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This has to be my favorite Podcast that I have come across. It’s like listening to friends tell about their adventures. Love their books as well! So fun to listen to and enjoy!

Listening makes my day!!-Dawn from WI!!

This review may seem silly to you but it’s the truth. I drive in between stops for work to stores and there are days I can’t wait to get out to my car to listen to your podcast on a Thursday. That day of the week is my longest work day. Work can be so stressful and listening to you as I’m driving makes my day so much better. I even sit in my car and wait till the end because I don’t want to get out till it’s done even if I’m sitting in the garage. And waiting out those days in between podcasts is so hard. THANK YOU for all your stories and insights on places to go. Can’t wait for the next one!! Keep them going!

Great way to spend some time with cool people.

Matt and Karen are the perfect story telling team. His wit and her infectious laughter is the comfort podcast you are looking for. Even if you are not an outdoorsy type, you’ll enjoy the way they describe their adventures in the great parks of the US.

Thank you!

I have learned so much from your podcast. Thank you!! So informative!!

So much fun!!

Fell in love with Matt & Karen Smith after reading all 3 Dear Bob & Sue books. Their podcast is even MORE fun! Hearing their banter And laughing with them is such a fun experience! Our favorite podcast by far! Add it to your library, you will not be disappointed!!

The Wave!

Love the story about meeting strangers at the Wave what a great adventure! 🥰

My favorite podcast!!

After reading and loving Dear Bob and Sue, I was so excited Matt and Karen decided to start a podcast. I laugh out loud (literally) during every episode. Karen’s laugh is infectious and the detailed information they provide about each of their adventures is priceless. I so look forward to every episode. Thank you Matt and Karen!


So informative and funny!

Exceptional National Park Authentic Stories

Matt & Karen Smith’s, Dear Bob and Sue podcasts make me feel like I’m right behind them hiking a trail. Adventure, humor and fun! Thank you.

Fun Stuff

These two make me laugh and inspire my own adventures. Lots of great info on parks, hikes, trails etc. Hope to meet you on a trail some day!

Best travel companions ever!

We found ‘Dear Bob & Sue’ this summer while traveling & visiting several National Parks mentioned in the podcast. We love traveling, camping, hiking, kayaking, and drinking local beers & wines, so felt an immediate affinity with Matt & Karen. We always are eager to hear about new-to-us national parks, national monuments, state parks, etc....and I found myself making a list of places we need to visit as we listened. I am now also reading their books, and I am finding them incredibly entertaining (several times I am literally laughing out loud) and again, adding to my ever-growing list of ‘places to visit.’ Good job, and happy adventuring!

I love the park talk

There books are great, their websites are great, their Instagram feed is great, and their podcast is great.

Bob and Karen are my new best friends.

I so enjoy listening to the adventures of Bob and Karen in the National Parks. They remind me of my husband and me when we travel.

Great National Parks podcast! - 5 stars

Such a fun and informative podcast! Matt & Karen provide a lot of helpful info and tips about their park adventures and a lot of fun stories as well! Their energy and enthusiasm about the NPs and public lands really comes through and makes me look forward to each next episode!

Highly enjoyable

As a NP lover, this podcast is informative while being super entertaining. I enjoy all of the tips and stories from the parks!

Thoroughly Entertaining

I have read all the Bob and Sue books, so it was a given we’d try the podcasts. My husband and I love them, great entertainment as we travel. We also are visiting National Parks and can identify with them. Love the banter between Matt and Karen. Highly recommend listening to their podcasts.

Informative and Entertaining

I enjoy listening to Matt and Karen (aka Butta) as they share their adventures in the National Parks. Their banter is so much fun and their stories and descriptions of the places they have visited are informative and entertaining. While I may not be able to follow in all of their footsteps, the information they share helps me to decide which parks and parts of the Country I would like to visit.

Like Talking to Friends

I love listening to Matt and Karen while I drive and just when I need some comfort. I laugh out loud at their fun banter and hilarious stories. I have read all of their books, 3 in the past 6 months, and I hope they keep writing books and making podcast episodes. Thank you for bringing us along on your adventures!

Love Dear Bob and Sue Podcast!!

I look forward to each episode release of this podcast! Funny, informative and entertaining just like their books...the hour flies by so quickly! Matt and Karen have a great spousal banter when talking of their adventures. I recommend this podcast this to all my coworkers and friends. will not be disappointed!

Fun and Entertaining

My husband and I had to make an hour twice a day journey last week. It was a long, boring trip in the desert until we discovered these podcasts. They were so fun and entertaining, it made the hours fly by!! (We’ve been to some of these same places in the past so it was especially enjoyable!) Thank you, Matt and Karen, for sharing your adventures and misadventures with us!

We Listen When We Hike in Bear Country!

Admittedly, we originally downloaded the Bob and Sue podcast as a guide for our 2020 journey to National Parks in WY, MT, ID, WA and OR. And while they aren’t so much of a guide by a companion for us as we hike through bear country. Matt and Karen’s voices have travelled the back country trails recently in Lamar Valley, Grebe, Wolf, Ice and Cascade Lakes as well as up Observation Peak in Yellowstone. We’d love to bring them into the Saw Tooth Range in Idaho, but we’ve run through Season 1. We are hungry for Season 2!

Love this podcast

I love to listen to Matt and Karen talk about their travels in such a personal, fun, and informative way. I can do relate to them and live vicariously through them. They inspire me to want to get out there and see more of the world!!

Great Podcast!

Love this podcast! Matt and Karen share great stories about their adventures to the National Parks and public lands. I love the husband and wife jokes. It adds personality to the podcast and makes it entertaining.

Well worth listening to - well done.

Matt and Karen are entertaining and informative. I always eagerly anticipate their next podcast. Best of luck with the next Alaska adventure - whenever that may be.

Love this podcast

I love their books and love this podcast! Matt and Karen are hoot.


Just drove back to Texas with my family after visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. I was looking for a new podcast to listen to on the 14+ hour drive home. I was so in awe of the beauty at RMNP and I wanted to find a podcast about national parks just so I could start dreaming up our next adventure. I came across yours and I am hooked! I got through Episode 8 on our drive and I’ve been listening more on my commute to work each day. You guys are awesome...such great info, great stories and I’ve laughed out loud so many times! I’m so glad I came across your podcast! PS...Karen, not sure if anyone else has told you this, but your voice is super calming!

One of my favorite podcasts!

Listening to Matt and Karen recount their adventures in the national parks is a hoot😆 They are naturals at podcasting!

Love love love

Matt and Karen , love your podcast .I too love Carlsbad caverns, I am from Albuquerque New Mexico, Wife and I love traveling to go to different parks and see other things and hikes, I do agree with Matt happy wife happy life:)

Great stories about National Parks!

I love listening to their adventures in the National Parks! It’s very entertaining and authentic. Each episode leaves me wanting to go find a park to explore!

National Parks passport

Listening to Matt talk about splicing his pages to blend them...omg! 😂😂