About us

Cue the dramatic movie trailer voice: “In a world where concrete jungles reign, one team dares to reconnect humanity with the great outdoors.” Discover why we swapped office chairs for worldwide travels and why we’re your go-to “rangers” when it comes to visiting parks and seeing wildlife around the world.

jenny and john inside a safari vehicle in kruger national park smiling at the camera
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“I Would Like To Travel The World With You Twice. Once, To See The World. Twice To See The Way You See The World.”

john and jenny in front of red, yellow, and purple tulips at the tulip festival in iowa
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Well hello there! We’re Jenny and John, the guardians of your upcoming globetrotting adventures.

What’s on our bucket list, you ask? It’s more like a world atlas that’s bursting at the seams. We’re infected with a severe case of wanderlust, and the only remedy is to keep globetrotting (not that we’re complaining).

But here are a few important things about us.

  • We’re absolutely snap-happy! You’ll catch us framing everything from an ant schlepping a crumb to the grandest canyons you can fit into your viewfinder. Because, clearly, if you didn’t take a photo, did it even happen?
  • We have our own version of “Netflix and Chill”—it’s called “Sit & Spot the Wildlife.” Honestly, we could binge-watch nature’s reality shows all day, particularly if large mammals are involved. Who needs TV drama when you’ve got a live feed of Mother Nature in HD?
  • And if you’re wondering if we get a kick out of park-hopping, well, Sherlock has cracked the case! Plopping ourselves smack dab in the middle of any pristine piece of nature is our kind of paradise. Unesco World what? National Park where? Just point us to the nearest leafy expanse, and we’ll be there—with bells on and probably a squirrel-proof snack in hand.

About Jenny

My globetrotting saga started at the ripe old age of 13, with a casual hop over to the land Down Under. Nothing says “Hello, adolescence!” like coming face-to-face with kangaroos and sipping on a flat white before I even knew what caffeine was.

Then before you could say “teenage rebellion,” Granny—yes, the cookie-baking, cheek-pinching kind—and I blitzed through Europe like we were on a monarch tour minus the paparazzi. After that, I was hooked on travel and couldn’t stop.

So far, I’ve waltzed across six continents, wearing out my welcome everywhere but Antarctica. Penguins there just don’t know what they’re missing out on.

So what has been my favorite country so far to date? South Africa reigns supreme on my country leader board.

Imagine me, there with my camera, catching the Big Five in their prime time habitat—because who wouldn’t want to snap the animal equivalent of movie stars?

As for my academic stunts, I’ve gathered not one but two degrees: “Bean Counting 101” (aka CPA) and “Freezing Time,” which the uninitiated call Photography. Yes, that’s right, I traded in my number-cruncher’s cap for a lens cap.

Boy, what a plot twist that was!

jenny standing below a red and white lighthouse on prince edward island, canada
jenny on a large fake jackrabbit along route 66
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About John

Ah, family vacations. Instead of being raised by wolves, John’s family preferred the “raised by trees” approach. They were out camping frequently, and it fostered his love for the wilds of the ol’ red, white, and blue.

Now, he’s pranced his way across more continents than most folks have streaming services. Just a mere two left—Antarctica and Australia. Watch out; they are on his travel bingo card!

So, who has the grand prize for the most epic wanderlust exploit, in his opinion? Has to be Scotland. We roamed the highlands in a camper van that was less “sex, drugs, and rock n roll” and more “wool, rain, and sheepish encounters.”

As for his professional life? It’s a digital jungle out there, and he’s the techie Tarzan. Swinging from tech support vines with a Network Engineering degree, he’s tamed everything from granny’s virus-riddled PC to making sure your drive-thru burger order doesn’t play telephone. If it’s got circuits, consider it sorted.

john in the gardens of the lincoln summer home looking back at the mansion
john leaning over a statue pointing at what it is reading

Why Did We Start “Discover Parks & Wildlife”

So you might be wondering why, if we are a CPA/Photographer and a Network Engineer, we would want to start a travel website focused on parks and wildlife. Isn’t the answer as clear as the unsolicited advice from your in-laws?

Not sure? Then settle in for a moment of storytime.

Picture this—I’m a wide-eyed young woman with dreams of travel blogging glory for over a decade. But a full-time desk job and a laughably meager vacation stash (2-3 weeks per year) meant that this blogging adventure stayed in the “What If” drawer, next to learning sign language and taking up salsa dancing.

And even though the blog had several false starts—more reboots than a beloved ’90s sitcom—we still spent time globetrotting with the zeal of a squirrel during nut season while working full-time.

With those few weeks of free time per year, we caught boarding passes as far as South Africa, Cambodia, Brazil, and Scotland (just to name a few).

And what do you think we did with those precious three-day holiday weekends? Oh, just casual jaunts to Yellowstone and romps through Utah’s jaw-dropping parks. Because, let’s face it, nothing screams romantic getaways like hiking boots and shared granola bars, right?

jenny and john in raincoats at iguazu falls in brazil

2020 And Beyond

Then 2020 hit, and some faceless virus decided to play party pooper and put us all on house arrest. And boy, did it turn our lives into an episode of the Twilight Zone.

You know how every disaster movie has that moment where the main character has an apocalyptic epiphany?

Well, cue the dramatic soundtrack because that was us, standing on the cliff edge of the big 4-0, staring into the abyss of all-work-and-no-play dystopia. Blessed to still have everyone in the selfie family photo, the ol’ pandemic scare still rattled us more than a ghost in a washing machine.

And there we were, thinking, “Is hoarding vacation days really the hill we want to die on?” Spoiler alert: it wasn’t.

Cut to the chase, we chucked the 9-to-5 handcuffs, siphoned our piggy banks, waved a white flag at corporate life, and embraced our inner nomad.

Borrowing my parents’ RV (thanks Mom and Dad!), we rolled out towards Arizona in 2021, making Tombstone look more like Bedrock for an entire winter.

But that isn’t all we have done since quitting! We have certainly turned our thinking of “Gee, that’d be nice” into “Oh, we’re doing this.” We have visited two new countries, Botswana & Zambia, and crisscrossed the USA on several road trips.

And eat your hearts out because we’re now the proud owners of our own RV.

In 2023, we took it out for its maiden voyage on a 10-month trip to the Northeast of the USA. Oh, and Canada, too! What can we say, the maple syrup called, and we answered.

Our master plan now? Spend half our time painting tire tracks around the globe, because what’s life if not a highway and we wanna ride it all night long.

jenny and john at the grand canyon

Why Parks & Wildlife

Why zero in on parks and wildlife, you ask? Well, because that’s where our hearts do the happy dance! It’s our passion, our escape, our de-stressor, and our favorite pastime.

Our blog isn’t your run-of-the-mill general travel blog; it’s a full-blown love letter to Mother Nature’s mood swings and her unpredictable wildlife house parties. We just don’t do ordinary city vacations; if it doesn’t involve playing peekaboo with a bashful bear in Yellowstone or getting the stink-eye from a lion in Kruger, count us out.

We mean, cities are great—if you’re into that whole “concrete jungle where dreams are made of” vibe.

But give us a rugged cliffside with a chance to spot humpbacks flexing their flukes any day. To us, there isn’t a high rise that can match the thrill of watching whales breach while the Massachusetts coastline fades into the background.

Sure, we could chill in a swanky sidewalk cafe, but why would we when we could play “I Spy with My Little Eye” with creatures that actually, well, spy back?

It’s simple: we’re head-over-hiking-boots in love with the wild.

When we’re not in the national parks, we’re either dreaming about them or lost in a forest trying to high-five an elusive yeti—kidding, but only just.

These natural wonderlands are like our personal brand of Xanax without the side effects—apart from the insatiable urge to tell everybody about it. They are, after all, spectacular, am I right?

And because we have spent so much of the last 20 years vacationing within national parks and spending time with wildlife, we feel like experts.

Because really, after two decades of dodging bears and out-hiking squirrels, we’ve pretty much majored in National Parkology with a minor in Wildlife Whispering.

We’ve got enough outdoor hacks to fill a bear-proof canister—and let’s be honest, you haven’t lived until you’ve used a pine cone as a pot scrubber.

So stick with us, and we’ll spill the beans (which, by the way, are a great addition to any campfire chili) on all the tips and tricks to turn you into a park-pro faster than you can say “Look out for that poison ivy!”

Inside Ankor Wat famous large banyon tree growing into the ruins
john and jenny in front of the pool at angkor wat in cambodia

Places We’ve Seen In The USA

We’ve been living so much of that #RVLife that it’s like the road has become our overbearing roommate. Seriously, it’s like we’ve seen more state borders than a fugitive.

We’re talking 30-plus years of relentless on and off road-tripping with our families growing up and now as a couple.

States Visited

  • Alabama
  • Arizona (practically our home state)
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas (our home state)
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Washington D.C.

National Parks Visited

  • Grand Canyon (AZ)
  • Saguaro (AZ)
  • Hot Springs (AR)
  • Mesa Verde (CO)
  • Everglades (FL)
  • Isle Royale (MI)
  • Voyageurs (MN)
  • Badlands (SD)
  • Great Smoky Mountains (TN & NC)
  • Big Bend (TX)
  • Arches (UT)
  • Bryce Canyon (UT)
  • Zion (UT)
  • Shenandoah (VA)
  • Olympic (WA)
  • Mount Rainier (WA)
  • Grand Teton (WY)
  • Yellowstone (WY)

States & Parks Visited

Hover over each state to see our Visited PArks by State.
jenny and john in front of the mountains of big bend national park
jenny and john along the coast of prince edward island

Countries One Or Both Of Us Have Visited

Our passports are more decorated than a general in a parade. So let’s check out our list of countries we have ambled through over the years.

Countries

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bahamas
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
  • St Lucia
  • St Thomas
  • Honduras
  • Austria
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City
  • Wales
  • Botswana
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Corsica
  • Luxembourg

Parks Visited

  • Banff (Canada)
  • Jasper (Canada)
  • Fundy (Canada)
  • Cape Breton Highlands (Canada)
  • Kejimkujik (Canada)
  • Rogue Urban (Canada)
  • Prince Edward Island (Canada)
  • Burren (Ireland)
  • Wicklow Mountains (Ireland)
  • Loch Lomond & Trossachs (Scotland)
  • Iguazu Falls (Brazil)
  • Tijuca (Brazil)
  • Kruger (South Africa)
  • Table Mountain (South Africa)
  • Okavango Delta (Botswana)
  • Linyanti Concession (Botswana)
  • Mosi-Oa-Tunya (Zambia)
  • Victoria Falls (Zambia)

Countries & Parks Visited

Hover over each Country to see our Visited PArks by Country

Just A Few Of Our Favorite Wildlife Adventures

  • Witnessed a double whale breach off the scenic shores of Cabo—because seeing one whale is too mainstream, right?
  • Participated in a near pant-wetting rhino walk in South Africa, and trust us, it’s scarier than any horror movie when they freeze and turn your way to listen.
  • Hit the wildlife jackpot on our 4th African safari with our first wild dog AND serval cameo in Botswana—talk about a two-for-one deal.
  • Caught some cheeky monkeys treating themselves to a watermelon feast in the Amazon—because who doesn’t love a jungle picnic?
  • I (Jenny) sharing a silent, judging stare-off with a manatee in Crystal River while kayaking—apparently, I’m interesting below the surface, who knew?
  • We got up close and personal with cheetahs at the Tshukudu Game Lodge, because petting a house cat is for the peasants (don’t tell our cats Odin and Elee I said that!).
  • Had a fluffy microphone become the fascination of a curious marten for over an hour in Jasper National Park—do we need rodent-approved equipment when we travel?

There you have it! Where we’ve been, some highlights of wildlife we’ve seen, and why we choose to write strictly about nature and wildlife.

jenny touching a cheetah at tshukudu game lodge in south africa
john and jenny in a safari vehicle looking at a tall giraffe very close to the vehicle

John’s Other Love

Alright, brace yourselves for the hard-hitting news you didn’t know you needed – John is basically a craft beer encyclopedia on legs. I mean, why just travel when you can also drink your way through the local hops and barley, right? It’s practically cultural immersion!

So every new place we visit, you can bet your last bottle cap we’ll be sniffing out the nearest brewery faster than a bloodhound on a scent trail.

Because it sure is a great way to end the day after spending some quality time exploring the park.

But the fun doesn’t stop there – John’s got this side gig, Beer Decoded, where he geeks out about all things frothy and fermented.

Want in on the action? Come suds it up with us over there; it’s a hoppin’ good time!