Wednesday, July 07, 2010


People are drawn to the rugged beauty of the Badlands. These geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, deer, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

This was not on the planned trip originally, but owell we were so close why not! We had many such stops along the way, I like trips that aren't all 'planned' out.

These are incredible. I also love places to see that are free. There was a nominal fee to get into the park, $10 a carload, but well worth it. Of course we didn't see everything, too many miles, but had a great experience.

Funny pics with everyone squatting, BUT the wind was horrible that day. Was awful driving. The kiddos were scared out there, even the big kids! We found out later there were tornado's in N Dakota, maybe that's part of why the wind was there!

This kiddo is usually so brave, but not this day! LOL Wind does have a calming effect! Have to remember and put in my granny bag of tricks! lol

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
Thomas A. EdisonUS inventor (1847 - 1931)


Sandee said...

It may be called badlands, but it's still some very beautiful country.

Have a terrific day. :)

secret agent woman said...

I like that sense of adventure, too, of spontaneously going to see something not on the itinerary.

Virginia Gal said...

What a great memories you have helped make for your grandkids, they will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.

Craver Vii said...

Crouching is too much for even me. I would have been sitting. :-)

It looks like a memorable event.

Sandy said...

wow wow those are terrific photos. I'm going to have to research the "badlands"...just beautiful!

Denise said...

I was fortunate enough to visit the badlands several years ago. I would like to take my grandkids one day. I don't have any right now but to travel with them as you did would be so much fun. Great photos!

Thanks for dropping by and wishing me a happy birthday the other day. I appreciated it very much.
An English Girl Rambles

Patty said...

We stopped at the Badlands, back in 1967, while taking a rip to Montana. Had a lovely vacation, but yes, it would be a little scary out there with a strong wind blowing.

Anonymous said...

amazing pic's, but you have a great bunch of kiddies there.

Anonymous said...

amazing pic's, but you have a great bunch of kiddies there.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I didn't realize they called them that in America also. We have those in Canada, not far from where we live in fact. They are very pretty.

Gill in Canada

Rambling Woods said...

I have heard of it, but didn't know anything about it..Interesting post... Glad the kids were careful!!!