The term “Badlands” apparently was coined by pioneers trying to get from point A to point B, and finding that this was bad land to cross. I can’t imagine trying to take a wagon through here.
Great place to run into rattlesnakes, but fortunately it was getting cooler and the snakes were most likely denning up. But there’s another character we hoped that our springer spaniel would not meet up with. We saw this fellow later as we drove by some of the fields beyond the badlands area. Fortunately, Ruby (our dog) was in the back of the truck.
We tried to take the porcupine’s picture but he was shy and kept turning away, daring us to try to make him face the camera. He is well camouflaged and probably hard to find on the photo. You might want to click on the photos to enlarge them. They usually look better that way.
We think the porcupines are kind of cute, fascinating creatures. When talking to the local farmers though, and we mention seeing one, they always respond in the same way – D’ya shoot ‘im?
It’s every dogowner’s fear that their pet will run into a porcupine and try to investigate. It’s good to have a pair of pliers along just in case you need to pull quills out of the dog’s nose. So far, Ruby has been lucky. We really don’t want her to find one of these “cute little guys.”