2008 Western Adventure
Day 9 - June 28, 2008
Only 130 miles to the Badlands....sounds
easy...huh? Well, it wasn't. The winds today are
worse than they were yesterday. According to the locals, these
high winds are not unusual. I was really beat up when I
arrived at the Badlands and decided to get a hotel room if they had
one. Unfortunately, this is summer vacation time and all
hotels in Medora where full. Not to dampen my enthusiasm for
doing the main loop of the Badlands NP, I figured that I'd get a
hotel room in the next town, which is Beach.
I headed for the park entrance with my lifetime
pass in hand. The ranger at the gate was very friendly, which
got my tour of the park off on the right foot. Right away I
knew my tour of the Badlands was going to be great. The views
were phenomenal. The first critters that I saw were prairie
dogs...tons of them. I swear they were posing for the camera.
Then I saw some wild horses...they were beautiful specimens and even
included a little one. I got my photos and continued on.
Next was a large deer, which is unusual early in the afternoon.
Unfortunately, I didn't get my camera up fast enough to get a shot
of her before she disappeared in the brush. I waited for a
while in hopes that she would reappear, but she must have heard of
my reputation for hitting deer.
I was so hoping that I would spot one of the many
herds of buffalo, but I didn't see a one in the 40 miles that I
covered in the park. I wasn't really disappointed, because I
knew that I would have another chance when I hit the South Dakota
Badlands. I really don't know why the named it the Badlands,
because I think every part of it is pure beauty. If I wasn't a
little bit about getting a room for the night, I would have explored
some of the other roads. I reluctantly finished my tour and
headed on down the road. The next town did have a couple of
motels, but they were also full, so I had to head down the road to
Glendive, Montana, about 30 more miles. The first two motels
that I stopped at were also full, but I did get a room at Days Inn.
I checked in and gathered all my dirty clothes and took off in
search of a Laundromat. While the clothes were getting clean I
went next door to the local DQ and got a hot fudge sundae. I
figured I earned it.
With the clothes taken care of, and my tummy
full, I headed back to the hotel.