The Dakotas’ Stunning Badlands & Buffalo

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Close up Buffalo

The 2012 presidential race is on here in the US like it or not.   However, Instead of watching national conventions, I decided to get a presidential dose of nature last week as my parents and me took a little road trip to North Dakota and did a scenic drive through Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  How many even knew there was such a park?  It sort of lives in the shadow of the bigger Presidential park – Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, but I think Teddy deserves some love too!

From the MPS site:

In Honor of a President

When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.

Surprising North Dakota landscape

We took our time and stopped at some scenic lookouts and then took the 35 mile scenic drive through the South end of the park.  There we were wowed by the landscape, buffalo, and prairie dogs!

Prairie Dogs dot the landscape

Badlands

Grazing buffalo

 

Sherry Ott
Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She’s a co-founder of Briefcasetobackpack.com, a website offering career break travel inspiration and advice.

Additionally, she runs an around the world travel blog writing about her travel and expat adventures at Ottsworld.com.com.
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One Response to The Dakotas’ Stunning Badlands & Buffalo

  1. SusanB September 22, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    Great Photos – We’re about to head west from Minnesota to California – Looking forward to the wide open spaces.

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