We enjoyed the beautiful scenery on our way back and took a more leisurely pace. No more walls of water! Instead we enjoyed the walls of the cliffs and their "painted" look created by minerals that have dripped down them over the many years.
We enjoyed a couple hikes in the area and checked out a few nearby waterfalls. It is a beautiful area. On Saturday we drove a couple hours to the Mackinaw Bridge. We crossed over and headed to nearby Cheboygan. I had never visited these areas while serving as a missionary here, but I was familiar with the town names. In Cheboygan we met up with the delivery man for our new camping trailer in the walmart parking lot. After a couple hours of David fixing up the hitch, and me shopping for new trailer supplies and groceries, we took our new Rockwood Roo hybrid trailer back to our cabin in the wood.
On Sunday we attended church at a small nearby branch. We believe it was the smallest church building we had ever been in. We then went to the east end of the park and hiked to the log slide area, where loggers would just roll the trees down the immense sand dunes to the sea. They would then be picked up and placed aboard ships.
Bright and early Monday morning we headed west, towing our new camping trailer. After a day of driving we stopped at a state park outside of Fargo ND. In the morning we stopped at the Bonanzaville museum in Fargo that showcased what life was like during the Bonanza days out in the territories. Then we drove the rest of the afternoon to our next stop: Medora North Dakota.
Medora is home to Theodore Rosevelt National Park. It is very much in the middle of no where, or a pretty badlands area, but the town is set up for tens of thousands of visitors with several attractions. We camped in the nearby state park. Our first full day there, we drove around the park and did some popular short hikes. That night we had tickets to dinner at the cowboy steak fondue buffet dinner. Steaks were cooked on pitch forks dipped into boiling hot oil "fondue". On Wednesday nights, kids 12 and under get a free hot dog dinner! After dinner we walked across the big parking lot to the Medora Theater to see the Medora Musical, a family friendly variety show. On Wednesday nights all kids were free! We enjoyed our day here in Medora, but there wasn't much left to do after 1 day.