We got a late start out of Custer thanks to me. I really wanted to get caught up on my blog, so it was almost noon before we left. Check out time is 11:00am but no one hassled us and Cathie was patient.
Our next point of interest was the Badlands, an iconic name for many of us, particularly if you liked Westerns as a kid. On the way we experienced some of the wide openness of South Dakota, a contrast to the Black Hills.
We stopped in Scenic to have lunch. Not much here but a surprising amount of traffic. At the only store/gas station we bought chips and drinks. Perhaps this bought us access to the store’s bathroom.
On the way to the Badlands ones passes through a prairie grass restoration area before entering the park. We stopped at the visitor’s center, which is small but very well done. We then drove through the heart of the park stopping frequently to take in the incredible sites and record it in pictures. I think every stop would look quite different depending on the time of day or weather conditions. I’m sure one could photograph the area for a very long time before claiming to have captured its many moods.
The photos below are panoramas made using the phone’s camera feature. They are pretty good, but not perfect. The Bighorn sheep were completely unperturbed by our presence.
It was starting to get late so we decided to pitch out “tent” in Wall, South Dakota. Specifically, the Sleepy Hollow RV Park. Wall is famous, or infamous, for Wall Drug and 5¢ coffee. Colin tells me it may not be worth too much more. I’m glad I have Peet’s.