Kasnick Photography -To the Badlands, SD.
We left off in a truck stop early in the a.m. on the second day. Now it is
the fifth day, and it seems like eternity. From the terrain change, not
from the time spent out here. I stayed on the interstates and got up to
Lincoln, NE at the end of the second day. Nothing of note happened and
the terrain was sort of like Tennessee. But on the third day, I took Rt 2
across Nebraska and things started to change. You will see a picture of
the river at dusk. That was in the Nebraska Forest. From that area all
the way out to the western border of Nebraska, I was in what they call
the Sand Hills. There are some pictures of the Sand Hills. So, lets think
about that. How could you have pure sugar sand hills covered with grass
for litterally 200 miles by 100 miles wide. Well, at one time the sand
hills were sand dunes. Look at the pictures and think dunes, not grass.
It just shows how much things have changed, and how diverse our
country is. Where did the sand come from? I am sitting in the badlands
right now upwind to the Northwest. Since the prevailing winds are from
the Badlands, and the Badlands have had billions of cubic yards of sand
eroded from the terrain, my guess is here. There are some pictures of
the Badlands, but not many and not that good. It is very overcast and all
pictures are flat when the sun is not right. But I did get a few last night
when the sun broke thru the clouds for a few minutes.
The picture looking down onto the few buildings, one shaped like a
teepee, are looking down into Wounded Knee.A tragic event in history.
The picture is from the ridge where the soldiers set up their cannons and
bombarded the women and children in the village. Over 5,000 soldiers
were in attendance and only about 500 women and children. The Indian
men were mostly off in the hills. This is in the Pine Ridge Reservation,
home to the Lakota Nation.
I have been camping in National Parks and Forests mainly, and hope to
keep it that way. Here is why. I have the Golden Eagle Pass and get
free entry. The cost of entry just to the Badlands is $15.00 per car. Then
camping is half cost. So my camping last night was only $5.00. A far
cry from being in a public campground at $30.00 a night. At this rate I
can stay out here for years! haha my joke.
I am off to the Black Hills, Sturgis, Deadwood and that area today, I just
hope I can find some campground with openings. It is July 3 and they
are all filling up with tourists. Go home tourists! haha another bad joke.
More Later. (P.S. If you want specific pictures email me and I will try to