Last day in the Badlands
Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
23Trip End Oct 2008
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This walk also provided an interesting contrast to my previous sojourns into the park: on all the other significant trails throughout the Badlands you tend to be navigating your way through a never-ending series of peaks and valleys, never reaching a top or a bottom. No matter how high you get, there's always some spire above you that's impassable; no matter how low you get there's always some treacherous ravine you can't enter (well..
The fractal nature of the peaks and valleys also lends itself to a loss of scale - it's actually quite difficult to judge how far away a given feature might be, because there are so many like it in shape in the immediate vicinity, but scaled drastically up and down.
These landscape features combined to give me the feeling of being permanently suspended, never reaching a state of equilibrium. After 3 days of this, the long and meditative trek through parched plains and prairie was just the tonic I was looking for.
Plus, as I came close to the original trail head, I stumbled across a small herd of Bighorn. I got a bunch of clear shots, but most of them were of sheep butts so I picked just the ones that showed something a little more interesting.