I recently had the opportunity to drive cross country, while relocating to the San Francisco area. The direct route would have been to go straight through the middle of the country, but I was traveling with my partner and dog, and we had plans to make the most of our trip. The one place we wanted to stop more than anywhere else was Badlands National Park in South Dakota. So we zigzagged across the country, making our way north. We were not disappointed. It’s cliche to say, but the photos just do not do it justice. The landscape is jaw dropping and so unusual, unlike any other place I’ve ever been. The colors were impressive.
There are many beautiful places in the world, and there is an undeniable sense of awe when you make a point to appreciate nature. We left the Badlands with one more gift, a sense of courage. We couldn’t help but think of the pioneers of our past coming across this land and passing it in their carriages and on foot. Their bravery and dedication still lingered in the air, and we carried that with us as we traveled to our new home.