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We left Fort Dodge, IA yesterday morning after admiring a glorious sunrise behind our motel.

Sunrise over Fort Dodge, IA.

Sunrise over Fort Dodge, IA.

Once we reached I-90, it was an easy drive from East to West, in a virtually straight line, bordered by immense fields of corn, soybean, sunflowers. We arrived in Wall, SD in early afternoon and went straight to nearby Badlands National Park to try to capture the sunset. This morning we woke up at 4 AM and went to wait for the sun to rise.

View from Pinnacles Overlook in late afternoon.

View from Pinnacles Overlook in late afternoon.

Badlands sunrise from Panorama Point.

Badlands sunrise from Panorama Point.

Bighorn Ram at Badlands.

Bighorn Ram at Badlands grazing a bare 15 ft from where I stood.

Near the town of Wall, SD. This is actually outside of Badlands .

Near the town of Wall, SD. This is actually outside of Badlands .

Badlands is an underrated national park which is very accessible to everyone of all ages, from casual visitors to dedicated hikers. Its rugged pinnacles and canyons are made of layers of sediments and volcanic ashes which are constantly being eroded by the forces of nature. Thus the view will change from year to year, and you’ll need to be there to really appreciate its beauty.

Miles driven to date: 1,954 miles.

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