Now to the "bucket list" part of the trip. My parents were from Beach, ND and married in Sentinel Butte, ND. Mom always talked about the "Badlands" of North Dakota and how beautiful they were. It's the area where Theodore Roosevelt came to get away from New York and politics. So with that in mind, we found an RV park in Medora, ND which is the south entrance to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and about 30 miles from Beach.
We will explore the Badlands and visit Beach and Sentinel Butte and at least get pictures of all these places. We understand the church that mom and dad were married in is no longer, but it will be fun to discover if anything still exists from when they were living here. I have several uncle and aunts that lived in Beach as well so we will visit the cemetery and see what we learn.
We are staying at Red Trail Campground in Medora. Everything back here closes down by September 30th so we needed to get in and out of here. The owner of the park told us the weather is usually quite cold by now and he is ready to shut things down, but it is so unseasonably warm this year, (Near 80 today), he's not sure what he'll do.
Yesterday, Sunday, we visited the south entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park. Behind the Visitor Center, sits the original cabin Teddy Roosevelt built and stayed in when he first started coming to North Dakota. The significance of this cabin for me, is that my mom painted this cabin when she was in her painting years and always talked about it and where it was. They have moved it from where she remembers it, but they put it inside the park to protect it's heritage.
We took the 36-mile scenic loop drive and saw spectacular vistas of the North Dakota Badlands. We have a friend that said to us, "why would you go to North Dakota Badlands"? If you haven't been here, it is well worth you time to see them. They are another wonder of "God's creation". See pictures!
From these Badlands and Teddy Roosevelt's love of this Dakota territory comes his fame for being a conservationist and establishing the National Parks system. Bison once decimated here are back in great numbers as are other animals, birds and wildlife species. I remain in awe of this great land of ours!