|Paul on a climb... mustn't be up too high as I'm not seeing a helmet anywhere in this photo.|
And off they went and they are covering some serious miles, with their angels on their shoulders, I assume. After hitting the road on May 12, today they are in Montana headed north into Canada. There are 3 separate cars, all pointed in the same direction.
Along the way they are hiking and climbing, hitting as many National and State Parks as they can. They are all experienced outdoorsmen and women who enjoy a challenge. I do not worry about them in the wilderness, as Paul and a few of the others are Wilderness First Responders... they are the individuals the Rangers would send out to rescue them if they needed to be rescued.
They arrived in the BadLands National Park in South Dakota just at sunset. As explained by Wikipedia, Badlands are "a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water."
And, this is what they look like at sunset:
Absolutely fabulous! I remember that one of the trips my dear dad dragged my mom on was to the Badlands and in the same trip Mount Rushmore. He spent days photographing in the Badlands and was fascinated by the landscapes there. I imagine he's smiling down on Paul and his friends.
I've requested a "sunset a day" journal but haven't received any more (yet). I imagine that getting to Montana and onto Canada has taken precedence over my request for sunsets. Hopefully they'll slow down a bit and share a few more sights with us. It's an amazing world we live in.