Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Glimpse of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

On the Western edge of North Dakota is the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We made a brief stop at a scenic viewpoint on Interstate 94 overlooking the Badlands. I've been fascinated with this area ever since I first saw it in 1999. Do you ever visit a place and immediately feel it touching your soul? This is such a place for me and I don't know why. There is a beauty in the colors of the layered earth. Of course, I love the deceptive barrenness of the desert, too.

I imagine the pioneers as they made their way across this landscape and wonder what they thought upon reaching here. It couldn't have been easy in covered wagons but somehow they made their way further westward.

Panoramic View of the Badlands (worth clicking on to enlarge)

One of these years I would like to explore this area more, not just for 30 minutes.


  1. when i get those feelings, i wonder if my soul has been there before. :)

  2. I would love to explore there also. I like TW's comment. One never knows. MB

  3. What a beautiful place! I love that kind of landscape, which is probably why I love living here in SE Arizona! :)
    Yes, I have had that feeling before too and I like how TWG put it.

  4. You have seen some interesting things on your travels through ND. Yes I have had those feelings too.

  5. I too found the Badlands an interesting landscape. But the first major landscape that captured me was the Rocky Mountains in CO on my first roadtrip from IL, very early 20s.


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