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It's time to start planning out your Spring and Summer vacations, and if you're planning to see some national parks in the United States, I've got a special guest who has a wealth of knowledge on the subject. His name is John Tillison and he spent 20 years as a park ranger, helping maintain our parks, informing visitors through interpretive programs, and through law enforcement. John started a blog a couple years ago helping people get concise and targeted information about our 418 nationally managed park destinations and 61 official national parks.

We'll talk about:

  • Taking advantage of Winter in Spokane and Yosemite
  • Denali and dog sledding
  • How John became a park ranger and the best ways now
  • The day to day of a park ranger
  • Brand ambassadorship with Madera County and Yosemite National Park
  • Things related to the National Parks in surrounding counties
  • RVs, camping vs on-site lodges and hotels outside the park
  • The traveling blogging couple Tammi Lee Tips Blog
  • How John got into blogging about national parks
  • What information that is available for planning on the Park Ranger John website
  • Helpful information about camping, hiking, finding wi-fi, using generators, etc.
  • Access issues to certain parks (shuttle busses and how to get around)
  • What is too much information and what is the right information
  • Overtourism in the parks
  • June, July and August are not the only months to visit, try the shoulder months
  • Social media's effect on the parks (Arches and the super moon)
  • Parks that we should be going to (Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska)
  • The difference between national parks, national monuments, historic sites, etc.
  • The uniqueness of Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • The non-outdoorsy person adapting to the outdoors and how to pack
  • What to do in North Dakota (Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Knife River Indian Village)
  • Wildlife encounters and dealing with bears!
  • The odd battle of Ninety-Six
  • America The Beautiful Pass to the national parks

Episode Resources

Other pages John recommends:

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