Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Badlands South Dakota

We’re here at the Badlands staying in Interior SD, (pop. 89) this really is the middle of nowhere.
The Blog has finally caught up with us! We get free high speed WIFI here at the Badlands Ranch. We stayed here a little longer waiting on a package from PetMeds for the dogs and trying to get some tires fixed and replaced. We have one tire that has gone bald and I went to replace it with the spare and the spare’s valve stem was broken. Better to have found out here in the campground than on the side of the highway! The closest tire shop is over 70 miles away. I was able to get the spare fixed but no one has a replacement tire. We’re leaving for Hill City in the Black Hills, SD tomorrow so we’ll look there.

Here are some shots of the Badlands Ranch & Resort we are staying at



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The pictures we are posting of the Badlands can’t come close to what it really looks like in person. We spent a couple days hiking and driving thru them, the colors are incredible! The Prairie Dog towns have hundreds of Prairie Dogs running around, they are fun to watch. We saw some rabbits, Prong Horn antelope and plenty of snakes!









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This is one of the hikes we went on thru Saddle Pass, the kids loved it! You can hike right up the canon wall!!






We visited Wall Drug, if you’ve never been here you’re missing out! Wall Drug started back in 1931. They had no business whatsoever, until they came up with the idea to give free ice water to all the travelers that were headed to the Badlands. That was the beginning, now during summer months they have as many as 20,000 visitors a day! Luckily it wasn’t that crowded when we were there! The kids love playing in the water park!










Prairie Dogs in their ‘town’



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Sunset and rain storms over the Badlands.




All the photos and movies are posted on our Flickr site:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/r_staffordjr/sets

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