Eleven years ago Denny and I explored some of North Dakota, stopping at both the north and south units of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This time around we stayed in a campground in the town of Medora which is the gateway to the south unit of the park. Our stay here has seen temperatures reaching 100+ degrees on several days so when the day started out overcast Denny and I jumped in the truck hoping the slightly cooler temperatures would allow the animals of the park to show themselves. According to the brochures handed out at the ranger station we had the potential to see bison, wild mustangs, deer, elk, prairie dogs, pronghorn antelopes, big horned sheep, badgers and coyotes that live here, but we only managed to see the deer, bison, wild mustangs and prairie dogs.
What you won't find here are crowds--this is sort of off the beaten path although its entrance is just a couple of miles from an interstate exit. So you can wander at your leisure, being enveloped in the scent of sagebrush and immersed in the sounds of silence. Which we did until the thunderstorms rolled in and we rolled out.
Of course, I have to close with an "awwww" moment; this wild mustang foal who was all tuckered out from being so darned cute.