By 2007 Bud and I had been to every state west of the Mississippi (many of them several times) except one - North Dakota. It was going to take a dedicated trip to cross that state off our list. I would like to see Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota some day, but on this short trip there wasn't time to go that far.
I was looking for a destination just across the state line - something in Southeastern North Dakota - and found it in the Sheyenne* River Valley National Scenic Byway.....
While we were staying in Valley City, we heard that a white buffalo calf had been born at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown about thirty miles west. (A white buffalo is sacred to most Plains Indian tribes and seen as a sign of peace, prosperity, hope and/or change.)
For a short trip planned exclusively in order to cross another state off our list, this one turned out to be most enjoyable. I wouldn't mind going back to the Sheyenne River Valley again - maybe on our way to Theodore Roosevelt National Park?
*The Sheyenne River was named after the Cheyenne Indians, but so far I haven't found a reason for the difference in spellings.