Let’s begin to approach the landscape of the Badlands appropriately, through layers.
This is the beginning of the Notch Trail, a short hike that gets you intimately close to the rock formations, if we allow for it. Not yet, though.
I hiked this trail twice, first on a cloudy afternoon, and then the next morning accompanied by some fog, giving me layers of time and weather.
Here we just follow the trail up, looking forward and backward.
Near the end there is a choice. We can enter a side canyon that narrows
and allows to climb up,
or we can reach the notch – the end of a world.
All this is already fascinating in its otherness, but there are more layers that reveal themselves when we look differently.