BIG weekend last week! We covered it all. ND raised Prime Rib combined with some trap shooting Saturday then finished the weekend off with a ribeye dinner and theater Sunday evening.
This was the weekend our hunting team went to North Dakota for the prime rib feed for the hunting teams from last fall. The meal was particularly good this year as Erin & Pat from TSA Knives picked up the tab! Thank you very much.
Prior to eating there was a little friendly competition on the trap range. The six (5 actually) of us made a great showing. Nephew Mike (I choke up every time I think of this) ended up taking home $350 for top shooter. I came in second, my wife took top female shooter while Erin and Pat shared honors taking the Annie Oakley shoot. How we all pulled this off I’m not quite sure but it was definitely a great day. Considering I haven’t stood on a trap station in 30+ years, to get beat out as top shooter by a few measles pigeons…. Well, let’s just stay Mike had better sharpen his skills if he’s gonna hold that title. I’m coming for ya!
We did a little touring around the countryside Sunday morning and saw probably 7-8 groups of antelope. It just never ceases to amaze me how much wildlife is in this area. There were a few buffalo thrown in the mix as well. This part of the country is just incredibly scenic to drive through.
One of the really neat things we saw are the cannonball concretions. Just big round rocks that formed from concretions of minerals building up into a nearly perfectly round ball. These are located in the North Unit of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park.
Sunday evening we went to the Medora Musical in the town of Medora located just east of the Montana border. Before the musical, we took in what they call the Pitchfork Fondue. Imagine putting 6-8 12 oz rib eyes on a pitchfork and cooking them in a vat of incredibly hot oil. In just a matter of minutes they come out cooked to perfection. Hard to imagine but they are great. Baked potato, garlic toast, baked beans, cole slaw, fruit and veggies. And of course dessert.
If you ever get the chance to visit Medora make sure you take in the Medora Musical. Its a musical put on in an outdoor theater set in the middle of the Badlands of North Dakota.
The scenery is gorgeous. As the musical progressed, we got to watch the sun set. Kind of a two for one show. The lighting and acoustics are as good as it gets. Its a combination of music with a bit of history about Teddy Roosevelt thrown in. (Medora sits in the middle of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park) The show itself is well worth the price of admission and the scenic setting puts the perfect touch on it. The show ended with Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American” and I’ll just say…it was well received. All of us agreed we’d gladly go back again.
It’s a different world out there. Lots of cowboy hats, cowboy boots and a whole lot of pride. Pickup trucks outnumber cars probably 6 to 1 and a lot of them are hooked to horse trailers. There’s not a lot of fear of Covid as we didn’t see many masks. It seems like a lot of folks just take it in stride and it is what it is. No one wants to catch it but they aren’t running around like the sky is falling. It felt good!
In a couple more months we’ll head out for the 2020 Michael Odermann Memorial Pheasant Hunt. I’d say it’s the highlight of the year, but the prime rib dinner ranks pretty damned high as well. We’ll most likely miss Erin and Pat this year as the hunt falls right around her due date. I’ve recruited two of my nephews and a great nephew plus my wife and I. It’s just great to have close friends and family to enjoy these events with. There’s so many great memories associated with these trips.
And by the way, did I mention…..