Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Medora, North Dakota
Our campsight right along the Little Missouri. We're less than a mile from town. Great biking and hiking route. Population is less than 100 in the winter and in the summer its in the thousands.

Many bronze sculptures are scattered through town. This one weighs nearly 2 tons and depicts the early times of this North Dakota area.

Date night. We're doing the typical tourist evening in Medora: a musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue. We never could have guessed that this evening would take place in one of the most beautiful spots in the West and entertain us with a breathtaking extravaganza of horses and outstanding professional entertainment along with a new dining experience.

The views were amazing. Looking out from atop this bluff at the Tjaden Terrace we could see the Little Missouri and the picturesque badlands.

More views from our dining area. And I thought this would just be a tourist trap kind of evening...What a surprise.

The line up for dinner. The line moved fast as we were serenaded by cast members from the musical.

Steaks made to order well if you like them Medium rare. The chef loads steaks onto pitchforks and fondues them western style. An entertainment to watch.

Tools of the trade. Yes, all of these pitchforks were in use at the 3 huge vats for cooking our steaks.

These guys were kept busy cooking for the hundreds of hungry people.

A view of twelve elk grazing for their dinner while we enjoyed ours..

A view of the outdoor theater. We hiked to the top and then rode an escalator down to the lower level for our seats. The Burning Hills Amphitheater holds 2,852 people.

The band "Coal diggers" was great and the violinist had a personality that carried the show .

Stage setting for this Western style musical dedicated to the legacy of America's 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent here in North Dakota's Badlands Each show pays tribute to American patriotism and the old-west way of life. We were thoroughly entertained.


  1. Thanks for writing about this Beth! We'd heard about it before but loved the way you wrote about it and the pictures you took there. Definitely on our 'to do' list. See you soon - Hugs from Chuck & I.

  2. Pictures were great. We missed this when we went thru North Dakota. Sounds great! Hope you are having a wonderful time.