Life Thru the Lens 31/52.... The Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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The Good....

This year is the Centennial celebration of The National Park Service in the U.S. We have a goal to visit all of the continental national parks, and most of the national parks in Hawaii and Alaska. I am not a huge fan of the thought of riding in a bush plane, but mind might conquer matter to see the majestic sights in northern Alaska. 

We began our national park journey back in the spring of 2013 with a visit to Glacier National Park. That experience was beyond any words that I might string together adequately enough to capture the beauty of the park. Next, we visited Smoky Mountain National Park late in the summer of 2013; I have not shared that experience, but it was fabulous. 

This year, we are planning a fall trip toYellowstone NP and to The Grand Tetons. We have been trying to visit these parks for over 15 years now. We had a trip all planned out but our sick baby boy Dreamer, and an emergancy room cancelled that trip. 

We are extremely excited about our fall trip, but of the most exciting thing about moving back to South Dakota is that several National Parks and sights are right out our backdoor. 

The Fun... Badlands National Park....

Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National Park | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

The Random...

Tips for visiting The Badlands:

~ The Badlands NP does accept park passes... otherwise it is $15.00 per vehicle, or $30.00 annually. 

~ If you visit during the summer time, be sure to bring plenty of water for hydration as the shade is limited and the heat plentiful. 

~ There are a ton of little hikes at each pull over all ranging in a half-mile, to a mile-and-a-half. Take the time to explore off-the-road to experience The Badlands intimately. We are planning a fall trip to hike every trail in the area. 

~ There are accommodations within the park... the Forever Resort, the Cedar Pass and camping as well. 

~ The Badlands vegetation is high desert foliage perfect for rattle snakes to hide in so...

Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

~ You cannot visit The Badlands without a stop at Wall Drug. From either direction, once you hit the boarder of South Dakota, you will begin to see the signs. "Where the heck is Wall Drug?" Or, "Only (fill in the blank) miles to Wall Drug." Wall Drug is a drugstore that is famous the world over, and so much more.

(Once you see the signs you will begin to see them everywhere. We have seen the signs from Montana to the Middle East, and every where in between.)

Polebridge Mercantile, Montana 

Polebridge Mercantile, Montana 

 

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