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Published: August 19th 2015
…was a short drive day as far as distance went, but longer because we drove through and stopped several times in Badlands National Park to take pictures.
Wow. It looked like a miniature version of the Grand Canyon. Parts of it also reminded me of eastern Washington. It was super RV friendly. The pull-outs along the windy, twisty road were long enough to accommodate even really long RVs. The parking lots at the scenic overlooks had parking along the curb designed for extra-long vehicles. The main road looping through was nicely paved…no potholes, cracks, crevices or frost heave bumps. There are a few dirt side roads, but they recommend not taking RVs through there as rain may make them impassable. There was plenty to see on the loop road so you didn’t feel like you were missing anything by not exploring the dirt roads.
It was only a couple hours from the Badlands to our campground for the next couple days.
We pulled into the campground and Mike went in to register and pay. Another lesson learned…before you agree to stay there, verify the rates on the website are current. Our site…well, almost all the sites, were down
the hill behind the office and pool. Another campground with terraced sites, except this one’s sites weren’t as nice and easy to get into as the other one (the campground with the turkeys). They also weren’t numbered very clearly. The woman on duty gave us site number 501 and showed Mike on a map where it was. We drove to where we thought it was, but there was already someone in it…or maybe they were in site number 642 supposedly around the corner-ish from 501, but the site seemed to be marked with both numbers…very confusing. So we drove further up the lane and backed into one of the many vacant spots and told her what we’d done. One difference between this campground and the other that had terraced sites was the sewer hookup in this campground was actually just inside the site downhill making it super easy to empty the holding tanks. The sewer hookup at the other campground was actually a little UPhill so we had to do the Slinky thing when we emptied them.
It’s a quiet campground with lots of trees. There are even cabins to rent if you don’t have a trailer or tent.
Oreodont fossils are common in Badlands National Park, but it is rare to find a nearly complete specimen like this one. Oreodonts, now extinct, resembled sheep or pigs, but are unrelated.
We arrived early enough in the day we were able to get set up and relax a bit before we met up with my nephew, James. He’s a hydraulics mechanic in the Air Force. We picked him up at the entrance to the Base and took him out to dinner. He chose his favorite sushi/teriyaki place. When he was stationed in Japan last year he really enjoyed authentic sushi. The dish he ordered had a variety of sushi. It was called the Love Boat. Mike and I both ordered teriyaki dishes. When the Love Boat arrived it really was in a shallow wooden boat. I think there were 24 pieces of sushi in it. It looked more like something designed to be shared by everyone at the table. In fact, when the waitress brought it she started to set it in the middle of the table until I told her it was for James. He’s young…a boy…in his twenties…he devoured the Love Boat…ate everything except the shaved ginger, wasabi and the lettuce along the edges of the boat.
While we ate, James talked about his job. Like I said earlier he’s a hydraulics mechanic so he had stories
James and the Love Boat
40 pieces of sushi. FORTY!! He claims the Air Force does feed him.
of “taking hydraulics baths.” Apparently getting sprayed with hydraulic fluid is inevitable because the hoses are under pressure and there’s no way to release the pressure before disconnecting the hoses…and they’re good-sized hoses…with lots of fluid in them. I don’t think it’s so much a bath as it is a shower by the sounds of it.
The older he gets, the more he looks like his dad.
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