“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) Driving from the state of Montana to North Dakota was relaxing. I was often the sole driver on the highway. It is summer: long sunny days in the Northern States. Beautiful green land with lots of cows all over. Human population in the State of North Dakota is less than 800,000 but cattle population is about 1.8 million.
Ted Roosevelt was born in New York. He visited North Dakota when he was 24 years old to hunt a buffalo. “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.”
“With the assassination of President William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, not quite 43, became the 26th and youngest President in the Nation’s history (1901-1909).”
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota is divided into three park units: North Unit, South Unit, and Elkhorn Ranch Unit. It rained when I visited the park. Hiking trails were too muddy and slippery for me because of rain. Camping is an outdoor activity. Only time I am inside of my tent is when I sleep. When it rains, it limits my activities. After attempting a couple of trails, I decided to enjoy driving the scenic route in the South Unit of the park. Next day, I left for South Dakota.