Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 22 - Devils Tower National Monument, WY to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, ND

New territory today.  We left Devils Tower and drove out through some of the prettiest country I’ve ever seen along the Belle Fourche river in eastern Wyoming towards South Dakota.  We headed north when we reached the town of Belle Fourche and made our way to North Dakota.  A new state for us!  Hurray!
Drizzly, overcast day as we headed north . . . no complaints from the heat-weary Millers
Greg had read about an interesting byway and we decided it would be worth a detour to see the Enchanted Highway.  The story is that the tiny ranch town of Regent, North Dakota was dying.  A farmer in the area decided he could do something about it.  He got his community together and created The Enchanted Highway -- a series of giant statues along the road leading to their town.  
If you are ever in North Dakota . . . Go see it and spend a little money in Regent.
Unfortunately, I had some technical issues and my photographs have disappeared.  I only have a couple that I took on my iPhone to post on Facebook . . . I’m very sad!
We continued on towards Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, North Dakota.  This park contains the Badlands of the North.  It was where Teddy Roosevelt had his two ranching operations:  The Maltese Cross Ranch and the Elkhorn Ranch.  He got a lot of his ideas about conservation as he watched the herds of buffalo disappear from the otherwise wild land near his ranches.  There are buffalo and wild horses and even some Longhorn cattle within the park now just like when Teddy was there.  
We had dinner in Medora -- a very touristy town at the entrance to the park.  When we got back, we went to the ranger talk on Travels with TR.  It was really interesting to learn more about what adventures he’d had as a younger man that led to his being who was as an adult and as president.  

Watch out for the giant Pheasants near Regent, ND! 

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