We've traveled approximately 2,2114 miles to one of my favorite places in the US, THE BADLANDS of South Dakota. It rained yesterday, all last night and all day today, but we are finally in the Badlands and life is good. After watching a Bald Eagle near the White River and eating a quick lunch we jumped into the car to explore this unique National Park. The first thing we noticed is how green everything is. In past years the ground was dry and the air thick with dust. Many wild flowers were blooming and the grassland was tall. I didn't take any scenery photos today since the colors were so subdued without the light. Another thing I noticed is that the formations didn't look any different when areas were wet or dry. I think of the formations as rock, but when rock becomes wet it is shinny, and this did not happen. It becomes very muddy and slippery. Soon along our drive we came up to a small herd of Big Horn Sheep (females and young). About a mile away from the females we saw an old ram eating the grasses. In the distance Mule Deer grazed and right next to the road and as far as you could see comical Prairie Dogs chirped to each other. At the far North end of the park we saw a herd of Bison in the distance and then after a bit an old male walked past us on the road. We just sat and watched as he walked past us without even looking at us. Once outside of the park we came upon miles and miles of Sunflowers. It was a beautiful sight and a wonderful way to end our day.
This is a photo of a Big Horn Sheep ram. He was very wet from the rain.