When I woke up this morning, the morning of my 50th birthday, I wasn't feeling very well. I had a headache, some chills, and a cough. We considered staying another day at our free site on the water in Ft. Peck.
But the more I moved around, the better I felt. When the sun came out, I was good to go.
It was a 200-mile trip across eastern Montana and into North Dakota. Once we turned south along the western edge of North Dakota, the traffic picked up considerably. There was road construction, big trucks, and miles upon miles of temporary housing (including RVs) for the expanding oil business. It looked like the modern day version of what I envisioned in gold rush towns of the past.
We finally arrived at the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The park is actually divided up into three units - the North, the South, & the Elkhorn Ranch. We opted for the Juniper Campground in the North Unit. It's located five miles into the park, has no hook-ups, and all the sites are non-reservable. There is a dump station and a place to take on water. Nightly fee: $10.
One of the confusing things we learned right away is that the North Unit is on Central time while the South Unit is on Mountain Time. That makes a difference when considering check-out times and ranger program times.
After making the lovely five-mile drive into the park, we parked the rig and took the Jeep through the campground to find a site. There were a few big rig sites and some of them had full sun for our solar panels. We selected Site 43, and the campground hosts allowed us to pull into the site the wrong way on the one-way loop. That allowed us to face our door toward the inside of the loop ....
and take advantage of the huge "yard".
In return for the "wrong-way" privilege, we had to promise to drive the correct way all the way around the loop when coming and going in the Jeep. No problem.
We got satellite up and working for both TV & internet. We didn't have cell service at all, but after putting up the Trucker Antenna and connecting it to the Wilson Sleek 4G-V, surprisingly we had 3G and intermittant 4G service.
Once we were settled, we decided to drive the 14-mile road in the North Unit and take a few pictures while the sun was shining.
The weather was supposed to be rainy the next couple of days, so I wanted to at least get photos at some of the overlooks above the Little Missouri River.
We saw only one Buffalo on this brief tour. He was standing near a trail where the trailhead sign provided this warning: "Danger: Aggressive Bull Known To Charge Frequenting The Area".
We took a few more pics at the last overlook at the end of the road.
I noticed I was struggling for breath after just walking up and down a few steps. We had just hiked over 35 miles in Glacier National Park, so this didn't seem right. I chalked it up to the illness from this morning. Surely, my body wasn't being that exact about turning 50. :)
Back home, we had a little dinner, watched a little TV and called it a night. We were going to take a "wait-and-see" approach tomorrow depending on the weather.
Thanks everyone for all the wonderful birthday wishes you sent via email, Facebook, the Journal, etc. Your outpouring never ceases to touch both of us. Hugs. :)