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Love listening to these podcasts!

My 7 year old always asks to listen to Dear Bob and Sue before we go to sleep at night!


Very entertaining and light hearted!

Listen on my walks

Love the books. Love the podcast. Matt and Karen keep me entertained on my neighborhood walks and I can almost imagine being with them on their awesomeballs hikes (except not Mt. St. Helens.). Love the Cascade Volcano series. Looking forward to more trips with Matt and Karen.


This is one of my FAVORITE podcasts. I read Matt and Karen’s first book and adored it. I didn’t realize until they had this podcast until last year and I’ve been binging them all ever since. I can’t wait until a new one comes out each week. They are so funny and I often laugh out loud while listening. They’re both so positive and informing! #Relationshipgoals Can you be my mom and dad? Love every episode. Please don’t ever stop.

Love your spirit

I love your podcast and your books! My girlfriend told me about your books and I’m devouring them at night and listening to your podcast to and from work. Visiting the parks and lands have been in my bucket list forever, I’m working on it little bits at a time but am now ready to jump in and start planning some longer trips. Thanks for starting my mornings off with a smile!

Awesome Podcast!

So excited to have discovered your podcast! Like you guys, I made a decision almost 6 years ago to see all I could see-NOW-after loosing my spouse unexpectedly at 46. Your podcast has helped encourage me to continue and that you are never too old to try new things. Hoping to be a “backpacker after 50” eventually! I’m also enjoying reading Dear Bob and Sue Season 1 currently!

I love your podcasts!

It took me forever to figure out how to leave a review (my first review), sorry I took so long! You two are so entertaining. I really look forward to the podcast. When you said the podcast would drop weekly, my response was “YES!” Thank you for such a great show! I love the way you share your experiences... making me feel as if I’m along with you.

Love your Podcasts

We have read all your books and now are enjoying your podcasts. Thanks for the humor and the laughter!

I can’t get enough!

As a lover of all places with brown signs, I’m really not sure how it took me this long to discover Matt and Karen, but now that I have, I am kind of obsessed! I discovered the podcast after I finished their first book and was waiting for it to come available for me at the library. I’m tapping into the episodes that are relevant to my upcoming road trip, but I know I will listen to all of the past episodes and stay up to date on their new adventures! They are the perfect combination of hilarious and informative— I can’t get enough!

Love your podcast

As a part of a hiking and national park couple, I can really relate to you two. I have gotten some great new ideas for places to visit from the podcast. Thanks so much for sharing.

5 star review

I’ve read the books and now eagerly listen to the podcast every week. When my husband and I travel we often refer to our friends Matt and Karen. WWM&KD?

My Bucket List Buds

Once our children left the nest, our bucket list branched out to places in Europe, Asia, and the like. Well Matt and Karen brought us back to the good ole U.S. with their books and podcasts. We have been to all the states, I have run a race in 46 states, but we missed so much in practically everywhere we visited. We add to our U.S. bucket list after every podcast. They are the best travelers and hikers I know and their way of presenting their trips to us is as fun as it gets.

Fun podcast if you like hiking and traveling

I look forward to each podcast. I like the places they talk about and the specific hikes they do when they get to their destination. Look forward to the many places you will continue to explore in the future.

Favorite podcast!

Listening to your podcasts makes my day! My husband and I often listen while we are working on making custom travel posters and dreaming of our own future travels. I find myself pausing the podcast to take notes on parks and favorite hikes. No surprise, between the photos we get from out customers and your podcasts and books, our list is getting quite long! To those reading the reviews and trying to decide whether it is worth a listen: if you like to explore national parks, state parks and public lands, even just a little, and you LOVE to laugh, you MUST listen to Matt and Karen Smith’s Dear Bob and Sue podcasts!

Just Fun!

Love the books and this podcast. We hope to experience all the parks some day, in the meantime these bring us joy!

Relatable and Informative

I enjoy listening to Matt & Karen! They are fun and super relatable. I look forward to hearing them recall their adventures. It inspires my husband and I to branch out and look at other areas we hadn’t considered visiting.

One of my favs

Look forward to each episode! Good fun!

Getting ready for a NP road trip

Matt and Karen, thanks for your books and the podcasts. Paul and I are getting ready to hit the road as we are vaccinated, recently retired, and in good health. We have been to 33 parks and will add 3 more to the list. Also, we plan to revisit 5 parks. The podcasts on Carlsbad and White Sands are super helpful. Sonia Nuss

Love them!

I love the books, and I love the podcast. I'm an avid national parks visitor (up to 48!) and I enjoy hearing their tips and what trails they've done. It's inspiring and motivating, not to mention they're pretty funny.


I have been looking for a podcast series that discusses National Parks and the Outdoors in a way that suits me. I believe I have found it at last! I just discovered DearBobandSue and selected Episode 30, “Six Astounding State Parks” to be my first listen. Loved it! I’ve been to 3 of the 6 State Parks you covered, and your descriptions captured the qualities of the parks so well, particularly Goblin Valley. I am planning on trips to Valley of Fire and Custer in the near future. I chose Custer for one of the reasons you covered - it’s proximity to so many National lands: Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave, Badlands, Devil’s Tower to name a few. Your discussion has made me even more eager to go. I look forward to many more hours of interesting and joyful listening.

Love it!

My husband, two year old, and I love listening to Matt and Karen. Our two year old yells for Bob and Sue whenever we get in the car. We are currently working on our goal of visiting all the national parks with our now family of four. We have been to fifteen so far and our nine week old has been to three already as well. Matt and Karen are entertaining and help us plan our national park trips!

Better and better

I think the podcasts are getting better and better. These are a bright spot reminding me of beauty and laughter in some dark times. Living vicariously ....

Majestic adventure!

Matt and Karen are entertaining and informative in the Dear Bob and Sue podcast. My husband and I enjoy listening separately and quoting to each other our favorite parts of your adventures! Thank you for excellent National Park info too!

Love It!

Great insight and commentary to the US National Parks! Lots of good ideas on what to see and highlights to check out. Makes us want to have so many more adventures!


My husband and I love listening while we’re in the car. Thanks for telling your stories

Love this couple

I love the fact that this couple are empty Nester middle-aged folk like myself. It's very refreshing to have content from our crowd. I think the podcast is very well put together it makes me want to read the books. The content is fantastic and I use it to decide where to go hiking in the national parks and monuments.

Loving the National Monuments Podcasts

My wish bucket list just keeps getting longer with each episode. Loved the newest one with your favorite NMs! You guys are awesome!

Great information and fun listen!

I read the books and was thrilled when they started the podcast. Great information to help with planning trips, and I feel I am getting away as I listen. I often laugh out loud listening! Highly recommend.


Matt and Karen - my sister let us borrow her Dear Bob and Sue book and my wife and I have totally enjoyed reading through that (often we read aloud like it’s our evening story hour.) Found that you have a podcast and we are now hooked on that. We’re around the same age as you are, enjoy a good hike and are huge fans of our countries public lands. Thanks for the insights and for keeping our our travel fires burning bright. Dan and Terry Domin - Bristow, VA

The best podcast about our national Parks!

I started out with Matt and Karen’s books, which are fantastic. If you haven’t read them, they are a must read. The podcast fills in some gaps and answers questions you may have about the parks and their adventures in them. This is the that podcast makes you want to get out and explore!