As you know I’ve been sharing pictures from my roadtrip from Texas to Washington back in June. See Day 1 Here, and Day 2 part one Here. My last post left you halfway through day 2. I needed to split day 2 up because I was already at 20 photo’s for the morning and first part of the afternoon. So here is part two.
We made it into South Dakota. We of course stopped to take pictures at the signs. We decided while driving into South Dakota that we were going to stop at the Badlands and go through the park. So that’s where we headed. As we were going along we started seeing these signs for the Petrified Wood Gardens. They were every couple of miles and then every mile and then every 500 ft and so on. If you’ve ever been to Texas and seen the billboards for Buc-ee’s then you can kinda imagine what these were like, except they were hand painted. We figured it was a lot of hype for something not that great but we decided stop anyway. It was a smaller mom and pop run business that didn’t live up to the hype of the signs, but was still worth the stop.
After we stopped there we got back on the highway and headed to the Badlands National Park. We paid to get in and as we were driving to the first scenic turnout, Lydia and I are asking each other whether we think this place is going to be worth the money it took to get in, not that it was that much, but we had no idea what we were getting into. So we pull into the first turnout and get out of the car and literally we were both knocked on our butts with the beauty of what we saw. We both looked at each other and said even if this is all there is, this was worth it. If y’all ever find yourself in South Dakota make sure you visit the badlands. It’s worth the trip!
Because we hadn’t researched what it was and all that, we only had limited time in the park. We got their later in the afternoon and had only been snacking on animal crackers and costco’s pub mix since breakfast. We also needed to make it to Rapid City at a decent time to get a hotel. So we were pretty rushed through the park.We would have loved to have hiked more than we did in the park, and spent more time at each spot. But we did enjoy it nonetheless. I have to say it was probably one of the favorite parts of the trip for both of us.