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Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Monday, 05 January 2015 09:17

Entering Badlands National Park

(Entering Badlands National Park)

So you’re in South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. Fine, everyone needs to do that at least once. But while you’re there don’t overlook some other great attractions in the western half of the state. After all, let’s face it, Rushmore is a long way from anywhere and if you’ve gone to all the trouble of driving there in the first place, why not see the rest?

It's hot down there

(It's hot down there)

There is actually some green out there

(There is actually some green out there)

That’s exactly what we did on our 2014 road trip. Whether you’re coming from the east or west on I-90 there’s no better place to start than Badlands National Park. Established as a National Monument in 1939, Badlands was redesignated as a National Park in 1978.

 
Road Trip 2014 Part Five: Billings, Custer, and the Little Bighorn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Monday, 01 December 2014 10:24

Sunset over Billings, Montana

(Sunset over Billings, Montana)

On this year’s road trip, our highest one-day mileage was a mere 600 miles, way below our record road trip total of just under 1000 miles on the last day of our epic Seattle to New Orleans and back again odyssey in 2010. That day was a one-time stroke of let’s-just-get-home-no-matter-how-long-it-takes madness never to be repeated.

Overview of Billings from the Rim Rocks

(Overview of Billings from the Rim Rocks)

The least amount of miles we covered this time in one day was close to zero when we spent one whole day in Billings, Montana. Some might ask, why would you spend an entire day in Billings? A fair question. It’s not the most picturesque city in the state, but it’s far from the worst. That dubious honor would surely fall to Butte, a tattered and battered old wreck of a town whose better days – or at any rate, more prosperous days – came more than a century ago. Nowadays, to call it run down would be a compliment. More like run over.

Riverfront Park in Billings

(Riverfront Park in Billings)

 
Yellowstone and the Beartooth Highway PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Tuesday, 04 November 2014 08:24

Yellowstone beckons

(Yellowstone beckons)

Day Two of our summer road trip found us heading for the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park for a bit of an odd reason. Not that there’s anything particularly odd about going to Yellowstone in the summer. Thousands of people do. In fact I think they all showed up the same day we did. To say it’s a popular destination is like saying McDonald’s sells a few burgers. As we sat just east of Mammoth Hot Springs in a traffic backup – and I mean bumper to bumper, dead stop, rush-hour type stuff – which stretched for several miles, I couldn’t help asking myself the question: if all these  folks, including me, are visiting Yellowstone to “get away and escape to nature” but we end up trapped in our vehicles sitting in horrible traffic jams, what exactly have we accomplished?

On the Beartooth Highway near 11,000 feet elevation

(On the Beartooth Highway near 11,000 feet elevation)

Yellowstone, where the buffalo roam...

(Yellowstone, where the buffalo roam...)

 
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