Sent: Monday, August 20, 2001 5:30 AM
Subject: Badlands II
I was bent on backpacking for a few days so I
packed up and headed into the wilderness. There is no water to drink out
there so you have to pack all you will need in with you. They have
streams, but they are so silted, and apparently the silt is ionized or
something, so it stays suspended in the water. The best part is that
unlike the parks on the East coast, there are no trails, and virtually no
other hikers, you basically just head out and make your own path. I had
a great hike, walked through a few prairie dog towns, saw some cacti, and lots
of traces of Bison. Here are some of the pictures.....
After about three hours of lugging around almost 3
gallons of water, I realized that with a day pack I could cover twice as much
ground in the same time and that I was killing myself with a heavy pack only
because I felt like camping. Realizing that there was much more to see
in the park, and that I wasn't even in the best part I headed back.Sitting on
the ground unloading my bag, I saw this crazy reflection on the side of the
van and took a picture....
It was mid afternoon by now, so I thought I would
take a little drive around the park......