The Badlands….not so bad!

LOCATION:  Badlands National Park in south central South Dakota
CAMPGROUND:  Cedar Pass Campground, in the park (the only campground for RVs).  About 60 pull-in sites along 3 loops. Many tenters.  Flush toilets.  Pay showers.  No campfires.  Nice picnic tables with shelters.  $13/night with senior pass.  4 stars out of 5.
WEATHER:   Another day of perfection – high 78.  Sunny
DRIVE:  2.5 hours

We had an easy drive from the Black Hills through Rapid City.  We drove through Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and the Badlands National Park.  The scenery is rock and sand formations.  Very unusual.

We did not have reservations, but were lucky to get a site here in the park.  The electric sites were full, so we did another night of dry-camping. 

First things first – a late picnic lunch under the sun/wind shelter..

We have very fond memories of camping here a few years ago with our good friends Tony and Jenny from Nova Scotia.  We met up here for a few days of hikes, great dinners, and robust conversations.  We miss them and hope to camp together next summer.  Our site last time was similar to this one…

We hiked a bit around the camp and the surrounding area.  This is the view from our campsite…

The sun set with a powerful burst of red, and then it got dark fairly quickly.  We are hoping for a great night sky tonight.

DINNER:  To use up the huge amount of skirt steak that we have in the freezer, I made soup and steak  sandwiches for dinner.  Soup was some leftover chicken/broccoli that I added to. 

Even though we don’t have electricity, we can use our inverter to watch TV.  Strangely (and happily), we found a PBS channel and watched some home improvement shows in the evening. 

BOOK:  “Darling Rose Gold” by Stephanie Wrobel.  A very strange book about a mother and daughter, both certifiably psychotic..  Lots of twists and turns.  4 stars out of 5

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