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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.

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 new people are introduced, and new conversations start.
It’s only an 8 minute episode simply because at the end of it, another person I knew pulled up and soon the conversation became hard to follow as we all bonded and connected and told our stories.
Before you hear that, you have to understand how extremely ironic it was that we would happen upon each other. 
In my month and a half in Alaska, the couple that pulls up and yells my name toward the end are the only people I saw more than once.
Weeks previously, we had met very briefly at a bus stop in Denali National Park, over 60 miles into the Park.
They didn’t want to do an interview at the time, but they still wanted to talk. So we chatted for over 20 minutes about their life and their adventures. It was a wonderful and memorable conversation.
Then 3 weeks later, as I was interviewing Larry Williams, one of my Wrangell Rescuers, I heard my name called out and the couple and I reconnected.
At the end, you hear how we all pulled over on the side of this long, winding dirt road and just talked like old friends. The recording actually went on for over 30 minutes, but like any conversation with 5 people, it took many turns and became hard to follow so I only included the beginning. 
Before we jump in, I also want to give you a little background about the person I am interviewing, Larry Williams, who was really quite fun to talk with.
Before I started recording, he told me a bit about what brought him from Maryland, all the way to Alaska to visit his friend. 
He told me about his experience as an adventure blogger and about his dreams of starting his own podcast.
You can follow all of his adventures at
Let’s jump in! 
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