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From Badlands to Mount Rushmore


Whilst travelling with Trek America, we got pretty used to having lunch whilst on the go.  There were several coolers in the trailer, filled with pre-sliced ham, cheese, salad and a variety of spreads, which we crammed inside wraps or slices of bread.

And this lunch was eaten pretty much anywhere.  Sometimes as a picnic, or if we were short for time .. huddled around the trailer in a Walmart car park.  Megz classy.

The lunch spot before our drive to Badlands National Park was a little treat; a place called Sioux falls.  A super pretty series of mini-waterfalls with pretty bridges and a look out tower that gave you this incredible view.

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I didn’t really know what to expect, but let me tell you, Badlands National Park was totally surreal.

It kinda felt like we were on the set of a Star Wars movie, hiking across a completely different planet.  The rock formations were a selection of pasty colours, crumbly, and stacked high.

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And hot.  So damn hot.  It was easily 30°C+.  So we only did a short hike to a view point that kind of looked out across the park.  Pretty awe inspiring if ya ask me.

Plus, we got really lucky and managed to see some prairie dogs whilst driving through the park, which obviously called for us to pull over and take a dozen photos.

They were tiny.  They were cute.  And if I was Verruca Salt I would have stamped my foot and demanded one.

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Next Stop: Mount Rushmore.

I was really looking forward to this stop because cliched iconic tourist spots make me weak at the knees.

Let’s just say: I had no idea how much there was to American history.  There’s a little museum and it left me completely baffled.  But if history is ya thing, you would have a field day.  There’s also a little booklet you can fill out in return for a badge so obviously, like the five-year-olds we were, we did one (holla to your new Junior Ranger).


Look out for my next post, about “Yellowstone National Park“.


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