Monday, May 28, 2012

Moving cross country, day 2

What to do after getting such a late start? Take it easy. After much debate we decided to mostly just push our schedule back a day and add in a trip to the Badlands National Park.

The National Park system is probably the greatest thing about the US (free speech is OK too. And actually the interstate highway system is coming in pretty handy right now). After my trip to Yellowstone I was fully convinced of the bitchin' nature of the parks. The copilot required some evidence.

Here we go!

The infallible Wikipedia describes the Badlands:

Badlands National Park, in southwest South Dakota, United States preserves 242,756 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. Heh heh...they said butte.

These wild rock formations just kept going.

Someone did not enjoy being left in the car.

We ventured onto an unsealed (dirt) road, and more wildlife appeared. Prairie dogs were seemingly everywhere.

Bison X-ing.

"OMG what is that?!"
The Subaru is pretty fun to drive in the dirt, it has the spirit of a kid playing in a mud puddle.

Is it going to be like this all the way to Washington? Sweet!

On to Rapid City to rest for the night.


  1. Sounds like so much fun! It's probably really nice to get a mini-vacation in the middle of all of the moving stress.

  2. Good on you for taking in some landscape along the way! It looks pretty much the same way in western ND and eastern Montana - I, too, remember being pretty impressed with the prairie dogs in eastern Montana. :)

    It will get green soon, of course - that big ole' mountain range is coming up soon. Have fun (and your big dog, too). :)

  3. "Oh bury me not, on the lone prairie. Where the coyotes howl and prairie dogs run free."

    I'd love to visit the Dakotas and Montana at some point. Hubs lived in Missoula for sometime and loved it there. North Idaho is nice too. Have fun in Washington, it's a pretty state as well!

  4. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. We-SO, then 18-yr-old B/G twins and I went through there on our way to Seattle. Fabulously desolate country. Can you imagine hauling through in a covered wagon pulled by oxen? One would wonder if the scenery would EVER change?