Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September Winter Wonderland








We moved on east into North Dakota with the goal of visiting the T. Roosevelt NP. This is the morning of the third day of a planned two day stop over and we have not yet been into the park with is just across the street.

We awoke yesterday to heavy rain that, contrary to the forecast, turned into snow by mid afternoon. It continued the rest of the day. Just before dark, the campground owner stopped by to advise that the last time this happened while there were still leaves on the tress, many of the branches collapsed. He said we should feel free to move out from under the biggest tree in the park if we wanted to and take any clear site.

Thinking this was a not so subtle warning; we quickly got under way and moved out into the open. I noted this AM that no branches fell in our old spot, but I still slept better not having to wait for the groaning and crash of branches.

We are going to stick it out today and try to get into the park and then tomorrow we are going to head east and south forgetting a few of our intended stops along the way.

We just failed in one of our objectives of not having snow cover the motorhome.

9 comments:

Paul and Joyce said...

Wow, looks like you need to get out of Dodge or Medora, SD. Be save, we traveled in a freak storm and that was something I wouldn't want to ever do again!!
By the way....what kind of dod is that in your heading.

Rick and Paulette said...

UGLY WEATHER!! Snow? Way to early for that anywhere! Thanks for the pictures though as it reminds us how lucky we are out here on the west coast! Hope it warms up there soon!

E Squared and Mui said...

Mother Nature doesn't always get the message about our plans and goals, does she?

Gypsy said...

What a treat to see that beautiful snow in September. You may not think so, but it is beautiful and probably will be gone quickly. I'm jealous!

Happytrails said...

Wow! Snow already!! Yep, its time to head south. Today it has been HOT here in Georgia. Travel safe!!

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Judy and Emma said...

I remember having that same objective and then being iced and snowed in for five days in Washington with erratic electric and a broken generator. Had to sleep with the slides in and as many blankets as I could pile up on the bed. It's all in the journey, my friend! Great memories in the making! :)

Jerry and Suzy said...

Hope you do get into the park -- it's a beautiful, if desolate seeming, place. Hot in the summer, cold in the winter. Our snowed in time came one early November in Carson City, NV. Froze our hose AND the water filter. The bottom just broke out of the filter! Good thing we found that before the thaw, or we'd have had a flood in our site. Ya never know!

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

We got snowed on in Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus New Mexico 4years ago. We had a 'light' 5th wheel at the time & we went through tons of propane trying to keep warm. Not a fun time & we were only 3 miles from the Mexican border. We were naive in thinking it would never snow that far south. Ha!!

Anonymous said...

I live north of the north unit of the park. I hope you had a good time in spite of Mother Nature. Spring and fall are the wild time of the year up here. Canadian arctic air fights with warmer air from the south and sometimes you get 90 degrees in the fall and sometimes you get snow. Any time of the year is beautiful in either unit of the park.

Just a tip. If you ever get a chance to come back, you have a better chance of up close and personal bison encounters in the north unit of the park. My parents just visited from CA and they were thrilled to see both adult Bison and calves running(literally) around our cars.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!