Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Snapshot 3/11: National Parks of the Central U.S.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads.

Continuing my tribute to National Parks and other federally managed lands, inspired by Melinda of West Metro Mommy Reads, this week I move further west into the Central U.S.

This week's batch includes a National Seashore, a unique National Park, and two National Scenic Rivers that we have visited - a salute to the incredible beauty and variety of our federal lands and National Park system. Below are photos of, from north to south:
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, IN
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
  • Current River National Scenic River, MO
  • Buffalo River, National Scenic River, AR
All of these unique places are well worth a visit! (by the way, the canoe camping trip along the Buffalo River was one of our best vacation times ever)

Skipping stones at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at sunset

Indiana Dunes looks more like the ocean than Lake Michigan!

One of the huge sand dunes at Indiana Dunes Natl Lakeshore
Our sons ready for a swim in the Current River, MO

Current River National Scenic River in eastern Missouri

The entrance to Mammoth Cave

Cave pics don't turn out well, but here are our sons at the visitor center

Canoeing along the Buffalo River National Scenic River in Arkansas

Camping on a sandbar along the Buffalo River, AR

One of the locals from the Buffalo River!

Hope you are enjoying a nice weekend - and staying warm!


  1. Wow, the turtle is really beautiful

  2. Great tribute to National Parks! I haven't been to any of these. Thanks for sharing. Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

  3. Great experiences for your whole family! Your sons will remember these trips all their lives.

  4. You've been to so many amazing places, your families love of nature is inspiring.

  5. I've been enjoying your Nat Park posts these past few weeks - the parks in the US are so diverse (as are ours) but you've made me realise how few of (ours) that I've actually visited.

    Do you have a favourite?

  6. I've been enjoying these posts too. I haven't really visited a lot of our national parks either, - they're mostly animal reserves.