Wind Canyon

Once upon a time, if someone had said “canyon” and “North Dakota” in the same sentence, I would have told them they were nuts. Everybody knows North Dakota is a vast stretch of flat prairie.

Oops. Everybody knows that — except North Dakotans and smart people.

This past September we spent a week exploring the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota. Because I was able to hike on this visit, we walked everywhere we could.

The trail wound along the high edge of the Little Missouri River…

…leading to gorgeous views of the river:

Those views might be enough, but this trail is also about the amazing effects wind can have when left to its own devices. Huge hollows in these rocks are evidence…

…but this carved-out rock drives home what patience and persistence can accomplish:

In landscapes like this there’s no way to easily show how vast the vista is, how far the eye can see. This viewpoint gave us a chance to pause and take it all in…

…before braving the heavy traffic back to the RV!

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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2 Responses to Wind Canyon

  1. I’ll take that kind of heavy traffic any day over a busy interstate any day!

  2. Beautiful! Is this place anywhere near the Bandlands of SD? The Black Hills are awe-inspiring (even without Mt. Rushmore), and I can see why the Lakotas and whatever other tribes thought of them as sacred. It’s a shame that our stinking government broke treaty after treaty with the Plains tribes, not only taking their land, but also attempting to wipe them out through disease and military force. A dark stain on U.S. history. But enough of that–have fun, you two, and as always,
    HAPPY TRAILS! 🙂
    –Mike

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