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welcome to Theodore National Park

The two RV Gypsies at
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
in North Dakota
June 7, 2012
After viewing The Painted Canyon, the two RV Gypsies continued their journey to the South Unit Entrance of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora. After checking in at the gate, they came across the Medora Visitor Center, which houses a gift shop and a museum. The restored Maltese Cross cabin, which was Roosevelt's first ranch house in the badlands, is behind the visitor center, but the two RV Gypsies did not get there.
scenery at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
scenery at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The Medora Overlook
The Medora Overlook
The Medora Overlook
The Medora Overlook
From The Medora Overlook, the two RV Gypsies saw how the highway I-94 cuts right through the National Park.
Highway I-94 as seen from Medora Overlook in Theodore National Park
Lee Duquette on Medora Overlook at Theodore National Park
Highway I-94 as seen from Medora Overlook in Theodore National Park
The two RV Gypsies on Medora Overlook at Theodore National Park in ND
Theodore National Park
Highway I-94 as seen from Medora Overlook in Theodore National Park
Highway I-94 as seen from Medora Overlook in Theodore National Park
Looking over the edge to see the erosion. They say that eventually this land will be flat. What a crime that will be, but this generation won't be around to see it.
Looking back towards the park road from the Medora Overlook, the truck of the two RV Gypsies looked quite lovely, yet lonely.
The toad of the two RV Gypsies at Medora Overlook, Theodore National Park

More beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

a deer in the distance on the hill
rocks falling at Theodore National Park in ND
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
Lee Duquette at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota

Badlands Overlook at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

sign - Badlands Overlook
Badlands Overlook
Badlands Overlook
Badlands Overlook
Badlands Overlook
Badlands Overlook

Scoria Point Overlook at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

sign - Scoria Point Overlook
Scoria Point Overlook
History bookScoria Point: True scoria is volcanic in origin. Locally, however, wherever a seam of coal has caught fire and baked the surrounding sand and clay into a kind of natural brick, it has been given the name scoria. Over the years erosion has removed the softer earth and left the bluffs capped with this harder, more resistant material.
Scoria Point Overlook
Scoria Point Overlook
Scoria Point Overlook
Scoria Point Overlook

Just past the Scoria Point Overlook by the roadside, the protrusion on this rock formation looked like it might be petrified wood.

white rock formation with petrified wood
white rock formation with petrified wood
white rock formation with petrified wood
The two RV Gypsies hiked Ridgeline Nature Trail, an easy one-half mile 20 minute , to learn information about the Badlands scenery, ecology and the role of fire, wind, and water in this area.
the start of Ridgeline Nature Trail
This land was termed the land of no good because the terrain was too rough to travel.
view from the Ridgeline Nature Trail
The one-half of a mile Ridgeline Trail is a loop that provides a brief and educational view of the park. Plants from arid regions like yucca, prickly pear cactus, and sage, mingle with skunkbush, lichens and junipers. The charred remains of gnarled junipers stand as silent witnesses to a wildfire that swept the area in 1974.
view from the Ridgeline Hiking Trail
Karen Duquette on the Ridgeline Hiking Trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park,
North Dakota - June 7, 2010
Karen Duquette on the Ridgeline Hiking Trail K
Karen Duquette on the Ridgeline Hiking Trail
the view from the Ridgeline Hiking Trail

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