Today was one of my favorite stops, it helped to wake up in a nice, air conditioned hotel room. We stayed in a hotel because we couldn’t find a campground. We were lucky because there were thunderstorms in the area. Anyway, we stopped in the Bad Lands today. The Bad Lands are like a whole different planet. There are all different types of rock formations in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of a prairie to be exact. I was surprised, seeing how different the land was from Maine. In Maine it is plush and grassy; out there it is dry and crumbly. I loved exploring on the rocks, it made me nervous that wherever I put my hand, a bit fell off, it was that crumbly. I also loved hiking. We did two trails. The first was along a cliff and at the top, was a beautiful view. At one point, you have to climb up a log ladder. Mom and Alex were teasing me because I said I loved the hiking 1 min. and 17 sec. into the hike, I remained loving it to the very end. Our second hike was nearly straight up a rock. When we got to the top, somehow, we were ground level when Alex and I were expecting a view. The end was the hardest as we scrambled down the mountain. I was very slow. While we were at the National Park I did the Junior Ranger program. This is a program were kids do all sorts of activities, and if you complete them you get a patch. We all were in shock when I finished it on time, but when I went to turn it in to get a patch, they were out, and so I have to mail it.
After we finished up at the Bad Lands, we went to Wall and found a campground for the night. After we had camp all set up, we went to Wall Drug, a drug store that is really big and is a tourist attraction. They have everything, from cowboy boots to a restaurant. They are particularly famous for their 5 cent coffee and homemade doughnuts. We also went there in the morning for breakfast. We are now headed to the black hills.