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About this photo»
- Place: Everglades National Park, Florida
- Date: January 2019
- Photo Credit: Matt and Brad Kirouac
- Why it’s one of our favorites: This was one of our first major national park camping trips in our RV, to the Flamingo Campground at Everglades’ southern tip. It was the first time to this park for both Brad and I, and it was such a transfixing, awe-inspiring, and vast space filled with some of the most immense (and intimidating) wildlife we’ve ever seen. My favorite part was the day we did a kayak trip from the Flamingo Marina, down a long, meandering waterway lined with dense forest. Not only was it an immersive and gorgeous experience, but we were even able to see a couple crocodiles… from a safe distance.
Meet Matt and Brad from Hello Ranger»
Ever since my trip to Badlands National Park in 2016, I’ve been obsessed with national parks, a sentiment that Brad has shared since his journeys through places like Yellowstone and Mount Rainier. The sense of calm, all-natural beauty, and inclusion we feel in these places is something we treasure, and that’s why they became such a focal point of our travels when we moved into our RV full-time in 2018. We didn’t sell our loft and buy an RV because of national parks, but they definitely became a motivating factor once we were on the road, criss-crossing the country. There’s no better pit stop than the shimmering crystallized logs of Petrified Forest, or the vast chasm of Black Canyon of the Gunnison, or a snorkel trip at Biscayne. Each place is so astoundingly unique and inspiring in such distinct ways—it’s hard to fathom that these are all in the same country! This national parks journey eventually begat our first podcast with iHeartRadio, Parklandia, which was all about national parks and our life in an RV. This year, we parted ways and created our own independent podcast and blog, Hello Ranger, which builds upon our personal national parks journey by incorporating stories and insight from other national parks lovers from all walks of life. —Written by Matt Kirouac