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The Dark Beauty of the Badlands

Badlands, SD – Cruising along the meandering scenic bypass through Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota it’s difficult to ignore the supernatural inklings they evoke. Teddy Roosevelt, awed by the dark beauty of this region, aptly described the Badlands as “hell without the fire.” Indeed, this vast, jagged landscape is composed of eroded buttes and spires spread across nearly 244,000 acres that formed as a giant sea receded some 69 million years ago. Prehistoric animals likes mammoths, rhinos and saber-toothed cats once flourished here, making it one of the most fossil-rich areas in the nation, with some fossils dating… Continue Reading

Morning Wood

Thurmont, MD – Camping in spring is always hit or miss, but we were fortunate as we rolled up to Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland that the sun was shining and the air was warm. Here we set up camp, tested out some new gear and enjoyed being the only souls in the park. We took some time before heading out the following morning to hike up to the falls. Throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries these hills were harvested of their wood, which was used for charcoal, timber and to clear the way for farming. By the 20th… Continue Reading