Badlands

Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
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Trip End Aug 03, 2010


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Badlands White River KOA campground

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Saturday, July 31, 2010

We got up fairly early but didn't have as much on the agenda.  We took down camp, then went to Wall Drug.  We were going to get a homemade donut but they were cake donuts, yuck!  We went to look at the "backyard" which included an animated T-rex and a huge jackalope.  We ended up splitting a $2.00 carmel cinnamon roll.  Next we stopped at the Buggalo Gap National Grassland center.  I got my stamp and we asked about the Badlands.  We took 240 South to Sage Brush road 5 miles of which was paved and the next 5 wasn't.  We entered the Badlands and a prarie dog town met us.  One prarie dog was running down the road and I was sure we were going to hit it, then boom all of a sudden it jumped into its hole which was right in the middle of the road.  We stopped at the first overlook and there were some dome like structures.  We could see a trail so we took off.  We came upon some dung and there were bunches of dung beetles.  I caught one of those and a neat grasshoppen and a big scary red ant too.  We turned back and continuted driving stopping at every overlook all of which provided amazing views.  There weren't that many trails that were marked on the map, because you are allowed to hike anywhere as long as you let them know where you are going and home many days.  We were glad that we took the unpaved extra distance because there was a herd of bison.  We got some great pictures then continued to the next overlook.  We stopped at the visitor center and watched the introduction video.  there was a Lakota Indiana tribe festival so there were a few Indians in full gear.  We ate lunch at the visitor center then decided to do some trails despite the 98 degree temperature.  We did Door trail .75 miles, then window trail .25 miles, then Notch trail 1.5 miles.  These distances don't seem far but with the temp. we were melting down.  Earlier we had also done the fossil exhibit trail which had glass cases with fossils of once living species.  We exited the park even though it was still early in the day.  We had asked about checking in at a different KOA but since they are all privately owned we would have lost our money.  We had the whole afternoon to relax but it was so hot. We swam, then took a nap, then swam some more, then cooked hotdogs.  After supper we set up the tent and went on a small walk to see the sunset. We decided that we wanted a better view so we walked back to the car and had bought a cinnamon fry bread a la mode.  It was an indian type bread and very tasty.  We ate that while looking at the amazing sunset over the Badlands.  We went back to camp, used the internet, and got ready for bed.  It was still 98 degrees at bedtime, so a cold shower helped us settle down and finally fall asleep. 
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