Just a Good Girl in the Badlands
Ever since about 2015, when Z and I realized we had seen more of other countries than of our own, we set out on a mission to see more of the States. One of our favorite ways to connect with the land here has been by traveling the National Parks. We’ve hit some pretty great ones and for this year’s Labor Day Weekend we hit a ton more! One of those being the Badlands.
We had explored the area a bit during the heat of the day and had plans to watch the sunset over Pinnacle Overlook - we made it just in time, thanks to our new MVMT watches, and boy were the views well worth it!
Extreme temperatures, lack of water, and the exposed rugged terrain led to the Lakota Native Americans calling this area “mako sica”, or “land bad”. Later in history, French-Canadian fur trappers called it "les mauvais terres pour traverse," or "bad lands to travel through." When looking down and out, you can see why. Deep, steep caverns go on for miles; grasslands quickly give way to cliffs with drop offs that could make your heart faint, and trees grow at a slant. It’s hot in the day, almost unbearable, but as soon as the sun begins its descent the temperatures do too. Lucky for me, I had a cuddle husband and a chambray shirt at the ready, as we watched the sun set over one of America’s most jaw dropping sights.
Shop the look!
I’m loving that cowboy boots are being seen as a trend piece for fall; I bought mine years ago from a roadside shop on a road trip to West Virginia, but for those of you who aren’t gallivanting around western states but still want the on-trend western aesthetic, there’s tons of cool cowboy boots online. It’s the perfect way to add a little Americana West aesthetic to your fall style!