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Aug 2, 2017 - T Roosevelt NP North

Wed, 03 Aug: Well, the windshield wipers work just fine... Today was a rainy one. For most of this year's travels it has been dry. We've had very little rain on travel days, but today was different. We had a comparatively restful nite at the Minot Pilot/Flying J. As a general rule, truck stops are noisy places with big rigs coming and going all nite. Many of those that park overnite leave their engines or generators running. Worst of all are the reefer trucks with their noisy cooling units. That said, last evening was fairly quiet and we...

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2017 Travels

Aug 30, 2015 - Scenic Drive (North Unit)

Sunday, August 30: Fort Union to Theodore Roosevelt N.P. North (N.Dakota) Weather: ~68F, mild and calm in the morning, warming to ~87F, partly sunny and breezy Route: Fort Union Trading Post → ND-58S → ND-200E → US-85S → Theodore Roosevelt N.P. Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.8mpg Highlights: - getting a good campsite at the Juniper Campground in Theodore Roosevelt N.P. (North) - being in the middle of a bison herd driving the Scenic Drive in the National Park A short distance south of Fort Union new history was being made. US-85 was abuzz...

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Aug 8, 2014 - North Unit - Roosevelt N.P.

We had another “wowser” day of exploring. We drove to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, it was about 100 miles from Medora, but worth the drive. The North Unit Scenic Byway is only about 14 miles. We didn’t see a single buffalo today, but we did see a family of big horn sheep. They were all resting on a cliff in the distance, we parked and just enjoyed watching them. This byway provides the colorful North Dakota Badlands as a scenic backdrop. We watched a informative movie at the Visitor Center. We also packed a nice...

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Jul 30, 2014 - Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park.

Theodore Roosevelt came to this territory to hunt in 1883. His love for the area is what helped to shape the conservation of policies that have helped to build the National Parks and land preservation across the US. This park was named after him because he had an established residence here and this was his passion to hunt and spend time in the quiet peaceful surroundings. Today we drove around the south area of the Park. There is not a bad view anywhere. We saw lots of prairie dogs and a couple large Bison herds. Then we stopped in town...

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Aug 29, 2013 - Fort Union Trading Post & Theodore Roosevelt NP, North

Day 17 Medora, ND Day-2 8/29/2013 Today was an interesting day. We headed out for Fort Union Trading Post and Theodore Roosevelt National Park North. It was quite a drive from where we are staying. There was no place close near either one of them, that is why we stayed here. We didn't understand why there was no place to stay there until we started traveling through the countryside. Anyone that tells you that North Dakoka economy is bad, they are wrong in so many ways. Apparently there is more oil here than they found in Alaska and Texas...

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2013 Fall Colors

Jul 30, 2013 - Away we go - until we hit Williston, ND

Tuesday: We started out this morning with high hopes. I had called a tire place in Wolf Point, about 50 miles away and they said they would fix the tire. First we needed to get gas – so we stopped at the Coop in Nashua, MT, about 10 miles from the park. As we pulled up, I saw that there were tires in their work bay. So as Ron gassed up the rig, I talked to the man and asked if they fixed tires. They did and he almost ran over me to get it out of the pickup. Service with a smile!!! Well, it wasn't the valve stem as we thought, it was a big,...

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Summer 2013 Travels

Jul 17, 2013 - North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt Park is located 15 miles south of Watford City on US Highway 85. It was about an 85 mile ride up the highway to the park from Medora. The scenic drive, about thirty miles round trip, was gorgeous. We saw free roaming longhorn cattle and also lots of bison, including one that wandered casually down the road right towards us. We stopped at lots of interpretive pullouts to hike around and learn more about the unusual geological features. A feature we'd never seen before was called a cannonball concretion....

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Jun 10, 2013 - T Roosevelt NP North, ND

On our way north from Medora, ND to Epping, ND, we stopped at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit. The north and south units are similar and administered together, but are physically separated by about 60 miles. There is an Elkhorn Unit which is halfway between then and consists of TR's 'Elkhorn Ranch' which we did not see since it is off the main road a ways. We are finding that we have to pick and choose what we want to see because we cannot see everything. We are back on Central Time! The time zone border runs straight north...

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Jul 11, 2012 - Theodore Roosevelt NP North Unit

This morning (July 11) “don’t ya know” we finally saw a bison. YIPPEE!!! Headed northeast to the North Unit of TRNP which is about 60 miles from the South Unit. We located the cannonball concretions we really wanted to see. They sure are big. We could only access about 7 miles of the road in this section of the park due to slumping. This is our new word for the day…. Slumping is type of landslide where the layers stay together and come down as one unit or block. We found a really nice campsite just above the Little Missouri River. We can’t...

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Oct 6, 2011 - Theodore Roosevelt NP, North Unit

As we leave here and head towards Theodore Roosevelt NP (north unit) we hit Williston and 16 miles of construction, dirt, and large trucks and 25mph traffic. This area is the center of the oil, coal and electric power industry in this state. There are make shift housing areas, RV parks and building going on everywhere and we begin to see oil pumps in the fields Theodore Roosevelt NP. This is the north unit of the park; we visited the south unit in 2007. We get my stamp, pick up trail medallions and head out to tour the park. Only 7 of the...

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Jul 29, 2011 - camped over at Theodore National Park

July 29, 2011 camped over in Theodore Roosevelt National Park We got up this morning made coffee, Buddy built a fire outside and we sat around having coffee by the fire. We rode the bicycles 2 miles to a trail that trail was a mile long one way and we walked out and saw a field which was about 2 acres of nothing but Prairie Dogs, they were so cute popping up, Buddy would make noises at them and they would bark back (not really a bark but kind of), so 2 miles back to the campground and there were a couple small hills to climb so it wasn’t...

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Jul 28, 2011 - travel day

July 28, 2011 traveled 69 miles today Today we headed to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, we went through some more flood area and a lot of road construction, we got to the park got the RV set up, which wasn’t hard since we have no electric, sewer or water, yep we are roughing it Judy, we just sat around and read and enjoyed the quiet, then decided we needed to run into town as we forgot to stop on the way in, went into Watford City got a few things and decided to stop a little restaurant on the way back and had a pizza, when we got back...

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