Badlands, Day 2

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Tyler admires the view
Saturday, July 29-  Dawn and I woke up before Tyler, and took a walk in a dry riverbed that ran out behind the campground.  Dawn found and collected a bunch of rose-quartz crystals she found in the riverbed. We even found the remains of an old car that had been pushed in the river, just a part of it was sticking out of the dried mud! Once we were packed up, we headed to the visitor's center. I bought Tyler a National Parks Passport, so he could collect passport stamps of all the parks we went to. The rangers advised us to drink a lot of water...they were going through a heat wave, and it was already 110 degrees out, and it wasn't even noon yet!  We walked up a boardwalk trail that had "Caution-Rattlesnakes!" signs all over!  Saw a rabbit trying to keep cool in the shade of a rock, and some birds hiding from the sun in a shaded ditch. We drove to the Badlands "loop", starting along a fossil trail that featured glass cases containing replicas of the types of fossils commonly found here.  We had some amazing views at the overlooks, and Tyler had fun jumping all around the trails up the formations.  Dawn spent a lot of time sitting in the truck with the AC cranked up, as the heat was opressive and getting to her.  It hit 115 degrees at it's hottest point.  Really an amazing park!
jostravel says:
I like the idea of having a National Parks Passport so you can keep track of where you've been and have a keepsake.
Posted on: Apr 16, 2016
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Tyler admires the view
Tyler admires the view
Dry riverbed behind our campsite
Dry riverbed behind our campsite
White River? more like the gray di…
White River? more like the gray d…
ooo...actual water!
ooo...actual water!
Neil Armstrong was here?
Neil Armstrong was here?
now thats a dry riverbed!
now that's a dry riverbed!
Dawn found a bunch of rose quartz …
Dawn found a bunch of rose quartz…
We found an old car here too someb…
We found an old car here too some…
just parts of the car were stickin…
just parts of the car were sticki…
this was like quicksand
this was like quicksand
some pretty big bird tracks
some pretty big bird tracks
The Badlands visitor center
The Badlands visitor center
getting ready to walk one of the l…
getting ready to walk one of the …
uh oh! better stay on the trail!
uh oh! better stay on the trail!
It was over 100 degrees here befor…
It was over 100 degrees here befo…
a tiny natural bridge
a tiny natural bridge
small birds were trying to keep co…
small birds were trying to keep c…
this rabbit stayed in the shade be…
this rabbit stayed in the shade b…
stay on the trail!
stay on the trail!
starting to walk along the fossil …
starting to walk along the fossil…
they had replica area fossils in g…
they had replica area fossils in …
Tyler enjoyed climbing the trails …
Tyler enjoyed climbing the trails…
Help!
Help!
it hit 115 degrees right around he…
it hit 115 degrees right around h…
rough terrain
rough terrain
Tyler the Billy Goat
Tyler the Billy Goat
as far as the eye can see!
as far as the eye can see!
Ty climbs up for the shot
Ty climbs up for the shot
not a bad view
not a bad view
on the road again!
on the road again!
Interior Hostels review
This was a very nice KOA located about 6 miles from the visitor center of Badlands National Park, and a good place to start our exploration of the are… read entire review
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