Badlands

Wall, South Dakota

Drove through the Badlands National Park yesterday.

Stunning vistas and very diverse topology.

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When we drove through the Badlands of North Dakota last month after lots of rainfall, the dirt was heavy clay and felt similar to wet Play Dough. ┬áThere hasn’t been much recent moisture here in South Dakota, and the dirt is hard as rocks.

We were lucky to see a pair of Rocky Mountain big horn sheep grazing right near the road.

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We did see a handful of buffalo and dozens of prairie dogs along with big warning signs that the prairie dogs have the plague. I wondered if the idiots who got within five feet of the mountainsheep got that close to the prairie dogs…

There were lots of lookouts to pull off to get a better look. One of them was surrounded by grass which the deer just loved.

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But we didn’t quite understand why the deer walked to the edge of the canyon to poo. There were only a few droppings in the grass and dozens on the dirt.

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After some discussion we figured it was one of two things:

The deer were tourists who just stopped for quick bite and wanted to take in the view.

OR

The deer were graffiti artists marking the territory as theirs.