August 18th and 19th.
We left on our “Out West” trip a day early, Saturday the 18th. I had planned to drive 600 miles the first day to get to Medora, ND, but as we had some walleye that we were going to drop off at Sandy’s folks on our way back we decided to leave early and drop them off on our way out. So it was 300 miles to Aberdeen the first day. Being that I don’t drive the motorhome as fast as the car, what is normally a 6 hour trip with a stop for breakfast in Glencoe took us 7½ hours.
We left Aberdeen at about 8:00 AM and headed west to Medora. After we crossed the Missouri River in Mobridge we came across many fields of sun flowers in full bloom.
After about 340 miles of driving we got into Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Our campsite at the Cottonwood Campground in the south unit of the park was #23 and looked to the northwest at the bluffs cut by the Little Missouri River.
Once we got settled in we drove into Medora and had supper at Boots Bar and Grill. Then after supper we drove the 36 mile loop through the south park, where we got to experience three “Bison jams”. It was a good thing I had my photographer with me so I could concentrate on an escape route if we needed to get away quickly. There were some close enough we could have pulled their tails.
The Prairie Dog jams were caused by the cars stopping to take pictures rather than their taking up space on the road so we felt safer!!!
Here are some pictures of the North Dakota Badlands. They remind us more of Wyoming then the South Dakota Badlands.
Until next time,
Dave and Sandy