Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota isn’t just named in honour of a president who was influential in the early stages of the National Park movement. You could say this rugged region was where he developed his passion for conservation. Or at the very least, it’s where that passion was nurtured and blossomed.

Looking across the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Looking across the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

IMG_2110 I find it slightly ironic that Roosevelt’s first visit to this part of North Dakota was in order to hunt a bison/buffalo before they went extinct. Today it seems like an odd thing for a conservationist to do – to specifically set out to hunt a member of a species on the verge of extinction – but times were different back in 1883.

Amazingly, buffalo still graze Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Amazingly, buffalo still graze Theodore Roosevelt National Park

IMG_2113In any case, the future president was struck with such a love for this part of North Dakota that he ended up buying two ranches in the region, both of which now lie within the boundaries of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The park itself is split into three sections: the South Unit, which includes Roosevelt’s first ranch, the Maltese Cross Ranch; the North Unit; and between them, Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch, the second he purchased in the area.

A cabin fit for a president: Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin

A cabin fit for a president: Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin

Inside the Maltese Cross Cabin isn't exactly palatial, but the Roosevelt loved the rugged life here

Inside the Maltese Cross Cabin isn’t exactly palatial, but the Roosevelt loved the rugged life here

It was February when we visited Roosevelt NP, in fact the same trip we took in Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, and Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming (plus a whole lot more…see future posts). Consequently, we pretty much had the place to ourselves, enabling us to enjoy the South Unit’s serene, if somewhat bleak, beauty in… well… serenity.

A frozen Little Missouri River snakes through the South Unit

A frozen Little Missouri River snakes through the South Unit

IMG_2104On the flip side, the numerous prairie dog towns in this part of the park ensured we didn’t get too serious. We sat and watched their mischievous antics for ages!

Tell me they don't look like mischief...

Tell me they don’t look like mischief…

And what about this little fella?...

And what about this little fella?…

Standing guard

Standing guard

Greeting a neighbour

Greeting a neighbour

This post was inspired by the themes Serenity from Cheri (of The Daily Post), whereas the prairie dogs add a Mischievous element, which was Ailsa’s (of Where’s My Backpack?) word of the week.

Howdy!

Howdy!

Several prairie dog tunnels have  'mischievously' undermined the road!

Several prairie dog tunnels have ‘mischievously’ undermined the road!

"That wasn't my tunnel, Partner!"

“That wasn’t my tunnel, Partner!”

"I'm outta here!"

“I’m outta here!”

Whether you’re still smiling at the all-too-human prairie dog behaviour, or contemplating Theodore Roosevelt’s part in defining the US National Park system, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr? And if that’s not enough for you, there are now three Jaspa’s Journey novels to enjoy as ebooks! Perfect for Kids 8 – 80! Jaspa's Journey Logo (Bigger Bucket)

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9 Responses to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

  1. Rob Weir says:

    Love the timing of the capture in the last photo

  2. Pingback: Travel Theme-Mischievous | WoollyMuses

  3. irinadim says:

    Absolutely stunning post! Btw, I nominated you blog in the One Lovely Blog Hop. Have a look. Cheers 🙂 Irina

  4. kcinaz says:

    What great pictures. So many put a smile on my face. Especially that’s wasn’t my tunnel.

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