North Dakota : 24 hours in Cowboyland

I can tell you, I now know that some western movies have not only been shot in Nevada/Utah and the Wild West. The Wild North is a thing (that I probably made up!) and if you’re not sure about it, go read about our hike in the Badlands in South Dakota here.

Our visit to the Peace Garden State was short but sweet. Same as a lot of other places, I wish we could have spent more time there but I am more than happy with our day in the area.

First, we visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park. When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the US. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today. After becoming president in 1901, Roosevelt used his authority to protect wildlife and public lands by creating the United States Forest Service (USFS) and establishing 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, 4 national game preserves, 5 national parks, and 18 national monuments

We didn’t do any hiking there as half of the park was kind of closed but we drove a loop that was plenty scenic! The landscapes are dry and similar to the rest of the Badlands we have seen in Nebraska and SD. But what was really unique is the big colonies of prairie dogs and wild horses present on the grounds of the park.

On the evening of that day, July 2nd, we relaxed along the banks of the river in the quaint town of Medora. We shared one last beer with our friends, did laundry in a campground and slept next to the river, surrounded by deer. I have to say it felt a little unreal and too peaceful to be true.

And that will draw to a close our time in North Dakota! We’re heading towards Montana next for our favorite National Parks of all : Glacier NP.

As usual, I’m happy to discuss our trip, the van, our dog or anything with you guys. So please feel free to ask questions or comment.

Lots of Love,

Coco, Bobby, Nola & Vanito!

COPYRIGHT: All pictures belong to Fanny Cohen Sanchez, @fannychn on Instagram, Three Times Nine 2021.

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