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    7/15   Today we drove into Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is divided up into 2 parks; a north unit and a south unit. Today we toured the northern unit. This park is located in the western part of North Dakota; in the wilderness of the badlands.

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Roosevelt first came to the badlands in Sept. 1883. Before returning home to New York he became interested in the cattle business and  joined two other men as partners in the Maltese Cross Ranch. 

The next year he returned and established a second open-range ranch, the Elkhorn, as his own operation while continuing as a Maltese Cross partner.

The Elkhorn became his principal residence, a place where he could lead the “strenuous life: that he loved. Here he sharpened and refined his interests in nature and conservation.

Conservation increasingly became one of his major concerns.

When he became President in 1901, he established the U.S. Forest Service and by signing the 1905 Antiquities Act under which he proclaimed 18 national monuments. He also got Congressional approval for the establishment of five national parks and 51 wildlife refuges and set aside land as national forests.

Roosevelt is remembered with a national park that honors the memory of this great conservationist.

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Over the last couple of weeks,  we continued our travels from Leavenworth, Washington on SR 2 staying for four days in a RV Park at the outskirts of Glacier National Park. We made day trips up into the mountains into the Park.

Glacier National Monument 279 This is a view of the side of our RV looking out toward the mountains. These mountains are  the little ones!

It was truly beautiful to behold the mountains, streams, and lakes in the region; just breath taking! Especially going around the curves on that skinny road, where it seemed that we hung out over the valley below. Glacier National Monument 168 If you look closely, you can see the road, those are red tour vehicles ahead of us going around the curve.

Glacier National Monument 113 This is a shot of the glaciers! Surprisingly,  it was not cold here! It was hard capturing good shots of the glaciers due to the whiteness of the ice fields and the haziness of the sky.  I had a really hard time getting as many good photos as I wanted, I finally climbed into the back seat of the car so I could dart from side to side of the car to take the pictures. There were just so many vistas crying out to have their picture taken!

 Glacier National Monument 082 Glacier National Monument 267  Glacier National Monument 052 If you look closely at the mountain side – about the middle on the left side you will see  a white blot. Glacier National Monument 132

Now look at the enlargement. It reveals two mountain goats that crossed the road and climbed up the face of the mountain side – all within the blink of your eye!Glacier National Monument Mtn GoatCropped

We took a short hike down the side of the mountain to a fast moving creek/stream to see this water falls.  Crossing this foot bridge in the process. Glacier National Monument 046  Glacier National Monument 044 At a distance that little bridge looked like it was only a 2×4 board across the middle support; but in reality it was five 2x4s wide. and the water was deeper than it looks from the photo.

We had a wonderful time and if you have a chance to go to this park;  I highly recommend it.

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