I got a permanent job and moved to North Dakota after a fantastic 5 months of being at home working on the ranch. What's in North Dakota you ask??? Well there's oil, grass, cows, nice people, man camps and more oil. Oh and wind, there's always wind. My first month there I experienced my first and hopefully last almost tornado. They warned me we sat at the northern edge of Tornado Alley but not to worry unless the sky turned green. Well one afternoon the sky was indeed green and I lived in a trailer! Panic much? This mountain bred girl didn't know what to do but all I wanted was a bloody storm shelter! Luckily for me the actual tornado touched down just the West of us and the hail wasn't even that bad.
I met some really great people there and hopefully formed some relationships that will last a lifetime. I'll take this time to point out that I met Vanilla Ice too. Yep, this girl danced on stage with him and even took a selfie with him. Pretty sure that's a selfie win right there! I don't particularly like to dance but there was no way I was going to pass up that opportunity. Life's all about living right? Well I'm into that.
Winter wasn't as extreme as I was hoping it would be though. Pretty mild in Dakota terms but we did have like 2 weeks of subzero temps with even lower wind chills. That wind! I don't know how the natives did it in their tee-pees! There were a few nights when I'd have to leave my pickup running while doing chores so I could go warm up. Cold! That wind would cut through to your soul and burn your face off. That might be a little dramatic but my skins never been so red without being burnt. Loved the experience though.
I also visited my second National Park, Theodore Roosevelt, the South Unit. Got incredibly close to the wild horses that were fenced in. Better known as the Nakota. There were buffalo of course as well but I saw a lot more horses than buffalo. And yes I know they're actually Bison but I refuse to call them that.
(Two different band's of Nakota's at the Park, the sorrel on the right is the herd stallion)
(Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin)Now I'm back in Eastern Oregon and a happy lady that makes me. I just love it here. I lived in this area once before but it's so much better this time around. I have an amazing opportunity before me and I plan on taking full advantage of it! It's also so wonderful being closer to home again. I can't remember the last time I was close enough to go home on a long weekend.
I hope you enjoy the pictures!
(Cabin on Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch)