South Dakota Trip – Day Three

Day Three started out in the Badlands of South Dakota. We went on the “Geology Walk” put on by the Park Rangers first thing in the morning. We learned how the Badlands were formed over the last 50,000 years. After the tour, we headed out on our own for a hike. We saw some more awesome sights and got quite a bit of exercise clambering up and down on the rocks.

After that, we drove the Badlands Loop Road as we made our way to Wall, SD. The majesty of the Badlands is breathtaking. They go on for miles and every vista is spectacular. We got to Wall Drug about noon. We bought some gifts and donuts and took a few pictures. It was crowded and touristy and we decided not to stay very long. The best thing that we can say is we have all now been to Wall Drug.

In the afternoon, we got to our hotel in Rapid City, SD. The hotel (La Quinta) is adjacent to the Watiki Water Park. This was the rest and relaxation portion of our vacation. We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening, swimming and going down inner tube slides. The water was warm and refreshing and it was fun to just hang out for awhile. After all that playing in the water park and hiking in the morning, we all slept well.

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