Day 8

Land Where I Was Born

Jamestown ND - June 28th, 2016

This was my first time back to the city since I was less than a year old. I honestly didn’t know what to expect as I was arriving.  I heard there was a big buffalo statue and buffalo are cool. In the end it was just… normal.


Fun childhood fact about me.  Growing up I had a misconception that you were named after the city you were born in, which is why my name was James. Sometimes I still like to believe it’s true.

Day 9 - Day 10

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Medora ND - June 29th and 30th, 2016

My first ever National Park and it was in my state of birth!

I honestly believe this first experience in the wilderness set the stage to all my further adventures.

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Day 11

Local Fun

Spearfish SD - July 1st, 2016

I was just looking for anywhere to sleep for the night after leaving North Dakota and I stumbled across a block party!

It was awesome watching everyone get into the live music.

Day 12

Tourist vs Not

Black Hills SD - July 2nd, 2016

The difference between the solitude of Theodore Roosevelt and hustle and bustle of Mount Rushmore hit me like a truck.  Sure it was close to the 4th of July weekend and one of America’s most American tourist locations.