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Badlands, South Dakota

This is the place I was itching to get to, well, it proved me correct! We had so many mosquito bites, we looked like we had the chicken pox, LOL.

We pulled in and it was rather busy, at least a lot busier than we expected. We pulled off on a spot that was very unlevel and the guy in a neighboring 5th wheel came over and said we could parallel behind him if we could do it. Kevin had to back up a good 500 feet down the road to try and start over. He made it, of course, and he was able to park behind the 5th wheel. The views are beautiful from there. Now, if we had to do it again, we probably wouldn't park that close to the edge again, but it was nice while we were there. And I am forever grateful for that guy who said we could park behind him! We were facing head into the wind and not being hit broad side when the storms came through.

We had 50 mph winds and pouring rain. It was raining so hard and the wind was so fast that we were soaking up rain water with towels as the rain was coming in our only window that faced the front. This was at 11 pm at night! I have put the video at the bottom of this post. The pink towel was from a side window but I was trying to protect stuff just in case the wind changed and I had to move all the kids' books away from the windows as well.

The badlands are beautiful and the pictures you can't grasp the depth of the hills. It is breathtaking for sure. Well, while we were enjoying the park, our solar controller went out, so no more solar. However, Kevin and I decided that while we were in Chamberlain that we would buy a generator just in case anything happened or that there were too many cloudy days. So, we got to run to town to buy gas, LOL. We only had to run it about 30 to 45 minutes a couple of days to actually charge the battery, so it wasn't that bad.

Now, that we are done in the badlands, it is time to head to the Black Hills!!!!

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