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After spending the night in Rapid City we drove east to the Badlands National Park. It was a beautiful day so we decided to spend some time in the park hiking after a long day of driving the previous day.

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Just after entering the park we encountered a small group of Bighorn Sheep. The herd consisted of the females and the their young.

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Driving a little further we drove past the Prairie Dog town and couldn’t resist stopping to watch them for a while.

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One fellow was doing some remodeling work on his dwelling.

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As we drove along we noticed a couple stopped along the road looking up into the rocks. There were two Bighorn Sheep rams watching the cars go by.

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As we continued down the road we started to notice some very interesting cloud formations.

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Last spring we had hiked many of the trails in the Badlands. This trip we decided to take a short trail that we had missed on our first trip. It had rained several days earlier but most of the water had dried up creating some interesting patterns on the trail.

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One thing I learned is you don’t want to be hiking in the badlands when the trail is wet. The soil, called gumbo, by the locals sticks to your shoes and just keeps building up like cement. The tracks on the bridge show that someone had been out hiking when it was wet.

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I was attracted to this colorful plant along the trail. It looked like it had flowers on it not long ago.

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