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MIDWEST AND MORE!
Sep. 27-Oct. 3 2012
PART 9


This is a photo of yours truly. My brother took this photo of me with the Eyewitness Cam, so I've used it to preface this part. This part deals with Badlands National Park in South Dakota. There's a few road items and even some wildlife pictures, but when you see photos showing peculiar formations or the floor of the prairie, try to appreciate the region's geography. It was created to be admired. (I can't believe they considered putting a tar sands pipeline through here.)






A view from the Badlands, with an interesting formation at center.




Another view from the Badlands.




Focusing on a Badland.





A road through the Badlands. This might be Badlands Loop Road - called SD 240 by those in the know.




A video of driving through the Badlands - probably SD 240 again. After all, this is a ROADS website.




Yet another good view of the Badlands.





And another.




The Tim Tent temporarily homesteads this campsite. It was hard to get to sleep that night because of other campers yelling and ripping bunker blasts.




This is probably a view from the campgrounds. I'm not sure what the road is climbing the grade at lower right, but it could be SD 240.




Badlands Loop Road is an enjoyable drive, and I suspect this is some scenery along that road. We went all the way to the town of Wall to get dinner. Wall is the home of Wall Drug Store, where I ate lunch one day during my 2002 Western tour. (That's where iced tea got dumped into a Coke dispenser.) But this time, instead of going to Wall Drug, we ate at a different eatery, whose name now escapes me. At this other restaurant, a couple stormed out without paying for their meal because the cream for their coffee was spoiled.




Another of the assorted formations that people the Badlands.




Yet another Badlands view. There could be a small stream down in the gap here.





From the Badlands, the mountain way off in the distance on the horizon is said to be Eagle Nest Butte - 30 miles to the southeast.




Now we're entering the animal empire! These impressive beasts look like they may be the bighorn sheep that were touted on highway warning signs earlier in the trip.




A better view of this species as they appear to be grazing the grass. My dog used to graze grass. He was cool.




Another look at these foraging critters.




Still more Badlands scenery.




This of course is a powerful bison.




Much of Badlands National Park is still ruled by animals alone. Here you see some prairie dogs, and in the background, you'll notice what appears to be another of those bighorn sheep.




These appear to be yet more bighorn sheep.




A prairie dog stands up to the forces of doom.




I'm not sure exactly where this is, but I'm guessing it's up by Sage Creek Rim Road near the prairie dog colony. (The official map labels the Sage Creek campground with "no water." If I was hired to make this map, I'd be too tempted to label it with "there's no wa!" - the saying that prompted decades of Frisch's Big Boy jingle parodies.)




An amazing sunset looking west in the Badlands.




The animals shuffle off into the sunset to catch some Z's and prepare for another day free of Brossart.

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