Badlands National Park

I apologize in advance.

I have a lot of photos from the Badlands…and I am not even including phone photos in this post (which at times, due to my phone having a wide angle lens, are even better than my good camera photos).

When I was twelve, my parents took my younger sister and I on a three week trip out west. My dad had meetings in Portland and Lake Tahoe and so they took us along, showing us many sites along the way. We visited Badlands, Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Redwood Forest, Death Valley, and the Grand Canyon. It was an amazing trip. However, my parents are more of the “drive through and take a picture to prove you were there” type of travelers, and so we rarely did more than just get out of the car and look at a few sites.

I remember being at the Badlands and so wishing we could stay longer. I wanted to walk around! I wanted to see more!

And so, when we were planning our big trip, I knew that the Badlands were high on my list of priorities. We made plans to spend two nights there before heading on to Mt. Rushmore and then to my parents house in Montana.

It was AMAZING. I loved it. All of it. Well, maybe not all. I did not enjoy the 95˚ heat in the afternoon. But other than that, we had an incredible experience and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Here comes the onslaught…and check back tomorrow for pictures of our first star-gazing and photography experience. I don’t have the best equipment for night sky photography, but I captured some amazing photos anyway!

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The water fountain was a little too powerful!

The water fountain was a little too powerful!

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My sweet girls

My sweet girls

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It was so windy, but he was content sitting on the picnic table playing with a water bottle.

It was so windy, but he was content sitting on the picnic table playing with a water bottle.

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Early morning coffee date

Early morning coffee date

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Breakfast is cooking!

Breakfast is cooking!

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This guy liked the syrup left over from our banana pancakes

This guy liked the syrup left over from our banana pancakes

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The best little dish washers!

The best little dish washers!

Geology talk

Geology talk

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A family photo

A family photo

Don't be too impressed...the trail was only about half a mile!

Don’t be too impressed…the trail was only about half a mile!

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I loved that the kids were allowed to climb and play

I loved that the kids were allowed to climb and play

So, so, SO beautiful!

So, so, SO beautiful!

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I couldn't stop taking pictures of the amazing views

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the amazing views

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Bison crossing

Bison crossing

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Taking photos of bison

Taking photos of bison

This mama bison was watching us with lots of suspicion!

This mama bison was watching us with lots of suspicion!

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Mountain goat crossing

Mountain goat crossing

We loved watching the prairie dogs run around and play

We loved watching the prairie dogs run around and play

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We left our camper in Michigan (that was planned) and now this is our way out west. One suburban plus a "back porch."

We left our camper in Michigan (that was planned) and now this is our way out west. One suburban plus a “back porch.”

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2 thoughts on “Badlands National Park

  1. Claire

    Your pictures are amazing. They don’t even look real! I want to go there so badly now! I have never been there or the Grand Canyon. I guess we have lots on our bucket list to do with the kiddos. 🙂

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