Ok, so I totally underestimated the beauty of South Dakota. It is the land of may textures that includes the Black Hills, the Badlands and also some of the Great Plains. After leaving Boulder, CO, we went north into Wyoming and then east to Mount Rushmore. Now, if you have ever been here it is a true phenomenon. I've never seen anything like it and really can't describe the feeling you get when you see it for the first time. Imagine, giant heads 4 of our greatest presidents carved into the side of a mountain. I was very, very impressed.
After we stopped there we went straight to the campgrounds at the Badlands National Park. The Badlands got it's name from fur trappers who came to this area in the early 1800's due to the lack of drinkable water and the ruggedness of the land. This region was a shallow ocean area where the most complete skeleton of a T-Rex was found.
At our campsite and all around the park are open lands where Buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play. I've never been that close to a Buffalo. Except in a zoo.
At night you could see the entire Milky Way and thousands of other stars in the sky. It was amazing. In the morning we woke up and went to Wall, SD to stop at the famous Wall Drug for some 5 cent coffee. It was delicious and very weird. This place became famous during the depression when they would give people free ice water. That was seventy years ago and they have been busy ever since.