Out to lunch in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

It’s hard to believe that after a winter that extended long into spring, bringing with it unwelcome snow and sleet and ice, that our world was thirsty for more moisture just a month after the last blizzard.

But the dry crusty earth and the dust in the air in the middle of May was telling us that we were in dire need of some moisture. The earth had some growing to do and the warm sunshine alone wasn’t cutting it.

So, after a Saturday drizzle that turned into a Sunday morning haze, the sky opened up and it poured.

It rained like the dickens, as the old folks around here would say.

And just like that the world turned from brown

to green.

I guess I don’t have to tell you how anxious I was about the types of pretty things that might be sprouting out there. I had been cooped up in the house for the weekend watching it green up from the other side of the windows and Monday found me between the walls of an office. By the time I was set loose from my work on Tuesday, it was still raining, but it didn’t matter.

I had to get out.

Because when the weather changes so drastically, I feel like I’m missing something if I’m not in it, like I’m not in on the secret.

So I closed the computer, left the to-do list on my desk and took my lunch break 15 miles south of Boomtown, to see how Theodore Roosevelt National Park looks in the rain.

I wish I could have taken you with me on that drive.

I wish you could have smelled the cedars waking up, heard the mud slosh under your feet as you climbed the trails and felt the warm rain on your bare skin.

I wish you could have seen this bison scratch his side on a trail marker and laughed with me at how a beast could be so majestic and ridiculous at the same time.

I wish you could have sat at the overlook and remembered the times you climbed up here as a kid as you looked out at the river collecting raindrops.

I wish you could have heard the birds calling.

Smelled the sweet peas.

I wish you could have taken the moment to love the rain. To be a part of it.

I wish I could have taken you to lunch.

10 thoughts on “Out to lunch in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

  1. Wow! Thanks for the photos of the North Unit. This is one of my most favorite places ever. Rain or shine. Good to see it green up. I can smell the sweet peas.

  2. Jess these photos are awesome!! I know what you mean about the long winter and fall draught coming into winter..
    It has rained here for a week straight and everything is finally green, the sloughs full and the corn popping out of the ground as if the previous eight months had not happened at all.
    God never cases to amaze me!! Thanks for taking the drive and the photos!!!

  3. Jess, although we missed having lunch with you. You took us all on a glorious tour!! Thank you for sharing

  4. Jessie,

    As always, a beautiful post! My grandpa used to take us into the park and I loved it when it rained. Our ranch is just to the east side of the park (the TRNP entrance is on the right, then just a short hop and then our ranch’s entrance is on the left). Gramps always had keys to everything in the Park and the north unit has always been so special to me. I love the south unit, too, but the north unit takes the prize for me. Thanks for sharing the pictures.


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