Part 7b in a 16-part stately series pictorially documenting the Sojourn.
Yesterday: South Dakota (part one)
Today, we finish up South Dakota, with the Badlands through Mitchell…
The Badlands are a bit like a lunar landscape:
Or perhaps like Mars:
But with rabbits!
Our first day there, it was quite stormy:
There are paths atop most of the formations, leading out from the ridgeline upon which people can walk:
‘Twas nice and windy too:
The formations are all quite dramatic, a bit like getting to drive through the base of the Grand Canyon:
It had cleared up some by the time we headed out for our camping trip:
We were advised to register in the Backcountry log so someone would know we were out in the hinterlands – there are no other passes, fees, or registrations for Badlands camping!
A view of the rock formation which we camped against:
The line cutting diagonally across this formation is a different type of rock that looks for all the world like a ribbon or a sports field line:
The next morning, it was plenty bright:
Still windshield with grasshopper:
One of our hikes later in the day involved this epic ladder:
It was worth getting to the top, though:
A Martian metropolis?
Bubbly formations in close-up:
One of the widest-spanning views:
…for Mitchell and the Corn Palace!
San Francisco, a la corn:
This is a pretty corny scene:
Next up: Minnesota