I enjoyed an all-too-short trip to Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park this past weekend with my daughter before she headed back to the University. Whether you make it an annual event or have not been since you were a child, I would recommend you get your plans made to visit this summer. The 50th anniversary of the Medora Musical provides an added incentive. The show is a great combination of celebrating the past 50 years, North Dakota and Teddy Roosevelt history and features strong vocals. You know the shows is good when you look around at the audience and the smart phones are only being used to snap photos. The band, the gospel set, the horses, fireworks and the unbelievable views from the Burning Hills Amphitheater make for one memorable night.
On site, the Cowboy Cookout offers ribs, chicken and buffalo roast for those not hungry for a steak- or check out the new Badlands Pizza Saloon which also serves nice salads and wines. And don’t forget the ice cream … I think it is mandatory in Medora ... at least for me it is an important part of the experience.
The National Park was as green as I have seen it and the Little Missouri River is full and flowing. The wildlife seemed to be celebrating summer too. I was also lucky to catch the once-a-year outdoor worship service at the amphitheater. The only sad part is what I didn’t have time to do this trip: golf Bully Pulpit, horseback ride, longer hikes … guess I better book another trip. Maybe to catch the Gwen Sebastian or Jesse Veeder concert?!