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South Dakota – Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park Sign

I love South Dakota’s Black Hills region for all of its natural beauty, and not only is there gorgeous scenery above ground; there’s even more to be discovered below ground. As with most national parks, the place to start is the visitor center.

One word of caution: the park’s website warns you not to trust your GPS to find the visitor center. The website has a map and directions. I am one of those people who tends to trust my GPS too much, and it has gotten me into trouble more than once, so I wanted to point that […]

Michigan – Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Seney National Wildlife Refuge - Visitor Center

The next stop on our 3-day tour of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was Seney National Wildlife Refuge which was established in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a haven for migrating waterfowl.

Our first stop was the Visitor Center where we were very impressed with the kid-friendly exhibits. A Touch Table beckons kids to feel animal pelts, compare animal skulls, and pet stuffed animals.

A sand table allows kids to explore what different animal prints look like. Kids can make different prints with wooden blocks that they press into the sand. This is a terrific hands-on activity […]

Indiana – Pet a wolf at Wolf Creek Habitat

Wolf closeup at Wolf Creek Habitat

So, you want to meet some wolves. The logical place to go is southern Indiana, right? Right!

Wolf Creek Habitat was established in 2000 by Terry and Kathy Baudendistel when they established their first pack of wolf-dog hybrids. They were motivated by the knowledge that so many were being put down because many people couldn’t handle them as pets. They built the rescue facility on their property in Brookville, Indiana. By 2003 they had decided to focus only on pure wolves and after five years, they opened their doors to the public. Wolf Creek Habitat is currently home to […]

Kentucky – Dixie Belle Riverboat

Photo courtesy of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

With departures from Shaker Landing at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, the Dixie Belle is a 115-passenger riverboat that offers one-hour sightseeing cruises on the Kentucky River.

Photo courtesy of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

The cruise was narrated by the captain and included both cultural and natural history of the area. To be quite honest, my kids were expecting it to be boring, but the captain’s engaging style held their attention and they were pleasantly surprised that they found it to be very interesting.

Early in the cruise we crossed under High Bridge, which is […]

West Virginia – State Wildlife Center

WV Wildlife Center Bobcat

I’ve found that most kids of all ages (my teenage son being the exception) enjoy animal attractions, so it’s quite likely that we’ll have at least one zoo or other animal-focused outing on our trips. While planning our West Virginia trip, I was intrigued when I read that there was a state wildlife facility. Located in a rural area near the center of West Virginia, the center focuses on wildlife that currently lives or used to live in the state. If you are staying at Holly River State Park, it is about an hour’s drive. The Wildlife Center is also […]

Ohio – The Wilds

Courtesy of G. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

I think it’s about time that I wrote a post about my home state of Ohio. While there are many wonderful things to see in my home city of Cincinnati, which my co-author and I wrote about in our book, Adventures Around Cincinnati, today I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite attractions in Ohio which isn’t in my book because it isn’t within two hours of Cincinnati.

The Wilds is a wildlife conservation center that looks like it belongs in Africa, or at least somewhere more exotic than Ohio.

Take a closer look–those are animals down […]

South Dakota – Prairie Dogs

Corinne with prairie dog

It would be very difficult not to notice this giant concrete prairie dog while you are driving down the road in Cactus Flat, South Dakota, on your way to Badlands National Park. I immediately pulled into the parking lot of the Ranch Store and one of my daughters and I hopped out of the car to get a picture. (Everyone else was half asleep.) But what really hooked us and convinced us to stay a while was the actual prairie dog town located there.

My kids and I agree that prairie dogs are simply the cutest wildlife there […]

Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming

Snapping this photo felt very gratifying to me. Why? I think it’s because it captured the essence of Grand Teton National Park perfectly, without the need for words. So maybe I should just not say anything about it and end my struggle to find the right words. The stunningly beautiful Grand Teton Mountain Range is the centerpiece of the park, but that’s not the only reason to visit–you must see the wildlife, and it’s the combination of the mighty beast against the backdrop of the rugged peaks that makes you pause and ponder the wonder of God’s creation.

We […]

Montana – Glacier National Park’s Hidden Lake Trail

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Probably the highlight of any trip to Glacier National Park is the unforgettable drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Logan Pass is the point of highest elevation of the drive and also marks the Continental Divide. Near there is the Logan Pass Visitor Center. From the visitor center, you can hike to Hidden Lake, which, as the name suggests, is a lake that you can’t see from the visitor center. The hike is mostly uphill and about 1.5 miles, a good length for most school-age kids. It was easier for my kids than for me. It might be too long […]