lends deserving. Ratification is a very subjective. One right yeah. They can have a lot of benefits. Yeah I this is something. That is very complex and hard to kind of just dive into right because like they said you can't just replicated over and over again because even if you reintroduced wolves into Michigan I'm just using random place I mean. Yeah it's the ecosystem is so different. There and the cycle of life often the hunting cycles. They're so different that it would actually create a correct study. Yeah that's true but then when you also living about how like walls these two thirds of the US like they're clearly acclimated to a majority of this country and they they have every natural right to be there in a way so it's weird that suddenly humans are in this position where they're controlling it and dictating where wolves are relocated to. And then what what happens. So it's it's strange because like they were here before people were and I mean they've been gone out to do a reintroduced but they're different species of wolves. I think they're the closest to but you can't have the exact act if they didn't stay in that ecosystem right. I mean the same thing with the bison they were reintroduced into a national park this year. Oh Yeah Yeah. Which one was in that while they moved more bison to badlands released them? They're so like this isn't an entirely new concept. This has happened before yellowstone. This will happen in the future and other places so but that will have an impact on that national. Yeah and it sounds like it's going great and yellowstone so cute us to the offs. We did not see any walls in yellowstone. Regretfully I would love to. I know that That one takes a lot of pain. Definitely something I I would love to do is like just slow down a little bit because we normally like kind of go through national parks and try to get everything in and that's why we revisit national parks as well though because the the things that we miss but yellowstone is one of those national parks that we have both been to multiple times now for multiple days at a time. I mean I think we both have combined maybe twenty thirty days in that park and we still haven't even scratched the surface. Yeah the what is it. One percent of yellowstone. Oh stone is actually seem by the tourists that go there grunting percent so there's so much in that ecosystem that wildlife that diversity that we have to re-explore and that is why we're even continuing with the part two of yellowstone national a park later this season right. It won't be the next episode. So you're going to have to stay tuned you're going to have stand your toes and get ready for more and more of that beautiful. Oh beautiful place that yellowstone is yeah but of a cliffhanger but also the exciting thing too is. We'll be able to incorporate like R. V. experienced they are because now they're vesper in an RV. I visited so it's GonNa be fun to drugs. Lodges Hotels Yeah Inside the Park outside the park. Where do you WanNa stay day since both of our first trips were pretty? RV We're going to save RV segment for part two and since we we visited together we are in RV and experienced it from totally different perspective. 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Getting Below The Surface Of Biscayne National Park with Sandra Ramos

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1:13:37 hr | 1 year ago

Getting Below The Surface Of Biscayne National Park with Sandra Ramos

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We probably wasted like hundreds and hundreds of dollars in that rental video and I probably single handedly kept that video store on life support for for years. Well that's really nice of you apart. I guess but really. It's a testament to the ocean and the mystery of that watery wilderness. That kept me coming back for more. In spite of the fact that it's always been my greatest fear. I always wanted to inexperienced for myself as well. And that's exactly what we did in Biscayne National Park in south Florida. The largest aquatic park in the National Park Service. This is a part where getting into the water is paramount. You can't come here and not do something at least on top of the water if not under it. After all ninety five percent of this one hundred seventy two thousand acre park is water and as excited as I was to dive in literally. Also facing a lifetime's worth of built up here and anxiety. Part of your love for national parks is about facing fears. Even if they're unrealistic as jaws. Yeah I'M GONNA put on my snorkel flippers. Sidestep that little bit of shady. Just toss my way and make the plunge into this episode on Biscayne National Park which also features a very special guest. Sandra Ramos so stay tuned. Hi I'm Matt and I'm Brad. This is park land production of iheartradio. We sold our in Chicago moved into an RV. Full Time. An hour traveling the country with our dog. Fan Exploring America's national parks in today. We're talking about this gained National Park in south Florida. As we mentioned Biscayne National Park covers a little more than one hundred and seventy thousand acres and south Florida in the Biscayne Bay. Just south of Miami literally. You could see the Miami Skyline from this park and it only takes about an hour to get here from south beach to which is crazy and really awesome. Obviously it's even less if you're in downtown Miami or South Miami so it's super accessible city dwellers or visitors to Miami who might be looking for a change of pace from all the south beach clubs or volleyball competitions. He might be participating in. Yeah even though. It's only about forty miles from Miami. Biscayne National Park feels worlds apart. And that's a great thing to have such a great getaway so close to that. Yeah I've been to biscuit a couple of times now once with you in our V. as part of a greater south Florida everglades trip which was epic and amazing. Yes and recently while Silla road trap which I was driving through like Miami and the keys and on that I was able to start my morning with coffee and pastries and winwood. This really awesome neighborhood Miami and then literally like an hour. Later I was advocating national park with plenty of time to make my boating reservation out to Boca Chita key. So it's the best both worlds so you can have it all. Yeah not many. National Parks can claim this kind of convenient proximity to major cities. Which just goes to show that? There's always gems in your backyard. Yeah and Biscayne is an absolute gem. Not a lot of people are really aware of this. I think especially in the context of south Florida where nearby everglades gets all the attention. I think not only has gained much smaller size wise compared to everglades but it only gets about half a million visitors which has nothing to scoff at of course but still you know yeah actually a great thing though since this keeps the park less crowded and easier to explore which is important because a lot of activities here require advancers ovations and tours For their tours plus since we're driving. Rv It makes it easier for us to get the little parking space. Yes and that's very important too because the Dante fast casual visitor center parking lot is really tiny yacht is another thing that is that. Biscane is a much younger than everglades as well. It was designated a national park in one thousand nine hundred forty six years after everglades has made a national park. Yes I feel like this again in. Everglades really have a sibling type relationship going on and Biscayne obviously would be the youngest sibling. Who Too often gets overshadowed by the popularity and accomplishments of the older sibling. I feel that yeah and I'm not just saying that as someone who has two younger siblings and happens to be very accomplished. Faceoff solve so. That's just a coincidence that it's nothing to do with this metaphor. I'm sure yeah. What a coincidence but it is true. Enough Biscayne does get overshadowed a little bit Really deserves to stand out more though. Because it's an entirely different park than the everglades which is right next door. It looks and feels nothing like that park yes and most importantly everglades is absolutely not a park for swimming or snorkeling or going into the water in any capacity for very good reason but at Biscayne. It's the opposite. It's all about literally immersing yourself in the ocean sure. There are a lot of wild animals here but you can't go swimming or snorkeling in areas where there are crocodiles and definitely. Aren't any like great white sharks here you know either. Jaws was not filmed here. That's for sure. Yes but do you remember when you're out here on our trip and after we're all back in the boat I remember? There's some kid on the tour who asked he like asked the guy if there are any sharks in the area and they said yes which pretty horrifying not the answer I expected nor wanted it was like wow. I'm glad you didn't bring that up beforehand. I mean that's not really surprising though I think in any open ocean water. There's at least the possibility of sharks but still nothing too. Dangerous scary. Sure I I would rather not think about it. You know the most common sharks here. Fortunately are more docile. Sharks LIKE LEMON. Sharks nurse Sharks both of which actually sound kinda sweet and even like maternal even. Yeah but then there have been sightings of other sharks hammerhead some black tip sharks and bull sharks in Biscayne Bay which are all sharks from nightmares. But really you're more likely to see manatees here than sharks and worst case is crocodiles which live among the shores but like we learned at everglades American crocodiles. Only eat things that can swallow one things in one bite So they have no interest in people. Great I'm actually happy to see crocodiles from a safe distance and I would love to see more of them but I definitely do not want to be in the water idea so of course. I'd like to see them from a boat or from the land when I'm on the land but anyway let's talk more about my nightmares and our normal trapist gain trails trip to gain was after he spent a few days at everglades in January. This was a great time of year to visit Florida's National Parks Since the weather's most comfortable and you're more likely to see wildlife. Yeah for better or worse but we had planned to drive arvydas Biscayne for the day and had pre booked a snorkel excursion hosted by the Biscayne National Park Institute. They do a fantastic job by the way they've absolutely do. And this was during the government shutdown and so there was they. Were just doing such a great job of keeping things afloat literally later. I mean we're also keeping the park accessible and safe for this is like us so the main visitor center when we were here was closed because they shut down but the Best Game National Park Institute made sure that people who did make trip reservations like us rail to keep them and enjoy their time at the park and we had a. We had a great time. I'm I was so relieved because I didn't know what to expect. Everything was kind of up in the air and handling differently so yeah so it was nice so we got I got to that Park. We walked along the boardwalk trail as we waited for a tour to start Which was a really great way. It's really nice to start it. Yeah since Parker almost entirely ocean there really is not a ton of hiking. I mean there's no hiking saying there isn't even a ton of like walking or Orlando activities here but this one trail is awesome and totally worthwhile. It's called the jetty trail and altogether. It's a little less than a mile out and back along this mangrove line coast in on a boardwalk to this long narrow. Jetty out to a burning area where you're likely to see lots of. Pelicans and herons frigate birds and mcgann's errors and a whole bunch of others. But that's only the tightest too high that are washes up the trail. Of course because I I. It was open and accessible in great last time os their most of the trails underwater. So it's still beautiful. I remember the water being royal blue and the mangrove forests were just break green The customer so vivid in the trial had several benches lined up along the shore. Perfect place to sit and just dream It was literally picture perfect And it was just beautiful. Look out over Biscayne Bay Especially in the morning. Yeah also picture perfect place to for me to sit and contemplate my worst fears looking out over all of it. It's right there like the the mere notion of jumping into deep water in the open ocean. It was filling me were things. -iety and excitement though too. I was kind of going back. And forth there yeah. I'm really glad we got to do that. Snorkel trip though This is our first time doing something like this together And especially cool to do here because not only learn a lot but we got to snorkel by the third largest coral reef in the world. That's right amazing. Like in fact I had no idea I didn't know there was a coral reef of this size anywhere off the shore of the US. That's for sure. So the Florida Reef here is the largest of its kind in North America. So if I'M GONNA plunge into my aquatic nightmares. I'm glad it was here in a very pretty setting so for that snorkeling trip. We make advance reservations online with US gain national park into which works with the park to provide great guided trips to it's like park islands and into the open waters for things like kayaking. Swimming Shipwrecks Shannon course snorkeling. Yes of course so are snorkel. Trip took about three hours total and it left in the morning with a pretty. Moderate groups is probably about twenty of US also tweeted on this speedy which got us out several miles into the ocean and the National Park the Biscuit National Parkinson. Do they provide all the gear? So it's pretty pretty easy and open for everyone so you just make sure to bring water and sunscreen like the basic necessities like that and plenty of Adrenalin. Of course. You're probably GONNA need that. The guides based their snorkeling location for the day based on weather conditions and for ours. They took us out past the keys to the open ocean. The coral reef was and I was so nervous to actually suit up and jump off the side of the boat it. This is like something that really goes against everything. My mind is telling me to do all my instincts and like a lifetime's worth of of sesame watching ause because I've been so conditioned for movies like that and others like open water and deep blue sea and Lake Placid Jain Crocodile. So you know. This is not something that I'm inclined to do necessarily but honestly as soon as jump in and open your eyes underwater all of these ideas all my fears of jaws were immediately replaced by movies like finding Nemo. It was suddenly super colorful. Tranquil and relaxing and finding Nemo is obviously much less terrifying than jaws. Really the only fish we saw here were small and harmless and beautiful too. It was just a rainbow of Color. It was a rainbow of color. And the fish that you're going to see potentially by the re for our fish like Queen Angel Fashion Blue Neon Goby and Purple Sea fans all's zipping around between floral shaped coral polyps in sponges. Which all of this is like swaying and billowing beautifully back and forth and the gentle tied in it's captivating to watch in super relaxing. Actually yeah and they give you like an hour out there to some around and look at it all but I could've just floated out here for much longer. There's just so much to look at from the SEAGRASS and algae gardens to all these beautiful schools of fish literally. Hundreds of Dan like fish species Biscayne more than two hundred of which live in those reeves. Yeah and a lot of them have adorable sounding names which really helps like parrot fish and squirrel fish and even things like Christmas tree worms so precious. She is beautiful but even though they all cuddly make sure and keep your distance and not touch any animals including coral coral reefs are incredibly fragile as vulnerable human touch as well as just the oils. I come off human skin too. So keep your distance and be mindful of that now in these ecosystems are super important. There's some of the most biologically diverse important because on the planet and the reefs year account for more than half of Biscane national parks protected waters. Yes that's absolutely true. So the snorkeling trip just altogether in our experience in the water. I thought was really amazing. Not only was it reassuring and relaxing me kind of immediately erasing all main dieting and replacing it with the serenity but we saw a lot and we're able to capture a lot on camera because he brought a Gopro. Yeah and it was just one of those moments where you just realize that euro are in the ocean. And you're being able to watch this this beautiful school of fish and all these fish come by the algae and everything just waving back and forth and you just forget about the world and you realize where you're at what you're doing and just how immersive experience was. I remember literally chased fish like I found one and I like tried to follow for like ten minutes. And that's all he did and went from that one. I got distracted like Dory in Finding Nemo. I just went. Ooh another fish. I just so I was literally during this dissing experience because I just love to just watching it and you know now. I think I understand why dory was such a great character is because that's all of us when we visit National Parks and we get into your life because you just you're inspired by the world so it's not that she forgot. Everything is that she saw everything. Yeah and she just has so much pure excitement and there's an innocent store fortunately you have Mar- better memory than Doria so we're here talking about it. I don't know Nancy. Yeah but I agree with the sentiment like when you're underwater at a place like Biscuit National Park by the Coral Reef. It kind of washes away like all your day to day. Mundane stresses and stuff like when I was out there. Strongpoint certainly wasn't thinking about over deadline later or like Oh taxes in three months you know whatever like all that stuff didn't matter. I was just thinking like oh. I'm here in this moment in an environment. That is very unusual in foreign to me and to most humans really is and ellen if you ever want to just talk to us about fish and Wildlife. Just let us know. We'll be here. We'll be here and we also were ready to dive into because this trip is so inspiring for us that we actually got our own circle gear dudes so and I realize after shave my beard whenever I wanNA go snorkeling true. It's a it's a nightmare talking about nightmares. Like that's worse than getting by John. Lewis for me but I'll do it because snorkeling is amazing yes it is history but it's not all raves Hair Biscayne. The park is actually divided into four different categories of protected ecosystems including the reef. There's also the shoreline mangrove forest the shallow waters of the bay in the keys like Elliott key and Boca Chita key and keys by the way differ from islands because they are formed on the surface of coral reefs while islands are landmasses. Get surrounded by water or they're formed by volcanic events. He's look a lot like Alan so easily confused. Yeah kind of like how alligators and crocodiles can look like at first but when you examine like the details and just the geography of keys islands. They the differences become more clear and those different ecosystems are where you're more likely to see more of the parks. Famous wildlife like manatees and crocodiles and sea turtles Yeah there is a lot here and there are even a few alligators too that have been known to. Dabble in Biscayne but they prefer freshwater which is why you primarily see them everglades next door or most adding other waterway in Florida which is kind of chilling. Yeah let's back it up and talk more about the history here Biscayne as well Because even though there's keys look small. They're actually have a surprising amount of human history as well. They do and very surprising so it all started with native peoples of the glades culture who first inhabited President Day. Biscayne Bay like ten thousand years ago before it was entirely filled with water and then some four thousand years ago the to question people lived on the keys and along the shore. They did this until Spanish explorers moving to Florida and took off with the area jokes on them though because the coral reef year is responsible for lots of Spanish shipwrecks. Some of which you can explore on those snorkeling tours. All in all there are about more than forty shipwrecks within the park's waters thought. And that would be so cool to go back here and do like a shipwreck snorkel. Tour the amazing. I've never done anything like that. Yeah but the keys were eventually used for farming. Things like pineapples and tomatoes weirdly out into the nineteen hundreds but the area's hurricanes and rocky terrain. Just made it too difficult to keep doing that right. My favorite thing is what happened next. Though once the keys were largely abandoned for farming purposes. They were transformed into the next big thing party. Mentions ten of crazy. We learned about this on the boat. Ride past Boca Chita key actually about how in the early one thousand nine hundred rich Miami Residence Started Building Mansions on the keys as their vacation home in party pads yes as one does and it's just so laughably absurd in decadent which I think is why. It's so like intriguing and hilarious. It's just like par for the course for humanity right. So you have people like Mark C honeywell who had a mansion on Boca Chita key and he gave this mansion. It's on lighthouse. Which you can see today if you go to book cheeky. And it's one of the most photographed sites in the park. It's gotten pretty connick. And then there was also the Coco Lobo K. Club which was owned by rich party animals like Garfield would and BBC Rebozo who was actually close friends with President Nixon. And then there's this whole `nother part of the park called Spilt Ville the series of buildings that were built on stilts jutting out of Northern Biscayne Bay and this served as a gambling Mecca and drinking Dan. During prohibition for Awhile Yeah at its Heights. A twenty seven. Different Yeah tight. There were twenty seven different structures only accessible by boat. But like most things in this part of the country. Hurricanes made it very difficult destroyed. Several of them Once the remnants of stilts fill was added to the National Park Nine thousand nine hundred eighty five there were only seven structures standing and today you can visit them by Permit yeah and it's crazy and ridiculous as all this lavishness and it didn't stop there. Some people in South Florida weren't content with simply having Island Party mansions. They also wanted to string all these kids together to form a continuous drivable route from Miami of us to capitalize more and more on tourism to the area since key. Largo was the first Reachable by car. A lot of people saw these similar keys and Biscayne Bay as neglected or wasted like they had no value of their own so they wanted to connect them all and build homes on them to uh-huh and not only that they wanted to dredge up acreage from the bay to create a Jet Port and seaport and then even established this larger island city called Islandia which is nuts and even though parkway Indian Islandia Suffix. I do not approve. Don't know unfortunately neither did a lot of other advocates. Who wanted to protect the area as a national park including Juanita Green a newspaper writer for the Miami Herald and even vacuum Titan. Herbert W hoover junior who visited the area so young boy and became obsessed with it and really appreciated in value. It's you know natural features. Yes and so because of this. He tried to persuade government. Legislators to protect it by taking them on blimp tours over the bay and showing off how beautiful it was like. I can't make this stuff up. Blimp tours no you really can't With the support for National Parks Protection Rising these greedy developers were getting angry and spiteful so they decided to bulldoze six lane highway Elliott key in hopes that if they messed it up enough no one would want to protect it after all selfish monsters. It's it's so immature right. It's like oh well if we can have it then we're just going to mess it up and no one can have it the intent which is like such a sore loser mentality but despite all this in this ridiculous. Behavior Biscayne National Monument was first established in nineteen sixty eight things to advocate representative Dante FUSCO. Who THE VISITOR CENTERS. Now named after and then even better that spite highway as it's called now which was they tore up to with the intent. Tarnish the land. That's grown over naturally. Become the parks only main hiking trail. And it's this miles. Long track through tropical hardwood forest on Elliott key so between the Party mansions and the gambling shacks and the Coral Reef in spite. I think it's safe to say that Biscayne National Park has some of the most colorful history of any national park. Yeah that history is definitely the reef itself. I'd say and after this quick break we're going to talk with our guests for this episode. Santa Ramos Are you loving afternoon. Coosa tea or what or by. Gosh yes I'm loving it. Especially while my after hikes I just throw it in my bag and beyond my way I am loving it while working in the middle of the day so I keep a few my laptop bag because I don't want to have to worry about teabags exploding everywhere on me when I'm on the move like what happened to jam the owner. Yeah exactly That's exact reference. I'm talking about. So what's your favorite instant tea flavors? So far Well I'm really loving the organic green tea because it reminds me of summer no matter what the weather's like. I mean we don't have to worry about summer though because it's really basically seventy degrees where we are right now and I'm perfectly content while I'm drinking that everday wellness brand. Honey I mean come on it's high biscuits rose for crying out loud. They're all so good because they're made from purity real fruit real herbs and spices. Can you believe that? Each flavor achieves it smooth and balanced taste without the use of additives fillers preservatives or sugar. 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So wake up with a bunch of my friends. I Ninety eight point. Seven W M Z Q in Washington DC or wherever the rotates you on the iheartradio APP. And I'm Brad. This is Park Land Area and today we're talking about Biscayne National Park in Florida. Yes and we are bringing on our special guests. Sanjay Ramos also known as National Park Patch. Lady on and we're so excited to talk to Sandra because of her deep love and history of Biscayne National Park. I mean she's loves it so much that she even has an art exhibit that was featured. There're photography exhibit. And she's just such a wonderful resource to our community of national parks travelers. Yeah she has a real kinship with with Biscayne National Park at teams and she's friends with the Park Rangers there. She's been several times so this is like one of her spirit parks. It seems like you know we all have these connections to two different places and this is the place that she's not only super familiar with but and very experienced with but a place that she is just super passionate about so. We know that you'll have a lot of great things to talk about with Biscayne. And we're excited to learn more from her and also just get more inspired because she's the most inspiring person that I think we follow an instagram. So and we can't wait to dive into this. Yeah we're huge instagram fans and now instagram friends. And we're so excited to have around this week. Where were you before? National Parks became part of your life. Oh Wow so I am. I grew up in New Orleans and moved to Los Angeles and The my junior of high school and got really involved in politics and so I'd spent the last twenty years running political campaigns from Oregon State to Virginia And it was a lot of fun and so I sort of bounced back between working for a government officials and running political campaigns and Just sort of reached a point where I just had enough and I was just exhausted because a lot of people don't realize that it's a twenty four seven job and you don't really have a life and I really became burned out by it. So yes before national parks sort of took over everything and anything including my house I was I was in the trenches fighting the good fight. That's wonderful I when I was in Illinois I've fought for marriage equality And one of those things. I was telling my story of serving during. Don't ask don't tell and it's a battle and just being an extra person like I knocked on seven thousand doors talk to twenty six different state representatives the governor of Illinois two different times like different things like that and that was enough. That was exhausting. I couldn't imagine actually running these campaigns and working within the interweb of them. Because like you're saying it's twenty four seven. It's exhausting. Yeah in an twenty four. Seven goes on for like a year and a half. It's not like it's twenty four seven for a month or two. It's a year and a half and even when you're on the government side doing policy. It's still your phone is never turned off. Your life is never your own And it can take a toll on you for sure. Yeah but you know. I never didn't believe in what I was doing. And I think that that's really what drove me for. As long as I did absolutely right right so nowadays you actually. We'd see on your instagram. That you hang out national park rangers all the time it's like you're a rockstar. There the rockstars really SORTA groupie. I love it. 'cause I just love seeing you. You're traveling you're actually talking. You're having conversations with Park Rangers and it's not a lot of people. Just don't do that. We haven't really. We've done that on tours in different things. But it's just it's really beautiful to see you just really digging in there and finding out the important parts of national parks. Thanks for me You know I've spent time money money and energy to get there and One of the things I learned really early on in my national parks travels is the park. Rangers are immense resources and one of the things that I sort of developed and in the process was the first thing I do is go to a visitor center. Find a a friendly park ranger and ask one question. Which is what is your favorite part of the park. Yes and because I'm now getting firsthand from a person whose job it is as a steward of that land and knows it better than anyone. What not only am I engaging them personally and and wanting to learn about them which. I'm sure they don't get very often but I get to learn about the best parts of the park that most people don't ask about absolutely so so it's become a ritual of mine and it's really how. I've formed bonds with really amazing people with a wealth of knowledge that I couldn't even scratch the surface on and and these folks are just so enthusiastic and wonderful so it's really been a pleasure to to meet them and become friends and I'm just honored that That I get to hang out with them. You just actually change the way. I think we visit National Parks because when we ask normal questions and you know we don't I think there's a there's an art the art of conversation really is like it's kind of like when you're sitting down at a restaurant and you can either just order your food and not look at the waitress or you could turn your whole body to that waitress and ask her different questions about her life and just simple things like how like. How's your day going? But like true I contact to where they actually feel like. You're talking to them versus. It's like you know we made that mistake where we're just like we go into a national park and we're like where's the map like this. You know we're collect my patches. You can really change that conversation by like you know the way that you approach a park ranger and I think that that's probably what you're really great at. I can see that within you. It shows through in your instagram at National Park Patch lady and so I just really really love that and where did actually not come from. Where did National Parks Patch? Oh yeah good question. It's so it's it's sort of embarrassing So when I started this journey part of so I have a really weird. Ocd where I just collect things and and so. My house is sort of a hodge podge of collections and one of the things in national parks. They really dug were the patches you on people's backpacks and whatnot so I just started this collection and thrown in a box and a friend of mine had come over and we were talking about it one day and and he decided to create a mean of a photograph. That friend took of me in sort of a dark bar and dark leather chair with just sort of like a spotlight sliver of light coming through the window and and he demeaned said National Park Patch lady on the history channel and he posted it and my friends were like. Oh my God we would totally watch that. And because I you know I sort of became this nerd of history because of my love of politics and sociology. And it's one of the things that I read. That really drew me to. The parks was was all of the things I missed about being in politics once I retired But I didn't know how to sort of have that outlet and so so they just sort of laughed at me because I always get these weird you know. Oh my God this is my new obsession and we only. This one has carried on seven years now. So there's sort of like I guess for the long haul so yes so a started as a mean of a friend of mine trying to mock me. Thank you thank you because it's so it's sort of funny so yes. I sort of adopted it and then a really beautiful friend of mine in Denver created a logo and then it just sort of took off so it Yeah Wow I love that thank you. Well I have a question for you and this one before we kind of talked about this gain and that park was. I know that you have a special connection with Gettysburg in particular. I remember when we were talking about on an instagram. When our Gettysburg episode came out and then I saw mention of it. When I was up skiing I saw your photography exhibit which. We'll talk about later too so I know you. It seems like you have a pretty formative experience. There is that right. I did so about nine years ago. I retired from my political career for variety of reasons including battered me physically and emotionally I ended up on the verge of of Manic Depression and bipolar disorder And so I had to leave a situation. I also developed an alcohol problem and And so I knew that I needed to get out and get healthy and I didn't know how to do that And at the time I had just moved back to Washington D. C. Which is sort of the epicenter of politics and trying to retire from politics and being the epicenter of it is not exactly environment but I really had no choice at that point and so Trying to navigate Washington. Dc while not being in politics is really really difficult and sort of didn't help my mental state and a friend of mine. Who had worked with on the hill was going to go out to Gettysburg and Antietam and invited me this sort of tag along and you know and and I didn't really think anything of it and honestly I didn't really even want to go but I will tell you that I arrived and It was everything that I didn't know I needed in. My life is really the only way to explain it. It was nature. It was open space. It was history. It was the love of our country. It was being a patriot. It was the everything that I wanted And I started crying and we spent twenty-four hours in Gettysburg and we went onto Antietam and again it was this powerful emotional connection for me and I was really embarrassed because having been a congressional staffer I'd never really paid attention to the National Park Service and I sort of beat myself up over it now. Thinking there's so much could have done in that position to help the parks but I just didn't. I just didn't have the awareness and so when I got back home to DC. I researched the National Park Service and realized at the time. I think there were four hundred eight national park sites and realized that that was an amazing mission to sort of give myself and it filled a void of of a lot of things that I needed in my life and I will tell you that the parks have really saved me it It nature's a place for us to relax nature as a place to connect with our humanity and ourselves and Head I don't think if I had connected and found the national parks when I did I would not be where I am. Today I would not be in a healthy emotional space where I feel like not only my learning and growing as a person but I'm able to to be in nature. I'm literally cry. No because that's it. What what these national parks bring us? I mean I swear that you know for for us. It just brings us closer together. I believe it truly just saved par relationship and our marriage and everything you know and it's just beautiful to see how these national parks save us from ourselves from depression anxiety from relationship issues to being swamped in everyday life. And everything you just said was just so spot on is I mean. And there's so much stigma around mental health issues right but when you're when you're in nature and when you're in the parks you don't have that all of a sudden all of those panic attacks you have all the anxiety just disappears for for brief moment. You can just be who you are and you know. Every I don't know anyone who's never felt magical and a park have you. Have you ever met anyone park? And so it just I think it just brings out the best in us and I really want to believe that and so for me the parks everything and all of this is not about anything other than I want. More people to enjoy the parks particularly the smaller parks that that don't get as much attention absolutely. Yes and that's one of our biggest goals introduce all these different parts outside of the big national parks the sea shores the monuments. Oh yeah those are just so gorgeous. And that's why rainy brought season to to be a national park a national seashore National Park Mash to mix it up and just really show people at nature in their backyard. They just have to look right. Yeah and I think this is actually a perfect segue compete. Here's the thing I was earlier. Was You had a photography exhibit at Biscayne National Park. In I saw it I was I went down there and I I. Luckily I think I was there like the last week. I think he mentioned that it was running. And that was the topic of this exhibit for these Lesser Known National Parks and I thought that was so wonderful to see them highlighted and not only where the photos gorgeous but like so much fascinating information helpful information. Incredible insight so. I would love to hear more about that exhibit and how you compiled it and what kind of you know lead to that happening in episode Biscayne National Park in particular to circle thing. I appreciate visiting and thank you so much for the kind words about it It was really a Labor of love. You know I've been traveling to National Parks for seven years now and It you know I I. I've always had a camera in my hand but I never took it seriously until I retired from politics and didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. And so this collection of photos and three ish years ago got up enough nerve to start an instagram account. Start putting them online and have made tremendous friends. I mean that's how we met which ordinary nearly grateful for In in that process you know had conversations with people about the stories of these parks and what direction I wanted to do in. That was really important for me as as a history geek and a sociology Geek and all of those things at the park that I really love about the parks. I wanted to share those stories. And so that's sort of my goal is to to talk about those and so Few years ago when I was down in Biscayne National Park I had met Ranger Gary Bremen. Who has since become a very close friend of mine and HE Graciously asked if I wanted to exhibit my work at Biscayne and I started crying and then I went into denials like no. You don't really want my work. Then then sort of really thought about it and one of the passions that he and I both share is the passions for the smaller parks the historical parks the national landmarks. The National Monuments the National Seashore. Because those to me really represent. American in the big sixty. One you can. You can ask anyone in America and they can probably name three or four big national parks but if you ask them about a monument and military park a battlefield. Your that number is going to get significantly smaller but there's so much more to me. What the Real National Park is to me. That's what really I mean. They have the nature in this weeping landscapes but they also have so much more and so I sort of decided on beyond the icons and really focus on parks that are maybe some of them were big sixty one parts for sure but are lesser known like Guadalupe Mountains like being benched but also talked about you know places like New Orleans Jazz. Who knew that? The entire city of New Orleans was a national historical site to in fact if you count on Lafitte National Historical Park Right Places like Maggie L Walker National Historical Park in Richmond. Virginia which is my favourite national historical park. it's about a woman who was the first president of a bank in the United States shortly after the Civil War African American woman in the seat of the confederacy who fought for for education who fought for financial freedoms for these folks who didn't have that access. Who was who was a appear of people like Debbie boys who but you never hear her name and part keeps her story alive and keeps her family alive and so those kind of places just really fascinate me. And so that's what the exhibit was about was really highlighting smaller parks. That have amazing stories that we should all know yes. I think the wildlife ecology of US sixty one are huge. But then there's so much more of the history of who we are as human beings in America. That really are highlighted in outside of that sixty one and that's exactly you know we found Recently we just went to I'm going to slaughter this name openly Oak moggy Oak Mogi. Sorry in Georgia Which is a national monument and it was about the native American history and heritage Before you know these lands were taken and then the afterwards. The digging of it in the archaeology behind it and it's bank moved its been inhabited by people for seventeen thousand years. And it's like it's just this beautiful piece of history that's like we need to shine more lights on those And when we find our parks realize that there's like four hundred and nineteen. Now right I mean and in the folks who you know the caretakers departure is one of one of my favorite experiences. Was going down to cane river creole in Naqash Louisiana and talking with And got him. I'm GONNA totally mess this up. He is in anthro ethnic way. Anthro ethno archaeologist ranger dusty Fuqua down in Cane River and he took me through the collection and it was just amazing. I grew up in Orleans so I thought I knew Louisiana History Man. Learning about that kind of stuff was just just soul shaking. I mean it was just beautiful because they have. They've excavated parts of the old plantation and they they really keep those stories of of the locals and the the settlers alive and it's just really beautiful and so so yeah. I mean the smallpox just can have so much if you just take the time and open your eyes and slow down and really learn and and be open to it absolutely and I started there in a couple of weeks so now we know definitely dusty ring. Hey dusty dusty yeah sounds great naqash meat pies. That's where meat pies. You just want. Matt's hurt over really idea. I just want to learn a little bit more about you. So tell us a little bit about yourself. Yeah so I'm currently based in Fort Worth Texas. I just moved here this past year from spending fifteen years in Austin and I in the education director at Fort Worth Camera where I create and put together and teach classes on photography of all sorts and also including workshops national parks. We're going to bend in Washington. Dc and a couple of other great spots next year. So if you happen to to want to join us. Fort Worth Camera. Dot Com is the place to find. This you know and and I've got lots of friends. I was just going to say briefly. I've got friends in other parts of national park stuff and so if y'all are really interested in photography I would also suggest y'all look at national parks at night. They do some really great astro photography staff. And so. That's kind of how I learned my astro photography so of A. Yeah I think that national parks are just so beautiful and Biscayne. There's so much to unpack their What are some of your favorite? Powerhouse gained national parks. Oh Biscayne I had the beautiful experience of camping out on Elliott Key. One Night George you don't get to do very often and so that was really great I love going out to Jones Lagoon so my friend Ranger Gary got married. There with his beautiful has been Roger and And so Jones Lagoon paddling out. There is is always one of the one of the highlights. But you know even just the boat trip to Boca Chita I was. I was going through my photos the other day and I think that I have nineteen different ways that I've photographed the Hollowell ornamental lighthouse on Boca Chita. And so you know so for folks who go to a park and say okay. I've checked the box. I I would like to argue that. There is something to be said for going back to a park again and again and really experiencing it in different ways in different times of the year and different days of part part of the day whatever it is And just really enjoy the park as opposed to sort of checking the box absolutely as the flag. It's not about the box. It's about the experience and you know I'm fortunate to have made friends with Park Ranger down there. He was just amazing and But I think I would go back again and again regardless yes as soon as you go once you learn a surface level right you go back again another layer and then you realize oh my gosh there's more and just keeps on going and going and going because there's just there's so much history and culture there that you can dedicate your whole life to a single national park and still not know everything absolutely. I've been I've been to Biscayne. I think I counted seven times and and I still haven't snorkeled the maritime historical trail. I still haven't been on Adams Key. I still haven't you know done things that I would to do. And so I know that Biscayne is going to be one of those places that I'm going to continue to go to particularly in January when there's a lot less bugs just. I highly recommend south Florida parks in in in January February. So people your bags. Yeah hands down. I mean this gains ninety nine percent water. And you're telling me that there's still more learn. There's still more to learn. Yeah Gosh and that just one one of our beautiful national parks yes four hundred nineteen. How many of Y'all been to. Oh we actually. We're talking about this that we needed to sit down. We have an excel sheet that we go through. We haven't updated it in a year so embarrassed. It's going to be real bad like I'm disappointed. I know so disappointed. You know what? We don't collect parks. We experience them totally burned. Nothing Fair enough. I have been one eighty-seven just say that's amazing. Yeah Yeah I mean yeah. I am that nerd. That's good no. That is really good because we've been talking about it but we're just like you know there's so much. I just love it because when we get home we just research more and more and then we re I mean you've been to Carlsbad four times now. Well cars by I think four. Yeah it's like my most visited and yeah it's one of those things where I I totally agree with you like back time and again in even if I am doing some things that have done before it's not like I'm tired of it by any means I could still learning. I'm just as excited as my first visit. I love it there. It's endlessly inspiring and just like Kinda floods me with happiness and delight. It's great. Yeah even even just the thought of going to apart. We'll do that right next week. I'm going to be able to spend a day in Glacier National Park which I've never done winter and so I'm really excited and looking forward to experiencing that so you have that we haven't really done any like Winter Park's we've been to some winter but they're done in the south like you're saying Biscayne in everglades but like going to glacier nothing snow eat or now that is a goal like yellowstone. Visiting that in the winter is but right now because the RV and like it freezing and there's so many things or just like one we're done with our lifestyle will you will then jump into going during the winters and actually experiencing these these beautiful parts of nature sometimes like other intended to be like just revisiting learning and learning new survival techniques what the wildlife and ecology is in the winter versus the summer and how everything changes and it all works together so right. I mean if I if I had like a big outside goal would be to go to every park in all four seasons right. That's a little much so I'm just going to say I'm GonNa do what I can on that. Y'All right yeah right unless resources well exactly exactly right hello lottery so yeah so I mean for me. Traveling to a national park is good any time of the year. I really prefer the smaller parks in the summer. When the larger parts get super crowded you know is sort of a tip for people travelling And you know big parks in. Winter are just heavenly now because the silence. And it's the you know it's everything it's it's everything is the prestigious. It's the the wind. It's the light. Oh yeah it's stunning really. So much of a cannot wait so Sandra can people find you like your social media websites things like that. Yes so you can find me at a national park patch lady dot com or you can find me on Instagram at National Park. Patch lady or you can find me on twitter at N. P. Patch Lady. I'm also on facebook and I don't think I don't think I do anything else. That kids do these days. So that's probably about all places you can find me. You know what I think. You're going to have a great trip when you go to glacier and I can't wait to follow you our national park patch lady because it's just there's just so many beautiful things that you bring and there's so much value to the national parks and the Community of national park goers and that's what this really is to me is like like getting the chance actually talk to you in person versus just like I g direct Ryan's grand messages. Or you know things like that. It's it's really beautiful to just learn more about our community of National Park Lovers and all these people are passionate about our parks The Schori's they stories that you've shared today are going to go beyond helping and inspiring others It inspired me. I know by looking at Matt's is that inspired him But I really really appreciate you coming in sharing your story your love for National Parks and your tips. They've all been so beautiful. Thank you I mean. Now I'm crying. Wow I mean you guys you guys are such an inspiration and I really appreciate the opportunity I mean. I'm extraordinarily grateful to to sort of share what I can and hopefully inspire others to just get out there and experience America so that was. Oh my gosh yeah thank you so much. We were both like geeking out with excitement to talk to you. You've been listening to park lane of podcast. We'll be right back after a quick break ever pull up to a red light. Just look around that man or woman sitting beside you. Who is that person? There's about five million people out on pardon and parole right now. And what about the others? You've never been caught. The btk killer. Dennis Rader was a dog catcher married with three children weighing. Yay See serial killer doubled as a clown at children's birthday parties. Ted Bundy serial killer was a lost. Eat at the blended imperfectly. I Mansi Grace. 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Was I booked another tour this time instead of doing a snorkel trip. I booked a island trip to Boca Chita key again with the again with Biscayne National Park in suit because they do so many amazing tours and they're phenomenal phenomenal from our snorkel trip there so I knew I wanted to go out with them again and Boca. Chita key was something that I really want to do and it initially when you and I are bucking the I was considering like between snorkeling in Boca. Chita key because it's so iconic. This is the one without lighthouse that Mark Honeywell built in the thirties. Yes iconic and it just looks spectacular and really unique and it's the most visited key in the national park so it was way up there for me on my list of to do. Yeah I remember seeing the a lot of like private boaters in that area so you don't even have to have a tour if you have your own Bono. Go out there by yourself. Yeah it's anyone. Anyone who you know has to go out there and the day I was there was a weekend was the Sunday. So there's lots of private voters out there. The marina seemed like it was pretty fall and it was a beautiful sunny and quite warm. So lots of people out there just Kinda lounging on their boats cooking out relaxing. It wasn't too loud or like a party or anything like that. It wasn't like South beach but it was definitely like filled and and bustling so that was definitely different to see experience that aspect of the park and that scene. There's many different ways to visit our part. Yeah right and I think some people out there were also camping. You are welcome to camp out here in Boca Chita key if you can get yourself there again. And that's intriguing option. That would be cool too because I'm sure at night. Obviously most of the voters go back to the mainland back home. You really awesome. If you get like you know. Have Your own boat. Go camp there. Then go to your on snorkeling with our own equipment and you know that. Sounds like a little dream trip to now right. I mean we get own boat. That's the main here. That's not a big deal. No not at all. That's that's the I would be open to driving about. It's like open ocean out here so I'm less worried. There's no I'm not afraid when I run into something necessarily think that'd be pretty hard to do if you did. That'd be embarrassing. Yeah so the key was really fun. We're only out there like one around for like an hour. It's a really small key so in our seems like it's plenty but the first thing we did was go to the lighthouse and the guide lead us up so normally whenever when there's no tour happening on the key the lighthouses shot blocked to preserve it from you know random people might. WanNa Party in which with makes sense. I guess but we got to go with the White House. This of like winding narrow stairs and then from the very top. It's such an amazing view looking out over the key and the ocean and and you've got a really Nice Panorama of the Miami skyline in the distance to a little little hazy. But it's clearly there and kind of kind of wild because like it only took me an hour to get from South Beach to Biscayne and it looks like it's way off in the distance. Looks like it would be a longer drive. But that was great. So after the lighthouse. There's no real like hiking trails or anything like that. But like I kind of wandered around the perimeter of the of the key along. Some of the there's like beaches on the north side of it or the east side of it rather and those were some of the prettiest beaches I've ever seen the waters like Turquoise and white sand in there's like patches of Mangrove Mangrove trees kind of spreading out of the water along the shore so nice I had my bathing suit on so like I was ready to go swimming but the water was surprisingly on the chilly side. So didn't really want to do. I also didn't have a towel so losing clear or was it murky water. It was really clear so if I had snorkel equipment probably would have been more inclined in a wetsuit to definitely the wetsuit. Yeah so just a gorgeous gorgeous little key out here and some forest some really bright green forest to wander through and yeah that was wonderful and I also learned about is not obviously a limited amount of wildlife out here but the guide told US shockingly though there raccoons which I don't understand how they got there but he's like oh they're everywhere and I'm like how true though and then also animals called wood rats which get water from coconuts. They got fresh. They need like obviously. We can't drink saltwater so their water source and the island is they kind of like no other way into coconuts and drink coconut water so when we were initially there like we mentioned it was during government shutdown so the visitor center was closed. There was no exhibits we could see. There's no park movie so I was ear to check that out for the first time and it was great like did not disappoint a huge visitor center. It never does right. Never done so much to see and learn about Especially pertaining to the copious amounts of wildlife here and the different ecosystems and animals. That live where Hell Long. They've lived here just in the changing geography of the of the park. For the past several thousand years lots to discover and read about and then I saw the park movie which was in the same room where Sandra's photography exhibit was so around the perimeter at the rim and in the hallway outside of it or her beautiful photographs and you can read all about those and look at them and then to down and watch this excellent park movie hosted by arranger. Who's kind of guiding you through the different keys and showing you pointing out the different wildlife and plant species and talking more about the history especially like spite highway and how. It's how you can show now so that was called to see and learn more about from that direct perspective. Yeah I really feel that Biscayne is mostly about the wildlife and the ecology because there's so many layers from the ocean to the keys Even to the mainland There's so much to Really dive into their. Yeah you're pundit roundabout literally into it and even if you're just walking around if you're on one of the key is like I was it's your immersed in it and it's incredible and a very inspiring place and the type of place where I could totally see and I agree with Sandra. Come back again and never ever get tired of it certainly and always have something new to New Jersey. New To do is just one of those special places. My favorite all right now. Is that time of the episode where we share with each other our favorite parts of Biscayne National Park. We haven't told each other our answers so it's all surprise Matt. What was your favorite thing to do here? Well I think it is pretty hard to beat snorkeling especially for someone like me. Who's terrified of that type of thing or who was terrified? My entire life that thing in this setting so it was not only really fun but it has another level of meaning to me to do that and jump off a boat and how. I was so pleasantly surprised by how quickly everything can clicked into place and I instantly thought calm and excited and just like yes. This is wonderful and I can just do this all day do this. Time and again and it was mesmerizing. So I would say that was my favorite thing absolutely I one hundred and ten percent times a million agree because when you just jump in that water and you get into it for your first time. They're just in it. You're it's like you're in a movie it's like you're in in this beautiful beautiful experience like experiencing wildlife for the first time and you can see all happening in front of you. It's like basically goes into a fish eye lens right where you're like you just seeing everything happening and that goes saying earlier about chasing different fish and then all of a sudden distracted and there's another one It was just such a fun experience because there is no other worries in the world. Now you're so focused on one fish. That's what I was focused on and what was happening around it and just Seen how this Wildlife is wild Yeah I remember that. That's an important part to the the intense focus and I felt that with very specific things like all of a sudden. The only thing is I'm concentrating on our breathing correctly. You know like me to remind and stuff okay breathe and then making sure waters not going into my snorkel my mask and stuff and then just aside from that looking at everything and experiencing it and being you know completely captivated so it's just from my normal life as as a creature who lives on land like this is completely different and forces you to just recalibrate and focus entirely on different things and that was fun days. I could literally there was just. Yeah it is. It is therapy Kind of like Sandra saying you know national parks when you're in it and you're you're really in it and it just relieves anxiety. All fears all depression. All everything and all you get to do is focus. Yeah One hundred percent. Yes yes so. Let's talk about things that you should bring to this national park. If you're planning on visiting reservations things. Yeah that's the number one because you're lucky enough to have a yacht or boat or something you that you absolutely need that even then even then take get a reservation and go on one of these tours. Because you're gonNA learn so much. The guides are really well educated. They know what they're talking about. And they're going to know the best places to go Yeah this is one of those parks where there isn't a lot you can do it unless you have a reservation to do something activity a tour because there's very limited things on on the mainland. There's that Jedi trail excellent Visitor Center. But you're really missing out if you don't go out and you need to go. You know quite a ways like miles out to get the keys and then beyond that to go snorkeling so reservations are important and as far in advance as possible. They weren't differ other. We made ours like a week in advance or whatever and it was totally fine. Yeah but still. Obviously I can't hurt and then bringing Sunscreen but like waterproof sunscreen is huge And then learning how to apply water Bought a proof like sunscreen. Because I've made a mistake where I like. You know I'll put it on and then I'll jump right in the ocean and you have to let it like basically cure for a couple of minutes to really actually just sink into not getting burnt. Yeah for sure and then if you have any wetsuit stuff by all means bring that it would save some money to rent those in addition or be like as we bought her own now after. That never ready. Yes we have our own fins which are really cute. I know I went away them. Just walk around with them. They're so cool wet suits and we even have the snorkeling. Life vests with the whistle. Just in case right Because it's always better to be prepared And that whistles more if you know anything goes wrong and you're gonna you might need it and most of the Times. We're in a very safe environment but it's always better to be prepared so yeah and then this isn't so much to bring but something to bear in mind and you touched on this a little bit but if you're going snorkeling and gear like you and your facial hair then yes you might not be expecting this but like what. What did you wind up having to do? I had to put Vassil. Lean all over my face all around the eyes and everything and it still didn't even work that great so when you WanNa go snorkeling you definitely want to Shave you want to have his bare face as you can right so that way? You can the the masks improperly seal to your face yeah and the vaseline helps without so basically if you're if you look dumbledore you probably should not snorkeling because you need a lot of ethylene. If you're like a wizard yes wizards. Beware GATT right. Probably not the activity for you but good good to know so. I think it's safe to say that. 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A Sky The Size of Forever In The Rocky Mountains

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A Sky The Size of Forever In The Rocky Mountains

"Have you ever wondered how the most powerful people in America got to where they are today. My name's shawn moral and on. Who is you'll hear stories stories about people like Senate Majority Leader Mitch? McConnell Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence and the Democrats most likely to challenge trump trump in two thousand twenty tune into who is every Tuesday on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcasts. When it comes to big time national parks it really doesn't get much Maracana Than Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado? I mean really. These mountains are literally featured on Kors late cans can so that's legit. Yeah this park really is just larger than life an overwhelming in the best way with some of the mightiest mountains in the country. So it's no wonder why rocky ocoee mountain is not only one of the most visited national parks in America with more than four million annual visitors but also a symbol of the national park service in and of itself. Delve was true. When people think of American mountains these are the types of mountains that come to mind their craggy perpetually snowy jagged and filled with epic wildlife life they're basically the Himalayas of North America and in addition to the mountains themselves this amazing Colorado Park also features many other incredible sites from some of the most pristine lakes and rivers to hotels? Both haunted injury me After all this is the kind of place that inspired Stephen King the shining and any park. Influential Sean after Inspire Stephen King an course light is sure to be memorable to say the least uh-huh I am at and I'm Brad. This is park land production of I heart radio we sold our loft in Chicago moved into an RV and now we're talking in the country entry fulltime with our dog thin exploring America's national parks back in. Today's episode is a big one. It's about Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado Northwest Denver. It's hard to know where to begin with this part because rocky mountain is just so monumental so we brought on a bit of help for this episode owed as our friend Elaina Carson will be our very first guest ever will bring around later though in the episode to talk about her time with Matt and the park when they first visited together. But but in the meantime let's start with a little bit of background on this quintessential park. Yeah I'm so excited it's really going to be a fun episode. Not only because of the shining references which were sure to flood flooded with but because of our first guest who is a dear friend of ours and it'll be so much fun to have on and talk about this amazing park we we really need to do to rocky mountain justice. So we're bringing into Bacon's Sam Kinison. I love it. So let's talk about the geography and the history of this region Rocky Mountain National Park Actually protects a portion of the twenty seven hundred Mile Rocky Mountain range which actually runs all the way from New Mexico to British Columbia. Now that's big. It's big so they couldn't make that whole thing national park. That would be a lot but the portion of rocky mountain is still huge and pivotal so this range is often nicknamed things like the the backbone of North America which makes makes sense since it's so integral to the entire continent and mass amounts like these do kind of resemble gigantic spy. I guess even though that image is this. Grisly really does work especially since the mountain rain serves as an important water source for such a large portion of the continent. Yeah I feel like a lot of people we'll probably look at the rockies. They just see earth and rocks and such which makes sense but water is really everything here and it's all because of the snow which is present in some capacity Bassetti year round thanks to the high elevation and see they're completely entrenched in it or just towards the very top. Snow melt is constantly flowing down off the slopes and into into Alpine lakes and rivers eventually running out to all three oceans that North America touches. Getting there yeah. When visit again it was in June so the weather it was mostly sunny and warm but there is still plenty of snow on top and the high elevation peaks Like Trail Ridge road was open for the season but there are still some some serious sections with like huge piles of snow. Yeah and snow can still happen even and I remember like we were visiting friends in the Denver area like the week prior it was like early June and we had heard that Troas road was closed again because of snow. And I'm like what June what was going to mess up our plan but by the time we were there it was all fine and any place where there was snow was paved and while we're on the road. We stopped the Alpine visitor center. Line the way and you actually took a photo of me standing next to one of these walls of snow which was literally taller than I was like almost twice as high as me and granted. This is all kind of pushed over so it wasn't just naturally. Yeah about high. But there's a lot of snow up there and even crazier was. It was warm and I was in short so it was a wild time now in the best of times Are were trip. Worked out. Perfect in terms of season whether because like the trail Ridge road was completely open and And it which is one of the most highest elevation paved roads in the country And it's only open for a few months of the year due to you'd like how high it. Yeah exactly so. It's a forty five forty eight mile stretch of highway thirty four. That connects the Estes Park side out of the park where we were staying with the Grand Lake side of the park on the West which is totally worth visiting and absolutely beautiful and compared to ask us park especially. It's much more underrated yeah. It really is underrated Lawn over there. It was just stunning harder to get to. And so that's a good thing. Isolated needed a bad thing. But Yeah I really feel like Trail Ridge. Road is right up there with the skyline. Drive at Shannon Doa It's one of the most epic scenic scenic drives in the entire country. The views and experiences are really unlike anything I've ever experienced. I completely agree. I think show wrote is like the skyline drive of if the West and both of them are just really really incredible experiences in kind of bucket list scenic drives. I think you should absolutely do it. And just like skyline drive and our Shenandoah episode from Season One. I think they should both be levels on my your car. Like I said it's got to enjoy it should be you know the Rainbow Road. Uh of Shenandoah and I think trowbridge road could also be a special level because apparently I'm just constantly thinking of ideas for National Park Mario Games and I feel like I'm onto something. That'd be so much fun really though. I really think that I mean last night we were playing. You literally got so mad. When I threw a green Shell L.? That hit you and then immediately after you hit by this red show which also came from me thereby the first match you were going to win and then I like sneaked by you you literally at the line and you wanted to basically throw the game out the window. First of all. I handle myself very well. I was calm. I didn't didn't overreact. I the controller away. Not your yeah and so we don't have to get competitive here. Okay okay. I know you're going to be mad because I always beat you at Murray Card. So they probably think of something like less competitive. Maybe like a little puzzle like a puzzle. Sure but knowing me I'd also still somehow managed to turn that puzzle into a competition and get flustered cerdan upset when I inevitably finished my puzzle last or something because the unfortunate thing about me is I'm cursed with this unfortunate unfortunate Combo of being overly very very much like cripplingly competitive will not also like being very good at competitive things so it's a serious lose-lose for me like no matter what activity I try wind up being like upset. Yeah and I'm very good at competitive things and I'm very competitive. Additive just asked my cousin Mike he knows he knows how to push all the buttons to make me completely flipped. Like I make you flip in my car. I kind of enjoy that I'd like to witness. It's thought because oh I'm tired. I'm tired of being the only one who loses everything I mean even at her own wedding. I stormed out because we were playing a game and I got so frustrated with them. But it's just me being overdramatic like remember. There's probably when you ran away to go to like top golf and on the day of our wedding. We were supposed to be setting up that that was the morning I wasn't just am I from the Golden. It's fine but at least we can both agree that rocky mountains is this amazing place to drive in hike especially in the summer. Yeah totally and like you said. This was the perfect time of year. visit our drive long trail Ridge road was the most. That's incredible experience absolutely loved it so the road was finished and opened in nineteen thirty two saving tons of driving time for visitors looking to see both sides of Rocky Mountain the National Park because when trailways road is typically closed mid October through late May and during this time it's inaccessible and it takes you a long time to Get around yeah and if you're able to visit during the summer the road really captures the essence of the park Because it travels through different ecosystems go systems and environments in relatively short span of time. Yeah absolutely so from both sides of the park. No matter how you're starting on Trail Ridge road it begins by Amy Andrew up through Aspen Trees Ponderosa pine forests where you're likely to see some major wildlife like Moose and elk both of which we saw and we there's a lot of them in the road exceeds the eleven thousand foot elevation line. That's when the tree line disappears and then suddenly you're driving through a landscape of Alpine Tundra entre a train that encompasses about one third of the entire park. Yeah up here. Things are very barren and snowy and windy and it really feels like you're in the ceiling feeling of America. That's beautiful and perfectly accurate. I've never felt higher. which is really saying something because we're in Colorado if you know what I mean Just because what. You didn't Wednesday marijuana. I I if you WANNA fill that gap go Trails we. We stopped about halfway across the Toll Road Road to hike the Tundra Communities Trail It's about a one mile L. roundtrip not really hard But it's probably the First Arctic Tundra hike. We've done which yeah if you Kinda Mile Hike. Yeah this is pretty pretty easy especially considering how high up we were and windy and cold and kind of hostile otherwise. I've never had an environment like this before. For and that's that was exciting because like I've done a lot of high he's done a lot of hiking Colorado even and this was neil and up here. It's incredibly weird and wild wild and we saw this beautiful quote and assign along the trail credited to this woman and Zwinger from her book land above the trees and it read the Alpine Tundra the land of contrast incredible intensity where the sky is the size of forever and the flowers the size of a millisecond. That's damn and it's it's really good. Yeah because like the Tundra totally feels harsh and unforgiving but also serene and peaceful. I would completely agree with that probably also because it looks devoid of life here with the only noise that we heard coming from the win like the how would win a The trail is paved and pretty easy but runs through scrambled up a few rocks to get to the very top of the trail. The Gust felt superstrong. I was like a freighter hats. We're GONNA fly. I was afraid I was GONNA fly. Oy Off at that point. Who Cares I was like this is kind of like going back to Guadalupe Mountains when you felt like you fly off because if well that was the same it really wasn't as no. I think the big difference is I pay mountains national park like the trail was literally on the side of a cliff. Jeff and I'm like okay. There's the possibility I could you know. Get blown down into the ravine. Yeah there's definitely didn't have we weren't close to any edge. I'm just letting you justify it that way. People know the difference when they go experiences these places themselves. Yes I'm here I I loved it here. I think it was in spite of the wind. Totally worth it for the views. Such you have these sweeping endless panoramas of tall snowy peaks and deep valleys on pretty much all sides of you. I kind of wanted to like recreate. That scene. From titanic were. Leonardo DiCaprio yelled that he's on top of the world. Even though when you think about it he was at sea level so very much not the world that would make sense up here like that line would would be perfectly fitting on this trail in Alpine Tundra. I think he has more talking emotionally but also know like he was like a vagabond wanderlust. I got it but like He. Some may say is nomadic. Yeah begin pneumatic. You know. There's actually these times when we have to leave. Leave our nomadic lifestyle behind that rental car which I'm glad we were able to get back to So that way we can make it through the park Because the RV would have been too big for a lot of points in national park and like you know the higher elevation higher altitude Yes and the wind. Yes because that's not finally right not plenty of times been driving on just normal highways where there's a lot of wind and it's tough to do that in RV. So I can't imagine doing that. That up here driving through Alpine Tundra with all that howling wind and just how wind at the roads were too for like forty eight miles. So yeah it's just. I'm glad that we didn't have to really deal with that headache. I'm just like we were continued on to the Grand Lake Section or the Western inside of the park which is by far the least visited side of Rocky Mountain Because in the off season months when the trail Ridge road is closed a could take up to three hours to drive from one side to the other but for us only took like an hour or so. Yeah that was with you know. We're taking our time that we also did some extra stops though along the way like this hundred trail and then another portion that we visited was the halls worth historic site which was another one one mile round trip trail much easier because this lower elevations in her back and like trees and no real snow or anything that definitely no wind and it was an easy gravel all trail that crosses the Colorado River then leads to an old dude ranch which I absolutely love saying out loud. I don't know if I've ever been to a dude ranch but here we we. We went to one. It was totally unplanned. Stop but Does neither of US had even heard of this area. But it's really cool to explore The second says it's a several old cabins built by the Hobart's family And I probably just slaughtered the name but just GonNa move on with that. We're GONNA keep on going Because they use says a ranch from nineteen nineteen to nineteen seventy four. So it's really not even that long ago. Yeah really not and seventy five. The site site was transferred to the National Park Service and then wrapped into the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park and it was also listed on the National Register of historic places. Nineteen seventy seven when this place was cool. I'm really delighted that we did this. In discovered I had never even heard about this so it was a good little side trip. I loved left cozy retreat into the woods by the river now It was absolute hidden. Gem The little slice of Heaven with cabins cabins like the rose cabin momma cow cabin This was long before Wi fi was a thing. So the solitude remoteness these cabins was really just perfect perfect. Yeah I think in small tips is like if they were like active gas cabins. Jane we stayed here. I think we'd both probably have millennial meltdowns. We've been there before so I just know it. They're fun to visit. We like how we did it just kind of in and out in parise especially since when we pass through their national park service employees doing these old old home studying demonstrations baking biscuits and like exhibiting taxidermy and stuff like that. I was really interested in the best I was like hovering around being like. Is this just just for show or you actually serving these cool because we actually learned that little fun fact That the Colorado River actually just starts a few miles does north and flows right through the park. Before making its way all the way down through Utah Arizona Mexico like about like these amazing biscuits. It's and where the Colorado both highlights. Yeah I thought so. The Colorado River starts at La Coutry Pass Lake which is is not that far north like you said it was starting to kind of trickled through. It's a pretty. It was like a stream at this point when we crossed it so in a way if you think about it the rocky mountains responsible for like Grand Canyon National Park among other things which is wild to think about these crazy like a whole grand canyon unions just a whole `nother thing of cow was built informed and I really want to get into that but you know we continued the rest of the way Down to the end of Trail Ridge road to the Grand Canyon Lake side of the park Oh so beautiful and peaceful. There were plenty of people here but not nearly as as much as the Estes Park site. That was refreshing in the first thing we did was we stopped to get lunch at this place called Grand Lake Lodge which is gorgeous just gorgeous. Property overlooking grant lake in the namesake town below and the largest been opened nineteen twenty so this is iconic and historic in its own right and again another surprise because I had never even heard of it before and I'm so glad we discovered it and I'm so glad that we were hungry at the time and that are cravings and appetites were perfectly differently aligned because this is one of the best meals. I think we've ever had it in national park and I would go back in a heartbeat. The restaurant inside of the alive that we ate out it's called Huntington House tavern and it was so good so cozy agree. Yeah the huge rustic restaurant with great locally sourced food food local Craft Beers and craft cocktails Like buffalo meat balls sub ZAN COLORADO LAMB sandwiches and steak frites made from and Beef from a local farm all very local and they also had delicious off. Overlap too which I love lawful and it's one of those things menu a half order even if it in the context here does seem kind of strange like to have full awful at this like Colorado local centric restaurant but it was really really good Ed and great hiking fuel to like hardy and nutritious. Yeah because after a lengthy parked At the East and lead trial had by Grand Dan Lake and we definitely needed that That fuel and then to Adam Falls That is easy and short and the falls are all like raging raging and loud with lots of incredible photo opportunities. Some serious Whitewater falls yeah. That waterfall section was pretty pretty crazy. Crowded too it was popular filled with a lot of people. I think in large part because it's so close to the trail head so it's easy to get to and tons of people just it's like shimmying around on rocks getting different vantage points. The the waterfall which highly recommend loved it. So after Adams falls we hiked further along on the trail pass tomorrow rivers and waterfalls and the bright green colors of pine forest to just lots of vivid colors out here this time of year. It's is crazy. This river that were hiking along starts with such a loud fast moving waterfall which is like slamming through these series of boulders but then immediately really like shortly after as we're walking along it immediately gets quiet and still and like it feels like a whole another waterway entirely these ponds and the streams and inlets in the midst of Women Mountains in the background. All picture perfect. Yeah the hangover on this The Parker also steep strenuous us In those on the east side Estes Park so it's great for families and even looking for more leisurely experience. Yes I'm so glad we're able to visit the Grand Lake area and we did this and the road leading there was open and when we come back we'll talk more about history other hikes regions and seasons here at Rocky Mountain National Park Hi I'm Bobby Brown. Welcome to my podcast beyond the beauty a new show from iheartradio. You probably know me as the founder of a cosmetics company but I walked away in two thousand and sixteen and boy have. I learned a lot. I've learned learned how to build a business. I delete a business how to take chances at a dive in and just try things and I'm constantly trying to figure out try to keep myself healthier and just live a better life. You know what I still have a lot of questions. So I'm going to be sitting down with different in people each week that I think we can all learn from creators of some of the most successful businesses and brands today. Biggest names in beauty doctors in health experts. I admire even my own family. Listen to beyond the beauty on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts or ever. So you get your podcasts. I am Matt and I'm Brad. This is Park Land and today we're talking about Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado history. Another giving you a really good taste of this iconic national park. We're going to back it up and provide some more background on this historic region. Yes so long long before we were hiking here and eating lawful here. You Indians hunted Elk Grand Lake area. Some six thousand years ago and on the east side Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indians. Indians lived on the plains portion of Colorado frequently hunting and Estes Park area native Americans actually lived here until the late seventeen hundreds and the populations nations On either side of the mountains never even saw one another because the mountains were so it's like two rugged into steeped across so tribes arrives. Stay put plus. There is plenty of food and water where they were and there was no need to like risk hiking over these mountains. Yeah exactly so after the Louisiana purchase. These peoples were sadly pushed out to reservations and new residents started to move into the area and develop this part of Colorado and and this is when places like Denver in boulder shape as boom towns for hopeful miners and prospectors. Now even the town of Estes Park which gets his name from Joel Estes Stas who gave up looking for gold and began. Business was his son by hunting meat and supplying to businesses in Denver He built cabins in the eighteen sixties. And so the origins of the President's Day Estes Park where essentially built on me. Yeah honestly that's pretty brilliant and like what an innovator at the time especially eh because there's a ton of Elkin deer here so the meat market is like has so much potential and capitalized on it. And so after after stuff like this the reason entity shape as a national park thanks to this hiker in conservationist named Enos Mills who fell in love with the area in the late eighteen eighteen hundreds and began writing articles about protecting it from further development and commercialization. Yeah he actually became a lecturer National Park Service in Nineteen. O Seven under president sent Theodore Roosevelt. Our boy he was able to catch the attention of important organizations like the Colorado Mountains Club in the Denver Chamber of Commerce which definitely definitely helped his cause to protect land. Yeah and it wound up being sort of happily ever after situation because when Rocky Mountain National Park was established in nineteen team fifteen making it the ninth national park in the country and even though the entire rocky mountain range stretches for thousands of miles the park only contains two hundred and sixty eighty five thousand acres of those including some of the most iconic peaks in the range like long's peak the highest in the market fourteen thousand two hundred and fifty nine feet wapping all in all. This park is a hikers dream. It's got more than three hundred and fifty five miles of trails story spor from easy and relaxing to terrifyingly hard. Yeah like didn't you actually like try and do one of those long beach trails while we were there yeah. I'm not sure what I was thinking. Because in retrospect that's crazy that I was thinking I could do that but as we all know that is par for the course for me. I'm out my mind. It's Sixteen miles round trip trip with four thousand feet of elevation gain and it's marked as extremely strenuous with an exclamation point included. Like that's what they they have in the trail marked and stuff so you know they're serious. Can we call you the neurotic. Nomadic Noman Or something. Yeah I think that'd be good the neurotic nomad yeah. I'm fine with that but Fortunately you're on well being the trails towards the top was still too snowy and icy. So you can do all things. Yeah so it kind of saved me for myself because as Lord knows I would have tried I did wind up parking at the longs peak trail had though on the southeastern side of the park in doing the Chasma Lake trail instead. which was Ashley Beautiful? And a much better alternative for me. I think it leads through these tranquil pine forest and upper class these rugged coalfields before circling around this Shimmering Alpine make along this steep snowy slow it was actually like towards the end. I wound up being so steepen scenario that I didn't finish the whole trail because I didn't have like snow. uh-huh spikes in my shoes and I was super to prepare it. I don't have like proper hiking stuff for for that type of terrain or weather especially so I didn't WanNa slip and slyly all the way down the mountain. Yeah we really got to get you better. Hiking's US especially for those like snowy conditions like this. Yeah this is summer too. So that's really something thing you can imagine. How grueling and impossibly icy things probably getting the winter? I don't even. I don't think I could get more than like half a mile end. Yeah isn't and then when you actually visit the park for the first time with Lena. Yeah it was right. On the cusp of winter it was mid November so in rocky confirms that is full blown winter. Yes so you know what we should do. I think we should bring on the lane now to talk more about her time here with you and what it's like visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in the off season so our friendly in a case in is one of our best friends from Chicago. We've known here for several years now. Fortunate enough to meet and run the same social circles and also. She's just so much fun to either. Go Bar hopping with in Chicago or go on National Park Adventures hop or National Park. Yeah I've been fortunate enough to have been to a few national parks with Elaine. At this point you you one of my favorite travel buddies and she's just always like down for any type of adventure which I always appreciate makes it very easy to plan and we both are kind of on the same level too. We like to hike and explore and really immerse ourselves and then and when it's all done go delicate brewery or something so and it's really a beautiful thing and we wanted to bring on some of our friends and said of just getting with the professionals behind national parks so these people who have been inspired we want to talk about more of the the normalcy of traveling to national pride and what kind of bond that can bring with your friends. Yeah and she's perfect to provide a perspective because like unlike us these nomadic people who are traveling in an RV in and out of national parks. She's someone who she lives in Chicago still and she has a fulltime job but it it just kind of goes to show how accessible national parks are for pretty much. Anyone no matter where you're from what you're doing what your lifestyle is like and so forth just you know requires some planning As long as you're down with it and ready to do it it can you know you can make memories together. And that's exactly what I've done with Elena and we're excited to stroll down memory lane a little bit and since it was Rocky Mountain November memory lane was very snowy snowy Lane Alina. Why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself? Sure I everyone everyone My Name's Elena Curson from Chicago. That's how I know Brad and Matt we've known each other for. I don't even know how long we've feels like forever. Yeah definitely I maybe a whole decade. Nice Yeah But yeah out here in Chicago. Metaxas manager so I don't really you know I'm kind of in the office kind of person and so this is this is really cool for me to come and talk to you guys about Rocky Mountain National Park. I was such a cool trip to Hear about Matt was tiny about this This trip to rocky mountains for a couple of years before I even got the chance to go to Rocky Mountain National Parks. I was living vicariously through you. You and I know that Matt has so many things that he wants to talk about and get to relive with you. Yeah yeah well I I kind of want to give a little bit of background. I am because you and I have a really fun and awesome. Like kind of relationship with national parks like we started rocky mountain was not our first park. We went onto together and I think the start of that. I remember vividly like sitting down with you at a coffee shop in Chicago and like planning out Potential national parks expectation. The trip turned out wonderfully. We went to big Bend National Park in Texas and that really stuck with all of us who are on that trip and then I like it in the following years just that interests continue to grow and I think that contributed in a big way leading us to Rocky Mountain National Park in. Why are you and I wanted to prioritize going there together and I'm so glad we did? It was so much fun. Yeah the the the first trip yep was was very well planned but as I recall with this Colorado Denver trip I just sort of tagged on so that was just kind of meeting like hey can I join you matt so glad you know. Happy accidents the the best. Yeah I all of these trips. I remember them with such which fondness like. It's it's a nice way to bond with your friends too because it's it's different than just traveling to city. You know you'd get something together and I think the Big Ben trip really solidify that bond because we still talk about it to this day we still have that group tax going from that trip. Yeah beautiful so I think our five year unions coming up so this Colorado trip remember for the first like chunk of it. I was out on like a work trip to visit Denver. This is my I think my first time in Denver and and I was like I had some appointments and meetings and whatnot in in the city primarily but I also had ton of free time and I have like I had extra days to who do whatever so it wound up being like the perfect opportunity to have like travel with you and kind of bounce around this new environment together and and the Rocky Mountain Opportunity was hard to pass up so that was big and one. Kind of shocker. For me I was. I didn't realize how like non mountainous Denver was. I always envision day like in the mountains like in there and it was not. Yeah it's pretty flat and you have to drive two hours to get to. Yes she used of the range. Apparently no-one no-one told me Yeah. You have to drive to the mountains. Yes like quite a we know so let me. Let's talk about our for our experience. It's that driving day into from Denver Rocky Mountain because it was such a gorgeous drive. I remember the road that takes you right into the park into estes park and then to the national park you were like in a canyon following this like Widey River and things are getting snow air and rockier fittingly in crankier and it's it was really nice just leaving the city behind for day like unplug and then immerse immerse ourselves in this space which was really incredible in kind of absorbs you in it pretty quickly. Yeah the drive. There was beautiful and I feel like not knowing what to expect. It's even better because it just sort of unfolds right in front of you but yeah I remember that day being beautiful I think we we definitely lucked out in terms of the weather and whatnot. Even though we were very much under I think we asked we were and we did not I. At least I did not have proper. Proper snow footwear for for that day at all I would. I did not bring my snow boots but not at all because I assumed it would be like Denver are again like silly me like I thought the weather or that you know snow. Why would be the same as Denver which was pretty minimal in the city but again they have like extre- plows and people constantly doing that? And that's not the case in the wilderness so good to know any elevations change. Oh Yeah big elevation change. Yeah Yeah I remember maybe the moment trip left you unprepared. Basically I'm sort of in the best way possible like we. We didn't you know we didn't get caught in like a snowstorm or anything but just maybe we're just like a little colder than he's yes if we packed appropriately. That's perfect. Yeah I can handle so. Our first stop was at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center which his Like the main visitors near Estes park the kind of heart or the the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park in the most visited side and excellent visitor's center the thing I remember most about this visitor center in that I loved the most was. I think this is where you got your first or is this re by your passport by Your National Park Password Book I think so. Yeah yeah so I which is sad because it didn't get the big bend one. That's more reason to go back. Yeah But yeah that was like this little book travels with me everywhere now. So yeah this is the start of the passport book. I love that because I feel I mean. I've talked about how how obsessed I am with my password book and I feel like whichever park you bought it at whichever visitor's center and just kind of holds extra meaning extra special meaning and. I love that I love that. There's this connection with Rocky Mountain in particular because the three got your back and I remember you got your first stamp. And we're both just so elated about it. The first one and I get those little stickers because I feel like that totally yeah. Yeah that's very eh of that for sure for sure so from the from the visitor center we kind of wander way into the park and the first thing we did was this little the pretty short trail around an area called lake which was about half a mile round round trip. And it's this loop and I I loved it because it was just like pretty quiet. I don't remember other people or many other people being there and and it was the first like physical activity we did in the park so it was nice to get out into this world and see the mountains looming in the distance. And all the snow. I it was just really Serena. That Lake was beautiful. I I think we we may have been the only ones there for for a little bit. Yeah but it's felt felt like we had the whole place to ourselves good. I know that's the best part. It was enchanting wasn't chanting. I was looking at some pictures of it. So all right it's It was very. It wasn't a large lake right like like you could see from one end to the other. Yeah and it was all covered in snow and the whole path was covered in snow and we just made our way right it was really beautiful. Chanting is a really good way to describe Rocky Mountain National Park as a whole but especially the lake. Oh I know stop and that also I think this highlights why it's so so like awesome to visit a park like best in the off season like had we done this in July or August. I can only assume blake would be swarming with people and the parking. The trail had would be like mobs Bob's or inaccessible because rocky mountain gets so many visitors ten it was nice to do this like mid November where sure things are called things I know but like it's not unreasonable by any means torturous and it's worth it just to have like these little comments like peace and serenity in nature and that's I think that's my favorite experience places like best when you're not having elbow thought of the way. Yeah I Whenever I go I tried to plant a during off peak times because I it's really nice to have a space to yourself because you really feel like you're out in nature? I mean not that you know having other people around is is a horrible thing. It's kind of Nice as well. It's comforting if you how someone for a while to to see a friendly human face But yeah yeah that was it it really is. It's like a magical little lake it was It was really beautiful. I think he would have been a lot different. Had We gone in the summer and the spring for that. I kind of prefer that that we saw the the snow this version of that lake. Yeah right for sure for sure so from here. The main like highlight thing that we did that day was we drove so we got back onto this main road bear Lake Road and then drove pretty much down to the end of it to this really popular channel. Shell had called Bear Lake trail head which again in the summer. I'm sure is just insanity but even then like it was cold and snowy. But like there's still a AH amount of cars in the parking lot. I remember and we want her to do one of a series of trails that branch off of this and from what we read. They seem like there are some of the most popular lake trails in the park so they just sounded really great and they all lead to different lakes all had really lovely name name so we did the Dream Lake trail which I mean that sounds. How can you not the chair like that and this? This one was a bit longer than spock. Like it was about two miles round trips like one mile up to you. The Dream Lake itself and then we like looped around the lake they commit came back down like in about another mile and I. This one was pretty epic. This is when things were starting to get like pretty cold. They were getting wet in spite of all that I'm like this is again like enchanting and you're I I don't think I was prepared for the I. Like the elevations change and the clive. Because I think we were very much fooled by that first little hike we did around the lake. Yeah it was flat. We didn't have to yet. You don't have to struggle. No that's true work. Yeah that one was really comfortable in level and open to it was you know so. There's like more sunlight. That kind of mitigated the chill but this one was pretty immersive because we were in like like in the woods. There was a ton on March pretty much from the very beginning and the whole thing I think if I recall correctly the whole the whole path was pretty much covered in snow. So you're just sort of like trying to make your way up the hills. Some of them were much steeper than others And a little difficult to climb. Remember feeling that you were in the mountains because the elevation change and you could feel like it was a lot more difficult to walk absolutely. We were making your way to to the dream. Lakes right could definitely feel it and not just in terms of like my fear getting wet but like my new I remember. My nose was kind of sore. Because of the Elevation Change Make My lips were super capsules like guzzling water and also tearing through chapstick stack. Like it was kind of this fall body experience which you know is a full body. Yeah I haven't trained for this kind of you're not physically fit enough to know it wasn't that bad but I think it was just kind of like the whole thing was just covering this park like I had no expectations for what we would encounter encounter at all which is a guy that much I know all about both of like beginning of both of your journeys into national parks and just really exploring them You know as adults for the first time and and so there's just a lot of a Lotta pieces that you don't know until you experience it and then once you've experienced it you know you change the way you travel right totally absolutely so much so after this This first trip there Elena what what are a couple of things that you'd bring water. Yes a hat. I don't just dress appropriately. I think I think well I guess it depends depends on the time of year but just keep in mind that even if you're coming from Denver and it's in it's sunny and warm and you maybe have like a light jacket on. You may need a couple more layers coming into the part Maybe not the gym shoes with a slippery bottom because like if you end up doing those hikes like elevation change like it's pretty significance alike. You end up hiking and you don't WanNa be like on your hands and knees cones. I mean I guess you can. It's not a bad way to go so But yeah I would say just dress. US appropriately and bring water and put on sunscreen because the Sun yes always out there. Yeah chopstick I guess Matt. He gets cold in winter. That there's no sun right that that is just not the truth. Does the snow that reflects the sun on to you which I remember king by crazy like I needed prescription in sunglasses because the sun was done only hitting you directly but it's also like reflecting off of this like really bright white snow and ice so I'm just like blindly wandering forward in my like slippery sneakers through the forest. It was like make sure Matt doesn't follow him out in the right or like wander onto dream Lake. It all worked out straight onto the late show. No he looks fine. I'm fine I'm fine. I didn't because I remember I actually did by again. I wasn't prepared with enough layers but from the visitor center. I did get one of those like boths. which kind of you can configure? As is he plays like a makeshift scarf and like yes tightly around my neck. Yeah Yeah I remember that. Now that worked good thinking there's so many ways that like National Parks Inspire people or change their mindsets like from when you first went to a national park until until now what are what are some of the changes that you see when you go to national parks like we we've been talking about like how like creates less anxiety for us Or just clears your mind. What to do for you Yeah it's definitely it's like a head clearing kind of moment you know when you're there Just being in the city all the time and working you know sitting in front of a computer for me. You know sitting all the time I think I really love love being out there and being walking and hiking Discovering you know we'll get the little books with like what are the trees. What's the foliage you know like all all these different Kind of history of the parks and just learning about it. I think there's there's a greater appreciation for all these places and the more the more times you go the more you appreciate being out there so like now when we plan vacations. It's usually like we have to have at least one vacation during the year where we go to a national park. It helps me unwind and and from stress and stuff. And it's you know it's different being out in nature and the fact that you don't have cell phone reception is is actually beautiful. I I enjoyed like be prepared for it but I like not being connected. Yeah absolutely it's it's one of the best feelings ever and I love the feeling the struggle of like like having wet shoes or prepared and getting through it and learning from it because like those experiences are what like just really just you push yourself outside out of your comfort zone in a way and you've learned from that and it like I know it's on silly but like learning how to be prepared there helps me learn how to be prepared more in the business world and it makes me think of things differently when I get back so because you've just payable shut out so that's personally for me but I just love those Those instances where you you kind of just get that three sixty experience like I've gone experienced this and one of my bringing back from this trip besides piece. There's moments where you like accomplished something like you get to the end of a trailer. It's like you know And it's the top of a mountain or something and you feel super accomplished for doing something like that You know top of like the views and the amazing The challenge of it all so I I also liked that part of it. Just kind of pushing yourself a little harder every time and finding a trail that you normally wouldn't wouldn't pick just to get out there and to to experience something different. Oh Yeah so true I yeah I love it too and there's also an element that I find with especially experience like this like a Wintry Rocky Mountain National Park is it. It's somewhat humbling to be reminded like oh I have have. There's still so much to learn and discover not only just in terms of ecology and wildlife in whatever but like with within myself like oh I I am woefully under for this. I do not have a full grasp on this national park or any national park and it's nice and it feels get to kind of be humbled by that in these like really epic places that remind you in not so subtle ways that like yes. You're you're you know a little human being like here to explore and drink it in and have this experience and grow from it and sometimes that's wetter ladder in icier than I would ideally like but it's I walk away feeling much better for it and then it also means for much better memories. You know to like a park like this during a time of year like that are just some of my favorite moments. Because they're so special and so kind of individualistic. You Know I. Ah I like that too. Yeah humbling is a good word. I always feel humbled whenever when I when I visit a national park. Just because they're always so much bigger than you think they are are even when you know. That's very true. I know it's hard to comprehend enchanting and humbling. 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All right so we really gotTA talk about Estes. Park more The town where we were staying just for a few dis the town that meet built because Mr know g training now started buttering deer and selling it to local restaurants and whatever whatever it's definitely a cool and popular plays and cool by meaning cold in June This place has just really bustling and busy the So be sure to make sure that there's campgrounds you know you WANNA reserve way in advance for hotel reservations anything. I like that We were lucky. Like got last minute reservations but the good thing about our lifestyles like we can quickly change things but yeah. If you're planning a trip you WanNa make sure you have reservations because it's too risky terrorists and I'm not at all comfortable with that type of risk which is kind of ironic because like my taking lifestyle. Apparently throw that out the window at. I just put my life risk on these treacherous trails. Apparently but this process is what scares I mean like not having a potential. RV SPOTTY I freak out. He does but I'm glad it all worked out and we were able to spend some time here because it's really really lovely and and lively In the summer it was perfect. We were there at the perfect time. In essence park is like really where it's out of the more than four million annual visitors to rocky humint national park most people at least come through here if not stay here in it shows so many touristy shops and restaurants and especially a booming fudge shop op seen an ice cream shop. Seemed like this is a very sweet. There's like twenty twenty two blocks. Yeah it's crazy. There's so many shops sparked me have been built by me. But it's definitely got a sweet tooth now. I know there's a lot lot here. I don't know how they all stay in business. It's kind of astonishing to me but united united wound up getting some ice cream from one of the you know thirty ice cream shops here and strolling around the streets. It was really nice like a early summer evening. And then you end up dropping years in the ground and the stroll was over at least got a few good lakes out of it. Yeah you did and you know it. It was great otherwise and ice cream in a cone is another risk. I'm not comfortable with and I think this is proof of that. For this reason. I always get like worried that I'm gonNA spill it like that or that. I need to lick it really fast. Otherwise it'll melt all over me. It's like a race against the clock. You definitely over. Think things when it comes to ice cream. Yes yes and under thing things when it comes to my physical capabilities I guess I I admit both of those things. Yes and right there in town Investors I really really love the farmer's market which We're going to have our friend. Tim Burton on here. Coming up. on the next episode and of Burton's Maplewood farm and he sells his hundred percent pure barrel aged. Maple Syrup Sir. I just really really love it and I can get behind it It's something thing they love working on Tim with and you know helping him out throughout the the road travels at different events He's a really great guys. I'm really excited to talk. Talk about that in the next episode. But what else did we really love about Estes Park. I think we both know the answer to that. It's the Stanley Hotel Tau and it's time to talk about the Shining Hotel Aka. It's everything that I've ever dreamed of or had nightmares about I. Guess it's a beautiful vintage looking colonial revival style hotel up on the hill overlooking the heart of Estes It served as the the inspiration for Stephen King's Overlook Hotel in the book. Yeah and it makes sense. The Stanley Hotel first opened in nineteen. Oh nine so it's been. It's been around a very long longtime and when Stephen King stayed here nineteen seventy four. I can totally see being isolated and getting cabin fever in the winter. Sens estes Park Quiz much less developed at the time and not nearly as much of a year round destination like it is today. Yeah he and his wife stayed here at the end of the season right before the hotel closed for the winter. So it's probably like early quiet an MD and the room he stayed in room to seventeen is still the most requested room. mm-hmm at the Stanley Hotel. Yes it is and even though that notorious room in the movie is changed to thirty seven so that wouldn't be too terrified to stay there. You know. That's that's a fun fact but silly them because there are tons of people out there who seek that stuff out and it not only is it not a deterrent. Like people aren't GonNa be too scared of it but it's become Mike a little tourist attraction in its own right and it's just it shows the hotel fully embracing it by doing stuff like that and they they host. These haunted tauruses this as well which we need to do. We didn't do that but we have to go back to Estes Park Grand Lake More Time Ingraham. Mike and it'd be it really call it a stay at the hotel Yes in addition to than's bracing for the shining though there's like reports it's like paranormal activity here and the hotel has been Fugen. Shows like ghost hunters. So stay here if you. I'm actually not sure I could do that. Apparently colonel stuff really creeped me out. I could do like the shining like inspiration like that's that's one thing but paranormal activity. If it's anything like the movie which really messed me up like really did I I don't know if I can do that. I think it's probably better off just coming to the Stanley hotel for cocktails. which we we did and they? It's a fun way to do it. The only thing that'll haunt you. There's potentially a hangover. That'd be so worth it though are are there is fantastic. We came to different times manure and Estes Park Right. Yes we did. We liked it so much that became. I don't know if there's JANETTA row. Oh but we definitely came twice. Yeah and the drinks are like totally login. The vibe is like totally cozy in school. I mean I think I got to create all your favorite really. WanNa say that. That's inspired me to like get it. More Ukraine's crazy. Yeah an open view. Correct Oh view created. That's right because yeah that's birth Arthur. Now Yeah Yeah. I don't remember that but no. I'm lying the rocky. Mountain view is what they called. It and it was spelled V. I. E. U.. Who Acts like just about it? So yeah the Round Mountain View. Is the cocktail nice. So the main restaurant here at the stanleys called cascades but we just visited the whiskey bar which is attached and has a lot of small plates off of that same menu and then the drinks are like the front center they most mostly focus on the superior can boozy whiskey based drinks. Obviously and I love that they have something in addition to your clever. They have a drink here called Ron Punch. Because of course they do. They're just totally embracing the shiny made with rum. Plus Francois Blackberry liqueur lime pineapple a gov of a and it sounds great. It's like a fun boozy fruit punch. Yeah I mean it's just it's really amazing. They have singled fashions fashions and Manhattan's The whole Shebang. Yeah I think my fa- I remember the drink I had both times. Was this like basically Banana Manhattan. Yeah Yeah Yeah Top. Top in top banana of Manhattan it is essentially a classic Manhattan. Which is one of my go-to drinks but this one had the addition of Banana liqueur in tomorrow? So smooth so sweet. Like banana things can be. They can veer into like clawing territory tastes like the banana runs. You know where it's just like bright yellow it doesn't taste like banana. Tastes like the color yellow. Yeah Man he knew what the good thing is if you are not satisfied by great cocktails and you're still kind of creeped out by the shining and paranormal collectively stuff. It will be helpful to know that dumb and Dumber was also filmed here. Yeah that was a nice surprise especially much like appreciated dose of Levity and I had no idea I didn't know that was filmed here but and that's saying something as dumb and dumber used to be like one of my favorite movies probably still. I love that movie. It's been a while since we've watched it time it's time 'cause this is that I remember the scene like the setting perfect. This is where Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels go to this lavish gala. That's like way way above their pay grade and they're addressed lake neon cartoons basically like ones in like a Bright Orange Tuxedo them and it's like in like a light blue. That's remember such a good senior. Standout like certainly like mom you know. Basically killing killing out with like champagne-cork is that right Papa Bolia Champagne and then kill this. Rare owl yeah. Classic Classic Dumber. I feel like maybe what I would never. I have never spent like an accident. We would accidentally do that like Of course we don't have the best of luck sometimes. Sure I mean. Fortunately we haven't done that egregious get but luckily was just in the movie right right my favorite. So there's a lot to unpack with Rocky Mountain National Park. Yeah lots of options with this one big Park Hark experiences. What is your favorite thing about Rocky Mountain National Park? Well I would say I would say the trail Ridge road in general but more specifically I really loved that trail. We did kind of at the top of at the tender communities jail doing that's only a mile rate which really good time. I liked it because it was a completely new experience for both of us to hike in an environment like that Alpine Tundra and the the weather aside from the when the weather is perfect hiking weather. The views were just phenomenal. Like nothing else. I think either a survivor scene. And it truly felt like you're up. nope perched on like the ceiling of the continent which is hard to describe to feel that high up and overlooking so so much I remember when we got there. We actually made a little video and I screamed we made at the Rocky Mountain. Oh yes and you like. It was like Thou effect while I was screaming because the wind was so heavy it was yeah. It's really good. I remember I was like the background of that video. Like crawling on the rocks on all force myself together. Yeah and like lower my center of gravity it was intense but also clearly super memorable an amazing so I think bows probably my favorite part. What about you my favorite report? Gosh this one was really difficult because there's just so much history there So much culture and I mean I loved Estes Park Gordon. I love the Stanley Hotel. But I'd have to say was Going into the cabins and seeing the taxidermy cermony and like freshman biscuits and like the culture behind right before became a national. Pardon the the dude ranch the dude ranch the Colorado River. Yeah because it was just it was a really pureed walk and it was fine. It was cozy. Like I feel like I could like hang out there for a day and just to have a great time Because I really liked to relax and opposite of you where you like to like climb to the top is the highest mountains you can find and so I think just personality style. I would really love to just relax and stay there for a day but I don't think you really can. I mean you'd be you'd be like that's a waste of a whole day. It'd be nice to if they turned it. BNB option where they apply with biscuits in the morning. Just chill out and like the Rose Cabinet one of the cabins you can walk through and you see like just this preserves face of what it was like their originally and really Nice Jason Homey. I think it'd be a lovely place. Maybe with some more modern matinees like Wi fi or whatever that it would be nice. Because I don't just like sit in silence for twenty four hours or whatever I would love them but You know what's actually Really good like the trails that we did. We didn't need hiking equipment but there's a lot of trails that you do and like that one you. Did you needed those hiking stuff. So like a couple of things that you could bring are definitely like hiking liking sticks that would be very helpful here like The shoe yeah. How snow spikes shoes? Because I liked in those In New England and my dad has some so when I'm gone on hikes with him I warn them and they're amazing. They make a huge difference and I really could have used something like that here. When ended the Charleston Lake trail? There's some that you can even do like cost country skiing on In the winter now when we were there but so like the definitely a lot of hiking options. So when you're planning your trip make sure to think about when you're going what trails. They're going to be and what specific acidic equipment. You need for hiking. 'cause there's a lot of hiking that's available here and it's A. I'd say it's my whole thing when I most diverse hiking Marx that I've been to because of this ability of snow cross country skiing like kind of bouldering. There's actual like rock climbing Ming. I mean there's just about everything in Rocky Mountain National Park there. Yeah there really is. It sounds cliche but this is one of those places where there truly is something for everyone every age ability interest level. You know whatever you're looking for it's bound to have a whatever type of view on hiking trail all it's and incredible place and it's very very fun to to explore whether it's on your own or with a partner or a family or a large group. It's fantastic caustic. Men Got even-handedness as park after. And just have the best time getting ice cream and fudge thing. You could bring those when you're doing these hikes if you're going to be a little bit more hardcore to bring like there's cans of oxygen different things like that or camelback so we have a ton of water because if you're going on sixteen mile trail it's sound like one bottle of water is GonNa get you. You're going to need camelback you're getting these snacks and trail mix and things like that We have enough time to like Foley unpack and like repack and do something like that big but I think it would be fun to go back in the winter and do that absolutely because it's such that's a great time. Yeah and then another point is when we were there and throughout summer June July August and September two it can be amount house the parking lots fill up very early and some of them are rather small so it's advised that you get your day started early because you don't want to like like plan your day and have this trail in mind that you want to do and then drive all the way to find that there's no space whatsoever. Yeah I saw that happen to a lot of people. Unfortunately that was not the issue with us. We had a rental car that was compact and small enough that we could get into a lot more space than the RV but but in winner. You don't WanNa have a compact car. You're going to have something that's four wheel drive you're GonNa WanNa make sure you have like snow chains. There's definitely different things that you have to pap for when you're coming to Rocky Mountain National Park depending on the season yeah So far this summer compact car is perfect. Winter don't even dream about coming to drive. Dr Yeah No really what do you think is Something that we would bring layers. Of course right you'd have to bring layers and again even even in the summer we had layers. We had like a T. shirt Sweatshirt and a jacket that we could shred or go depending on our elevation Asian because at one thousand feet of elevation difference makes a difference. Yes it really does. And I'm when we traveled road. I was wearing shorts and then initially like a t shirt. When we're in the Estes Park area then again in Grand Lake but while we're up there doing communities trail I had to put a jacket on uh-huh jacket that is my winners? Don't quit themselves beyond sea truck and of course the Bruins Jack L.. No that's right. Not a bruins kidding but Yeah so it's good to have stuff like that and it's light enough where you could easily carry it along and then throw it on if if you need air tight around your waist if it's getting to arm mm-hmm whatever so that's advised so between layers in snow choose and snow chains and all different things so many things things that you need to bring when you decide how you want to visit how you WanNa find your park how you want to discover it what you need to do is you need to think about the research behind when how and why Yeah but really rocky mountain is right up there. As one of the most iconic connick national parks in the country and it's an absolute must see for anyone into hiking especially anyone hiking and also anyone into horror novels vols coors light and fudge apparently to. You've been listening to Parkland. 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