Today was a long drive to Wall Drug in Wall, SD. Sure we were in Rapid City and it’s not that far from Wall, but we went through the Badlands National Park.
To be honest, I wasn’t really enthused about the prospect of the badlands national park. Usually things are a bit exaggerated so I didn’t think it’d be that great. As it would turn out, I really enjoyed myself there. Took a couple hundred photos there, lots of landscapes, and a couple with Horo as well, such as the header image. Unfortunately, up on these ridges the wind was pretty gusty and I was close to the edge on some. Horo kept blowing over and I was worried she’d go over and myself along with her. But it was enjoyable regardless of the potential danger.
We also climbed up a ridge right off the bat, it was a lot more difficult than we thought and kb9skw decided to turn back and head for the car. I being a bit more adventurous and possibly having an advantage due to my short stature or possibly due to my chosen path differing from his, climbed all the way too the top and was greated to this view.
There were a number of times I thought I was going to fall into a crevice and break a leg, others where I thought I was going to smash my camera/lens into the ground. It may not have been one of my better judgement calls and kb9skw might have been the smarter of us in that respect but I did enjoy the view I received for my efforts.
Here’s the path we drove today, not very long, but took us all day. I believe the highest altitude reached during this excursion was around 940-950 m (~3100 ft or so).
PS: I wish I’d taken more time to compose these Horo shots. But carrying her up the sides of these ridges was dangerous enough…