Photo Essay: Badlands National Park, South Dakota

by Irvin on January 9, 2014 · 8 comments

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Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

“I think he’s off in the Badlands, running around…” said a friend of mine back when I was in college and inquired where a mutual friend of ours was spending the summer. It was the first time I had heard of the Badlands and was instantly intrigued at a place with such a strange name. It wasn’t until about twenty years later that I finally found myself wandering about the Badlands National Park with AJ, on our road trip across the USA and I got to experience it for myself. Strange, desolate and oddly beautiful, the Badlands National Park seemed to go on forever. I can see why our friend wanted to spend a summer there.

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

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Samantha January 9, 2014 at 5:52 am

Your photos essays are always so inspiring. Now I’m going to go convince my boyfriend to road trip with me!

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Miss Kim @ behgopa January 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Lovely photos! Hey Irvin…question. I was just curious if you design/decorate cakes too. You’re such an awesome baker and artist, I can imagine you doing wonders with decorating cakes. I was browsing your older posts and wasn’t able to find anything of such. Just wondering.

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Irvin January 11, 2014 at 12:22 am

You know, I rarely do decorated cakes as I try to concentrate more on the flavor of the cake than on how it tastes. Too often the over decorated cakes are pretty but don’t taste that great. I’m not a fan of fondant or gum paste. That said, the only recipe I have on my blog that I sort of went in that direction is a Carrot Brownie Cake where I made carrots out of marzipan. It was fun to make and tasted great but it’s really a labor of love.

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Karen Petersen January 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Stunning!
Now I must go there!!!

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Claudia January 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

Wow! I really feel as though I’m back there again–in summer. Everything is nearly black and white these days. For a look at what it’s like now–January 6 posting
https://www.facebook.com/hank.harris.35

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Margie MacKenzie January 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

I never thought the Badlands could look so good! Thanks for sharing!

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Shikha @ Shikha la mode January 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

Looks so pretty! I really want to a road trip at some point. Maybe 2014 will be the year!

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Amy Andrews January 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

Beautiful shots. Thank you for sharing – I must get over there.
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