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Published: June 14th 2018
You can go straight East across South Dakota and Southern Minnesota on I - 90 if you want to. Boooring. Or you can take the backwards route to the Badlands, like us. We started down route 44 in the direction of the Badlands, but we never seemed to get there. They were always on the horizon, never getting closer. I know, its to be expected in the Midwest, but this was ridiculous. Until we arrived at the official entrance, and found that we had circled around the southern edge, and would now have to retrace our tracks going West through the Park. No problem. It was early and a lovely day. And the park was pretty empty. The light coming low from the East made a huge difference in how good the Badlands looked. Photos to the north or south were the best. As we trundled through the Park began to fill, so that when we arrived at an informal site that had a herd of Bighorn Sheep, we had the full array of minivans and their denizens from six to sixty six year olds charging around yelling and taking pictures. We followed suit, and then headed North for the exit
and the safety of the interstate and old Minuteman silos.
We drove steadily the rest of the day, clouds and storms capturing our fancy as we listened to Tana French's Broken Harbour on audio.
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