Day 16 – Driving the Badlands

Panorama Point, where the views go on forever.

Panorama Point, where the views go on forever.

Humans have used the region for ages – before horses were introduced, Native Americans would stampede buffalo off the edge of these cliffs, which are hidden by the grasses, and some would be killed. Prospectors and farmers tried their hand out here too, but the soil is too poor to really produce anything beyond the beauty and numbing desolation of this place.

It is late in the day, so things are somewhat quiet and cool – and other than the first stop, the region is deserted, save for maniacs who think the place is a drag strip rather than a nature preserve. We do spy a pronghorn antelope in the grass not so far away, and take plenty of photos of him – and the flowers that try to make their own space in the thick tall grasses.

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