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South Dakota- Part 3

After an entertaining and unforgettable experience at Cosmos Mystery Area , we headed straight towards Badland National park, the endless stretch of dramatic scenery – layers of sedimentary rocks, revealed by erosion.This scenic wonderland was ruthlessly ravaged by wind and water revealing sedimentary layers of different colors: purple and yellow (shale), tan and gray (sand and gravel), red and orange (iron oxides) and white (volcanic ash).
We seemed to be travelling through some alien landscape. I am sure the pictures will speak for themselves.
We also took a short walk to get a closer look at the formations. They were simply incredible.

After that breathtaking tour through the beautiful Badlands National Park, we headed back to our campsite.
Next morning, we took the wildlife loop along Custer state park. We were lucky to see a herd of bisons grazing at a distance.

We moved on towards Nebraska and towards Scottsbluff National Monument. The drive to the top itself was an adventure.

From there we headed towards Chimney Rock,a 325-foot tall rock formation with the shape of an inverted funnel that served as a landmark for thousands of early pioneers.
After witnessing a wonderful sunset on the way,we stopped at North platte for the night and the next morning headed back to Chicago.

4 thoughts on “South Dakota- Part 3

  1. Regarding rattlesnakes…

    I’ve had a lot of experience with them in the wilds…

    Rattlesnakes (and most snakes for that matter) don’t want anything to do with humans. Don’t bother them and they will not bother you.

    A rattlesnake “rattle” is a friendly warning that you are to close. If they were not being nice, they’d just strike you without warning. Move away from the sound and there will be no trouble.

    The diamondback rattler, the biggest and most venomous snake in the Old West, is slower than molasses! While trying to take pictures of one one time, I managed to irritate it enough to chase after me with full intent to commit physical harm! Heck, a baby can crawl far faster than a diamondback rattler’s top speed!

    Here is the most important thing to know about any venomous snake… They cannot strike further than 1.5 times their body length. A word to the wise… stay further away than that. 🙂

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