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Hi everyone!

I think we are finally headed to TRNP next week - the weather looks ok and we have a lot of good hiking and camping planned  :)   I think that part of the trip we have covered.

Although, if anyone's been to Ice Caves off the Maah Daah Hey trail, let me know how you liked it.  We're trying to decide if the drive out there is worth the effort.

Has anyone spent any time in Medora?  If the weather is sketchy on one of our days we may spend a day in town and off the gumbo.  Things to do, places to eat, that sort of thing.

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Medora's a nice little town, but I don't remember there being enough to do there for a whole day.  If I were you, if I had poor weather I'd drive out and check out some of the other stuff in the area.  A real highlight for us was this:

http://www.nps.gov/fous/index.htm

Kids will like it, and you have the unique opportunity to park in one state and visit a site in another.

We didn't get there, but another place nearby is this http://history.nd.gov/historicsites/buford/index.html

Both of these places are near the North Unit of TRNP and offer some great history.

Another thing I'd recommend while you're at TRNP is to make sure you take a drive at sunset through one of the units.  It can be the best time for wildlife (different wildlife present depending on which unit you're in), and if you do it right, you can get some great shots both of the badlands at sunset and the wildlife.
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Thanks for the tips  :)   The kidlet just finished up studying this time period in US history this year, so they are nice options!

Sunset is my favorite time to go exploring.  I got some amazing (for me, anyway) geyser shots at sunset the year we went to Yellowstone.

We are putting the trip off a week to see what the weather does - the ranger I spoke to yesterday said it's raining there as much as it is here, and it will take a while for the trails to dry out.  Good thing we're patient folk  :;):


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As I recall, Medora is where Theodore Roosevelt got off the train when he was ranching in that area. The town gets mentioned a lot in his biographies. I don't recall ever being there, but the place is as much connected with T.R. as the park is. It's something to ponder when there, however long.

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Also, note that the northern unit of the park and the aforementioned Fort Union Trading Post NHS, are in Central Time and the southern unit, incl. Painted Canyon, (as well as anything you might visit in Montana) is in mountain time.
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I believe there is a pretty well respected theatre troop that puts on plays and musicals in the summer.  You might check that out.  Also, a number of historical displays on the Marquis de Mores who was an early cattleman and French aristocrat who, preceeded TR and actually founded the town.  One thing that always kills me about the Badlands and North Dakota in general is their hype on Teddy Roosevelt.  The way they spin it is that he was almost a native son when in reality he spent very little time there and got the hell out the first time he had to endure a rough winter where he lost his and his families entire investment in cattle ranching, if running cows on the open range could really be called ranching.

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Yeah, there is a lot about TR that is largely hype, including the idea that he himself was actually a rancher in any meaningful sense. And my impression from reading two biographies and a few of his writings is that he himself started or encouraged that hype with his need to be recognised for "manly" pursuits and a "manly" lifestyle. Even his type of conservation left much to be desired. Still, he's an interesting character.

I think places like Medora latch onto his name because without it those places are hard-pressed to find any other claim to fame that serves their tourist industry quite so well.


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I think places like Medora latch onto his name because without it those places are hard-pressed to find any other claim to fame that serves their tourist industry quite so well.

I think you nailed that down pretty well.  It is, after all, North Dakota.  And I'm speaking as a native who lived there for a number of years. Best move my paretns ever made was to move eone state to the west.

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