Ode to the Road

No road trip is complete without making a few stops along the way, so I wanted to do a short post to share a few pictures of some of the things we did on way to and from Yellowstone and the Tetons.

Our first stop after driving through the night was Badlands National Park in South Dakota.  We had some fun hiking the Door Trail, one of the shorter hikes Vince and I did the first time we visited the badlands in 2014.  It was fun to be able to share this place with my family because it has had a lingering effect on me.  Badlands is rather understated as far as national parks go, but it has an alien beauty that is totally unique.

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After our hike, we stopped by the visitor center, and then drove the Badlands Loop Road, an incredibly scenic highway with panoramic views of towering buttes.

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We stopped for a look at a group of bighorn sheep, and of course we had to check out a couple of prairie dog burrows.

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We left by early afternoon and drove for the rest of the day, eventually landing in a Walmart parking lot near the North entrance of Yellowstone.

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On our way home from the trip, we spent a night below Devil’s Tower, and then hiked around the tower the next morning.  Vince and I also did this in 2014, but this time I paid more attention to the climbers that were ascending the Butte.  After the short hike, we began the long drive home.  We had covered a lot of distance, and seen some amazing things, but I think we were all looking forward to being done driving for a while.

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