Sep 17, 2011
|We left the beautiful state of Minnesota behind to enter North Dakota and spent our first night in Fargo at a city owned park right on the banks of the Red River. This is the hometown of baseball great Roger Maris and I took this
of his memorial right in the park. In the cool morning there was a thick fog rising from the #water as the sun rose behind it like this.
Next, we headed west on I-94 and had planned to stop in Bismarck at lunchtime and spend some time at Steamboat/Keelboat park which commemorates the contributions of this mode of transportation in settling this part of the country but it was already closed for the season. We did manage to get a few photos of one of the boats,
as well as this shot of the Little Missouri River.
After a bite to eat we continued west. We stopped at a marked scenic overlook to take this shot of this little lake.
The next time we stopped to fuel up and top off the propane tank we had lost a wheel cover again - not sure where. Right outside our destination town of Medora is another visitor center of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park, called Painted Canyon. These shots show the reason we have driven 1750 miles so far - these views alone were worth the trip!
After a refreshing stop we found our RV park right in the booming metropolis of Medora, population 100. Yes, you read that right, 100 people call this place home. Here is a photo of the Billings county courthouse - the smallest one I have ever seen. This is one of the views from our park,
, we can literally walk up and touch this rock outcropping. They do not call this a mountain here. In the morning we headed to the national park, south unit to take the 36 mile scenic drive. We hadn't gone very far at all when we saw our very first buffalo.
insert pics Around every curve was more wondrous scenery of these gorgeous hills and prairies.
. We drove up to the highest point on the drive, known as Buck Hill. I hiked the rather steep path up to the top to take this shot.
You can see my rig parked below the hill. Connie stayed at the rig in deference to her knees. We had passed several prairie dog towns on our way without seeing much activity but as the sun warmed up and the cloud cover melted away we were able to see many of them. We were within a few feet of them at one pullout and took some of these. Next, we stopped at the visitor center to browse the exhibits of the museum, watch the 13 minute film using Teddy's own words and buy a few things in the gift shop. Last, we headed "downtown" to look around. The streets of this town are wide and obviously quite empty so parking the rig was no problem. I took this shots of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame
even though we didn't go inside and this one of a cool sculpture outside the building
. We ate lunch at the Chuckwagon Buffet where a friendly volunteer told us about another scenic drive where he promised we would see more wildlife, like wild horses and the pronghorn elk and that it was even more scenic than the park. We followed his directions to the dirt West River Road and drove for 7 miles but didn't see any wildlife at all. The views were amazing though we didn't think they were more beautiful than the ones in the park. We spent an important down day, doing some maintenance, relaxing and laundry. We tried to do a little shopping in town but most of the stores are already closed for the season. On our last night we were blessed with this beautiful sunset