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wild horses. . .Theodore Roosevelt NP - North Dakota

Friday, August 22, 2014

The City of Presidents–Rapid City South Dakota

 

again with the rain. . .

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we left Medora Friday morning in a bit of a drizzle. ..

thankfully, we drove out from under it within half an hour

Lazy J Campground - Rapid City SD - tight spaces - 50A FHU pull through

the five hour drive to Rapid City was a bit longer than we’ve been doing. . .

here we are all set up at Lazy J RV Park out on Hwy 16. . .

a bit of a tight squeeze. . .but very doable for  a two night stay.

50A FHU Pull Through

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and then on Saturday. . .the reason for our stopover in Rapid City. . .

The City of Presidents Walking Tour

We had seen a handful of the Statues when we were here in 2010. . .

we have returned to see them all. . .

a great reason to take a 24 block stroll through the city. . .

We will show you a few of our very faves. . .

Dwight D. Eisenhower #34 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Eisenhower – President when both of us were born. . .

John F. Kennedy #35 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Kennedy – the first President I actually remember. . .

I also remember where I was that fateful day. . .

six years old. . .sitting in the car as my Mom came out of the bank crying. . .

Abraham Lincoln #16 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Lincoln – the President I remember learning the most about in school

Thomas Jefferson #3 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Thomas Jefferson – the man was brilliant. . .wow!
Love reading his stuff and seeing his designs

Theodore Roosevelt #26 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Teddy Roosevelt – the President with the foresight

to set aside National Park Lands. . .

I’m so thankful!

George Herbert Walker Bush #41 - City of Presidents Walking TourLyndon B. Johnson #36 - City of Presidents Walking TourGeorge W. Bush #43 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

TEXANS!

Ronald Reagan #40 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

our very favorite President – Reagan

 

Mural - City of Presidents Walking Tour

a very appropriate mural. . .

City of Presidents Walking Tour

and a couple of fun things. . .

these newlyweds are getting life together started off right!

Poor Mailman - can you imagine having this beat in winter? - City of Presidents Walking Tour

and the poor mailman. . .I feel your pain buddy. ..

don’t envy you that chore in a couple of months. . .

Stavkirke - Chapel in the Hills - http://www.chapel-in-the-hills.org/

this is another Stavkirke – a Norwegian House of Worship

discovered on TripAdvisor – Chapel in the Hills

Terry, Becky, Estes Park Colorado

and the finishing touch to our Saturday. . .

a meet up with former co-workers and fellow RV’ers,

Terry and Becky, who we met in Estes Park Colorado,

when we were all Park Hosts there. . .

So great to see you guys again.

 

We’ll see you next at Custer State Park,

‘til then,

Janice and Dave

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt National Park–Painted Canyon

 

Painted Canyon

awww. . .well it was just too bad that my Bub

had to go work for a livin’ on Tuesday. . .

so while he’s driving two hours north

to deliver the truck, and meet with the techs,

Sis and I may as well shop and have lunch. . .

Dave decided changing out the water filters,

and recharging the water softener would

be more fun than shopping. . .ha ha!

I’m not much of a tourist shopper,

but I did buy some yummy taffy caramels. . .

(I may need to go back for some more)

Painted Canyon

we had all decided that we would drive out to the Painted Canyon

after Louis arrived back from “work”. . .because later in the day,

when the sun was lower in the sky, it really lights up all the layers in the sandstone,

and paints quite a picture. . .

Painted CanyonPainted Canyon

a couple of things were very interesting. . .one. . .

that the lignite coal veins can smolder underground if ignited by lightning or by a grass fire,

causing the caps of the mounds to turn red, as you can see in the above pic. . .

Painted CanyonPainted Canyon

and two. . .that during heavy rainstorms, such as the area received last Friday,

the face of the mounds literally slide down to the base. . .that would be amazing to see.

Wild Horses

we were so thrilled with having seen the wild horses yesterday

(actually “feral horses” is the correct terminology as these horses came from domesticated stock)

anyway. . .we decided to go drive the South Unit Loop again. . .and yaaa. . .

another, different group of three. . .

since both groups have been all males, I’m thinking perhaps these are the “teenagers”

who are not yet old enough to have established their own “brood of mares”. . .

but that is just conjecture on my part. . .don’t really know that for a fact. . .

Wild Turkeys

seeing a couple of turkeys was cool too. . .

but, having read Sherry’s Blog last month. . .we know there is a herd of horses

here in the park. . .and that is what we want to see. . .ONWARD!

Wild Horses

now, there are three of us watching, watching, watching for the herd. . .

but Dave. . .who is driving. . .is the ONE who sees them. . .

way, way out on a ridgeline. . .

it took binoculars, and all the zoom my camera had to bring them in this close. . .

Wild Horses

just realized, looking at that pic again, that there is a colt nursing. . .

he looks awful big for all that. . .good grief, it’s almost as big as the Mom. . .whoa!

Wild Horses

thank the Lord for camera zooms. . .right?

 

Louis and Kim leave in the morning. . .heading back to Texas.

 

Dave and I have decided to NOT drive the 175 mile round trip

to see the North Unit of TRNP, which is considered the “Badlands Area.”


We will be doing a two night stop at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. . .

It’s my understanding that is the setting for Dances with Wolves. . .

I think I will try to watch it between now and then. . .we’ll see!

 

This has been a great stop in our journey. . .

one that we highly recommend if you are coming this way. . .

 

See you next time in Rapid City South Dakota. . .

‘til then,

Janice and Dave

 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt National Park–South Unit

 

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our parking spot at Red Trail Campground in Medora North Dakota

is pretty great. ..way in the back. . .50A FHU. . .loving it

if you are parked in the front section, near the train tracks,

although there are no train whistles at the crossings. . .evidently, it’s pretty loud. . .

Louis and JaniceLouis and Kim

tickled that my Bub, and his Princess, my sis in law. . .

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have made it to North Dakota to explore

Theodore National Park with us. . .

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you may recall they were able to meet us at Niagara Falls last summer. . .

a division of the company my Bub is a supervisor for,

services the cooling units for the oil rigs. . .
His company has technicians all over the country

and they need to have supplies delivered to them.

This trip, Bub needed to bring one of the techs

a brand spanking new work truck,

and take the old truck back to Texas. . .

It’s a tough job, but someone must make the sacrifice

to travel the country, and keep the guys happy.

Needless to say. . .we were thrilled to see them and get our hugs!


National Park Sign

now. . .on to the Star of the Show. . .

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Maltese Cabin Visitor Center

first stop. . .the Visitor Center to purchase our America the Beautiful Pass. . .

since we haven’t yet reached the magical discount age of 62. . .

we gladly pay the $80 fee to renew it annually. . .worth every penny!

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Map (South Unit), North Dakota, United States

we decide the best plan for the day is to drive the South Loop Road. . .

starting at the Visitor Center. . .you can see it in red on the map.

North Dakota, Medora ND,

our first stop. . .Skyline Overlook. . .where I meet up with. ..guess who?

A retired Postal Worker. . .yes indeedy. . .a former Postmaster in North Dakota. . .

see. . .that’s why ya gotta talk to folks. . .’cause there’s all kinda interesting stuff to know!

She and her hubs own a North Dakota soybean farm. . .

and were taking a quick getaway trip before harvesting begins. . .

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next stop . . .Wind Canyon. . .required a little hike to the top and around. . .

Wind Canyon Trail

so worth it for this view of the Little Missouri River. . .

Wind Canyon Trail

and from just behind this highest point. ..

Wind Canyon Trail

a view of the buffalo herd, which would not have been visible from the road

 

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cool rock formations. . .

Wind Canyon Trail

what I think may be a Rock Wren. . .

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

next stop. . .Badlands Overlook. . .

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

beauty in every direction. . .

Mule Deer - you lookin' at me?

and as we turn the corner to Buck Hill. . .

look who we find. . .a mule deer, who seems to be saying. . .

You lookin’ at me?

Wild Horses

but. . .here is our REWARD for the day. . .

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this fabulous little band of wild horses. . .

standing right out beside the road.

They did not seem to be bothered in the least by the papprazzi. . .

 

Medora Musical

and then we were told by our FaceBook RV friend, Marilu,

to not miss the Medora Musical . . .

$31 upper seating. . .$35 lower seating. . .

Pitchfork Steak Fondue - ready to go. . .Pitchfork Steak Fondue

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and the Pitchfork Steak Fondue supper. . .lots of fun. . .

$28 each for the Steak and Sides. . .or. . .

$28 each for the Buffalo Roast, Chicken, Ribs and Sides. . .or. . .

$14 each for just the Steamtable with the sides. . .

if we were doing it again. . .we would have one Steak,

and two Steamtables with the sides. . .it was way more food

than you could eat in one sitting. . .the steaks were huge

and cooked to a perfect medium. .

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we always forget how much we enjoy musicals,

so each time we attend one, we say, oh. . .we need to do that more often.

I’m not going to show you a bunch of pics of the musical here,

just because I don’t think it translates well. . .

it’s just one of those things you must experience in real life!

but I did want to show you something that tickled us. . .

the boys holsters are the microphone holders. . .

isn’t that cute?

Medora Musical - Elk

and I must show you one of our very favorite things. . .

at the beginning of each performance. . .

one of the trail riders (see album)

drive two bull elk to the ridgeline behind the stage. . .

isn’t he just magnificent?

                                                                                                         

 

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