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.
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
Proof that it was that hot at the Badlands NP
We got about half way through the park in the 117* heat when at Homestead Outlook we locked ourselves out of the car….
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.
Me with the largest piece of petrified wood to come out of the Badlands
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.
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!