Today we went to Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Side – and drove a 36 mile loop through the badlands of North Dakota. It was a ride through prairie lands and shallow canyons. The prairies were littered with little black tail prairie dogs (Dog Towns) busy at work, digging and throwing dirt out of their dens.
Herds of bison were seen on the ridges and along side the roadway. We also spotted a mule tail deer bounding up the hillside and finding shelter from the rain under a cottonwood tree. Connie spotted a pronghorn sheep a little later.
The smell of sage and heather was amazingly sweet as we exited our vehicle to begin on our short hikes. It was so tempting to pick some of the fragrant ‘weed’ to bring back to our camper, but we managed to resist.
And, what do you think the rock formation below looks like to you?