Rough Riding with Teddy

Our slow travel schedule afforded us 10 days to enjoy Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, which we split equally between the distinct north and south units, geographically separated by 70 miles. We did not make the effort to reach the Elkhorn area, which is actually the former “home ranch” of the park’s namesake, … Read moreRough Riding with Teddy

Appreciating Volcanic Geology at Devils Tower

Our last stop before leaving the Black Hills area was Devils Tower National Monument. Unfortunately for people who care about grammar, the lack of an apostrophe in the name is “correct” since that is how the location was named in the statute designating the monument. While this is not a huge site, with just a … Read moreAppreciating Volcanic Geology at Devils Tower

Finding the Wild in the Black Hills

Although we are in the high summer season, and the Black Hills were filled with tourists in the weeks just after Memorial Day, we managed to find many, many locations of relative solitude and incredible beauty in this large wilderness. Custer State Park The focal point of our visit to the Black Hills was Custer … Read moreFinding the Wild in the Black Hills

Mandatory Visits in the Black Hills

Southwestern South Dakota — a place I had never visited and frankly never even considered as a vacation destination — has a dense concentration of places we have loved. Were it not for the thought of subzero winter conditions, I think Ken would be ready to move here in a heartbeat. After our awesome five … Read moreMandatory Visits in the Black Hills

Awed by the Rugged Grandeur of the Badlands

After our stop in Sioux City, we took two days to travel across southern South Dakota in search of the Badlands. The first day fulfilled every stereotype of South Dakota — long, straight roads shooting through massive, perfectly level fields in various stages of cultivation. The land seemed to be without end, and the tasks … Read moreAwed by the Rugged Grandeur of the Badlands