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Unorganized Territory of North Billings

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  • Day21

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    August 20, 2021 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    We weren’t sure what to except here and even in the rain it was gorgeous. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and we thought it was gorgeous and imagined it on a sunny day in our minds.

    These pictures are of the visitor center so not very exciting, but an informative stop.
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  • Day37

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Nord

    June 27, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Heute ging es eine ganze Weile Richtung Norden, bis wir am Nordteil des Parks angekommen sind. Hier sind wir heute nur die "Scenic Route" gefahren und haben an den zahlreichen Aussichts- und Informationspunkten gehalten und mehr über den Park, seine Geologie und sein Ökosystem gelernt. Und so haben wir auch die Kanonenkugeln entdeckt, die durch als eine Art Kleber fungierende Mineralien im durch den Sandstein sickernden Wasser im Gestein entstehen, aber deren Form man nicht wirklich erklären kann.
    Auf der Rückfahrt und später am Abend auf dem Campingplatz gab's richtig Regen, aber bis morgen zum Abbau ist hoffentlich alles wieder trocken.
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  • Day36

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Süden

    June 26, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Zuerst haben wir uns den uns näher gelegenen Südteil des Parks vorgenommen. Dies hier sind die Badlands von Norddakota, aber etwas anders als im Badlands National Park in Süddakota sieht's doch aus. Wir konnten den größten Teil der Rundstraße fahren (ein Teil ist leider schon seit längerem gesperrt) und uns unterwegs viel von Aussichtspunkten aus oder auf kurzen Wanderwegen ansehen. Am unterhaltsamsten waren die geschäftigen Präriehunde in ihren großen "Städten". Und hier haben wir auch die ersten Bisons und wilden Pferde auf dieser Reise gesehen. Zum Glück hat sich auch das Wetter gehalten. Und abends konnte ich sogar vom Camper aus meine Arbeit erledigen.Read more

  • Day93

    Animals

    November 4, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    Driving through the first animals I saw are prairie dogs. Then I finally saw wild horses. I didn't get good pictures, but I met Pam and she should be emailing me some awesome shots. I also got to see a bunch of buffalo and some turkeys.Read more

  • Day145

    Four Corners & Chateau de Mores

    October 13, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 34 °F

    Rain and snow all night. But since we have a site with electric we were warm and comfortable. Little cold and soggy getting Auggie out regularly and the floor of the RV is a muddy mess. But nothing a little cleaning in a day or two won't solve.

    Had intended to drive up to the north unit today. Stopped first at the Painted Canyon Visitor center, (still part of the south unit) but very wet weather did sort of wash our the"painted" effect.
    Back on the road to the north unit and the weather was not cooperating. Got about 50 miles north and decided we just didn't want to finish the five. Slush was building up in the middle and sides of the highway and it just seemed like it was slowly turning to mite snow then rain so we abandoned our effort and just turned around. This highway (like many in ND) traverses miles of drilling ag land and silos. Seeing a lot more oil drilling also. But there was a very nice cafe right in the middle of nowhere; well technically at a crossroads, so it is aptly named Four Corners Cafe. We enjoyed a nice lunch with farming locals.

    Back to Medora and decided to visit the Chateau de Mores since it was an "inside" activity. They had a nice storage exhibit building from the Chateau that have the history of the family and also an exhibit about the CCC in ND and the written that was done. The Chateau renovation being one of the projects. The Chateau is really a two story ranch house, but it was so much bigger and nicer than anything else in town, and since de Mores was a French aristocrat it was named the Chateau. It really was a summer home for this family, but he pretty much was responsible for the town which is named after his wife Medora. He started a larger cattle empire here, including slaughter house and refrigerator train cars to get meat to the east. The enterprise ended up being a failure, but in the meantime he was also one of Theodore Roosevelts neighbor and power on the cattle business. Pretty interesting story.
    Also enjoyed the small exhibit on everything the CCC did over the course of the program. There is so much work on roadways, bridges, historical sites, etc. that is to their credit.
    Back to the RV for the evening; still raining/sleeting, but RV is warm and comfortable. Wind seems (?) to be dying down.
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    Linley Brinker-Harding

    Pretty fancy spot! Dress code?

    10/13/21Reply
    Linley Brinker-Harding

    It looks like another nice day, not the driving in sleeting weather part 😬 But also different than the typical tourist/traveler would see. 😁

    10/13/21Reply
    Khibby55

    hmmm, weather obviously is problematic. why not take more southern route? also, we found lots of reference to CCC in our travels - got to thank them for building some wonderful projects that are still appreciated to this day!

    10/14/21Reply
    Katboz

    we will be heading south today. had hoped to take 94 through Billings and Bozeman, but now heading down south to Rapid City in SD.

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  • Day144

    TR Natl Park, South Unit

    October 12, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 41 °F

    Theodore Roosevelt park is broken into two units, north and south. You access south unit right from the town of Medora which is right off of I-94 and so had the most visitors. The north unit is almost due north about 60 miles or so. Today was all about the south unit.

    Cold, overcast skies, but no precipitation. Started our day at the visitor center which was open! Just a small exhibit about Theodore Roosevelt and his time in the badlands which ultimately resulted in his understanding to create a national park system. Afterwards went back to town (1 mile from park entrance) to get some sandwiches before we spent the day in the park. It was a little convenience store that had a salad bar sort of set up and you could make your own sandwich. (Linley- no brown mustard...?)

    The park had about a 36 mile scenic loop that you would normally take through the park. But due to road work at about 25 miles you have to turn around and head back out. Which actually worked out great because we went to the farthest point which was a really nice overlook of the badlands, and then we stopped at various points going back to the visitor center. Many turn outs had little half mile or mile loops that got us out of the jeep. But it was cold. Only was in the 40s, but with the wind it was rated as 10 degrees colder. A cold wind is COLD! I would almost rather be in "quiet" 30 degree weather than in the 40s with a biting wind. But these ND types are fine with this weather. Can't imagine how it feels in the midst of winter when it's minus 30!?

    Enjoyed many great views, the badlands have such a different look to them. Even against gray skies they are very desolate looking. Got to see a smattering of wildlife, a porcupine clambering up an eroded hillside right next to the road we were driving, and several Prarie dog "towns". Spent several minutes (at several different locations) watching them pop up and down, scurrying around and then even chirping when I got out the jeep to try and take a picture of these light brown fuzzy animals in the light brown fuzzy dirt and grasses. We had several wild horse sightings, which were great. Just didn't expect to see them, figured they be too "automobile" shy. They weren't close, but close enough to enjoy a view of. And then of course bison. But these are not quite as friendly as Yellowstone, most were small herds that we saw from a distance. Still awesome to see in these natural rugged settings.

    Our last stop was yet another overlook, and it wasn't until we were driving in that we realized that there was a lone bison grazing next to the path. Never took the walk out, but got some nice "one on one" time with this buffalo! A really cute end to our day.

    Back into Medora and decided, in an effort to maintain our RV water supply, we would just have to eat out! After elk burgers we were back in a our warm RV. With electric at our site, we run our oil heater which is quiet and efficient! We never worry about leaving the animals during the day as we sightsee. We know it is warm inside! In this weather they are probably more comfortable than us...
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    Linley Brinker-Harding

    Too bad about the lunch selection… 😏 that’s why I travel with some Dijon or brown mustard! 😂 & I agree a still cold is way more preferable to a biting wind! Those just seem to go to the bone… 🥶 But it sounds like a great day, even though it was gray & overcast not having crowds there is a good trade off I think!

    10/13/21Reply
    Katboz

    you're absolutely right... drive at our own speed, stop in the middle of the road, no fighting for a parking spot at the overlooks!

    10/13/21Reply
    Linley Brinker-Harding

    Tom needs to turn his mask the proper Michigan way! 😁

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  • Day143

    the Enchanted Highway

    October 11, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

    Woke up to a sunny, but fairly cool morning. Happy to see some blue skies! Headed out to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, located on the Missouri River. (Yes the Missouri!) Unfortunately while the park was open the visitor center wouldn't open until 1 pm. Tired the Mandan Indian village replica, viewed the river, and had a glimpse of Gen. Custer's house.

    Drive west on 94 again. North Dakota looks just like we imagined. Rolling plains, lots of silos, lots of hay rolls sitting the landscape. They grow almost every type of grain, plus soy beans and lots of sunflower fields. All the flowers are gone just the big brown heads bent over are all that is left.

    Got off the interstate taking an old county highway (the Old Red Trail byway) for awhile just to get a closer look at several small ag towns on the route. Small, meaning no stop lights, and a streetscape of older, empty buildings. Stopped in the city of Hebron, aka Brick City. So named because they have a large brick company here. Even this barely keeps the town alive.

    We took a detour off of the interstate and headed south on what is known as the "enchanted highway ". It's about 30 miles long and takes you into the small town of Regent. ND.
    Beautiful day to enjoy these large scale sculptures that were pretty much concieved and built by one man to help draw more people to the town of Regent. They are big, and wonderful to see. They just make you smile, and we had wonderful blue skies for a back drop. We stopped at each one, about 6 or 7 in all.

    Finished the day in Medora, which is literally the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt Natl park. Got in late, but had called an RV park that I thought was open. They aren't. But they take a few self contained RVs off season. No amenities, no water, but we do have electric which helps when it is cold!

    You can tells this town is all about the tourists; shops, restaurants, hotels all over. And almost everyone is "closed for the season". So quiet! Few business open, maybe 2 restaurants and one gift shop and hotel? But the location serves our purpose!
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    Khibby55

    I'm surprised the visitor center was even going to open....all the WA park ones were closed for Covid. I liked the sculptures....the fisherman's dream was pretty cute!

    10/13/21Reply
    Linley Brinker-Harding

    The only “good” grasshoppers!! 😛

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    Linley Brinker-Harding

    Good to have a watcher!

    10/13/21Reply
    Linley Brinker-Harding

    I liked the fisherman sculpture & the “mom” one too, I even liked the grasshopper ones, way better than the real munchers!!

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