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  1. Haggis

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    Not a camp trip, but drove over the South Dakota, to visit the Badlands, the Grassland Visitor Center, Wounded Knee Museum, and Wounded Knee Massacre Site.

    Nothing really prepares a fella coming from the wooded hills of Eastern Kentucky, or the bush country of Northeastern Minnesota, for the treelessness and openness of South Dakota, or the eerie otherworldliness of the Badlands. Bighorn Sheep, Prairie Dogs, and Buffalo fetch it all back to earth though.

    Be a tough go to find enough wood for an all night fire here,,, let be roast a haunch of plains critter...

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    I never realized they were so treeless. Thanks for the post lad. joe
     
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    A lovely place. So many fossils to be found.
    We were there a few years ago. In the campground, we were setting around and walked the campground, everyone stayed inside their RV. Hardly a soul walking around. Such a beautiful evening to be staying in.
    I always love to see a bison, much less a herd.
     
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    Interesting colors in that 2nd pic.
     
  5. Haggis

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    Had to of course visit Wall Drug,,, and get my photo taken,,,



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  6. Haggis

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    Being color blind, I’ll take your word on it. Is a strangely be decked out bit of real estate though,,, I could see that much...
     
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    Did you get your free ice water? I always enjoy when someone from here hits my corner of the world and is like "wow!"
    Fun fact, all the "bug planet" outside shots for Starship Troopers were done in the Badlands.

    Can't wait to see more, glad you enjoyed it or are still enjoying the trip!
     
  8. Haggis

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    Just a fascinating place to hang about. Gonna spend tomorrow seeing as much as I can squeeze in,,, gotta be back up north Monday evening so Herself can be in school Tuesday morning,,,

    I already know I’ve got to come back here for a walkabout,,, I see there are hiking trails,,, Just a wow place,,, done run out of adjectives...
     
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    Were you looking at her books? LOL

    Back to reality, did you notice the country side open up as you went past the Missouri River? It struck me as dramatic the first time I was going across I-90. Almost like another planet but then you get out to the Black Hills and it gets even better. We were out last summer and stopped at the Little Bighorn Battlefield up by Hardin, MT. The whole history out there has a messiness to it that is hard to rinse off as waves of people pushed other people further than should ever have been done.
     
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    Been to the Badlands several times. Very cool place. Also visited the North Dakota badlands, aka Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora. Not as pretty as the Badlands in SD, but cool none the less. Wall Drug is a must stop, if you're in the area. The wife and I also visited Wounded Knee.
     
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    Beautiful area out there! I really enjoyed the minuteman man museum just east of Wall, it was super interesting to me.
     
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    Beautiful area! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Awesome landscape!
    And ohh.. look! Books!!
     
  14. Haggis

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    Just introducing myself to the lady and her team,,,

    I was a French and History major at university, and Native American studies were predominant in my class choices. I was and am amazed at the landscape here, but remembering the history of this place, there was a melancholy that came over me.

    When I was born, there were people still alive who could well remember living as free people on the plains, and following the buffalo. Reading of migrations of peoples displacing other cultures in Europe, there is a disconnect,,, it was all so long ago, but it was not so long ago here,,, and the wounds have not yet healed... Don’t want to wax political here amongst the good folk of BCUSA, so I’ll leave be just a melancholy feeling, being a tourist in someone else’s sacred places. But by the Sons of Odin,,, isn't this place breathtaking?
     
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    I've not had the opportunity to visit Badlands, but a few years back I visited a friend in Glendive, Montana, and visited Makoshika State Park. It reminds me very much of the landscape. Beautiful but eerie place!
     
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    an obligatory stop for any time you're anywhere'z near...

    for those of you who don't understand goto

    http://www.walldrug.com

    the place will take you A WHILE to just see/walk the aisles ;-)

    THANKS Haggis for the rememberies
     
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    I have a very similar perspective. East Ky Hillbilly, we stopped at the Badlands in SD in 2010. Only spent an hour or so due to traveling to Montana to hunt. The harsh beauty is indescribable. Any time some one here from home mentions traveling out west I encourage them. You can’t convey the beauty with words or pictures, has to be seen.
     
  18. Haggis

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    Yes,,, (Menifee County, born and raised), you must be here for any real perspective.
     
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    Well said Haggis.
     
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    And the ads for Wall Drug are seen, on the billboards, for days before you get there.
     
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    It’s one of the most forsaken, spectacularly beautiful places I’ve ever seen. The shame of it is how we destroyed a thriving culture that weren’t owners of it, weren’t masters of it, but were merely a part of it. There’s the sadness of the whole thing.
     
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    The area is absolutely wonderful. Maybe a little inhospitable at times. I also had the pleasure of visiting the area 10 or so years ago. So much to see and unfortunately never enough time. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for sharing the photos, looks like a nice place to visit.
     
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    Caught peeking down the top of her dress, you were.
     
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    The lands aren't bad, just different.

    Looks like a good time. Thanks.
     
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    Hey look, only 1400 miles to Wall Drug!:18:
     
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    Good to see you traveling @Haggis . Beautiful pictures. :)
     
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    Great area and pictures, don't forget the Corn Palace, an interesting tourist stop as well.
     
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    The conglomeration of photos and short videos I took on the Badlands trip. It’s about 10 or 11 hours from the Iron Range of northern Minnesota, but I picture me going back to stay longer,,, maybe during a less touristy season,,, just an astonishing piece of the planet,,, Nothing I’d seen or read prepared me for it.

    The sound track bites, but it can be turned down or off.



     
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    Love the pictures! What kind of goats are those? Can you hunt them?
     
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    Bighorn Sheep, and I’d guess they are off limits to hunting...
     
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    Been to Wall Drug,that stopover for thousands heading west to Wyoming and beyond.Also stopped at Mount Rushmore.We found it hilarious when we saw signs for Wall Drug every couple of miles from the eastern part of South Dakota and onward.
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    The Wall Drug signs aren’t on par with See Rock City or Burma Shave, but those are long gone. (Well, probably a few See Rock City barns still around.)

    Devotees of roadside Americana and the like will find much to appreciate by rooting around in the depths of LILEKS.COM.
     
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    I remember.
     
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    Love that type of terrain @Haggis

    There are some similar badlands found in parts of Utah but I enjoy these much more.

    Thanks for sharing quite the adventure!
     
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    I’ve been told by friends that a Bryce Canyon National Park visit is a must after seeing the Badlands.
     
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    It is an incredible place. I suggest you try and visit at some point but do so outside of the summer season.

    Scenic Highway 12 is also an amazing drive to and from that park. Maybe the most amazing highway in the southwestern USA?
     
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    What a trip! It must be fascinating to visit the museum and historic sites. ...and those views are incredible.
     
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    Bryce Canyon is spectacular. As are other spots in the area. Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Capital Reef, Bears Ears, and so many more. One could spend a lifetime just there.

    The US is s beautiful place for road trips. :)
     
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    ABSODADGUMLUTELY!!!

    such a diverse offering is only a simple road trip away

    the bridal unit & i found out we could live/camp/travel cheaper than we did living at home in our times off

    i will admit we were camping out of a VW Squareback back then

    a good kit and a few waivers for the luxury class accommodations n fancy meals goes a LONG way towards fueling the family hoopie

    w/ a bit of research you can plan trips around free or really inexpensive camp sites

    and w/ today's camera phones taking pictures(capturing your experiences/rememberies) doesn't involve film n processing fees ;-)
     

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