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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 signal was hard to come by, for about 5 minutes I had signal on my phone, so I googled the name of the bus.
I found the instagram account and send a message to Dean Chytraus, the owner of the bus.
I asked him if he was interested in chatting over margaritas, which I had in my van.
The text was so awkward to send and I didn’t think he’d respond.
But a couple of minutes later, he did and invited me over.
I explored his amazing bus and asked if I could record our conversation.
Although we do talk a lot about National Parks, the conversation often veers into talks about life on the road, what got Dean into this life, how he prepared for his journey, and where his travels have taken him.
You definitely hear more of my voice in this episode because as soon as I started talking to Dean, I felt like I was chatting with an old friend. He has such a friendly and welcoming demeanor, making even Rocky feel comfortable in his presence.
Dean has since sold his bus, with the plan to buy a sailboat, but you can still follow his travels and amazing photography on instagram or YouTube at The Skoolie or @uncooldean.
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