Our 26th President was truly a badass
Any person who in the second paragraph of their book writes "Once I killed a grizzly in this manner," and "All night I had lain in my buffalo-bag," deserves our utmost respect. (Presumably this buffalo's bag was borrowed, we don't know for sure.)
You might ask yourself: "How did the frail, asthmatic son of a wealthy New Yorker end up with this sort of cowboy lifestyle?"As it turns out, at the young age of 27, Theodore Roosevelt lost both his mother and his wife in a twelve hour period. In the same house! WTF!
This traumatic experience prompted Theo to say " Fuck it, I'm going West and I'm gonna get my ranch on in the Dakota Badlands." (he may have worded this differently.)
If you haven't already guessed which National Park the title is referring to, it's Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in the badlands of North Dakota, and it is a diamond in the rough.
When I arrived at the park, on a cool April afternoon the snow was coming down at a decent clip, peppering the roaming bison (pictured in the heading) and foliage alike.
I made a quick pass around the area before heading to the visitors center to pay my fee. When I entered I was pleased to find out it was one of the many free weekends hosted by the National Park Service due to the park services' 100th anniversary.
On one of the walls, a notice had been posted of newborn wild horses that were now present in the park, I peed a little with excitement at the thought of capturing images of tiny horses in a snowy landscape. I booked it out of the visitor center and began my journey to find itty bitty horses.
To Be continued!