Backcountry Camping Everglades National Park

“In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service, we took an epic road trip to visit all of the national parks during one year…”

59 PARKS | 52 WEEKS | 2016

And thus it began….   On January 1, 2016, Stefanie Payne and Jonathan Irish entered the Everglades National Park to start a one-year odyssey, a long and eventful journey, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks Service by visiting each and every one of the 59 national parks in the United States.  One year later, on December 31st, they drove out of the last park, successfully completing their goal.  Or so they thought….

Eighteen months later, as a beautiful coffee table book containing hundreds of photos (of several hundred thousand photos to choose from) and stories is published and available for purchase, we reprise parts of this epic adventure beginning with ….

Backcountry Camping, Everglades National Park

By Stefanie Payne, The Greatest Road Trip.

Red mangrove trees in Everglades National Park. | Credit: Jonathan Irish


“Islands covered in mangrove trees, with their wrangling and tyrannical roots, are not made for walking on or pitching a tent if you get lost among them. They are also very difficult to navigate—even with a nautical map, compass, GPS, and coordinates to guide you….  [Please click to read the rest of the original story}

### “A Year in the National Parks: The Greatest American Road Trip” by Stefanie Payne (Author), Jonathan Irish (Author, Photographer) Now available for purchase on Amazon and at the official website, The Greatest Road Trip.

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