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NatParkStories's podcast

The Nat Park Stories podcast follows one girl as she falls back in love with America through stories in the National Parks.

Join Summer as she travels in her home van to all the US National Parks over the next two years, telling the stories of the people she meets along the way.

Each month, you can access interviews from one park in the journey.

Jul 10, 2019

While in on the Kenai Peninsula, I parked near a big built out bus on the side of the road. 
It seemed like the perfect place to camp for the night, with a gorgeous view of the water and the surrounding mountains.
The brown bus nearby had black trees painted on it and “The Skoolie” written on the side and although...

May 14, 2019

“If I could tell anyone to do anything, it would just be to do an experience like this. You know, meet 13 strangers and see the world.”  -Lizzy McSpadden
When I met Lizzy, she was on a road trip with more than a dozen strangers, on day 9 of an Alaskan tour.
Lizzy decided that she wanted to see Alaska before she...

May 2, 2019

“It’s wild up here. You’ve got to be ready for everything.” -Ashley Gamble
I am so excited for you to hear this episode.
Ashley Gamble is a tour guide for a company that takes adventure seekers on ROAD TRIPS to National Parks and cities.
As you will hear in the interview, she drives a 15 passenger Ford...

Apr 25, 2019

People often ask how long my interviews are and I ask them how long a conversation is.
It can be one minute or three hours. 
This is a really fun episode because it gives you a real peak into what actually happens on the road… a conversation that turns into an interview, and goes off in different directions, as...

Mar 27, 2019

“This is my first time in interior Alaska and it’s just phenomenal. It won’t be my last time, that’s for sure.” - Andrew Aughenbaugh
I met Augie, in a very hilarious way… By being stuck in a ditch in the largest National Park in the country. 
I cannot begin to capture the relief I felt when this...