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June 14 & 15 – Sunday & Monday On the menu for today is the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, checking out the shops & stuff downtown and the Flag Day Horse Parade.  Not on the menu, but definitely had to be taken care of, was Sue’s spider bite.  We’ll get to that in a moment.  The N.D. C. Hall of Fame was a very pleasant surprise.  Anticipating lots of saddles, awards & photos of cowboys that would have me cross-eyed in no time, I was pleased to see a wide range of subjects in this work-in-progress museum.  There were the stories of the Indian cowboys from way back.  There were displays of various outdoor living experiences of early cowboys such as a chuckwagon, etc.  Posters & some memorabilia of the Wild West Shows that featured not only the Annie Oakleys & William Codys, but the everyday cowboys as well.  There was even a sign w/pictures & historical info of the (Lawrence) Welk family’s N.D. ranch.  It was a nice experience & we all enjoyed it.  We walked about the small town as intermittent showers came & went.  There are several free or low-cost things for families to do that are mixed in with the retail and restaurants.  Very nicely done.  Heyden especially liked the shooting gallery.  And the ice cream store, too.  We wandered over to the main street in town and watched the Flag Day Horse Parade.  The streets were lined with folks of all ages, most waving flags passed out by the Boy Scouts.  The entrants included just about anyone with a horse, flag or not, and those with carriages.  Although warm, the day was cloudy.  The small town parades are favorites of mine.  Usually  informal, the entrants are symbolic of the town and the event is most endearing.  This parade did have some ‘stars’.  The current Mrs. North Dakota was riding her mount with her crown and suitable horse-riding apparel and the stars of the Medora Musical were in costume riding in a large horse-drawn carriage.  Nice, really nice.  Short…..only lasted 10 to 12 minutes.  Now, Sue’s bite.  She had mentioned a very itchy bite on the top of her foot the night before.  By morning it had swollen rather dramatically and it itched off & on.  We asked at the motel office, where she was staying with Heyden, if there was a clinic in town.  The reply was that there was no clinic but there were ambulances patrolling the streets & to flag one down.  We had just seen one so we followed it and flagged it down.  The EMT took a photo of the bite on her smart phone & sent it to a paramedic, who promptly texted, ‘Recluse Spider…….I’ll be right there’.  Well, lemme tell you that will put chills up your spine, big time!  We’ve all seen the pictures on the internet of tissue destruction these bites can cause…..even death.  He arrived quickly and after determining that she was healthy, told Sue what to do for the bite.  After checking things on the internet, she went with what he had told her and, in a few days, the swelling subsided and the tissue around the bite looked pretty healthy.  Within a week, all was well.  Well, except for the puncture wounds the spider inflicted that still could be seen on her foot.  Scary business.  We spent most of Monday at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  We didn’t realize there were 3 separate parks under one heading.  I’m sorry to say we missed the other 2.  But, I’m very glad we got to this, the main park.  I’ll let the pictures below tell the tale.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
As we’re leaving the campground to explore town, Heyden sports her Medora Musical hat.  Always liked her in a tiara.
Unfortunately, the only available horse to ride at the N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame was this fella.
The displays went beyond the cowboys themselves.  This is a display of various calibers of bullets commonly used in a variety of weapons in the good ol’ days.
Lawrence Welk’s history can be found here, too.  Never thought of him as a cowboy.  A real surprise for this Californian who lives about 10 miles from the Lawrence Welk Mobile Home Village & golf course in Escondido, CA.
Aha!  Here’s some cowboy rodeo guys.  They also include a recent female rodeo winner of state fame in their displays.  It  is new & not complete, so no pic of that young lady.
Grandpa & grandgirl share some time at the shooting gallery.  Heyden thought it was pretty cool.
Candy store full of wonderful stuff.  My hands are up as the rain is falling again.  Not bad, just irksome.
                          (Left and Above) Just some shots of the cute shops in town.
Heyden shares my interest in old homes.  We visited this fully restored home owned by the Marquis’ in-laws.  They owned it, but never lived there.  Some of their key employees lived there to take care of the businesses the in-laws owned in Medora.  It is so special to me that Heyden enjoys one of my favorite things to do.
Everyone is waiting for the parade to start.  Note child on left using her flag as a teething tool.
The parade starts with a large American flag followed by pretty young ladies holding the different armed forces flags.  That big flag could get tricky in the wind.  Don’t think horses really care for things flapping about their bodies.
The Medora Musical performers were in costume in this carriage.  A real crowd pleaser.  Lots of applause.
The Bismarck Mounted Police made a splash with their colorful uniforms.
These gals sure made a statement with their beautiful horses and patriotic shirts and horse blankets.  Most impressive!
Mrs. North Dakota, wearing her tiara & a sparkly shirt, gives a friendly smile & wave to parade goers.  Her horse is having a bit of a moment as something up ahead is annoying him.
The entrance to the park is at the edge of town.  The Visitors’ Center is just beyond the sign.  Lots of information to be gotten there. The tall stack in the picture is all that is left of the meat packing plant built by the Marquis de Mores as he developed Medora, well before this Park was created.
This park is, for us, unexpectedly beautiful. The above pictures really don’t do it justice.  I would love to come back and get better acquainted with the whole park.  It appears to be well taken care of by the Park Rangers.
A small herd of buffalo relaxing with their young’uns, but ever watchful, on this cloudy afternoon.
Playful youngsters and their watchful parents amused us for an hour.  We just parked and watched.  They are very busy eating, napping in the sun, running to a neighbor’s mound and did I mention eating?  They were constantly stopping to munch on something.  We really enjoyed this stop.  I chose pictures with a magpie & a small blackbird to give reference to the ‘dogs’ size.
The ‘wild’ horses in the Park are really feral.  They are the descendants of domesticated horses that were abandoned (?).  They are totally self-reliant and have free range in the Park.  There is a group of volunteers who see to the needs (vaccinations, emergencies) of these lovely animals.
A 5 ½ inch bird with a long name, Lazuli Bunting.  With my zoom all the way extended, I managed to get one shot of this little beauty before he flew away.  I learned he will join hundreds of other buntings on their migration trail.  I also was reminded how difficult it is to find a bird in a bird book when you don’t know its name.
Around Medora and Theodore Roosevelt Natíl Park
See the story above for details.  It started with an EMT.   After photographing Sue’s foot, the EMT texts the paramedic.  He states, “Recluse Spider”. The paramedic arrives followed by a fire & rescue crewman coming on shift who happened by.  She got a lot of good attention.  There are no doctors or clinic, just patrolling ambulances during the summer.  Most of the year there are about 110 people living here.
Around Medora & Park