Badlands in NORTH Dakota?
Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
28Trip End Nov 14, 2012
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Where I stayed
red Trail Campground
What I did
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!