One of the best tourist stops in Nebraska gets very few visitors (which doesn’t hurt its value as a site I like to visit). Toadstool Geologic Park is in the northern panhandle of Nebraska, north of the town of Crawford. We stopped there on a short family vacation trip this week and enjoyed hiking and camping in relative solitude. The landscape is otherworldly and beautiful, and full of interesting plants and rock formations. The geology and paleontology of the park are legendary, but I spent most of my time (of course) looking at bugs and flowers. The boys and Kim, however, hadn’t been to the park before and really liked the self-guided tour that showcases rock formations, volcanic ash deposits, ancient rhino footprints, and much more.
After leaving Toadstool this morning, we cut north for a brief stop at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. Caves and I don’t get along well (I’m an open skies person, myself), so while the rest of the family is down in a dark closed-in space, I figured I’d knock out a quick blog post. Apologies for not including more detail, but I didn’t have a lot of time!