Day 4: Livingston to Medora, Rainy Day Women #34 and 48
QOTD: Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
Pics: Mexico Lindo, various shots in TR NP South including THB at scenic overlook of I-94, prairie dogs, bisonploppen and horsenploppen, N Dakota license plate (are there really that few cars here?), no wonder Custer’s group got picked off so easily
Weather: In the high 70s, and cooler than in Bay Area. Great visibility (the theme of the trip?)
Early start from Livingston, breakfast of Trail Loaf toast, yogurt and fresh fruit. Say goodbye to B and her great hospitality and hightail it east to Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota: NP #34 and state #48 for THB. Lunch on the way in Glendive (aptly named) for tostada, enchiladas verde con pollo, rancho beans and rice and ice tea, $27, at Mexico Lindo (not bad and easily the top rated Yelp spot).
After 6 hours of pretty scenery through Montana, we arrive in Medora and spend 3 hours in the south portion of TR NP on the scenic route, hiking half of the Jones Creek trail (though rarely seeing the creek) and other short walks. It is no Yellowstone, it is actually not that scenic, we’re hoping for something better tomorrow in the north portion of the park, 70 miles away.
Check into the Rough Riders hotel (in time to see pics being taken of the bride and groom while the purple-dressed bridesmaids look on), which in the theme of Medora has a Teddy Bear in TR get-up on the bed (for sale, not a freebie). THB doubts the music from the reception will keep him up tonight.
After much consideration, THB and DB opt not to eat at the place where they put your steak on a pitchfork and deep fry it or the place where they present a patriotic gospel Medora musical. Choices, choices, choices…
Dinner in the hotel dining room: two pastas with salads, two glasses of wine and a beer, $70. And, a pre-dinner local IPA brewski, another $5,
Yes, it seems like we are in the land of a zillion stars; the problem is THB would have to stay up until the wee hours and that is not going to happen, nor is THB able to get up early enough to post sunrise pictures. Now, if someone said THB could see the northern lights, maybe there’s an alarm clock around here somewhere.