Here is a quick rundown of our activities after leaving the Tatro home.
We spent two days ( Friday, Saturday, Sunday morning) at Knouse’s house and I got to meet Alexis’s friends and her horse. The horse liked me a little and tried to scratch her face on my shoulder. But I’m a genius and I was wearing a cammi and strappy dress in the 98degree heat and Angel was wearing a fly mask. Screen burn on the shoulder ensued.
Alexis tried to convince me and Beorn to go ‘dam sling’ sliding down an algae covered dam into the water below, which seemed like a fantastic activity. However, upon arrival at the dam Beorn and I looked into the River and couldn’t. The waster was so disgusting that Orion, who was wearing white sneakers with bright orange laces, couldn’t see his feet when they were only a foot into the water. My view on swimming is “if you wouldn’t wash your hair in it…. It’s not good enough for swimming” . We didn’t go dam sliding. It looked super fun however, and part of me really wished I had just given in. although the smell of the water just wouldn’t let me.
As we were leaving Knouses and Wisconsin we stopped at a lovely park and had a last lunch with them and did some park exploring!
We drove from the Knouse’s company to a campsite in the Palisades just barely inside South Dakota. We spent the next day driving to the Badlands. Where we set up camp and went for a hike.
I fell in love with the Badlands. The landscape was beautiful and awe inspiring, and it made my imagination go 100 miles a minute. We would be walking through a little canyon and I would think “R2D2 and C3P0 must be just around the next corner!” we heard a noise that sounded just like a speeder and I said out loud “Look out! Here comes Anakin!” There were other times where I could just see an outlaw in a little cave, with his horse wandering below in the sparse grass looking for something edible. I even saw Serenity fly by in the sky a few times. Then I looked around and thought, “wow this place is really beautiful. Look at that big rock! Let’s climb that big rock and see the view from there, I just want to go to the top of that big rock!”
We left the Badlands the next afternoon and I was sad. Beorn I could have stayed there for a year and still wanted to explore more of the nooks of that beautiful place.