By popular request – Bison Love Song in Theodore Roosevelt NP, ND

I’ve uploaded a short video of the bison courting ritual to YouTube, I think its very anthropomorphic.
While watching it tell me you can’t imagine what he is thinking and what she is thinking.

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Headed home!

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We’re in the home stretch.

Before he became president, Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother died on the same day. As a broken man, he traveled to ND to mentally regroup. He hunted for a trophy Bull Bison and started to ranch. It was during this stay in ND that he developed his appreciation for protecting special places such as National Parks. He later said if it was not for his time in ND, he would not have become president.
There are bison in the park and Ranger Roy thinks it is mating season, so we watched a bull stand behind a cow and make gawd awful mooing sounds for 30 minutes, but it appears he was all moo and no action. Video is available on request.

From North Dakota (Teddy Roosevelt NP) we went to South Dakota. This is the type of road you don’t want to get stuck on. It’s a 2 lane road and you can drive on either side of the road without fear of hitting another car.

One in SD we went to the Crazy Horse Monument, a huge ongoing project to carve a mountain on a scale about 3 time s the size of Mt Rushmore. The best part of this may have been the movie about the sculpture, particularly in his early years when he struggled with limited funds and equipment. I think Rachel’s favorite line in the movie was his son describing how the brakes failed on his bulldozer and he rolled off a cliff. Once his dad figured out he was still alive, he said “you got it in there, you get it out”.

We had rented bikes before going to Crazy Horse and got to ride on the George Michelson trail back to Hill City SD after visiting the monument and Native American Cultural center. It was a 10 mile down hill ride on a section of a trail that is almost 100 miles long and goes through the Black Hills.
Mt Rushmore was next – what a zoo. It struck me as the first National Monument we’d been to that really was just a tourist attraction, which if you learn the history of why it was created is the truth – it was created to attract tourists.

It was then off to the Corn Palace in Mitchell SD. While it also was a tourist attraction created to attract business, it was great. Its in a small town and admission is free, unlike the $11 parking fee at Mt. Rushmore. We enjoyed the movie, the tour, and 30 minutes of shopping in old fashioned junk souvenir stores.

We then began serious driving to get home. We arrived in Nashville earlier today. Rachel is visiting a friend, I’m was planning to play tourist in downtown but after 1 beer, that plan may not happen..
We should be back home in NC, Wednesday night.

It has been a great trip but I’m really looking forward to getting home.

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Badlands and culture in ND

Theodore Roosevelt NP, ND

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Culture in Madora ND

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Glacier NP, MT

We just checked into a motel in Glendive, MT so I have some time to post some pictures, but they are from a week or so ago.

We had 4 nights in Glacier and had a great time.  There was much more snow than I expected.  We saw one moose, but didn’t get a photo.  Below are pics of what we saw.

From Glacier,we went to Grand Teton, NP, WY

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Bike rally in Red Lodge MT

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Out of yellowstone
Headed for Dakotas

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Commentary on life road sign

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Hwy 49 MT

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I have a birthday coming up

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Getting educated

Wallace ID

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Pasco, Kennewick, Richland WA

Errands

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Oil change
Windshield chips
Barnes and Nobel
Socks
Starbucks

On to MT

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The bluest water I’ve ever seen, and a lot more snow than I expected

Crater Lake NP, OR

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