I took a bit of a walk so Emily could run around off leash. Gathered myself, my thoughts, my feelings, prayed, and took pictures.
|This is what I was calling false sunflower. Is that right?|
|Because barb wire pictures are so cliche.|
|Our campsite from the backside.|
We were back on the road by 10:30am. We drove back to the Badlands Park entrance near Cactus Flat so I could have a picture of the sign. I've taken to sign pictures so I can keep track of where we were at when and what scenery was around what town without having to write it all down. Where was that picture? Oh it was between this water tower and that town sign. :) It's working pretty slick so far! Other than that Jeremiah has obligingly slammed on the brakes and even backed up on a few occasions when I hollered "PICTURE"! We've got our system down and he humors me.
And then we proceeded to explore. To touch and feel.
|Pretty proud of this shot. Like a movie.|
|Totally "on leash"|
|The boy and his dog.|
|Waxing eloquent ... most of the time. :)|
|Selfies with a go pro. Snort.|
We drove the Badlands Loop Road and lunched in one of the valleys.
|Lunch spot. Hot as blazes.|
|Cloth, collapsible water bowl. The best road kill ever.|
|Big horned sheep|
|Pesky varmit. :) "Allen! Allen! Allen! Al!" :P|
|"Take you for a ride ..."|
Then we proceeded to the Black Hills! We followed the GPS to Sheridan Lake South Shore because Pactola and several of our other first choices were closed. That was kinda scary. Total blessing in disguise. Again we arrived well after dark and some extra-gps exploring to actually find the campground. There was no water or trash facilities, only vault toilets. I stubbornly stuck to my menu plan for the sake of keeping up with the food I'd bought. We licked our plates clean and rinsed the cooking dishes in about one cup of our precious water. The dogs seemed extra thirsty as I watched them tussle over the full nalgene that eventually ended up in their bowl. We opted not to filter lake water. Lesson learned. Fill every available water container at every available time and buy some more water containers.
|Still in Rapid. Walmart parking lot. Scariest Walmart yet.|