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Published: August 7th 2009
Notch trail facing north
Amazed - There are few things that amaze me anymore but The Badlands are a place I will not soon forget. The landscape here is absolutely amazing in its ruggedness. You have to respect those early settlers who came here with nothing but horse drawn wagons, few supplies, and their wits.
I didn’t sleep very well last night. They only get 14 inches of rain a year here and last night I swear they got at least 2 of them. Karma is a b*tch. Thunderstorms came through for about 2 hours. Yea… I was scared; getting zapped in my tent is not the way I want to go out.
Woke up when the sun came out, packed a daypack and set out. Hiked 4 different trails for a total of just over 10 miles, I’ll sleep like a log tonight. Saw some insane look-out points, deer, longhorn sheep, and a whole lot of beautiful scenery. Took some amazing pictures, hope they turn out.
Tomorrow is off to Mt. Rushmore, and hopefully Crazy Horse and Devil’s Tower if I can fit them in.
Until next time.
Lesson of the day: When hiking bring as much water as you
Notch trail overlook
think you'll need, then pack an extra half.
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