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We see lots of Bighorn Sheep on our drive through the Badlands National Park. This snoozing guy seems to be bored by our presence.

We see lots of Bighorn Sheep on our drive through the Badlands National Park. This snoozing guy seems to be bored by our presence.

Saturday, June 6 – Back to Sage Creek CG

In late May, we left Sage Creek Campground in the Badlands National Park to make our way to Chicago for a family wedding. While we were away, we stored the Airstream at a commercial campground in the town of Presho, SD. For $20, they let us leave it plugged in to a 20 amp circuit which was more than enough to run the frig while we were gone. We picked it up yesterday and everything was just as we left it. It’s good to be back to normal again.

Today we’re headed back to Sage Creek Campground for an overnight stay then we’ll work our way into Wyoming. We exit I-90 onto Highway 240 at the eastern end of the Badlands National Park. Highway 240 roughly parallels I-90 and is the only paved road that runs through the Badlands NP. Unfortunately Rim Road is still closed due to heavy rains so we’ll have to exit the park near Wall SD and take Sage Creek Road to the campground.

We’re backtracking on the same route we took in late May. The scenery is spectacular and seeing it from a different perspective makes it seem like we’ve never been here before.

This Bighorn ram seems to be enjoying the vistas of the Badlands National Park as much as we are.

This Bighorn ram seems to be enjoying the vistas of the Badlands National Park as much as we are.

As we approach the western edge of the park, we see lots of ewes and lambs. This is the first time we’ve seen Bighorn on our travels out west.

Ewes gives birth to a single lamb each spring. There are 4 ewes and 2 lambs in this photo. Can you spot them?

Ewes give birth to a single lamb each spring. There are 4 ewes and 2 lambs in this photo. Can you spot them?

In the spring, ewes and rams hang out separately.

Bighorn sheep seem to enjoy walking along the precarious cliffs.

Bighorn sheep seem to enjoy walking along the precarious cliffs.

Another Bison Attack!

It’s late afternoon as we arrive at Sage Creek Campground. The last time we were here, a large bull bison charged our truck as we drove in. There’s bison around but this time they seem to ignore us as we drive by. Sage Creek CG does not have defined camping sites so we park the truck and Airstream at the edge of the loop road. We’re only here for one night so we leave the Airstream hitched up.

Fortunately the bison backed off before hitting the truck.

Fortunately the bison backed off before hitting the truck.

As I putter around the kitchen, Cindy watches a bull bison meander through the campground. He comes awfully close to the tents set up within the campground loop. Most of the campers move away as the bison approaches and some even retreat to their cars. As one guy, who appears to be in late teens or early twenties, walks towards the bison, Cindy says, “That fool is getting too close!”. Sure enough, the bison tosses his head and charges the guy, knocking him to the ground. Thankfully, he doesn’t appear to be hurt. At this point, many more campers seek refuge in their cars.

Tomorrow we’re headed for Devil’s Tower National Monument and then to the Bighorn National Forest in north central Wyoming. We plan to boondock for a few days before heading to the Shoshone National Forest just east of Yellowstone National Park. I’ve been told we’ll have to watch out for grizzly bears.

On our way to the Bighorn National Forest in central Wyoming, we drive by Devil’s tower.

On our way to the Bighorn National Forest in central Wyoming, we drive by Devil’s tower.

The view from our Airstream door in the Bighorn National Forest.

The view from our Airstream door in the Bighorn National Forest. We had this place to ourselves during a 4 night boondocking stay..

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