Nothing Bad about the Badlands!
Badlands Travel Blog› entry 30 of 47 › view all entries
June 17th, 2009 – by: esterrene
Well needless to say I came back from the park just fine.
It took me a couple of attempts to actually see the beauty and wonder of the Bad Lands! The first attempt was foiled by poor weather.
Unhappily I had to continue my drive to Fargo, ND for a work trip, but still taking some solace that there will be another chance for my adventure.
The second time was better timed weather wise! I followed the scenic Route at exit 110 off of Interstate 90 to the Park entrance and paid my $15 for a week long pass.
I spent several hours driving from one scenic overlook to another and finding various places to climb for better aerial views of the park. The views were a visual feast for the eyes! the deep blues of the sky, the complex earthy tones protruding skyward and endless miles of grassy fields. I sat on one small mound of earth with another park visitor names Mike. He was from Minnesota and on his way traveling west to visit a friend. Along the way he decided he was going to stop at as many national parks as he could. I must admit that I think I may have developed a slight crush on this stranger while listening to him describe his excitement for the natural earthy adventure.
I had to tear myself away from the view. A part of me wanted to camp in the park like Mike had done and experience the world at night when only few individuals if any were around. but I knew I had to make it back to Fargo for another work trip.. PLus I also had planned to retake some photos of an old school house that i had lost a week earlier.. Still, to leave such beauty and peace was painful.
The park was filled with visitors but not too crowded, I found plenty of places to park and have a walk around without anybody else around to bother me or get in the way of my photography. There were plenty of hiking trails for various fitness and stamina levels and several handicap accessible scenic outlooks.
For information about the park check out: http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm
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