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Badlands NP

Yesterday we visited Deadwood and Lead; both towns were ok but kinda boring. We rode the trolley in Deadwood (after realizing you had to pay to park everywhere) it was really hot and we were tired of traveling so much so it was definitely lost on dad and I. We went to Lead to see the Presidents Park…couldn’t find it so we headed to the cabin.

Today we got up and decided to head to the Badlands and to whatever else we saw that seemed interesting along the way. Our first stop was Wall and the Wall Drug Store. It was packed!! But the first store I went too was interesting and found souvenirs for everyone at home. Since it was so busy we decided to head to the Badlands.

You can definitely say that the place was appropriately named.

Proof that it was that hot at the Badlands NP
The badlands is like entering another world. One minute you’re seeing rolling hills the next bam! Rock formations like mad. We started the day off by driving through the badlands which was awesome. On our first excursion on the gravel road about 4 miles or so on to it we saw about 200 buffalo or so crossing the road. It was amazing to see how the male buffalos guarded the females and babies as they crossed the road. It took a little while but it was well worth it, they’re very graceful animals despite their enormous size.  A semi came blaring through right in the middle of them crossing and scared half the herd to the other side of the road but they rallied quickly and caught back up with the rest of the herd. I got a ton of pictures of them a lot of them up close J

We got about half way through the park in the 117* heat when at Homestead Outlook we locked ourselves out of the car….

Me with the largest piece of petrified wood to come out of the Badlands
with Beethoven in the car. Later on we realized the car had died (and we didn’t know b/c it’s extremely quiet) and when dad got out and shut his door it automatically locked…with the keys inside. So a nice couple from Nebraska let us use their cell phone. First we called park headquarters where I was told no one was there since it was after 4:30. So my only other option was 911….wow I would not want to have an actual emergency and get the dispatcher I got. She kept asking me over and over where I was and I would reply inside the Badlands Park on the Badlands loop and she’d say “Is that in Interior?” (which is a town south of the park) I’d say no…it’s IN the park about 20 miles or so. Her reply, “In the park?! Not in Wall?” Ay yi yi. I kept my cool…well my attitude in check as I was roasting in the heat and waited for the ranger to get to us and let Beethoven out.

After about 40 minutes Beethoven was free and we were on our way! We finished the park and headed for Kadoka to see the Petrified Gardens.

Badlands NP
The gardens were cool and had some of the biggest petrified logs from the Badlands in its collection along with some fossils.  On our way back we stopped back by Wall to visit the Wall Drug Store again when it wasn’t so busy. So we had a chance to look around, mostly look at the pictures. Finally at about 9-ish or so we headed to the cabin, very tired from the long but fun day!

On to tomorrow! Ciao!

Occidenoir says:
Next time you're in Deadwood, let me know! It's really a fantastic town. I love it here. There's really a lot to see. Of course, anywhere is pretty miserable in 100 degree heat...

And that goes double for the Badlands. The rock walls make some of the canyons feel like an oven. I can't imagine getting locked out in that weather... and then to deal with a dopey 911 operator to boot. Sounds like you handled it really well!
Posted on: Aug 02, 2007
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Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Proof that it was that hot at the …
Proof that it was that hot at the…
Me with the largest piece of petri…
Me with the largest piece of petr…
Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Buffalo crossing the road at Badla…
Buffalo crossing the road at Badl…
The buffalo are still crossing
The buffalo are still crossing
A view of how many there are total
A view of how many there are total
The buffalo are still going!
The buffalo are still going!
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Badlands NP
Trolley at Deadwood
Trolley at Deadwood
Beethoven and I ate pigs dig in th…
Beethoven and I ate pigs dig in t…
Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Saloon where Bill Hickok was shot
Saloon where Bill Hickok was shot
Deadwood S.D.
Deadwood S.D.
Saloon where Bill Hickok was shot
Saloon where Bill Hickok was shot
Wall Drug store in Wall
Wall Drug store in Wall
Wall Drug store in Wall
Wall Drug store in Wall
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Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Badlands NP
Homestead Overlook~Where we got ou…
Homestead Overlook~Where we got o…
Ah the beauty...we enjoyed it for …
Ah the beauty...we enjoyed it for…
Dad enjoying the scenery as we wai…
Dad enjoying the scenery as we wa…
Me goofing off at the Badlands
Me goofing off at the Badlands
Black light Minerals at the Petrif…
Black light Minerals at the Petri…
Petrified wood
Petrified wood
A shed where some people survived …
A shed where some people survived…
Dinosaur fossil at the Petrified G…
Dinosaur fossil at the Petrified …
Dinosaur statue near Wall
Dinosaur statue near Wall
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