I've been keeping my new slide scanner humming, and I'm pleased to announce that I have completed the scanning of the slides in all eighteen 140-slide carousels, plus a few miscellaneous slides that had never found a home in a carousel.
So I'll be springing some of those old photos on you from time to time. And now is one of those times.
When Doug and I went out west in 1988, our first such trip together, our first place to visit was the Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
These striking geologic deposits are said to contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.
Doug and I pretty much limited our activity to just driving the loop road through the park and didn't do much hiking at all. But, if you look closely at the center of the above picture, you can see a couple of people that lend perspective to the photo.
This is what I looked like in 1988.
The loop road, barely visible in the above photo, travels between those two pinacles.
Again, a stranger lends perspective to the photo.