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Jun 17, 2014 - Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Last night as we were staying in Dickinson, we had tornadoes touch down within sight of our hotel. We didn't see any, but a couple of construction workers who were on the roof at the time told Paul they saw one. Fortunately, we came through okay. This morning we visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It looks a lot like the southwest. Had another close encounter with buffalo.

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Our Dakotas Trip

Jul 19, 2011 - Theodore Roosevelt NP, Medora, SD & Watford City, ND

July 19, 2011 – Watford City, ND Sorry for the long absence from the journal. The cold that Linda had, that Jim got…. Well it set us back a little bit with the journal. As some of you know, we are used to dry camping (no hook ups). Well, the weather has been so hot, we have had to find RV parks with electric power. This takes a little time and some phone calls. Then our travels and explorations take time. Then we have been going to several of the ranger led activities (are there Sr. Ranger Badges?). Jim ended up really tired and went to bed...

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Sep 6, 2009 - Teddy Roosevelt National Park-North Unit

On this trip, the goal is to drive as many two-lane highways as we can, and see the “real America”. So off we drove down Highway 2, leaving Montana, and heading east to North Dakota. We stopped for breakfast at a little hometown restaurant along the way, and enjoyed listening and watching the local folk. We are only miles from the Canadian border, and recognize the familiar “Kanook” accent we have come to really enjoy. I enjoyed my breakfast, but they used American cheese squares in and on Dick’s omelet, so he didn’t enjoy his meal as much...

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Cross Country Trip

Jul 2, 2009 - Catching up on chores

Yesterday and today are being spent catching up on chores such as grocery shopping, cleaning the RV and Jeep, etc. And, of course we are having some down time - playing Wii, reading, etc. I have had a couple of people ask what we do about laundry - luckily the RV has a washer/dryer in it. It has a small capacity so I do a load every day. Since it is a combo unit I can just put the clothes in, set the washer mode and dryer time and when we get back to the RV a few hours later, the clothes are clean and dry.

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Northwest 2009

Jun 30, 2009 - Theodore Roosevelt Natl Park south

Went south today to the southern unit of the Theodore Roosevelt Natl Park and drove the 36 mile scenic loop. We saw wild horses, more bison, deer and lots of prairie dogs (cute as always). There were several pretty overlooks in this park too. We hiked to an area where there was a coil vein fire from 1951 to 1977. We couldn't see anything unique so I guess we have seen areas that had a coil vein fire before. Some of the rocks looked like they had been baked - kind of like odd shaped bricks. On the drive to the park we drove through the...

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Northwest 2009

Jun 29, 2009 - Bridge, Trading Post and Fort

We drove the Jeep north of Watford City today. We saw the Fairview, MT lift bridge and tunnel. The bridge was built in the early 1900s and has been closed to train traffic for a long time. It was open for vehicular traffic until 1986, but now it is open only for foot traffic. We walked across it and through the tunnel on the other side as far as we could see - we left our headlamps in the RV. The engineers in us came out and we enjoyed seeing the bridge construction - the counterweights were massive. It was only lifted once, as a test, and...

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Northwest 2009

Jun 28, 2009 - Theodore Roosevelt Natl Park north

We had beautiful weather today as predicted and had a nice drive to our home for the next 5 nights - Watford City, North Dakota. This is a very small town that started as an oil boom town - not the first time we have been happy to be in the RV instead of using hotels - didn't see one here we would want to sleep in. We were surprised to learn that although the weather can be extremely cold here in the winter - down to 50 below, this area gets only 30 inches of snow and 14 inches of rain a year. It is more arid than we expected and a little...

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Northwest 2009

Jun 4, 2009 - Bighorn Sheep!

Thursday, June 4th: Wolf Point, MT - Teddy Roosevelt National Park (North Unit), ND We were up at 7 and on the road by 9–amazing! We continued through the Indian reservation along the Missouri River and on to North Dakota. Wildfowl highlights included a female pheasant crossings the highway, 3 or 4 magpies (all in the same area), ravens, yellow-headed blackbirds, Canadian geese, ducks, seagulls, and 2 white pelicans on a lake formed by the Missouri. We saw more ground hogs but less carnage, thank goodness. We passed the 2 bicyclists...

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May 21, 2008 - Teddy Roosevelt Nat'l Park -- North Unit

Teddy Roosevelt settled for a while in this part of North Dakota as well. He was known as "4 Eyes" in this part of the country, when as a young man he came here to settle his thoughts and work a ranch here in this, another "bad lands" section of ND. We set up the trailer in Watford City in a nice city run tourist park / campground. The wind blew the whole time we were here ... check out the documented picture on the wind. A day trip into TR Nat'l Park North was wonderful ... a beautiful park.

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Spring '08

Sep 21, 2007 - Theodore National Park, North Unit, near Watford City, ND

Got up this morning and made the short trip (about 1 1/2 hr) to the North Unit of the Theodore National Park. We drove separately as it was such a short trip (George drove Motorhome and I drove the Bronco). We are staying in the park itself for the next two nights. No cell phone coverage, no TV, no internet. (This is being written several days later.) We are in site #29 in Juniper Campground. Very nice campground. No hookups though. We got settled in, had lunch, took the dogs for a very nice stroll through the campground, and then drove...

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Oct 10, 2006 - Bismarck/Minot ND

Well, we made it to Bismarck and played bridge....sort of. UGH!!!!. We then drove up to Minot and will play tomorrow afternoon, hopefully better than today. It was on the way here that we ran into light snow and rain. So much for sandals and shorts. Summer must be over for good. Tomorrow we are off to Brandon MB after tha game.

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Jun 6, 2006 - Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Best laid plans..... Planned to drive to Watford City, explore the National park and then head back up to Rt. 2 and Williston, ND where we planned to stay. Parked the coach at the tourist center in Watford City and drove the fifteen miles south to the National Park and the Little Missouri National Grasslands. While at the visitors center, we met a couple from England who told us that Rt. 2 across Montana was full of construction and that the road was one lane with guide vehicles taking the cars through the construction. So, needless to say,...

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