By Ann Petersen
Walking in the Badlands is more than anyone could ask for. Climbing everything in sight we reached the end of the Notch Trail in an impressive amount of time. The views from the cliffs expanded over the horizon if not blocked by a colossal boulder of Peare (peer) Shale. The Badlands use to be the deepest part of a vast sea covering a lot of the western part of the US. Many of the rocks still have visible fossil remains, although the fossils are not clear. After hiking up and down Jacob’s Ladder, we departed from the national park to the motel about 45 minutes away. In the motel, on the reservation, we had a wonderful meal at the motel restaurant and had the opportunity to meet the rest of the team traveling to Pine Ridge Reservation from La Crosse, WI.