Thursday, August 15 Dickinson, ND
The weather was warm already as we left Bozeman for Dickinson ND. Travel is all on US interstates at 75 mph. A nice change of pace. We did have a few low mountain passes but most of the terrain was flat to rolling flat fields.
We made two planned stops for the day. First stop was at Pompeys Pillar National Monument. This is a rock outcropping that has had petroglyphs etched onto it for hundreds of years. Its most notable signatory is William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Clark and his team stopped here on the way back from the Pacific Ocean. Lewis had taken an alternate route in order to map greater portions of the west. They were to meet at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.
Pompeys Pillar is on the Yellowstone river. Here the river is a slow, meandering plains river compared to the gusher we saw going through Yellowstone Canyon back in early June. It is named for Sacagawea’s son whom Clark nicknamed Pompey.
Our second stop was at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora ND. The park has a north unit and a south unit. The north unit has more badlands type features, but both sections do have badlands and grasslands. We stopped at the south unit. It is closer to I-94 and contains the cabin built by Teddy Roosevelt on his first ranch here.
Teddy Roosevelt had two ranches here. He found the area restful and when his wife and mother both died on the same day, he came here to mourn and recoup. His passion for conservation had a strong foothold from what he saw and observed here.
We watched the video and drove the 26 mile loop route. We were able to observe more bison, pronghorn, and wild horses. As we were finishing the drive, bison were crossing and walking along the road. We pulled in behind other cars to watch and wait until they were off the road.
When the bison were finished ambling off the road, we discovered our car would not start. It is about 6:30 at this time. We called AAA who sent out a truck from Dickinson, about 30 miles east. I believe the problem to be the starter, we will find out more tomorrow. The car was towed to a Midas shop just a block from the hotel we are staying at,
Friday we had planned to get up early and drive home. This is one day sooner than projected, we were initially going to spend more time in the Roosevelt park but just are getting tired. Now we will have to wait and see how long it will take to get the car repaired.
Ed and Chris August 16 9:30 AM