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Buffalo Trace Park

Updated on March 8, 2014

A Day Trip to Palmyra, Indiana

While there are plenty of things to do in a large metropolitan area like Louisville, Kentucky, sometimes we just want to get away and have a day of simplicity and nature and peacefulness. Recently, that desire took us to Harrison County, Indiana, and a nice park in Palmyra. The day was filled with so much beauty, and I only wish I had the advanced photography skills to capture it as I was able to see it. Of course, there's nothing quite like being there anyway.

The flower bushes near the concession and pool house by the lake were blooming these amazing pink flowers. I took a lot of different shots of the flowers, but I really like the ones where I can see the texture of the petals and the fine differences in color. I don't know what to label it other than "Big, Beautiful Pink Flower" so I'll let the photo speak for itself.

It's a bird, it's a fish? - Upon arrival to Buffalo Trace Park

Crane Going Fishing
Crane Going Fishing

As we pulled into the park, I saw a water bird (I think a crane, and I asked others but never got a confirmed answer) just at the edge of the lake, so I asked my husband to pull over quickly and let me try to capture some quick pictures. I walked toward it slowly, trying not to scare it, and all of a sudden it started flapping like it was startled. I was hoping it wasn't from me, but I just started clicking pictures as quickly as I could before it ran out of view. In the midst of the picture taking, I realized it was flapping as it was fishing, and I was very happy to get this picture of the bird with the fish in its mouth.

If you click on the image, it will take you to the Harrison County Parks page for Buffalo Trace Park, or you can just copy and paste the following... http://www.harrisoncoparks.com/BTP.html

Viewing the lake from the boat docks at Buffalo Trace Park
Viewing the lake from the boat docks at Buffalo Trace Park

From the Docks

With water and clouds and sky...

I loved being the one to stay behind and take pictures of the guys out on the pedal boat. I was able to capture the lake (I love water), the trees, and the perfectly scattered clouds in a summer blue sky. I also liked watching other families getting their own pedal boats and trying to direct them as close to the water fountain as they could in an attempt to cool off a bit.

Hubby & Nephew on Pedal Boat at Buffalo Trace Park
Hubby & Nephew on Pedal Boat at Buffalo Trace Park

Pedal Boats

The reason we first headed to Buffalo Trace Park was to see if it was the same park my husband remembered his parents taking him to as a child. He doesn't think it was based on the year of the park's opening, but for old time's sake, he wanted to ride on the pedal boats. My nephew did most of the pedaling since it's a bit difficult for my husband after his hip replacement. Thank the Lord for the youth in our lives and that they love us enough to cater to our needs as we age.

Small Parks - Places I Like in Indiana and Kentucky

I love different, out-of-the-way, small, and sometimes even weird places that are overrun by too many people. I will add books here that I've found in some of the gift shops of the small places and parks where I've visited.

Larry Bird: The Boy From French Lick
Larry Bird: The Boy From French Lick

Who doesn't love biographies about their favorite small-town heroes?

 
Down Memory Lane (French Lick Indiana)
Down Memory Lane (French Lick Indiana)

I love books where people personalize history.

 
Restoring the Legend- The French Lick Springs Hotel
Restoring the Legend- The French Lick Springs Hotel

This place is amazing at Christmas time.

 
Weird Indiana: Your Travel Guide to Indiana's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Weird Indiana: Your Travel Guide to Indiana's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

There is a whole series of "Weird" books, and the ones I looked at had some fun info.

 
My Indiana: 101 Places to See
My Indiana: 101 Places to See

This one sounds like one for my own wish list.

 

Doe and buck at the petting zoo in Buffalo Trace Park

Doe and buck at the petting zoo in Buffalo Trace Park
Doe and buck at the petting zoo in Buffalo Trace Park

Day Trips for Families - State Parks or Whatever Fits the Bill

I'll start with letting Amazon pick and see what they come up with.

More Photos from Our Day Trip to Buffalo Trace Park - In Palmyra, Indiana

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After the bird started flapping its wings as it pecked for its dinner and before I saw it come up with the fish in its mouth.Shortly after getting a good grasp on the fish, the bird ran off for dry land, presumably to eat its fish dinner before dinner could swim away. (grin)Our nephew, Josh, posing like I asked him to do. And in case you try to read his shirt and cannot, it says, "Sorry, I am laughing at you."I wish I could remember this little girl goat's name, but it just wouldn't stay with me. Doesn't she have a sweet & feminine look on her face though?They said, "This one's name is Cutie Pie, and she loves to have her picture taken." And as I picked up the camera, she fetched the stick. Too cute!
After the bird started flapping its wings as it pecked for its dinner and before I saw it come up with the fish in its mouth.
After the bird started flapping its wings as it pecked for its dinner and before I saw it come up with the fish in its mouth.
Shortly after getting a good grasp on the fish, the bird ran off for dry land, presumably to eat its fish dinner before dinner could swim away. (grin)
Shortly after getting a good grasp on the fish, the bird ran off for dry land, presumably to eat its fish dinner before dinner could swim away. (grin)
Our nephew, Josh, posing like I asked him to do. And in case you try to read his shirt and cannot, it says, "Sorry, I am laughing at you."
Our nephew, Josh, posing like I asked him to do. And in case you try to read his shirt and cannot, it says, "Sorry, I am laughing at you."
I wish I could remember this little girl goat's name, but it just wouldn't stay with me. Doesn't she have a sweet & feminine look on her face though?
I wish I could remember this little girl goat's name, but it just wouldn't stay with me. Doesn't she have a sweet & feminine look on her face though?
They said, "This one's name is Cutie Pie, and she loves to have her picture taken." And as I picked up the camera, she fetched the stick. Too cute!
They said, "This one's name is Cutie Pie, and she loves to have her picture taken." And as I picked up the camera, she fetched the stick. Too cute!

Or, just tell me whether you think this looks like a fun day trip or one that you have also taken or plan to take.

Your Day Trips - Tell me about nearby activities you enjoy with your own family.

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