|I parked like this but as supposed to park like the camper in the background. I wasn't going to be able to get in and out if we backed in. The host gave us some grief about it but I didn't move. There were lots of Lancers hanging out by the hangers.|
|The view from the front door. The wind swept prairie that had a herd of deer in it and needed to be mowed at 7 am.|
Outside the base they had a museum dedicated to the different aircraft the flew out of Ellsworth as well as many of the people from South Dakota that served in the army air corps and the Chair Force. A hall of fame it you will.
|Lancer, swing wing bomber|
|Patrick was impressed by the Stratafortress in the background.|
I always thought that the Badlands covered a vast swath of South Dakota and it does but not like I had imagined. If you go north or south a few miles you would completely miss this vast desolate, beautiful monument to the changing of nature. As we drove about, I was reminded of the verse where Jesus said that if his followers were suffered to stay quiet then the stones would cry out. I believe they do cry out in testament to God's handiwork.
What can I say about the Badlands? It was beautiful, impossible to describe the colors in the ground, the changing shadows and hues as clouds passed and shadows changed. We must have passed through at the right time because everything was green and the flowers were in bloom. From common sunflowers to echinacea to yellow sweet clover. From atop the cliffs were sweeping vista where we could see for miles across the landscape. No pictures can do the beauty of the land the justice that it deserves, certainly not my point and shoot but we try and it will serve as a reminder of our travels when I am old and grey.
|Stunning vistas ruined by the camera lens.|
|We stopped at a place with a board walk and half way through it started to rain. We hoofed it back to the car and went on the visitors center. It was packed full with the rain.|
|Echinecea in full bloom.|
|It was supper time when we came out of the park. So we stopped at this place and had buffalo hotdogs and the dog tried to eat prairie dogs.|