Inspired by the National Parks Service's 100th Anniversary and a hike-preventing injury, Allison M Keating teams up with experimental composer and podcast creator Justin Asher to bring you Wild Art Group’s first podcast series. Hiking Podcast are hikes best taken in the mind’s eye.
Channel Islands National Park
Hiking Podcast creators Allison M Keating and Justin Asher go on an adventure to the Channel Islands National Park. Established as a National Monument in 1938 and a National Park in 1980, these islands have over 12,000 years of human history and are a true testament to the success of the National Park System’s conservation and rehabilitation efforts. The adventure begins in Ventura to board the Island Packers ferry to Anacapa Island, the most rugged of the islands. Dolphins and whales may be spotted, spectacular ocean views and vistas, ravines and forests, wildflowers and bugs. Listen to Justin and Allison as they lead you through isolated terrain, reciting poetry and stories, callings to Sirens, mermaid spottings, birding, underwater music making and more. There may also be pirates.
For more information about Santa Cruz Island and the Channel Islands National Park visit the NPS website.
Joshua Tree National Park
Close your eyes and listen. While you lose your body, your mind will traverse a desert dream hike led by Allison. Encounter trails and peaks, mine-shafts and birds, ALIENS. Consider your health, stillness vs. motion, the migration of artists to The West, human expansion, the dichotomy of the National Parks Service, nudity.
Hiking Podcast is appropriate for children 13+.
This project was supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Parks Service, and Machine Project. Special thanks goes to Joshua Tree National Park, Los Angeles State Historic Park, and Machine Project.