Who Are These Guys?

Meet the Word Geek …

Hi, I’m “Meandering” Mike Subialka. How did I get the name “Meandering” you ask? Well, in the immortal words of the OTHER Sinatra (Nancy, not Frank) “These Boots Are Made for Walking” … or hiking … or exploring. Keeping that in mind, the only time my boots (and the rest of me for that matter) should ever be “PARKED” is if they are discovering the beauty of a State or National Park! Since I live in the amazing state of Minnesota, chocked full of 10,000 lakes and over 70 state-run parks and recreation areas, this really doesn’t seem to be a problem. Add to that the fact that the number one bullet point on my bucket list is a burning desire to visit all 59 National Parks in our great country (61 if you count American Samoa and Virgin Islands), and you’ll quickly realize that my mud-caked boots rarely sit still.

My goal as a Travel Blogger is simply to be a trailblazer; someone that other kindred spirits will choose to follow without having to reference a compass. I love it when others share their exciting outdoor discoveries with me, so I figured it might be time to return the favor. I hope you’ll join me as I recount the most memorable steps on my journey through nature. Time to lace up my boots and get out there … come on along!!!


Introducing the Photogenic “Flat Boy”…

Howdy! My name is Parker Flatly. I’m 11 inches tall, weigh less than an ounce, and have been told that I travel very well (just watch me go in the bottom of a carry-on suitcase!) I LOVE parks. Especially State and National Parks. I try to explore them as often as I can and hope that someday I will be able to declare that I’ve visited every National Park in the U.S.A. Throughout my travels I’ve become a bit of a philosopher. You know the old saying: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” Well I have to tell you, from first hand experience, that “YES, it absolutely DOES make a sound … at least until it flattens the ears of the poor explorer that it fell on! (And you wondered how I got so thin.)

I also really Love my “Selfie” — and I have plenty of photos to prove it! Check out my photo gallery and use the visual clues to try to figure out where I (Parker) am “parked” each week. Follow the photo series all the way to the end to check your answer and read about the adventures of me and “Meandering” Mike, my faithful travel companion. I promise it will be fun, somewhat educational, and will probably have more depth than 150 of me stacked on top of each other! Come on along, Park Yourself Outdoors and join the fun!