The North Dakota Badlands Hiking Song-Lyrics And Photos By Yours Truly


On The First Day Of Hiking The Badlands Gave To Me

10 Bison Roaming

(they have really big heads)

9 Prairie Dogs Barking

(or yelping, or squeaking or whatever that noise is they make)

8 Deer A Running

(or just staring and looking stupid)

7 Dung Beetles A Rolling

(bison dung into little balls–eeeewwww)

6 Small Colorful Little Birds

(that fly right up into your face from the tall grass and scare the crap out of you while you’re hiking–so fast you can’t even see them)

5 Bison Floor Pies

(with little white mushrooms growing out of them and again eeeewwww )

4 Wild Horses

(Seriously wild horses!!)

3 Snakes A Slithering

(Two that weren’t that scary, but the third was kind of sketchy so I had to do the jumpy snake dance)

2 Fellow Humans

( that’s it 2, in 4 hours!)

And One Skeleton Of Something Really Big And Dead

(that was right on the trail and no one bothered to move it, even though it looked like it was there for a really long time but it’s North Dakota, so dead things don’t freak them out like they do us New Yorkers, so they just left it)

The End*

*Because blogs are always supposed to be truthful, well unless they’re fictional blogs, I feel compelled to reveal the fact that I did see all of the things I mentioned above but some numbers have been changed to make it funnier. Also, the snake picture is not mine, you really think I’m getting a picture of a scary snake that close up?  Oh and the two people sitting at the picnic table were not the ones I saw on the hike-obviously, but I did take that one.

Get over it, it’s called creative license.



  1. Mar on June 26, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Awesome and hysterical….I wondered about the snakes…hmmm Marc’s a bigger man than I thought…glad to see you’re not getting stupid out there….be careful!

    Please excuse any typos…it’s usually fairly early when I check on you.

    Enjoy the day…..I know you will!!!

  2. jen on June 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    you crazy

    • halcyonhighway on June 27, 2011 at 12:44 am

      “What his name”? Are you on the other coast yet?

  3. Don on June 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    LOL too funny…….

  4. Jolene Ehret on June 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Cool Beans1 I would love to put this on my Bucket List of things to do. Driven by so many times but never had time to explore it… or the money. Not cheap to fly South to North.
    Well maybe I will win lottery yet.

    • halcyonhighway on June 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

      It’s worth it the most beautiful country !!! Go buy a lottery ticket 🙂

  5. Robin on June 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    um…….thoes are NOT deer, but they are antelope !

    • halcyonhighway on June 29, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Awesome thanks for letting me know, an antelope is much cooler than a deer!! I was driving down the highway and actually saw a place called “Home on the Range” Where you know what play 🙂

  6. BFFL #1 on June 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Lovin’ the updates…keep them comin’!

  7. JBfromND on June 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Very funny 🙂 That’s God’s country right there (and no, we’re not afraid of dead things like New Yorkers are)!

    • halcyonhighway on June 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

      It certainly is beautiful! Thanks for the comment !

  8. Ellen on July 6, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Marc, I loved this one. LOL. I really did wonder about the snake photo…. happy you didn’t decide to actually get up close and personal with a potentially poisonous snake. Have a great trip and continue to write. LOVE this. xo

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