Sacred “Mako Sica” (#650)

(Note: Mako Sica is Sioux language for Land Bad)

Someone once said of the Badlands, “It is a good place that has gotten a bad name.”  I am referring to Badlands National Park.

Since coming to Wall, South Dakota, I have traveled to the Badlands three times.  The first time, I drove around and thought, there is nothing in this place.  I left the park.

Second time, I got out hiking on a couple of trails, it was midday, the sun beating down, tourist families with children screaming and shouting and running.  I left the park again.

Today was my third time, early morning, no one else around.  Just me in a canyon of spires filled with the warbling song of birds.  I was humbled and now know why the Lakota view this as sacred ground.

Since I cannot publish video on this site, I posted one on my Facebook page complete with the birdsong I heard in the canyon.  Just type in my name: Annie Ma  (be sure your volume is on).

A few photos from the Badlands: This one is the Door trail.

No real trail exists. You just need to look for the yellow posts. The spires in the background were my start point.


View into one of the canyons


Castle Trail thru prairie land.


I know I will return here many times.  Mako Sica has found a place in my heart.

oxo ~ Annie

About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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7 Responses to Sacred “Mako Sica” (#650)

  1. Sherrill Parry says:

    Amazing place and a little scary too. Looks like it could be a place you could get lost in. Thanks for the pictures.

  2. Beautiful photos!
    Love that you found a heart shaped rock! 🙂

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