Friday, May 13, 2022

Temperature 75 Degrees, Abundant Sunshine

Ben Reifel Visitor Center Badlands National Park

It was time now for a trip to the Visitor Center with the intent of discovering just how the Badlands came to be. Yes, some internet sleuthing would accomplish the same thing but what fun would that be. Thus, a couple of days ago after a hearty breakfast we were on our way. Oh my, did we have to drive far to get there; I don’t even think it took us five minutes!

What we learned here was extremely interesting. For example,

The Badlands was once a shallow inland sea known as the Western Interior Seaway. This seaway stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Artic Ocean, covering most of the modern Great Plains in water.

Here is a timeline of this area.

For instance, how long we wondered before this novel rock formation will be no more? Every drop of water is working to change it and to reshape it.

What we found intriguing is that about forty million years ago the climate here was like that of Florida. Well, it sure isn’t today!

We still weren’t through learning

I asked a Park Ranger, are they bison or buffalo? He told me that the correct designation is bison. OK, again something new learned.

OK, how and why do we know so much about this area?

Teeth tell the tale. Now how about that!

Past, Present, Future

I wonder sometimes if we will ever really learn to live together in harmony? Respectful of each other? Willing to learn from one another? Just thinking out loud.

I give whoever wants to live in this area a lot of credit. It must take a really special sort of person. I know it is not me. Believe me, there are not many parts of our great country that I can think of where I would absolutely not want to live, but this is one such area. You could not pay me enough to live here – never, ever! Nice to visit but that’s it.

Our day at the Visitor Center was truly insightful and educational. I learned a great deal about this area which made it a great day. I’m always amazed at what we continue to discover about America as we move from place to place. Learning, to me, never grows old.

Thanks again for spending the day with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before


  1. Very interesting! I think learning about a place enhances what you see and how much you appreciate it. I also enjoy talking with the national park rangers. And I always learn something. I would not want to live there either. Safe travels and have fun!


  2. I totally agree about not wanting to live in that area. I need green grass, beautiful shade trees. Not that there isn’t beauty in that area, but…..that’s just me. As for your wish that we could all work together, I pray that will happen one day. Our prospects for the near future does not look good, but we can all try to share a smile and a joyous greeting to all we see.

    Hope you get to see the Crazy Horse monument while out there. I am curious how far they’ve gotten since we were there. Enjoy your weekend.


    1. Crazy Horse is on the schedule. Will let you know what progress if any they have made. And you are right, I love to just walk along and say “Good Morning or Afternoon” and watch people’s expressions. Some reply, others just look away. But I keep at it! Have a great weekend.


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