We made it to the Badlands National Park just before dusk.
The Badlands are remarkable. Go visit and see for yourself! I'd like to go back and hike around more in either the Spring or Fall. It is such a fascinating area. It is shocking to drive through miles of grasslands, and suddenly come upon these canyons and rock formations that appear to be so inhospitable to any kind of animal life. But yet some amazing wildlife live there! Big Horn Sheep! Buffalo! It was especially striking to visit in the winter, when we had the park nearly to ourselves.
|Oh don't worry, we didn't get cell phone reception here either!|
|Badlands Nat'l Park - Where is everybody?|
|Big Horn Sheep in the Badlands|
|I promise - there really is a buffalo in this picture.|
We spent the night in this area and woke up to our first snowfall on the car. Thankfully it was only a 1-2 inch accumulation, and it was already melting by the time we started driving up to Mt. Rushmore. Mt. Rushmore is also incredible and it was really interesting to learn about how it was built. Amazingly, we were practically the only people at both of these sites. I highly recommend a trip to this part of SD because it is such a unique part of the country, particularly if you've lived your whole life on the East Coast.
Stay tuned for Part 3 - our final leg into Idaho!