Today the journey takes you from the town Interior (what a fitting name) to Sage Creek Campground, a convenient door to the Badlands backcountry.
For most visitors, this is a drive-through road, offering stops for spectacular views.
Short hikes are possible here, but the terrain is steep and endless.
The Bighorn Sheep are going on family trips, too.
Then, slowly, the landscape begins to change. You first encounter patches of green,
and then colorful hills
with nuances of yellow.
Then you arrive, grab the backpack, and look back for a moment.