Hello. It’s me!
Well, the big news is that we deviated from our US-2 strategy early this afternoon. It was time to check out NATIONAL PARKS!! And when you check out NATIONAL PARKS, you lose touch with US-2. So we’re resting along I-94 in Dickinson, ND tonight.
First, let’s have a moment of silence for Dad’s SiriusXM connection, which loosened this afternoon and caused a genuine lack of listening options. Now Dad has to listen to the radio, and that’s not a situation that is going to end well for anybody.
Ok, back to the story. After entering North Dakota …
… we deviated from US-2, and visited Fort Union Trading Post. This was quite the place back in the day … if you were trading pelts, this is where business happened. Sort of like modern e-commerce in Western North Dakota more than 160 years ago.
Turns out I could care less about how people traded pelts centuries ago. Know why? Because outside, there were approximately 22,493,948 Prairie Dog Poop Pellets … or as I now call them, “Nature’s Nachos”. I became obsessed with the little nuggets … to the point where Dad sent me back to the rig for punishment.
When Mom and Dad returned, we drove past the Fracking Fields … the places where large companies inject water into the earth and pull black gold aka “Texas Tea” up for consumption. For the small price of a couple thousand earthquakes and tens of thousands of poisoned wells, we all get to enjoy $2.29 gasoline. How else could we afford to drive an RV across the country and back?
There are a lot of mobile homes on the landscape. In fact, the campground we are staying at tonight is populated with a hundred or so semi-permanent workers in travel trailers.
Mom wanted you to see a video of the excitement (visit the website if you cannot see the video).
Up next – Theodore Roosevelt National Park … by this time, we’re a good 80 miles south of US-2 … it’s becoming a hopeless task to return to the desolate thoroughfare.
We took a 20 mile round-trip drive through the badlands … it sure was a pretty place, though I wasn’t exactly thrilled with Mom having to take pictures of me.
See what Dad did? He put his hand right around my brisket, and then hung a nine ounce
leash weight off my neck to keep me in place. Thanks. Dad.
Instead of focusing on nature, I wanted to sample more of Nature’s Nachos … in this case, buffalo chips.
I asked Mom and Dad to take me to the source of this delicious
waste product snack.
Mmmmmmm … buffalo.
It’s quite a place to spend an afternoon.
Finally, we headed south toward I-94 … our new home for eastbound travel. We arrived at our campground in Dickinson … and then Mom and Dad introduced me to PIZZA RANCH … nom nom nom nom (visit the website if you cannot see the video).
We started the day with visions of a US-2 trip … the day was muddled with my incessant desire to sup on animal waste … and then the day ended with a belly bloated with PIZZA RANCH goodies.
From here, we take the path most traveled by. We’ll listen to FM radio as we drive to or beyond Fargo tomorrow. I hear we’re going grocery shopping in the morning. With luck, we can pick up a fresh batch of nature’s nachos for the trip #sayaprayerfordash.
Dash, you’re doing a swell job keeping things under your control. Make it so!
Sounds like quite the trip. Keep exploring and having fun, but you might want to stay away from Nature’s Nuggets.
Love the road trip pics and videos! Can’t wait to see Fargo!
But Dash, what’s the water pump situation now? In solidarity with you and your folks, the pump went out in our dishwasher last night. Beginning of a 3-day weekend.
Dash- Why do you lovely canines love natures nachos so much ?!
What a great trip for you all! I loved the bad lands when I visited years ago. Have fun and just hum along with dad!
Ps…tell mom that we got only ONE block today!
Ooo, prairie dog niblets. Wish I could try them. Until then I will have to assuage my cravings with the bunny nuggets down by the pond. Aint North Dakota fun?