09/09/17 Saturday in Dickinson, ND
Breakfast was rather different from the offerings at Fairfield in Montana. Instead of cooked oatmeal, I found creamed gravy for the nearby biscuits. Instead of fluffy scrambled eggs there were eggs that looked like they were cooked for McDonald’s Egg McMuffins – shaped and rather rubbery. No black pepper in a grinder, but it was available in packets. After eating my egg and whining to John (at least he got his waffles, I went looking for milk and found packets of instant oatmeal. So I managed with that. How easily we are spoiled. It also strikes me that maybe people in ND prefer fast food to healthier food. Even the offerings at the grocery store seemed geared in that direction.
We got to the park at 9:30, after passing through the Little Missouri National Grasslands. The Theodore Roosevelt NP (the only National Park named for a person) includes the Little Missouri Badlands, which we could enjoy at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center in Medora, ND.
This park came into being largely because Teddy Roosevelt wanted to get away, find relief from his grief over the loss of both his wife of just 4 years who died after a miscarriage, and the loss of his mother from typhoid. Both died on the same day. He loved the grim beauty of this place and soon became a cattle rancher. Even though his ranches failed he found adventure, purpose and wholeness here. He has been called our first conservation President: he established the US Forest Service, signed the 1906 Antiquities Act then proceeded to set aside numerous places of beauty: 18 national monuments, 5 national parks, 150 national forests and dozens of federal reserves. The Antiquities Act has been used by presidents ever since then to create new national monuments by executive action. Keeping true to his love for nature, this park encourages a lot of wildlife including wild horses, bison herds and black tailed prairie dogs. The scenery and all those wild animals made this a very special experience for us.
That was a big day which we ended with frozen dinners from Cash Wise.
Sunday, after church and lunch I worked on the blog while John watched sports, especially enjoying the Seahawks game. Monday we’ll travel to my dear high school friend’s home in Custer, SD.
Our prayers go out to the people of Florida, especially our good friends and relatives there, as they deal with Irma.