Monthly Archive: June 2016

Jun 30

Bear Butte State Park


Strikingly different than anything else in the Black Hills.  Bear Butte State Park rises dramatically from its prairie surroundings topping out at 4,426 feet. From its summit, on a clear day, four states can be spotted.  It is easy to see why Bear Butte was a historically significant landmark for the gold prospectors and settlers …

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Jun 28

Roughlock Falls: Nature Trail


Roughlock Falls Nature Trail is just one of the many scenic hikes that can be found in the Black Hills.  Hard part is picking which one to do.  Make it easy, pick this one. The Roughlock Falls Nature Area is a stimulation overload.  Colorful canyon walls, meandering stream, and a wonderful multi-tier waterfall.   Located in Spearfish Canyon next to the …

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Jun 27

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery


The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery really made our tenting experience worthwhile for our little girls.  Located right next to the Spearfish City Campground in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Arguably the best campground that my wife or I have ever been to.  Part of the reason it was so great was because …

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Jun 25

Omaha Children’s Museum: Fantastic Family Fun


The Omaha Children’s Museum was a fantastic family fun outing during our time in Nebraska.  We take our children all over the place.  Mainly to see things that we want to see.  Hoping that they will like it.  But to a 3-year-old waterfalls, museums, and hikes all kind of run together after a while.  So …

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Jun 23

Great Zoo Exhibit: Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley


Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley is the latest outstanding exhibit on display at the Sedgwick County Zoo.  Located in Wichita, Kansas the Sedgwick County Zoo is the number 1 rated outdoor attraction in the state.  Now with the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley, the zoo’s newest and most expensive exhibit, there number one …

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Jun 22

Pioneer Courage Park


Pioneer Courage Park is a downtown Omaha memorial dedicated to those that settled the land.  This monument to those pioneers begins at Pioneer Courage Park and ends at the Nebraska Wilderness Park.  Together these two parks have more than 100 individual bronze statues giving a glimpse of the daring tenacity of the pioneer spirit.  We …

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Jun 20

Great Plains Nature Center: Wichita


Great Plains Nature Center is located in Wichita’s Chisholm Creek Park.   It is a great free attraction in Kansas.  Since there was no cost we figured it would be a wonderful opportunity to get out and stretch our legs during our road trip.  It was.  Great Plains Nature Center is one of the best of …

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Jun 19

Cowley Lake Waterfall: Kansas


Cowley Lake Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located in Kansas of all places.  Growing up in the Jayhawker State I always thought that I had to head out east or west to see a significant waterfall.  A land that is rumored to be flatter than a pancake could not possibly have one. Boy was I …

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Jun 18

Birmingham Zoo


The Birmingham Zoo was a get out of the car and walkabout stop for us.  Heading out on long drives was never a lot of fun but with two young ones in tow it can be excruciating.  Luckily there always seems to be something to see or do in this great land. So as we …

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