Gaze At the National Parks
By Dustin Ballard and Michael Ryan
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Avid hikers Dustin Ballard and Michael Ryan share their adventures on the trails of America's National Parks and play all of the games along the way. Instagram: @GazeAtTheNationalParks Twitter: @GazeAtTheParks #hikeearlyhikeoften #adventureisoutthere #gazeatthenationalparks Original Artwork by Michael Ryan Original Music by Dave Seamon
||Explicit12 - Congaree National Park, SC||Mike and Dusty head to South Carolina's only National Park, Congaree National Park, to hike the trails and face arachnophobia square in the face.Instagram: @gazeatthenationalparks||2/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Mix: Walkabout||Mike and Dusty cover a lot of ground on this trip in the way back machine to the literal marathons that led them to hiking the National Parks. And Dusty nerds out over museum curation.Instagram: @gazeatthenationalparks||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus: Mike Laughing for 3 Minutes||Our newest Trail Mix will be going live on Tuesday 2/12, but to hold you over here is three minutes of Mike laughing.||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11- Five More Trails: Zion National Park||After hiking Angels Landing, Dusty and Mike take on five more trails in Zion National Park: The Grotto Trail, The Lower and Upper Emerald Pools Trails, The Pa'Rus Trail, and The Watchman Trail, while stopping at the museum, navigating flirting with ...||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Mix: Jeopardy||Mike and Dusty talk through their affinity for Jeopardy and how it became a fixture of the podcast.||1/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10 - Angels Landing: Zion National Park||On their second day in Zion National Park, Mike and Dusty brave the chains of the Angels Landing Trail.||1/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Mix: The Joshua Tree Problem and Beyond||Dusty and Mike cover the unfortunate consequences of the government shutdown on the National Park Service, specifically the beautiful and fragile Joshua Trees.||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9 - Hidden Canyon Trail: Zion National Park||On their first National Park adventure, Dusty and Mike journey up the Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion National Park.||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Mix: Government Shutdown Breakdown||Dusty and Mike break down exactly what the government shutdown means for the National Park Service and visiting our National Parks.||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Mix: Giving and Receiving||Dusty and Mike talk all about the holidays and the culture around gift giving, and they create the plot to a new Hallmark holiday film.||12/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8 - Origin Story||Mike and Dusty take us all the way to their origin story, how they met, and what brought them to the National Parks.||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Mix: Hiking Gear||Dusty and Mike talk all things hiking gear: clothes, boots, poles, bags, stores, and more. And they address the controversial topic of men's breakaway trail pants.||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7 - Mount Le Conte: Smoky Mountain National Park||Mike and Dusty adventure up to the top of Mount Le Conte in Smoky Mountain National Park of Tennessee. And Jeopardy gets cut throat.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Mix - Trail Terms and Strenuous Hikes||If you ever had questions about terms used on a trail or in a park, Mike and Dusty cover them all, and introduce their new grading system for strenuous hikes: The Cairn Stone Scale.||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6 - Best Laid Plans: Great Smoky Mountains NP||"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." On the second day of hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a number of obstacles diverge Mike and Dusty to explore the Smokemont Loop Trail.||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Mix: Asheville, NC||Mike and Dusty talk adventures in Asheville, North Carolina, the River Arts District, and go deep on Hallmark movies.||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5 - LIVE! from the Smoky Mountains: Mount Cammerer||In the first LIVE episode, Mike and Dusty hike up the Mount Cammerer Trail in the Smoky Mountains, get caught up in the ghostly mist, and experience an unknown natural phenomenon.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Mix: Smoky Mountains & Voting||Big Announcement! We're headed to Great Smoky Mountain National Park! Mike and Dusty share their upcoming Smoky Mountain adventures and talk exercising those civic duties.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4- Bryce Canyon Part 2: Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail||Mike and Dusty complete their journey through the alien landscape that is Bryce Canyon National Park all the way up to Bryce Point, down the Peak-A-Boo Trail and onto the Queens Garden Trail.||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Mix: Halloween||Mike and Dusty talk Halloween costumes of the past and present, tips for making your costume go the distance, and all the scary movies.||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3 - Bryce Canyon Part 1: Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail||Dusty and Mike travel to Bryce Canyon National Park and journey through the alien landscape along the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail.||10/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Mix: Car Etiquette||In this Trail Mix, Dusty and Mike cover all the bases on car etiquette, from music to bathroom breaks to snacks to farts.||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2 - Vernal & Nevada Falls: Yosemite National Park||Dusty and Mike make their way up the steep 600 stone steps on the Mist Trail on the way to Vernal and Nevada Falls in Yosemite National Park.||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Mix: Preview for Episode 2||A preview for Episode 2, the journey up Vernal and Nevada Falls in Yosemite National Park.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1 - Yosemite Falls: Yosemite National Park||Dusty and Mike adventure up the treacherous and exhausting Yosemite Falls Trail in Yosemite National Park.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I love the National Parks and came upon this delightful podcast looking around for things to listen to while waiting to go on my next trip! The guys are funny and informative and honest (who hasn’t wanted to die on a big elevation hike!). I’ll be listening to all and then keeping up. Keep on traveling Mike and Dusty!!!
P. S. Glacier!!!!
I haven’t listened to many podcasts, but I will be sure to be tuning in for these guys! They are fun entertaining and make you feel a part of it all. I’m a huge national parks fan and am trying to visit them all myself so it’s fun to hear about where I have been or soon will be. Give them a listen you won’t be disappointed.
LOVE this podcast!
Awesome, funny, Interesting stories about the journey of exploring the national parks and I love how Mike and Dusty’s humor and personalities really shine through in all their stories!
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