June 26th, 2011
While driving from Rapid CIty to our campsite in the Badlands we encountered a huge storm of lightning, hail and rain. With a stroke of luck we were able to find a cabin with our spotty cell phone reception. As Lauren hung up the phone, five miles from our destination. a deer darted straight into our car. To say the least we were all really shook up. Theo even jumped up in the front of the car. We arrived at the ranch and shortly thereafter a state trooper showed up so we could make a police report. He explained how lucky we were to have found this place with such a severe storm system in the area. We feel very lucky to be inside even though Zach has probably killed 30+ insects, there is a rodent deterrent plugged into the wall and we killed what Lauren claims to be a brown recluse. It’s only for one night and we don’t think Norman Bates runs it, so we should be fine.
We woke up in the morning after not sleeping well and headed up to the main ranch. In the daylight and clearer skies we felt a little safer with our surroundings. We ended up talking a lot with the people who run the ranch. A husband and wife, their three children and their live in help. We felt at home, which was a nice feeling after the night before.
After some debate, we decided to back track to see the badlands, which we are extremely happy with. The terrain is beautiful and the prairie dogs adorable. We even had time to check out the ‘famous’ Wall Drugs which was interesting to say the least (some good people watching.)