Scenes from America Including Badlands National Park by Malik Merchant

Text and photos by Malik Merchant
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Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

If readers were wondering, I am making a 4500km road-trip across the continent, and will resume blog updates with highly interesting readings once I reach my destination – Vancouver. Starting my journey in Ottawa, Canada, I have covered about half the distance in just over a week. I am not rushing – enjoying the drive at my own steady pace, maintaining posted speed limits, staying overnight at various towns and cities, and taking the time to visit some important landmarks and highlights. And, of course, calling my parents and (texting) my daughter about my whereabouts.

I marvel at the excellent facilities provided at the clean “Rest Areas” just off the excellent four lane highways every 90 to 120 kms. They allow me to stretch my legs, review the town and state information panels as well as pick up brochures. Straight ahead of me – many miles away – I have witnessed the spectacle of lightning lasting an hour or so while the starry skies above me have been clear. I have been touched by the warmth of the American people. For example, in Rapid City, South Dakota, almost everyone I passed by greeted me with a smile and kind words. I shall of course write more about my trip but in the meantime enjoy a few random photos that I have been able to upload.

Chicago Skyline from a boat tour on Lake Michigan. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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Looking vertically up at a skyscraper in Chicago. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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Minneapolis skyline from Target Field with the Minesotta Twins game in progress which the visitors, Oakland, easily won. Photo: Malik Merchant using a Blackberry.

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Worth visiting – the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. Photo: Malik Merchant using Blackberry.

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“The World’s only Corn Palace,” a uniquely American folk art icon in the rolling Prairies town of Mitchell in South Dakota. Photo: Malik Merchant. Canon Powershot A2200

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An informative panel about pigeons at a rest area. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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A panoramic view of the spectacular Badlands National Park, South Dakota. The stark and rugged Badlands is the result of tens of millions of years of the geologic forces of deposition and erosion. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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A sheephorn easing its way through a gentle slope at Badlands National Park. These animals can climb and shoot down slopes that appear to be almost vertical. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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A herd of bison at Badlands National Park. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200

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A cute wild baby rabbit at Badlands National Park. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200

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Youth at edge of a trail at Badlands National Park. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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Artwork in Rapid City’s Art Alley. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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Sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in Rapid City, South Dakota, a city that won Rand McNally’s most patriotic American city title. The city is also referred to as “The City of Presidents” with life-sized sculptures of all the American Presidents. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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A chair in a bookstore in Rapid City with a clear message about reading. Photo: Malik Merchant using Canon Powershot A2200.

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Last year my daughter, Nurin, and I made a terrific trip to Salt Lake City and the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Please click on:

45 thoughts on “Scenes from America Including Badlands National Park by Malik Merchant

  1. I have never been to US although several times to Canada, simple reason, no contact there. You make this part of the world pleasant, showing us the best of sites and spirit of people always positive anywhere. However, as a Peace Activist I pray that America would follow this path rather than of wars after wars on other countries! Yours is my favourite blog and you know that, Malik!

  2. It was great meeting you Malik in Chicago during your visit, I am sure, your USA trip was much enjoyable, fruitful and memorable. Some of the Chicago people were futunate to meet you in person.

  3. Beautiful. I’ve thought about making a cross-country road trip through the US for years – glad to see the reality lives up to the dream.

  4. Wonderful photos! The differences in landscapes must be amazing from one end to the other. Thanks for sharing, have a lovely trip and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  5. Keep on truckin’ Malik!….really cool pics…can’t wait to see the prose that goes with it….brings back fond memories of criss-crossing america a few times back in the 1970’s …shanti….Mo

  6. Sounds like the same trip I took last year. We went through the same places – corn palace, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands etc….very nice drive. I did 15,000km in two months, and and yes, you are right, Americans are friendly. Enjoy your trip and thanks for the memories….if you can find a small town called St. Cloud, Minnesota….beautiful town and stay at the Hamptons…heaven on earth!!!!
    Shamshad hassam. Vancouver.

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