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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Aloha Everyone,

Endless rolling hills and lush farmlands continued as we drove to North Dakota. This is one of my “designated” driving states. I was behind the wheel for two hours.

Shortly after our lunch at JaBBR’s Family Restaurant in Bowman, we entered Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit. This segment of our trip was totally unplanned. J.J. and I began by cancelling our reservations at Custer State Park, then opted to drive north.  

The purpose is to find a meditation retreat. With no reservation and the time period being Labor Day weekend, at the park entrance, we were told that all camping spaces are full. To confirm this, a “No Vacancy” sign was posted at the campground entrance. Hoping for a cancellation, J.J. approached the campground host to inquire.

What a blessing that Jim was manning the entrance. A park volunteer, when he learned of our predicament, Jim offered us a site reserved for late comer when all other sites have been filled. It is a beautiful and huge space with trees to shade Honu. Happy and eager to secure it, we immediately committed for 3 nights. The fantastic price of $7 per night with our America the Beautiful Senior Park Pass is only doable because Honu has four new house batteries. The site has no electricity, no water and no sewer connection. But we were happy with our wilderness campsite.

Aloha -- Cathi