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Jun 30, 2009 - Spotted Cow?

Yesterday was an exciting day in the badlands. We traveled around the entire north area. We started the morning with a ranger learning about the geology, history and wildlife of the Badlands. Then we headed out on a small one and half mile hike into the canyon areas. The trail was fascinating and we had to climb a rope ladder up a steep cliff to continue the trail. That was really fun. Getting down it was a little more difficult. After the hike we got in the truck and drove out into the badlands. We saw a bunch of prairie dogs and while...

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Jun 30, 2009 - More Badlands

We got out to see the Badlands National Park yesterday. We drove through Scenic, SD (Pop. 65) on the edge of the park. This place looks like a ghost town. We tried to complete the Badlands loop to see the buffalo herd, but the road was gravel and still had its winter washboard surface so we had to turn around and come in from the other end. We got to see a lot of wildlife up close and some pretty wildflowers. I’m not going to say any more about the Badlands, as the pictures say it all. When we got back from our trip around the park, we...

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Jun 28, 2009 - Going to the Badlands

We left Nebraska behind and entered South Dakota once again through the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. The ride to the Badlands National Park took us through several Native American Reservations. As in Arizona, many American Indians live in poverty. I call it American India (not quite as bad as the real one, but poor none the less). It seems that each state in the region has some Native American owned casinos, but the money doesn’t seem to make it to the people. It’s interesting that the Federal Government has funded (~$100 million) the...

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Jun 28, 2009 - The Badlands Day 1

The day started fine with a quick hook-up and pull out. We thought it would go better, driving wise, than the day before. However, the winds were strong through the prairies of South Dakota and we were lucky to get up to 60 mph. Most of the time we drove about 50-55 mph. Thus the 240 mile drive took longer than expected. However, we made a pit stop to the world’s only Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. It was a pretty neat building as you can see by the photos. Each year, they decorate the front and sides of the building with motifs made of corn....

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May 24, 2009 - Sioux Falls to Interior, SD

Badlands/White River KOA 1-800-KOA-3897 Mountain Time 290 miles 5 hours Wow! The Badlands are a strange and awesome area of mounds, valleys, and pinnacles. We arrived here about noon and after setting up the motorhome, proceeded to drive the loop road all the way back up to the town of Wall on I-90 and then back. Thunderstorms threatened, but all we had were a few showers and a lot of wind. The rain just served to bring out the red bands of colors in the eroding remains of this ancient sea that that was later uplifted in the same...

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Sep 16, 2008 - Day 8 Jackson MN to Interior SD

Day 8 Got up and packed – we're really getting into our camping groove now – and set off on the long 6 hour drive to the Badlands. Not much to see in flat, central SD, just grasslands, cows and wind farms. Decided to skip the exit going to the Corn Palace but did exit off to see the Lewis and Clark trail, an exhibit that sits hight above the beautiful wide Missouri river with towns of Chamberlin and Oacoma on either side. Signs warning of “Watch For Rattlesnakes” made Martha skip the optional hike along the river! Also stopped at the CHEESY...

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Jul 30, 2008 - They are Soooo Close

"It's OK dear, Sturgis is just around the bend!" I hope they were listening but if they were propbably didn't believe me. Their ride today was from Vermillion South Dakota to Interior South Dakota (approximately 350 miles). The weather was hot, the bugs were plentiful, and, oh yes, the road construction. Roy and Lowell and the owner's of the winery suggested an alternate and more sceneic route to Interior to avoid the road construction on Route 90. The weather is hot and Frank said the air isn't moving at all. NOTE: They have now crossed...

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Old Men On Trikes

Jul 27, 2008 - The Badlands - Interior, Sd

July 27, 2008 – Sunday: Today we drove from Hot Springs in the Black Hills to Interior, SD, in the Badlands. As far as I was concerned, it may have been called the Bad Lands, but the road was worse. We bounced and jounced along over rough roads looking at rough country side. There were dry creek beds, scrubby sage brush, no beauty, just desolation. I much prefer the mountains. We arrived at Interior, population 69, and saw a sign for the campground: KOA 12 furlongs. I’ve never seen a distance sign stated in furlongs. We crossed the White...

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Cheyenne Days

Jul 13, 2008 - The Badlands

This morning we all woke up at 6am and were in the Jeep by 6:30am. This is our all time record! With the top down we took off along the scenic roads of the Badlands National Park at the magical time of the morning when the animals are out grassing in the prairies and the colors are vibrant on the spectacular sandstone wall faces. The peaks and valleys have stripes of rust, orange, yellow and white. We saw Mule Deer with calves, groups of Pronghorns grassing, Big Horn Sheep sitting majestically on the hilltops, and huge groups of Prairie...

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Camp G&G 2008

Jul 7, 2008 - Badlands

Woke up in the Badlands/White River KOA Park - $35.00 each night, we are staying two nights. I took Blaze for a cool - 56 degrees - walk at 6 am - love that cool breeze. It will probably hit over 80 today. Then prepared the rig and car to leave and do road logs. We will visit perspective vendors in Wall, SD. We checked out Arrow Campground that has 72 gravel sites w/ 32 sewers at $24. a night and 1 1/2 blocks from Walls Drug then to Sleepy Hollow Campground. Ron said he liked the lady owner of this park better, 1 block from Walls with 53...

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Jul 5, 2008 - Interior, SD - Badlands

July 5/08 Arrived at Interior, SD. We will change rendezvous to Wall, SD town of the world famous drug store - looks more like an amusement park almost with the new add-ons. You go from the prairie to the Badlands bang - green grass to dry moon scape landscape.

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Jun 8, 2008 - Badlands National Park, Puke, and Galaxies....

Yeesh today was grueling! We got about 3 hours of sleep last night, and got up at 7am to drive another 10 hours. I love the motorhome but if you're way in the back of this thing it bounces, and vibrates and rattles your brain against your skull. This resulted in a category 5 migraine for me today. I had to stop the whole production about 7 hours in, to toss my snack cakes. Ugh. Not good on the noggin at all. I have to blog about The Great Plains though. I am falling in love with them. It's landscape like I've never seen before. Just miles...

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