Our last day in South Dakota was a fabulous day in the Badlands! On the way east, we stopped off in Wall, SD to the home of the infamous Wall Drugs.
And my unrealized life long dream was granted... I got to ride a "jack-a-lope!"
So - I think I had about 400 pictures on my camera from this day. It was just an amazing scene. And all the while my mind kept thinking about how "hardy" the early settlers must have been. Because, I would've pulled my wagon up to this..... And been like, "OK - lets go back a ways to where we were, because I am NOT crossing that!"
Once again, we saw lots of prairie dogs!!!!
Even the girls were impressed with how amazing this area was.
We found a neat picnic area - and were thankful for the shade because once the sun came out, it was quite toasty.
This area used to be a watering hole. They are continually uncovering skeletal remains - they even have a procedure to follow if you "happen upon" fossils because they are so plentiful.
This area is known for it's colorful striations - the area in yellow used to be under salt water. This is an area where a lot of ocean fossils have been found.
The landforms are amazing!
And the girls got to work on their Junior Ranger books.
That was our 7th and final Junior Ranger badge on this trip.
If you keeping up with that count, so far we have JR badges from..... (1) Knife River Indian Village, (2) Theodore Roosevelt National Park, (3) Little Bighorn National Battlefield, (4)Yellowstone, (5) Jewel Cave, (6) Mount Rushmore, and (7) Badlands National Park
The Every Kid in a Park program starts on September 1st during your 4th grade year of school. So from Sept 1st - 18th - we earned 7 badges..... That some serious homeschool science, social studies, and history that we've learned!
But as we left the park - the fun didn't stop there. Once off National Land, we happened upon a little store with a giant prairie dog statue. We stopped and low and behold, you could buy food and feed the little guys in their prairie dog town.