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. . .
tickled that my Bub, and his Princess, my sis in law. . .
have made it to North Dakota to explore
Theodore National Park with us. . .
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!
now. . .on to the Star of the Show. . .
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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!
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.
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. . .
next stop . . .Wind Canyon. . .required a little hike to the top and around. . .
so worth it for this view of the Little Missouri River. . .
and from just behind this highest point. ..
a view of the buffalo herd, which would not have been visible from the road
cool rock formations. . .
what I think may be a Rock Wren. . .
next stop. . .Badlands Overlook. . .
beauty in every direction. . .
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?
but. . .here is our REWARD for the day. . .
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. . .
and then we were told by our FaceBook RV friend, Marilu,
to not miss the Medora Musical . . .
$31 upper seating. . .$35 lower seating. . .
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. .
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?
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?