We drove through farmland, prairies, and plains and crossed the Missouri River to enter western South Dakota. The new statue, Dignity, overlooks the river and had just been dedicated on September 17. An unexpected delight were the many sunflower fields along our route.
As we entered Badlands National Park, we found our campground and settled in for a couple nights. The campground was right on the edge of the badlands and offered great views of the formations and sunsets.
The next day we trekked into the park, taking the scenic loop and enjoying short hikes and numerous overlooks.
On the way home we checked out Wall Drug, for the campy roadside attraction it is.
And as we headed further west, we noticed the colors beginning to change. We look forward to our time in the Black Hills!