“I have always said I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.” – Theodore Roosevelt
(June 19 – 20, 2019) It was stress-free driving from the state of Montana to North Dakota. I was often a sole driver on a highway. It is summer: long daylight in Northern States and lots of cows on beautiful green landscape. Human population in the State of North Dakota is less than 800,000 but cattle population is about 1.8 million.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota divides into three park units: North Unit, South Unit, and Elkhorn Ranch Unit. It rained when I visited the park. Hiking trails were muddy and slippery for me because of rain. After hiking a couple of trails and driving scenic route in South Unit in the park, I decided to leave next day for South Dakota.
Ted Roosevelt was born in New York. He first came to the Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883 when he was 24 years old. “Roosevelt was determined to get a taste of the American frontier before it was gone forever, to establish himself as a big game hunter, a rancher, and an authentic cowboy, and to overcome both his physical infirmities (principally asthma) and the grief he experienced when both his wife and mother died on Valentine’s Day 1884.”