Day 9: Badlands, SD

I am usually two days behind on my blogs.  Late yesterday afternoon, I was determined to post the pictures Scott had photographed of the beautiful sunset.  The Wi-Fi was so sketchy at the KOA, and the only place there was somewhat of a signal was in the laundry room.  I became obsessed with trying to upload the pictures and publish them, but I couldn’t proof my entry.  I honestly didn’t think it had been posted. When I read it the next morning, I did a very quick edit. You’re welcome to those who had an opportunity to read that initial post.  OMG

We got up early and made our way to Saddle Pass Trail. The weather was a cool 67°. Scott registered us and within the first 20 steps we saw this sign:



Needless to say I thought about rattlesnakes for most of the two hour hike. We never did see one. The first leg of the hike was steep, but most of the trail was flat after that. It gradually warmed up to the mid-70s, and there was a nice breeze to keep us cool.




I started noticing the different colored wild flowers that grow in dry grasslands and decided to photograph them (this took my mind off of the rattlesnake’s). We also saw cattail-like plants and have yet to find out what they are.



To wind out the day, we listened to Ranger Brad teach us all about the fossils discovered on this land.