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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!

Entertaining and Inspiring

We really enjoy listening to the Dear Bob and Sue podcast. We always learn something and have a few chuckles along the way. Matt and Karen have inspired many of our own national park adventures.

Instantly Transported to Nature’s Treasures

Thank you both so much for sharing your NP adventures in this podcast! I truly love listening to it and learning from it, as it brings back memories of National Parks that I love and new ones that I plan to visit. As a Midwest flat lander who loves traveling and the western mountains and deserts, your podcasts help me to dream of the many camping/hiking trips in our future. Thanks!

Excellent Podcast

Our family loves this podcast. Great information about our public lands.

Informative and fun!

The information and descriptions are very helpful. Matt and Karen have a great dynamic and are so fun to listen to! Karen’s laugh is contagious and I find myself smiling and laughing during every episode!

Our favorite Podcast

I have read and enjoyed their books but their personalities shine through on the podcast. My husband and I are very adventurous and love our National Parks. I know many people feel this way about Matt and Karen but I’m certain we would become fast friends if we ever met. My husband and I often laugh out loud often during their banter:):)

Such Fun!

I really love your podcasts! Ya’ll sound like you are have so much fun! Of course the stories about the National Parks are so interesting. I listen to these stories and they get me interested in seeing places I haven’t seen and trying to hike more. Keep up the great work! Mary Klinger

Informative with a heavy dose of humor!

Great info sprinkled with witty humor!

Don’t miss!

Don’t miss this entertaining and informative podcast! Matt and Karen share tales from their experiences in United States national parks. If you’re planning on visiting the parks, listen to their podcast and/or read their books to get the lowdown. Listening is a magical experience.

My favorite podcast!

I save the ‘Dear Bob and Sue’ podcast for my long drives so I can look forward to hearing them. I’m so glad they are now doing the podcast weekly!

Delightful and Informative

There is a lot of information about traveling to the National Parks and several other podcasts as well. None of them delivery the information in such a fun and winsome way.

Entertaining and Fun

I started listening to the Bob and Sue podcasts about a month ago and absolutely fell in love after the first one!!!! I listen to them during my 4 mile walks and found myself laughing out loud and then looking around to see if anyone was nearby and heard me!!! The entertaining stories about your adventures while traveling are inspiring and I can’t wait to get out and visit more National Parks and public lands!!! I finished Episode 30 yesterday and can’t wait for the next one this week!!! Thank you for sharing your love for travel and inspiring so many people to get outside in nature and explore!!!

Very Informative and Entertaining!

Matt and Karen Smith take you along for the ride, sharing tales of their adventures and mis-adventures as they visit all of the National Parks and Public Lands. I first discovered their book "Dories, Ho!" about their dory trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. I was then very pleased to hear that they had also previously written the Dear Bob and Sue series of books (seasons 1, 2 and 3) about their epic trip where they visited all of the National Parks (which is a huge goal by the way). Very entertaining and informative, sharing travel tips and great stories. Thank you Matt and Karen for sharing your adventures with us. Always looking forward to more episodes!!

My favorite!

Matt and Karen are such a joy! Knowledgeable, genuine, and funny! And the books are great, too!

My go to podcast at work!!

I love your podcasts. Just listened to Six Astounding State Parks and I loved Antelope Island State Park as well. Thank you so much!!

Great information and storyline

Love your podcast about your travels to the parks and side trails you take.

Hiking Death Valley

After listening to your podcast on Death. Alley we decided to camp the past 4 days there. We typically travel the park on a motorcycle and zip through. But thanks to your great descriptions we decided to stay longer. Thanks for the great tips. We had a blast camping in Stove Pipe Wells and hiking all over. Just love listening and laughing to your podcasts. Look forward to more!

Great tips and lots of laughs!

Thanks for always keeping us laughing and longing for more of the outdoors by sharing your experiences!

Love the Podcast!!!!

Gearing up for a huge summer road trip. You’ve given me a lot of great ideas for hikes. Can’t wait!! Thanks!

Charming! Magical! Add this to your wish bucket!

Laughing along on Matt and Karen’s adventures (through the podcast and books) helped me survive this year of quarantine and has me dreaming and planning future trips. Thank you for the inspiration!


I love the books and the podcasts are awesome too!! Matt and Karen are hilarious and I love hearing about places we have been and those on our list to visit. Keep up the travels and the good work, you two!!!

Dear Bob and Sue

My husband and I love listening to this podcast! We get so many ideas for places to go and visit. Fun couple to listen to and laugh with. Get this podcast and add to your bucket list of places to see and have lots of fun!

Love the books and podcasts

I loved all the books and now enjoy your podcasts! Heading to Utah in September so I am taking notes on all of those from your adventures! We love to hear about the hikes and also the breweries in the area!