Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 1 - Badlands

Saturday, August 14
Left home at 5:30 am. I-90 here we come. The fog was thick all morning, but it was a beautiful morning. The kids watched Scooby Doo DVDs, followed by season 5 of the Deadliest Catch. We ate gas station breakfast sandwiches (Dan, Ehren and Anna), along with other snacks, such as bananas, celery, granola bars, deviled eggs, and m&m's. The new kids Camelback water bottles are awesome. Nobody can spill or squirt each other, and everybody's drinking WATER, not other sticky, sweet substances. We made good time with relatively few stops. The Missouri river and the hills just past it were beautiful. Love the wide open spaces and the whipping winds.

We arrived at Badlands National Park around 1 pm. Admission was free this weekend (awesome).

We hiked cliff shelf nature trail, stopped at the visitor center, hiked Saddle Pass, and hiked Fossil Exhibit Trail. We found some amazing bone fossils when venturing off one of the trails at the top of saddle pass.

We staked out a camp spot at Sage Creek Campground, set up the tent, and then drove to Wall for a mediocre restaurant dinner. We finished the evening with some spectacular sunset sightseeing and buffalo, prairie dog, and wild turkey viewing.
Anna's new words: fascinating, exquisite, adorable -- as in, "This shirt is adorable." and "This is exquisite!"

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