Trip to North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota
June 2001

A 10-day loop-trip took us to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield, Fort Phil Keaney, Custer State Park, Wounded Knee, the Badlands, and Blue Mounds State Park, along with stops in between.  

Weather for the most part was wonderful, but there were some beautiful thunderstorms visible during the trip across North Dakota.  

More pictures of the storm in North Dakota:

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The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park was our first major stop.  

For more information about this park, go to the National Park Service page for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Additional South Unit/Roosevelt National Park Photos:

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Just as I was about to embark on a 4 mile hike, a terrific storm blew up.  So, we took pictures instead.  

Be sure to look at all of the storm pictures - some of them are very beautiful!

Additional thunderstorm photos:

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While I hiked the Jones Creek Trail, Ray mingled with the Prairie Dogs.

I like this particular picture because it looks like he's sitting like a fisherman.  They don't usually do that, that I know of!  

Additional prairie dog photos:  Several of the pictures below show similar, funny poses, such as one where it looks like the prairie dog is "putting up his dukes"! (Photo 46) or is playing quarterback (Photo 55):

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There was also another storm brewing off in the distance as I hiked:  Photo 47 | Photo 62

In the northwestern corner of Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit is an area of Petrified Forest.  These pictures show various stumps, trunks, shards, and the surrounding scenery.

Additional photos of the Petrified Forest:  (There is even a picture of me in my hiking outfit and the start of a little sunburn as I climbed up a ridge!)

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We wandered down nearly all of the dead-end roads within the Little Missouri National Grassland (or so it seemed!)  This pretty spot is where we pulled off to have lunch.

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Buffalo are my favorite of the western animals.  And, from the safety of the truck and with a great telephoto lense, we took LOTS of pictures.  We saw everything from males fighting to little calves nursing.

Photos 23 - 25 (see below) show a bull bison who was halfway up a cliff in the North Unit of Roosevelt National Park.  That little spot in the center of Photo 23 is actually a very large bull buffalo!  

Photo 11a shows how birds like to land on the buffalo and perch on their backs.

Additional buffalo photos, separated by location.  

Roosevelt South Unit: Photo 48 | Photo 49 | Photo 50

Roosevelt North Unit: Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5Photo 6 | Photo 8 | Photo 9 | Photo 10 | Photo 11 | Photo 12 | Photo 13 | Photo 14 | Photo 15 | Photo 16 | Photo 17 | Photo 18 | Photo 19 | Photo 23 | Photo 24 | Photo 25

Wind Cave National Park: Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6 | Photo 7 | Photo 8 | Photo 9 | Photo 10 | Photo 11a | Photo 8a

 

Page two continues to the Little Bighorn Battlefield, the Black Hills, and the Missouri River.
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