Whenever you find yourself in a new place it's important that you always go exploring. This world has so much to offer, and it isn't just from the far off, exotic places. You would be surprised what you can find in your own backyard, so to speak. Having recently relocated to Kansas City, MO, my wife and I decided to check out the area. We heard of a place just a few hours south of town where an area had been set aside to preserve a bit of the West's history, the iconic open prairie.
Prairie State park sits just on the Missouri side of the border with Kansas. Not only does it have large swaths of open grassland with a few trails you can use to explore the area, but there are also wild Bison and Elk that roam free through the park. According to the journals of Lewis and Clark, the western Bison herds were “so numerous” that they “darkened the whole plains." Unfortunately the Bison were nearly wiped out, but they are making a comeback. I believe the herd at the park contains just over a hundred animals, but they are still incredibly impressive. The park even has special hikes where they will take you as close as a hundred yards away from the herd if you feeling a little adventurous.
So the next time you find yourself with nothing to do on a Saturday, remember, you don't have to go far to find interesting things to see and do. Take the time to explore what's right beside you.