As the sign reads, this is The Big Badlands! After driving across South Dakota the day before, we finally arrived at one of our big stops, Badlands National Park. It was like nothing we had ever seen, or at least my husband and kids had ever seen, I came here as a child. 🙂 It is hard to describe a landscape that doesn’t really compare to anything else. It kind of reminds me of the Grand Canyon, except that it is so spread out. It also makes me think of the Napali Coast in Hawaii. But while it has the same shapes as the Napali Coast, Hawaii is lush and tropical, which the Badlands clearly are not! I think the Badlands are best described in pictures. Then you can decide what they might compare to.
|This is the way to go…|
|This is NOT!|
After all our exploring, we were hungry. So we headed to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center and Cedar Pass Lodge for lunch in the full service restaurant. This is the ONLY place to eat in the entire park, unless you bring your own food. It took a little longer than we would have liked, but the food was descent and it took care of the grumbly tummies that we all had. I had the Sioux Indian Taco made from their special fry bread and seasoned buffalo meat and then I was ready for more exploring!
|This time our exploring took on new heights as we climbed up on the formations.|
|One of my favorite shots of the kids in The Badlands!|
|Looking back at the parking lot and myself…that’s strange, my son must have taken this one.|
We were really enjoying our Badlands adventure and looked forward to seeing all of it. Alas, that did not happen. Stay tuned for my next post to see why our Badlands experience ended “badly”! 🙁