The Badlands of North Dakota, and a few stops on the way there.

I confess to having been very negligent with my travel blog lately. As I am about to embark on another big trip tomorrow, I will quickly post a few pictures of the final legs of my Mid-South and Mid-West US road trip, which I completed last month.

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“I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.” The least visited state in the Union is home to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in an area known as the Badlands. Although I didn’t have my friend James’ luck in witnessing a thunderstorm over the black hills, I found it amazing anyways. The highlight of this trip for me. Here are a few more pictures.

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You can drive for 20 minutes and see the landscape change completely.

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Bisons have priority in the park, and they know it!

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A short roadside halt on the way to the Badlands.

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Due to the initiative of a group of Kansas and Missouri dignitaries, Kansas City is home to the National World War I Museum. It is an underground museum, located under the Liberty Memorial, which you see in this picture.

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The exhibit halls are accessed from this glass bridge overlooking a field of one thousand poppies. Each poppy represents 9,000 soldiers killed during the devastating conflict. A very impressive and well organized museum, although my Canadian pride took a little hit when I realized they didn’t differentiate between British and Canadian military history, lumping us, and all other realms of the Empire, into “the UK”.

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In case there is any doubt in your mind, this building is located in the USA! The Great Overland Station, in Topeka, Kansas. Trains have long stopped running, but after a few decades hosting squatters, the building was turned into a museum.

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It’s a very small museum, but these items got my attention. They were used to relay messages to the train conductors. In the days when radios did not exist – let alone cell phones – railway employees would write notes on little pieces of paper and the mechanic on the train would have to catch it with his bare hand as the train passed by. The paper could contain a critical message, such as an upcoming obstacle of some sort, so if he missed it, the operator would have to stop the train completely, walk back and retrieve the message.

South Dakota tomorrow!

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