In September 2017 I went on a cross-country road trip with my mom’s brother, Alan and my grandpa. My grandpa is 84 years old and had a senior National Park life time pass that him and my grandma got years ago for about ten bucks. With his pass, we made it to seven national parks in a couple weeks time. We drove all the way from Buffalo to as west as Utah. Those two weeks will forever hold a special place in my heart. The memories I made with my uncle and grandpa, especially at my grandpas age, I will have forever. I got so much closer with the both of them and we saw some incredible things that mother nature has granted the U.S. This road trip opened to my eyes to the beauty my very own country holds and how important it is to protect these lands.
The Badlands was our first National Park stop. Located in South Dakota, the Badlands are the epitome of the west. I am now watching the show, Westworld, and all it reminds be of is this park. Unique formations and colors in the rock make it so spectacular to look at.