Sunday, August 14, 2011

At Last

After a 14 month delay, we're here in the Badlands.  This morning we rode a short 1.5 miles from our campground to the visitors center to talk to the rangers about the hiking trails.  We decided to hike the the Notch Trail first which was a spectacular start to our hikes in the park.  It's called a moderate hike due to the fact that there are a couple of tricky parts, but really it wasn't too difficult.

The first challenge is the ladder to the first ridge.

This a view looking toward our campground from the end of the marked trail.  The wooded area is known as a "slump".  It was formed by a huge rock formation breaking away and compacting the ground so that the vegetation could take hold and grow.

We ignored the trail markers and found another view.

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