On second thought, “suddenly”
hardly describes it.
Abruptly, immediately, instantaneously the topography dramatically
goes from flat grassland besieged with billboards to the spectacularly
Out of nowhere
the South Dakota plains give way to layers of soft shale, clay
and limestone that wear away at a rate of about an inch a year
leaving stunning silhouettes and fanciful formations.
Lakota Sioux dubbed the region Mako Sica or Bad
Land and the early French Trappers concurred, calling
it les mauvaises terres a traverser meaning a
bad land to cross.
No one said anything about
it being a bad land to LOOK at, so America
recognized it as a uniquely beautiful spot and proclaimed it Badlands
National Monument in 1929.
inhospitable or difficult to traverse this place may be, the
Badlands certainly provide a most unique spot where one feels
utterly removed from the rest of the planet.
most of the park is wilderness and inaccessible by vehicle, The
Badlands Loop Road passes through the most far-fetched of formations.
Absolutely remarkable — wed go so far as to describe it as
out of this world.
David & Veronica,
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