Locations: White Butte, North Dakota and Theodore Roosevelt National Park
|Wildlife everywhere in North Dakota!|
Nevertheless, I've highly enjoyed North Dakota! The day started off with a hike up White Butte, the state highpoint. This was another interesting mountain to find. Its actually private property, for one. I obtained permission from the nice owners to climb the mountain. All they require is a small fee. It was actually somewhat of a mountains too, as opposed to a slightly raised hill on a sea of flat land.
|White Butte, the highpoint of North Dakota|
Take home message, I passed the "middle of nowhere" 200 miles ago and I'm in a place that has less people than the Moon. The High Point is 5 miles south of Amidon and is a nice little mountain. I parked at the kind folk's mailbox and made the customary donation. I decided NOT to try and drive the road to the base as it is a very rough jeep road.
I enjoyed this hike quite a bit! It wanders through a lot of cow pastures and eventually leads to the "parking lot" Once you hit the actual trail, it wanders through the little badlands of the mountain and up to the "summit". Word to the wise, bring a hiking pole for the rattlesnakes and wear long pants; its tick country.
|Upon the precarious summit|
Theodore Roosevelt National Park was only 40 miles away so I headed off! This national park is one of the least visited parks in the country. It is far more interesting than you might think. First of all, it preserves the place where Theodore Roosevelt, an American President, became the wild man that he was. He was a cowboy, a wrangler, and a deputy out in these badlands. He credited North Dakota as the main reason he ended up becoming president. This is, in many ways, where the concept of a "national park" got its beginings. The president believed that places, such as these, should be preserved for all time. Thank you, President Roosevelt!
|Standing TALLER than my car|
|Prairie dogs, aka the Rats of the Midwest|
|Bison on the move|