Our vacation started on a Friday, the day after the boys were done with school. We set out on our 10 day adventure. Where we were going? Not quite sure except we knew Monday we would end up in Longmont, CO at Kyla’s house. We had no plans, no reservations, no anxieties. It was fabulous. We drove a lot on Friday. Ended up getting in late in Sioux City, woke and found a doughnut joint (and a Starbucks!), and set out for the Badlands. This was a destination Matt and I had in the back of our minds to hit either going to Colorado, or coming back. Crazily, Kyla was also taking the weekend and visiting South Dakota. Our lives are always crossing like this. Saturday we got into Wall, South Dakota. Home of the famous (not quite sure why?) Wall Drug. We found a cabin to hunker down in for the night, woke early the next morning to a leftover doughnut breakfast, and headed to see the Badlands.
The boys thought it was SO cool.
Matt and I had to agree.
Matt and the boys went off exploring rocks, while I went running Castle trail. wanted to do the full 5 and back, but I was afraid I was going to get lost. The trail was flooded out and muddy as hell. Then at one point I found myself running through the high grass to get back on the trail. At that point I realized I should head back, they don’t tell you to stay out of the high grass for no reason. Rattlers are prevalent. So, I found my guys and we went around to the other end of the trail. This side was a bit better marked, but eventually I lost track of those markers too. I hopped around running the rocks for awhile, but never made it all the way back and forth on the trail. It was such a blast. I was muddy and exhilarated. I hope I get a chance to beat that trail. I have a feeling we will be back there again sometime. This time lets hope Brodie doesn’t almost lose his shoe in a sink hole…