Our first stop in South Dakota (other than the cute little birds you saw a couple of days ago, which were found in rest areas along I-90) was the Badlands National Park. Sidetracked - Do you know how desolate South Dakota looks for the most part?! Wow! Dennis and I went through this area 6 years ago on our first vacation together. That year we covered 14 states in 10 days and a whole slew of National Parks. We spent our honeymoon in National Parks so really, how appropriate that we spent our 5th wedding anniversary in. . . you got it, National Parks. The only difference this time was that we had our youngest child with us. Haden had never been to any of the places we traveled and I think he had a great time!
Haden helped me discover a lot of flowers and cacti along the way. I love finding cactus. And as you can see, even though it appears pretty desolate there were plenty of living things.
It’s hard to tell but this whole area was full of crevices and there were signs warning of rattlesnakes but we didn’t see any (much to Haden‘s disappointment).
And believe me, he looked. There are several “canyons” between us.
It’s really pretty amazing all the different layers of color.
Tons of prairie dogs.
And goats (That‘s a mama and two babies up there). Some of which had on radio collars, I guess so they can keep track of the herds. There were plenty of antelope too but they were not as cooperative.
Seems they can rest anywhere.