Back from the Badlands!

We came in last night, and I was just on my way to completing a wonderful book on the airplane, but as I got close to the end, I started sobbing. (I’ve got to start taking only humorous books on trips!) My husband declared he had insufficient room to climb under the seat, so I had to put aside the book to finish later. But I’ll have a review up sometime this week.


Unfortunately, the review will be difficult, because it evokes all those words that are periodically bruited as “Reviewer Cliches to Avoid” like “gripping,” “poignant,” “compelling,” “sweeping,” and “powerful.” So I’ll have to think this one over, just as soon as I stop crying.

We got a few pictures on our trip, just before some HAND appeared in the camera’s viewfinder, seeming to indicate that my picture taking days were over.


I couldn’t believe it! I still don’t know what it means! But it’s just my typical experience taking pictures, anyway. Nevertheless, here are a few, for your viewing enjoyment:

Mt. Rushmore, side view

Mt. Rushmore, side view

The Badlands

The Badlands

Previous Residents of South Dakota

Previous Residents of South Dakota

We saw plenty of deer and antelope playing on the range with the buffalo, but I had that hand in my viewfinder so I can’t share those iconic moments with you.


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23 Responses to Back from the Badlands!

  1. Staci says:

    Love those photos!! I so want to see all of that one day!! I’m all over the book that made you sob!! I know it sounds weird to some people but I LOVE books that elicit that kind of emotion from me!! Welcome Home!!

  2. Ceri says:

    Beautiful pictures. I’m so jealous – I really need a trip away. I really can’t wait for that review now haha – it’s the best kind of books that evoke that reaction.

  3. OK, even without a review, I still want to read that book. You always have great taste and this seems to be no exception.

    Sorry to hear about the camera woes. I had a snafu with my camera while on vacation this summer and was so upset, so I can empathize.

  4. I’m so glad you had a great time and thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I’d love to go there someday. Gorgeous!

    I had to the use the word gripping recently in a review. I could not find an alternative. Sometimes there is a reason why words have become cliched – they are the only words that work. 🙂

  5. Steph says:

    Amitav Ghosh has been popping up all over my Google Reader lately. I haven’t read anything by him, but I think I might have to rectify that sooner rather than later!

    And at least from the three pictures you managed to take, it looks like you had a great trip! My personal favorite is the dinosaur photo!

  6. The pictures are very good, in spite of all your apologies. I really liked the head peeking through the trees at Rushmore.

    The thing about all those cliches you mentioned – some people, like me, don’t know they are cliches. They sound rather highbrow to me. *grin* I think I’ll write them down so I can use them to make my reviews a little classier. Watch out for my future reviews. lol

  7. Welcome back! You’ve seen a part of the country I’ve never been to — all those wide open spaces.

    I want to read a book that makes me sob (and I agree, those under-seat storage areas aren’t nearly large enough … for bag or body!). I’ll be looking for your review. Bring on the meaningful cliches!

  8. bermudaonion says:

    Well, if you took funny books on your flight you might get looks because you’re sitting there laughing to yourself! I can’t imagine what that hand means, but I did enjoy the pictures you shared and I’m glad you had a fun trip!

  9. Nymeth says:

    Welcome back!! I love the photos.

  10. Toni Gomez says:

    With your fabulous review skills, I have no doubt that you will find the right words for the review. Poor Hubby… 🙂 I have to agree with Bermudiaonion… sitting there giggling or smirking might still draw unwanted looks. The pics are great. I’d love to see Mt. Rushmore sometime.

  11. Ti says:

    I am curious about the ‘hand’ symbol myself. Perhaps the memory card was full.

    Although you only took a few pics, they are all really great. Mount Rushmore framed between the trees is lovely.

  12. softdrink says:

    Welcome back…bummer about your camera though. And that halting hand is kinda rude. I would’ve had a few things to say to it.

    I’m looking forward to your review of The Glass Palace…the cover is very intriguing.

  13. Cathy says:

    I’m glad you had a nice time. The pictures are fantastic!

    Looking forward to your review!

  14. Valerie says:

    Did you get to see Crazy Horse Memorial, too?

    I’ve been wanting to read Amitav Ghosh, but can’t decide which book of his to start with; so I am looking forward to your review on this one.

  15. Valerie,

    Yes on Crazy Horse. It was pretty amazing, but pretty incomplete!

    Re Amitav Ghosh, this was my first book by him, but I definitely will be chasing down his others!

  16. Anna says:

    Love the pics. My daughter is all about dinosaurs. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that book. I was on the bus a week or so ago and the book I was reading made me cry. I had to keep closing the book and staring out the window until the tears dried up and then start again. Otherwise I would have bawled.

  17. Julie P. says:

    Your trip sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to read your review about this book. I had to laugh at your husband’s reaction to your emotions!

  18. Madeleine says:

    Ooh! Please write the review soon, although it will be a tough one! The cover’s so beautiful that I want to know more about it! (And don’t hesitate to use the word “poignant”. It may be cliche, but it’s also one of my favorite words. It’s so much more… poignant… than “powerful” is. ( :

  19. Alyce says:

    I loved looking at your photos! I hope to see Mt. Rushmore someday.

    I can’t handle crying in public, so that definitely wouldn’t be one book that I would be taking on a flight with me. I look forward to reading your review.

  20. Belle says:

    I like your pictures, especially the previous inhabitants. I’m glad your camera let you take a few pictures before it went to its hand signals. And every now and then, I really enjoy a gripping, poignant, powerful and compelling book. (I think I left something out of that sentence …)

  21. Jenners says:

    Cool photos!!! I’ve got to take my son to see those dinos!

    And I’ve never cried in a public place while reading a book … I could see how that would be awkward. But now I’m so intrigued! And I used the word “compelling” in a book review this week! OOPS!

  22. Trish says:

    Looks like you got in a few pictures anyway–hopefully there were more. What’s wrong with the camera? Such a bummer!!

    I’m off to read your review of The Glass Palace. I can understand crying on the plane. I did the same when I finished Atonement. Neither my husband nor the stranger sitting next to me were amused. What can you do? 🙂

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