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