Sunday, July 31, 2016

7/29 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

I arrived here fairly early in the day, so I luckily did the 36 miles drive before checking into my campground for two nights.  This place resembles the Badlands, except it is greener.  It was once home to tens of thousands of bison.  Roosevelt came here once to shoot them, and asked to have a cabin built, shown below.  When he came back a couple of years later, he discovered there were none to hunt.  So he tried raising cattle for a while, but they ended up dying in a storm, so he focused on using this place, and another one he had built nearby for rest and relaxation.  He said that it was here that he gained his love of nature and began his work to save natural areas for the public in national parks. 

This is the start of the drive that takes a couple of hours, or more, depending on how many stops you make.

There are several prairie dog towns, and this is one of them. 

Pretty country, but not easy to build a road or railroad through, so it was saved pretty much as it was, except minus the bison, of course.

I ran into three small herds of bison.  This one had several animals on each side of the road, so occasionally one would stop traffic by going slowly across to the other side. 

Frankly, these big guys can do whatever they want.  If they want to tip over your car, they can.  Might have to just punch holes in my big vehicle, however.

If they got within 30 feet, you were supposed to get into your vehicle or move away. 

Another little "dog."

And more bison.

 After this drive, I got set up in the campground and turned on my generator to keep myself cool.  You are only allowed to run it until 8:00 pm, so it was a little tough waiting for the sun to set and the temps to go down, but at least in the middle of the night it got really nice and cool. 

I was lucky to be able to take this drive today because the next day, I ended up with pains from passing a kidney stone, and drove a miserable 45 miles to the next town where there was an emergency room.  Spent four hours there getting tests and pain relief.  Found an RV park where the owner was kind enough to meet me and help me get backed in after dark.  Was REALLY glad to be settled and have some pain relief.  Just one of the problems with traveling alone and in places a long way from medical care, but I have survived this as just another part of my adventure.

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