Central Oregon is a high desert, and I carry water with me everywhere I go. I have an exaggerated fear of dehydration.
When I drive between Redmond and Bend, there are no gas stations or public areas. It is 15 miles of wilderness! What would happen if your car broke down in the summer? Think about it.
In town, it doesn't feel the same way. There are trees, lawns, and buildings, so there must be water. But the highways and open areas....those are deathtraps.
That's why it is interesting to me that, just as one could get lost in the sagebrush, it's possible in any environment.
I wonder, are there webcams in the Badlands?