Other than the Black Hills, the one thing we wanted to see while in the Rapid City, SD area was the Badlands, but we stopped off at the Millstone Restaurant again for breakfast. I had the chicken fried steak
and Bev had the biggest burrito I’d ever seen – must have started with an 15” tortilla.
I thought mine was very good but Bev thought she made a better breakfast burrito and I agreed – hers may be the best on the planet.
We drove from Rapid City down to the Wall, SD exit and entered the Badlands National Park there – first time I’d used my senior pass. Here are a couple of comments from their web page.
“These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.”
“During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.”
Check the park brochure for more info, including the geology – it’s very interesting.
We were going to drive out the Sage Creek Rim Road, but it was the most serious washboard I've been on in a while. Here are the shots we took – on one side of the road is the normal land and on the other is what’s left of what is now part of Louisiana. It’s been eroding for 500,000 years and should be done in another 500,000.
These are some more shots of it.
Nature is truely an incredible force.
All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
9/8/12 event date
9/8/12 event date