Parklandia

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A married couple packed up everything from their Chicago home and bought an RV to travel the country full-time, with one goal: to visit as many national parks as possible. With each stop in each park, Brad and Matt Kirouac immerse themselves and the listeners – and the Kirouacs' dog Finn! – in these beautiful, larger-than-life places. They share discoveries about what makes the national parks truly special, from the intimidating wildlife of the Everglades to the cinematic lore of Redwood. It's all that and a dash of what it’s really like to live in an RV full time.

Episode Date
A Journey Fit For the Gods at Olympic National Park
2406
Between the misty rainforests, the ominous beaches, the craggy mountaintops, and immense wildlife like elk and whales, exploring Olympic National Park is like stepping into the home of the Grecian gods themselves. But you don't need to be immortal to enjoy all the adventure and beauty this million-acre park has to offer. <br><br>Got questions of your own? We'd love to hear from you! Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>, and join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sep 18, 2019
Bonus Episode! Marie Kondo-ing The RV
626
We return to our mail bag and talk about what we said "thank you" to and let go of when we moved into the RV and the logistics of parking one of those things in a National Park.<br><br>Got questions of your own? We'd love to hear from you! Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>, and join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a>
Sep 14, 2019
Bathing With Al Capone At Hot Springs National Park
1725
If Al Capone was alive today, we have a feeling he'd be a Parklandia listener. The notorious gangster was, after all, a lover of national parks, just like us! Or at least he was known to frequent the thermal baths at Hot Springs National Park. This episode, we explore this bustling Arkansas mountain city, along with the history, heritage, not to mention craft beer and bath salts it has to offer. Hot Springs is truly not your typical National Park!<br><br>Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>, and join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a>
Sep 11, 2019
Bonus Episode! Parklandia Listener Question
431
We've been getting questions on Facebook and Insta and in this special Saturday episode, we take some time to answer a listener question about life on the road. In short: it's not an endless vacay, keep a stash of quarters, beware of poo showers.<br><br>Got questions of your own? We'd love to hear from you! Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>, and join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a>
Sep 07, 2019
The Good and the Badlands National Park
1995
Fair warning, listeners: anytime we reminisce about Badlands National Park we tend to get super emotional. Matt first traveled to this South Dakota wonder in 2016 and the Badlands brought on a sweeping sense of awe and admiration. In this episode, we recount our trip here together to this landscape that is part Grand Canyon, part Mars. <br><br>Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>, and join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a>
Sep 04, 2019
The Flooded Forest of Congaree National Park
2140
Most people equate flooding with disaster, but it can do just the opposite sometimes—like at Congaree National Park in South Carolina, where flooding represents the circle of life. Matt and Brad go kayaking and make some new friends, and even answer some listener mail.<br><br>Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>, and join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a>
Aug 28, 2019
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Almost Killed Me
1983
Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas is a paradise for hikers and rock-lovers, with the tallest peaks in the state, gypsum sand dunes, tons of human history, and the largest Permian fossil reef in the world. And apart from the whole Matt almost dying thing, it made for a wonderful visit! This episode, Matt and Brad battle Mother Nature and enjoy a lot of tuna salad.<br><br>Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>, and join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a>
Aug 21, 2019
A Cloud of Bats at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
2677
If Batman were to live in a national park, he would definitely live at Carlsbad Caverns. The Dark Knight would surely feel right at home in the enormous, pitch black chambers, just him and a couple hundred thousand roommates who fly out to eat bugs each night. This episode, Matt and Brad explore the caves, take in the wildlife, and work up an appetite at Carlsbad.<br><br>Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>, and join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a>
Aug 14, 2019
Spirits in the Cliffs - Mesa Verde National Park
3139
In the late 1100’s, the cliff faces of Mesa Verde were veritable cities filled with homes, towers, and central plazas. Then, the ancestral Puebloan people completely deserted their homes and communities, effectively disappearing... except for their spirits which still live in these mesas. This episode we recount our visit to those cliff homes and beyond.<br><br>Follow Parklandia on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/parklandiapod/">@parklandiapod</a>Join the Parklandia Rangers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParklandiaRangers/">Facebook Group</a>
Aug 07, 2019
The Giant Tree-ster Eggs Of Petrified Forest National Park
1781
If we were to hop into a time machine and travel back to the year 220 million BC, let’s just say things wouldn’t go well for us. This was a time when the food chain was dominated by crocodiles the size of our RV, and when modern day Arizona was a veritable Jurassic Park of dinosaurs and jungles as beautiful as they were dangerous. Imagine us visiting Isla Nublar, but instead of Jeff Goldblum’s pithy comic relief, it’s pure terror and there is no Dr. Grant to save you.&nbsp;<br><br>Fortunately, this era has been fossilized and preserved for a far safer experience in the year 2019, and in this episode of Parklandia, we recount our visit to Petrified Forest National Park and the crystalline beauty of its namesake attraction.
Aug 07, 2019
The Oscars of Rivers - Cuyahoga Valley National Park
1898
In our inaugural episode of Parklandia, hosts Matt and Brad bring friends along for a murder mystery train ride and explore the true comeback story of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which went from notoriously polluted to winning the Oscars of rivers.
Aug 07, 2019
Parklandia Trailer
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A married couple packed up everything from their home in Chicago and bought an RV to travel the country full-time, with one goal: to visit as many national parks as possible along the way. With each stop in each park, Brad and Matt Kirouac immerse themselves and the listeners – and the Kirouac’s dog Finn! – in these beautiful, larger-than-life places and share our discoveries about what makes them truly special, from the intimidating wildlife of the Everglades to the cinematic lore of Redwood, all with a dash of what it’s really like to live in an RV full time.
Jul 30, 2019