Camping / Hiking

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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On a hot and sunny day, we went on a day hike to Badlands National Park. This park is located in Southwestern South Dakota, about one hour drive from Rapid city. And it protects about 240,000 acres of prairie with sharply eroded cliffs and spires.

サウスダコタ州には国立公園が2つあって、今年のラウンドではそのうちの1つ、バッドランズ国立公園へ。目的は日帰りハイキング。ここはプレーリーと呼ばれるロッキー山脈の東側に位置する大平原地帯の中にある岩山地帯で、何十万年もの歳月を掛けて侵食を繰り返してできた奇石や崖などの地形が見どころ。国立公園の中では知名度が低め?だと思う。

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Can you find some bighorn sheep?

We picked the Castle trail(10.8 miles around trip), the longest maintained hiking trail in the park.
今回選んだルートは、公園内で一番長い往復17.3kmのCastle Trail。

Hiking   Badlands National Park  U.S. National Park Service
Trail map: http://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/hiking.htm

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At the trail head. register names, route and time etc…

The path weaves through a maze of cliffs, spires, pinnacles with magnific prairie. I felt like walking on the ocean bed all the time.
この日は快晴で、気温は35度前後で無風。炎天下の中荒野を長距離を歩くってどうなの?と思いながらもたっぷりの水を持って出発。道中まったく日陰はなくてバテたけれど、どこまでも続く奇石の景色は素晴らしく、海底の巨大迷路を歩いているような不思議な感覚を味わえた。

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Following the trail and trying not to get lost!

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Me doing a yoga pose, Virabhadrasana Ⅲ (Warrior Ⅲ)

Visited on: 2014/07/03

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