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A 2,500 mile road trip
I really hadn’t done long road trips before our voyage across the southeast last winter. After that month on the road, however, I feel like a seasoned pro. Which is why sitting on the porch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, contemplating leaving for a 2,500+ mile trip to North Dakota in less than a week just isn’t that daunting. Heck, this time, I only have to pack for one season.
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North Dakota has quite a variety of terrain, from the sandy hills near Hankinson to the iconic painted canyons of the badlands. Great photo by the always talented @josiahkopp . #northdakota #nd #onlyinnorthdakota #onlyinnd #northdakotalife #northdakotaliving #northdakotapride #ndlife #ndliving #prairie #sky #nature #photography #naturephotography #northdakotaphotography #northdakotaphotographer #ndphotographer #ndphotography #ilovend #ilovenorthdakota #lifeinnd #badlands #canyon #sunset #goldenhour
The more we’ve prepared for this trip, the more we’ve been looking forward to it. As we’ve researched North Dakota the past few weeks, we’re finding that there is a lot to see and do there. The Medora area, where we’ll spend the majority of our time, looks to be absolutely stunningly beautiful and a lot of fun! At Theodore Roosevelt National Park, we’ll get to take in some incredible scenery.
In addition, we love taking in the wildlife of an area. And when that wildlife includes wild horses? Even better.
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Brothers at play ❤ Half brothers Hades (Maiden x Sidekick) and Dionysus (Bella x Sidekick) enjoyed a warm summer's evening running through the band and causing mischief….until their mamas and aunties encouraged them to take their tussling further outside of the grazing supper area. 🌼 This play can look aggressive but is actually vital. It helps them practice their skills that will be needed later as band stallions! 🌼 #ndbhhades #ndbhdionysus #wildhorses #horsestagram #horsesofinstagram #trnp #medora #wildhorsepc #wildmustangsforever #pferd
The Medora Musical
The conference is in Medora, a town of only 132 permanent residents. You may wonder how a town this size can host a large conference. We did. But then we learned that tens of thousands of visitors come every summer to take in the Medora Musical. This show, performed in a 2,900 seat amphitheater, is “dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the Badlands and to the spirit of the Old West,” according to their website.
All the reviews we’ve heard have said it’s a terrific show, and we look forward to seeing it for ourselves!
Finally, there’s one other North Dakota phenomenon we’d like to learn more about while there: Dot’s Pretzels. We were excited to see Dot’s is one of our conference networking break sponsors. If you’ve ever tried Dot’s, you know that they are a perfect road trip snack: crunchy, salty, and highly addictive. Found everywhere from convenience stores to our local Crete, Nebraska, Ace Hardware, these mouthwatering pretzels are dusted with pure, finely powdered deliciousness. We don’t know what, exactly is in the concoction, we just know that we love it, and we want some more of it.
If you are interested in attending The Midwest Travel Network Conference, it is not too late! You can purchase a ticket to the event in advance HERE or even at the door. We’d love to meet you there!
In addition, some great travel bloggers will be posting about the conference and their trips throughout the week. Here are some you might enjoy following: