By mid-May we were driving through South Dakota. Our next stop was the Badlands. We initially stayed at the KOA Campground in Interior, SD. We were planning to boondock, but wanted to find a spot before towing the rig off the grid. While in the KOA, we chatted with two couples who were also full-timing. One of the best parts of road tripping is the people you meet who also full-time. Whether they’re a small camper, a tiny-house with a toddler, or a 39-foot RV; it is always inspiring to see how others choose to full-time.
While at the KOA, we filled up on water, stocked up on groceries, and waited out the multiple thunderstorms that were passing through. We also had a run-in with our first snake, making our hearts jump out of our chests, since neither of us had ever seen a snake that big.
Two days later, we were driving through Badlands National Park towards our first, true boondocking location. It was located about 5 miles south of Wall, just before the entrance to Badlands National Park. It was beautiful. We backed up along the ridge, with a view of the badlands, plateaus, and grasslands in the distance. A fellow Instagram traveling couple, @optingoutofnormal, saw that we were in the Badlands, which they were exploring too. And guess what? They were in the same boondocking location, just a mile away! It was great to meet them, as well as share stories and travel tips.
Other than exploring the historic town of Wall, we stayed in our boondocking location for 5 wonderful days. In the mornings, the dogs ran through the tall grass. In the afternoon, we rode our motorcycles through the national park, while spotting baby mountain goats and herds of bison. In the evening, we made s’mores by the campfire while watching the sunset. Definitely one our favorite camping spots thus far!
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