The Badlands

I took off Thursday the 21st and drove west late into the evening towards the Badlands National Park. It was a beautiful start to the trip complete with a picture perfect sunset I could view from my passenger mirror.  


Since I got on the road so late, I was trying to make it to the Badlands for sunrise. As much as I wanted this to happen, I wanted to arrive their safely and with out incident more. This is when I learned it's not a good idea to be on the road during odd hours. 


Why you ask?  Fewer other drivers, thus more eyes on you. Because of this, I was followed in two different cities by officers. I never got pulled over, but after the second incident I decided to pull off at a rest stop and continued my drive in the morning to avoid any unnecessary issues. 


I crawled in the back of my SUV where my bed is set up, and fell right asleep which is a blessing in itself. Sleep has been a foe of mine for many years, but especially in the last. I am hopeful this trip will help me reset my internal clock and get me back on schedule!

I woke up very excited and hit the road! I had a few more hours to drive and arrived just after 11AM. Until now, I had only seen the Badlands once, from a far as I was driving by it. Let me just say, this was a completely different experience. To see so much beauty up close, in person, and have the opportunity to hike a portion of it was a whole new adventure! 

I spent the day hiking through canyons and viewed beautiful towering spires and flat-topped table buttes. I felt so free looking at the 244,000 acres of these natural lands.

How did these lands get to be this way you ask? They are a result of deposition and erosion that started about 500,000 years ago when water began to cut through the rock layers, carving these marvelous formations. This is ongoing today and these structures can change daily as more sediment is washed from the buttes. With the current erosion rate, these lands are only expected to be for another 500,000 years. 

Learning this history made me think of one of my favorite quotes by Jim Watkins. "A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence."  I thought about this often as I looked out into the vast distance of Badlands and reflected on how I could apply this to my life. 

 

Please click on this photo to see all from this day. 

Please click on this photo to see all from this day. 

I hiked a few different trails and by the end of the day crushed over 10,000 steps. I was sore and tired, but able to complete this a lot in thanks to cannabis.  For those who are new to my blog, the pain I experience is related to a genetic condition I have called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  In the past I have found I can combat this pain greatly and live a much better quality of life when I incorporate cannabis, fitness and a healthy nutritional plan daily into my life.  Unfortunately I have not been consistent with fitness due to the long hours I put in at Break the Stigma Fitness.  Sublocations and dislocations have become much more frequent as I am reminded how imperative it is for me to take care of my own health.  Thankfully I have some CBD tincture, a cartridge and some topicals to help keep me going and am looking forward to my next adventure.

As far as my diet, I recently started a new shake & supplement program and will be releasing a blog soon with the details and where you can get yours!  This is truly a nutritional program I can get behind as it is non-gmo, organic, has no added sugar, and is whole foods. Exactly what I know to be true to support a healthy lifestyle!

As my first stop along this journey I will say its a must do if you are in the Northern U.S. 

Oh and If you would like to see more pictures from the day, please click here or on any picture in this blog. 

Thank you all for taking the time to follow my journey. Now, its time to pack up and hit the road for the next destination. See you on the flip side friends! 

- Fit Cannabis Girl