This is just one of the cool places we’ve visited on our road trip the past several days. This road trip is happening because of my daughter, Ashley’s, graduation (YAYYYYY!) from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Instead of flying and missing all the scenery and fun of a road trip, Mai and I drove. Along the way we planned to visit with friends along the route and see some new territory.
Badlands National Park in South Dakota is where our friends Cathy & Bill Fliris wanted to show us. They live in Lusk Wyoming, a place I had never heard of until we met Cathy on a yoga retreat at Haramara in Mexico a few years back. Bill is also a photographer and soon after we arrived he and I went into his subterranean man-cave where he showed me some of his beautiful work taken here at Badlands, the Black Hills and Alaska when they loved there. Bill does really nice work and it was so much fun getting to know him and then photographing with him the next day. It’s times like this I really love.
It was so great that they both took a day off work to drive with us to Badlands on the hottest day of the year, so far. It was 97 that day and made the Badlands feel even badder. At sunset I was able to get some super shots of this desolate place. Many people will not appreciate the Badlands as I do and my time there was way too short to give me time to explore it as it deserves. Bill was telling me that the National Park Service has outpost cabins that they actually allow artists to occupy for free if they feel your work is worthy. I’m definitely going to look into that further and maybe get back here for a couple weeks in the Spring or Fall.