Badlands in NORTH Dakota?

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Nov 14, 2012

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Where I stayed
red Trail Campground
What I did
Painted Canyon

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Another stop at Wally World this afternoon netted a toilet-paper holder, a mat for the camper step, a dish drainer, a rug for the bathroom and several other sundries. Tonight we had a "home" cooked meal that included green beans from our garden and some of my applesauce. Not bad for "roughing it."

Our campground tonight is in the middle of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park -- a place I'm embarrassed to admit I'd never heard of before I started planning this trip. After driving most of the way across North Dakota staring in wonderment at the vast expanses of flatness, somewhere about 40 miles from here, there started to be some hills. At first, they were small, pointy and isolated. Walt commented that they looked like the remains of prehistoric anthills (the ants, like the dinosaurs, were much bigger back then....).

Then, about ten miles from here our eyes popped and our jaws dropped when the terrain changed to something you might expect near the Grand Canyon. it turned out to be Painted Canyon. It's part of the North Dakota Badlands and is within TRNP. Fortunately for us, there was a visior center at the next exit. we're thinking of staying here a little longer than we'd planned so we can see more of the park.  Oh, and another feature of our campground is that it seems to be adjacent toa main line railroad track. The freight trains rumble through about every half hour or so. We've noticed that the trains out here are really long -- a hundred or more cars -- as compared to those we see at home.

I can't resist taking another minute to comment about the campers we're seeing. I thought I  was getting used to seeing huge, lavish campers, but the one next to us takes the cake. It doesn't just dwarf our camper AND our house. it makes the humongous fifth-wheel camper I recently saw at an rv dealership -- the one with the walk-in closet in the master bedroom, the bar and the entertainment center, complete with 50" flat-screen tv and matching leather recliners, and the island in the kitchen -- look like a tar-paper shack. A SMALL tar-paper shack! Incredible.

we passed into another time zone today, so it seems later to us than it really is. Off to bed so we'll be ready for adventure in the morning!
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pat on

i am so glad you are having such a wonderful adventure. looks like you will be in glacier park very soon. enjoy every minute.

meanwheels on

Enjoying every comment!

commuter on

welcome to our time zone, the one the rest of the world forgets!!! I so want to see the Badlands, keep writing, keep lingering. Very impressed at homegrown goodies on the road. Sounds like you're really making the new vehicle your own -- have you named it? And that ginormous RV sounds HORRIBLE!!!


Sounds like the couple that stopped here the other day to ride the trian. Wanted to know where to park their rig. 42 foot trailer plus truck was over 60 feet. That's 20 feet longer than my house. Glad youre having a good time. B

Sue McIntyre on

Glad you are seeing our beautiful country! North/South Dakota's are worth staying a week in. So much to see and so little time to do it in!

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