Badlands National Park – Part 2

Woke up freezing in my tent.  Either the wind chills got very low or my 20 degree bag isn’t quite up to par, but will make due for now.  Wind died early morning and gave way to a lone coyote howling in the distance. Camp stove and pot work well and the freezer bag cooking … Read more

Badlands National Park – Part 1

Made it to the Badlands in South Dakota.  Once I crossed the Missouri River it was a white-knuckle drive due to 40mph sustained winds today with stronger gusts.  Watched the terrain go from flat, boring corn fields to rolling grass hills with sunflower fields and hundreds of free-grazing cattle.  Then the rock formations appeared and … Read more

2016 Road Trip – Westward Bound

Celebrate the National Park Centennial - 100 Years of Service

Thanks to a mandatory 30-day furlough from work, I have been afforded a great opportunity to take a western US road trip vacation.  The idea originated after learning my Dad was awarded an elk hunting tag for New Mexico Unit 34 and the season fell during the same month period.  Since I have 3 weeks of free … Read more