Tuesday, September 1, 2015

North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Sunday night, the gods went bowling over North Dakota. We heard them score a few great strikes! Then one spilled his drink and it poured down on us with a vengeance. It was one of those nights when you really enjoy the warmth and comfort of snuggling in your own bed with your partner.

When we looked outside Monday morning, we saw something we hadn't seen for some time: blue skies. The rain had washed much of the smoke out of the air.

We had a late afternoon appointment over in Dickinson (the larger town to the east) to get our Jeep's oil changed, but that left us with plenty of time to make the 50 mile drive up to the North Unit of the park. We had read that it was well worth the trip, because of the extraordinary scenery and the lack of people!

We learned the badlands were more rugged there than in the South Unit because the glaciers reached the North Unit but not the South.

Here are a few of the pictures we took driving the park road:

This rock below was about four feet tall, and our first reaction was that it looked like Thor's bowling ball.  Maybe he dropped it last night?

In fact it is a natural rock formation called a cementation where new minerals stick the grains of sand together. Most are very round and some are as small as marbles, while others are very large boulders. Probably no gods were involved.

The park road is fourteen miles one way. When we got to the end we traded places so Craig could look and shoot pictures while I drove.  Although the days have been hot, the night temperatures are rarely warm in the Dakotas. I noticed a few first signs of fall.

This is a good thing, maybe the parks won't be so crowded!


  1. Loud thunder sometimes scares me, and sometimes makes me feel excited. I love the power of a good thunderstorm.

  2. I was in that park last September. Your pics brought back memories for me.

  3. Beautiful scenery! Love your description of the Thunder storm :-)

  4. I love the landscape. Thank you for taking such fantastic photos to share. You really bring the area to life.


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