The Dakotas

My kids hadn’t left our physical property since late February. Over five months of isolation because of the pandemic, and a bit of my own hermit tendencies mixed in if I’m being honest.

So we committed last minute to a trip to the Dakotas to visit with Josh’s family and take the kids to see a land different than the one they have been surrounded by in their day-to-day life.

Below is a collection of photographs from our trip, including the Badlands of South Dakota, the Black Hills region, and the wheat fields of the far northwestern reaches of North Dakota.

Along I90 near Murdo, SD
Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep
Prairie Dogs
Pronghorn
Burrowing Owl
Burros
Burros, Custer State Park
The Black Hills, SD
A deer hidden amongst the tall grasses
Sylvan Lake area, SD
Sylvan Lake, SD
Needles Highway area of Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore, from Needles Highway
From a pull-off along Needles Highway
The family’s old wheat farm in Northern North Dakota
Josh’s grandfather’s WWII (presumably) wool jacket found hanging in an old garage on their farm. I sent pictures along to see if some Army historians can authenticate it.
Striped Gopher

I don’t recommend 82 hours in the car, the total of our trip log, especially with a 2 and 4 year old. But it was a breath of fresh air and a nice change of scenery from the northeastern forest cover we call home.

K

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