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Chase Maher Travelogue

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FC: Travelogue, Journey to the Badlands By Chase Maher

1: The Badlands of South Dakota is not very well named. Many people visit this great place. Located on the edge of the Great Plains, weird rock formation take over the land. If you are traveling through South or North Dakota, then be sure to visit this wild, wild place!

2: The Badlands were discovered very early by Indians who first named it the Badlands. In 1929 it was named a monument in early March. Later, in 1978 it was reestablished as a national park.

3: THAT WAY | Badlands | Lists; places of interest! 1) Loop Road 2) Badlands Wall 3) Notch Trail 4) Sage Creek Wilderness Area 5) Saddle Pass Trail

4: The Badlands is known for its fossils. Many ancient fossils have been found. Visit some dig sites! Also there is the Ben Reifel Visitors Center to learn more on the history!! | BadLands | Found at

5: Activities! 1) Hike the Trails 2) Visit the gift shop 3) Go on a ranger advised tour 4) Visit Cedar Pass Lodge or go camping! | found at

6: Arts, Culture, and Entertainment, and The Ben Reifel Visitor Center Mostly Indian culture in the Badlands, because half of the Badlands are in an Indian preserve. Entertainment includes traveling Trails and the only restaurant in the Cedar Lodge pass, so pack food! The Ben Reifel Visitor Center will teach you everything you need to know about the Badlands and includes a lot of history if your interested! | found at

7: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Park Map and where it is in the US above | found at &

8: In the Badlands weather gets too hot in the summers and too cold in the winter. Plan ahead on your stay and go in either the spring or fall. The cabins at Cedar Pass Lodge go quick! Also, your going to want to pack good hiking gear and some water bottles! | found at

9: Cultural Awareness Indians were the first to occupy the Badlands. Still half of the Badlands is on an Indian preserve. In the gift shop you can purchase handmade Indian crafts. Some native Indians still speak their native language, though most don't. The food is hot and spicy, so pack water! | found at

10: Much of the Badlands are weird rock formations, and many trails run through it for a truly great trip. There are two designated camp grounds, and many people use them, although there is The Cedar Pass Lodge. The Badlands is an overall great place to have a family trip, to get fit and have some fun!!! | found at

11: Journal Day 1 Finally! I saw it! The sign that says, Welcome to the Badlands! I had crossed from Washington through Oregon, and Idaho, to South Dakota! Immediately I took a hike through all of the amazing rock formations and odd shaped crags; all of course after checking in to the Cedar Pass Lodge!

12: Journal Day 2 I woke up and got ready for another hike. Since I had forgot my camera i got one at the gift shop, and then packed my hiking bag and headed out. I traveled over even more rocky crags and hills, and past prairies. I saw also a Swift Fox! I hope tomorrow to see the endangered Black Footed Ferret. After the 15 mile hike, I went back to sleep.

13: Journal Day 3 This morning i took it slower, and tried some of the native Indian food at the Cedar Pass restaurant. It was yummy! Also after I explored handmade crafts and others in the gift shop. In the afternoon i took a guided tour with a couple other visitors, and we only walked about a mile enjoying the view. Then it was bedtime early for me, because i had to get up early to leave.

14: Journal Day 4 So today I leave. I had a great time and would definitely like to go back! I woke up early and packed my bags to get an early start home. I checked out and got into my car. As I was driving away, I saw something in the middle of the road. I stopped, and couldn't believe my eyes, the endangered Black-Footed Ferret! I took out my gift shop camera and took a few pictures. Now my Badlands trip was truly complete.

15: Compare The Badlands are much like Kansas with wide Great Plains. Both are fun to explore, with lodges for staying in!! Contrast The Badlands are very rocky, and not as much great plains. All the rock formations are weird, and fun to hike on.

16: Cause and Effect One cause and effect the Badlands went through is in Prehistoric times, a flood went through and the Badlands was underwater. Through the years the water eroded the rock to the weird formations they are now. Another is, even though the Badlands are a National Park, part of it is on Indian reserve, causing visitors to have to be careful of Indians on the preserve.

17: Conclusion All in all, the Badlands is a pretty good place. It has a lodge for those who don't want to camp, and many animals and wild plants. Along with the animals and plants, many odd rock formations take over the lands. You can hike, take great pictures, earn memories and have fun!

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