It was a bit of a drive over to Badlands National Park. Most of the way, for miles and miles, we were passing signs along the highway for Wall Drug. They sure don’t want you to miss it.
Badlands National Park comprises 244,000 acres of land, with wilderness areas of 64,144 acres. The park is the largest expanse of protected prairie ecosystem in the National Park System.
We did a driving tour of Badlands Park, noticing that there was also hiking trails all around. They called it the badlands because it seemed impenetrable. The treacherous rock formations and crevasses, made it impassable by wagons. The landscape appearing sinister and other worldly was formed by erosion by wind and water, having been an ancient inland sea.
This territory is part of the area famous for the U.S. & Indian Wars 1866-97. The Massacre at Wounded Knee took place just south of the Badlands area.
Here is an account of the 1890, Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek.
On our way back home we did our obligatory visit to the famous Wall Drug & shops. Since it was around lunch time, it was very crowded. Since it was difficult to find a parking space, I guess their signs we effective.
We finally got into the drugstore Diner, and ordering our food was fast. The tables vacated rapidly, so we sat enjoying lunch & people watching. Everyone seemed to want to eat hastily so they could go shopping. It was like a mall under one large roof with many small shops, with other shops across the street.
Click on the link to read “Roadside America” description of this roadside stop, Visit Wall Drug.
Later we spent the evening having dinner & socializing with Bruce & Sue and Darlene & Jerry at their campground. One last visit before we head off in the morning. Having some discussions with people in the Elks Lodge, we definitely need to come back to see more of this area, especially Ellsworth Air Force Base and the Wounded Knee Battlefield.