Sep 18 2009
If you’ve been following my Photo Friday posts, you’ve likely learned more about North Dakota than you ever thought you wanted to know. You’ve seen the beautiful Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park as well as the rolling hills and buttes of the Old Red/Old Ten Scenic Byway. What I’ll share with you today is the North Dakota that I most closely relate to, the flat land.
I grew up just outside the Red River Valley, a fertile glacial valley that produces such crops as potatoes and sugar beets, as well as the more conventional wheat, corn, and soybeans. Perhaps the most notable thing about the Red River Valley is how flat it is. You may recall the floods that required the evacuation of the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks in 1997; once the water breached the levee, it just spread and spread and spread. The city of Grand Forks, except for one or two neighborhoods nearest the river, is completely and absolutely flat. (This is a good thing for anyone who likes easy bicycle rides or had to learn to drive a rear-wheel-drive vehicle in icy winter conditions.)
The Red River Valley looks like this. This first photo was taken about 20 miles west of the Red River.
The second is just a few miles from the river. The trucks that you can see are on the Interstate, over a mile away.
As I said, I am quite accustomed to the flat lands of eastern North Dakota, and I had visited the rolling hills and the Badlands before. When we were traveling in western North Dakota, south of Williston, however, I was surprised to see this.
The Yellowstone River Valley is every bit as flat as the Red River Valley! This is only about 40 miles from the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
If anyone tries to tell you that North Dakota is boring and never changes, please remember these posts that tell a different story, that of the varied landscape of North Dakota. Better yet, visit North Dakota and see it for yourself.
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