It's August now, so I'll tell you about all the fun we had in July. We've been going, going, going and making the most of the summer. We headed out to the northern fringes of our favorite "West Dakota" region, this time visiting the North Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and touring the campgrounds of the Little Missouri National Grasslands. Here's TRNP beauty and hanging out:
After taking in the main vista point, we thought we were going to spend a night in the back-country inside the park. They wouldn't give us a back-country permit for the trail we wanted to follow (really odd...), so we took the recommended trail permit and headed out thinking we were being all chill and flexible.
Camping spots - National Grasslands in style.
We started at CCC which is right next door to TRNP north unit. When we bailed from our hiking trip, we went back for a second night at this location. The big issue right now for campers in this region in North Dakota is that the Bakken Oil field is contaminating the wells. CCC water was deemed non-potable. TRNP water was high in fluoride and not recommended for children under age 9. Good thing we were planning for being in low water conditions and had lots of water with us. We got some nice evening shade at this site and Brian biked the Maah Daah Hey a bit from camp.
I have a ton more pictures of our tourist activities and the scenery, but this is getting plenty long for now!