Saturday, June 4, 2016

Day Trip | Indian Caves

This summer I made a summer bucket list for myself and a lot of the items were little day trips to go on. There are quite a few quality state and local parks around my area, so I thought this summer wold be the perfect opportunity to explore a bit more. A month into my summer and I've already been able to cross off one of those trips from my list! So if you're interested, here's a few pictures and a bit about my first day trip of the summer!



Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things



A few weekends ago I went for the best little day trip. I was in the mood to get out and go on a little adventure, so my brother and I hopped in the car and headed over to a state park. I hadn't been there since I was in elementary school, so I wasn't too sure what to expect, but I figured it couldn't be worse than just staying at home! 


Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things

When we first got there, we weren't quite sure where to go, so we just drove around the park for a bit. We found a sign for a walking trail and decided to go for it.


Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things


It was so green and lush. It's a really nice wooded area and once we hiked up the hill a bit, we got a great view of the Missouri River.


Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things


The hike was so good! Like I said, we hiked up the hill and then we hiked a ways down. It didn't seem too steep so we went pretty a few miles. Well, when we turned around we realized how steep it really was! I'm not gonna lie, I had to stop a few times going back up the hill to catch my breath! It was so worth it though and I kind of like that feeling as you hike around.

When we made it back to the car, we drove a bit closer to the river to get a better look. 


Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things


Across from the river area, was the "cave." It's more of giant rocks embedded into the side of the hill, but it's called Indian Cave. Still, it's a good site and you can actually see some of the petroglyphs made by Native American groups, mainly the Pawnee, Otoe, and Iowa tribes around 1500 years ago. If you  look, you can still see them among all the names people carved into the rock over the years. We looked and found one of the petroglyphs, and maybe one more, but we weren't sure.



Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Indian Caves from Courtney's Little Things


So that was our trip! I really enjoyed it and it has me excited to go for another one. If I went back, I would probably bring stuff for a picnic since there were so many perfect spots for one.

What's on your summer bucket list? Have you made any progress on it yet? Do you have a favorite spot for day trips?