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Jul 15, 2018 - South to the Badlands

It was off through the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Badlands. While traveling through the Black Hills, we decided to take a side trip to Hill City, which is one of the old west mining towns. It had a steam railroad and lots of saloons and gift shops. We browsed some of the gift shops and had lunch at a 50's dinner and then did some shopping and the Aiken-Gallo clan got old west pictures made which they will use on their Christmas cards. We then drove out to Interior, SD pop. 47 for the night. Susan and I had stayed at this campground...

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Jun 15, 2018 - Interior, SD

June 15-17, Badland’s Interior RV Park and Motel Our RV Park is 2 miles south of Badlands National Park and a half mile from Interior, population 94. Interior was founded in the 1880s along the Big White River. In 1907 the city moved itself one mile north when the railroad came to the area. Badland’s National Monument was created in 1929 to protect the eroded pinnacles and bluffs in the midst of the largest mixed grass prairie in the US. In 1978 the designation was changed to Badland’s National Park. Dances with Wolves, was partially filmed...

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Spring Trip 2018

Jun 6, 2018 - Interior, South Dadota

We leave our campground and cross the iconic Hwy 16 Bridge to Oacoma. We stop at Al’s Oasis. Not stopping at Al’s would be like not stopping at South of the Border. There have been a lot of signs. We chat with the store clerk, a biker, a veteran and a woman interested in our RV. It is a good start to the day. It is about two hours to Interior. Most of the run is at eighty miles per hour. That’s the speed limit. We gain an hour. We are now in Mountain Time. We drive through a section of the Badlands National Park to get to our campground....

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Aug 14, 2015 - Badlands of South Dakota

We are spending the next few days on a road trip to the Badlands of South Dakota located in the eastern part of the state. I was even treated to the annual Perseid meteor shower in the national park, one of the darkest places I've ever been, every night around midnight. In the Badlands, you can see the effects of erosion firsthand. The colorful spires resembling castles are the remains of a giant salt water sea. For approximately 30 million years, layers of mud, sand, and gravel accumulated in the area. Many fossils of prehistoric animals...

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Jul 5, 2015 - The Badlands

Today we traveled across the plains of South Dakota. From what we can see there is going o be a bumper crop of whatever they are growing out here. The fields just stretch almost endlessly across the horizon. The towns a few and far between and most have a population of less than 1,000. I tried to post some pictures to this blog, but the wifi here is just too slow. Hopefully, tomorrow when we get to Hart Ranch in Rapid City we will have better service and I can post some pictures. Susan and I were both a bit excited today, in that all the...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Back to the Badlands

We slept in this morning then headed back into The Badlands. We drove to where three trailheads merged and took the two easiest hikes amounting to about two miles. The scenery was magnificent. The only wildlife we saw were some little rodents which looked like chipmunks with long, skinny tails. When we finished with the hikes, we returned to the fifth wheel and took the afternoon off and get ready to leave in the morning.

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 16, 2014 - The Badlands and Wall

This morning we headed to the Badlands. We stopped at a trailhead and decided to hike. We went up through a Juniper Forest and into the rock formations for a great view of the valley below. We do not have cell coverage at the campground and were having an issue with the RV so made some calls then had to go back to the campground to take some pictures of the issue. When we got back to the Badlands, we had lunch then stopped at the Visitor Center to get more information. We took the loop road through the Badlands, stopping at the overlooks...

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 15, 2014 - Headed for the Badlands

Badlands/White River KOA, 20720 SD Hwy 44, Interior, SD 57750, 605-433-5337 Today along the road we crossed the wide Missouri. Along our way we saw acres and acres of sunflowers. South Dakota must have outdone Kansas as the sunflower state. This campground is very nice. It is like an oasis in the middle of the Badlands. The sites are flat and graveled and there are many trees. It is about six miles outside the National Park. When we arrived we found a couple who have been at the last two campgrounds with us. We spent the afternoon visiting...

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Bison and Balloons

Jun 9, 2014 - Badlands

We visited the Badlands National Park today. Very interesting rock formations. We actually came across 6 antelope grazing beside the road. The cars didn't intimidate them the least bit. Part of the drive included going by Prairie Dog City. It's more like Prairie Dog New York City. As you approach in your car, they stand up. It's impossible to estimate how many hundreds of these critters live in their city.

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Our Dakotas Trip

Jun 2, 2014 - June 2 - last day in Interior, SD

It's Paul's birthday. We decided to take it easy. So we drove 100 miles to drive the Spearfish Canyon. Gluttons for punishment or what!!! My present to him is a promise to find a way for him to watch at least one of the Rangers' Stanley Cup playoff games. We will probably be in Montana and I have no idea if hockey is of any interest there. At breakfast we met a biker from the Pittsburgh area who is motorcycling to Alaska. It was fun to talk with him. The Canyon was pretty with a nice small waterfall at the north end. Lots of upscale...

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To Alaska and Back

Jun 1, 2014 - June 1: Black Hills of South Dakota

Hello, again. First I neglected to tell you yesterday that here at the Badlands KOA we are 1284 miles from home in Greensburg. Also we saw a mountain goat yesterday near the Pinnacles overlook. Today we saw a mountain sheep and a steer in the road - had to stop to let him decide which side of the road he wanted to go to. Today we visited the Black Hills. (The Lakota, I learned, called the Badlands the white rocks and the black hills the black rocks.) First we took the scenic route thru the Badlands to Rapid City, from where we proceeded to...

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To Alaska and Back

May 31, 2014 - May 31, 2014 The Badlands National Park

What a day! First, Flutie kept me awake thru most of the night as lightening storms circled and repeated. Then we drove thru heavy rain to get to our campground outside Interior, SD. We set up in a light drizzle, followed by sunshine. We went to a restaurant next to the Park Visitors Center for a late lunch. Then we took a drive thru the Badlands National Park to get our first views. Incredible, beautiful, otherworldly landscapes. (See pics) We drove thru the Park to Walls to visit the famous drug store. It is hardly a drug story. Or it is...

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To Alaska and Back

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