But ice cream is so old hat. Let’s talk about the Maah Daah Hey. It started out as our daily walk - right down the paved bike path out side the campground and back down the same path. No big deal. Pretty boring and I didn't need the camera nor hiking shoes. Yeah, right. As we approached the end of the paved bike trail we saw a kid on a bike coming out from the left in front of us. Hmmm. What’s that? Let’s see. And, there it was, a narrow track off into the hills above the town. What’s the harm? And thus started a beautiful trail, one of the best we’ve been on for a while. We decided that it was the Maah Daah Hey, a 100-mile bike trail through North Dakota that runs between Medora near the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt NP to the North Unit.
The term "Maah-Daah-Hey" comes from the Mandan Indian language meaning "Grandfather" and the trail symbol of a "Turtle" comes from the Lakota Indian’s symbolic meaning of long life and patience. The trail is absolutely beautiful, running through some awesome territory. If you are so inclined, you can enter the Maah Daah Hey 100 race. Me, I’m just hiking. Here you can see the trail heading off into the hills. Be quiet and you can hear it calling our names.
On the way down the hill, we came across the town cemetery. Town cemeteries are so interesting and this was no exception. This bench looked inviting.
Here are two graves. One for Jean Neshiem and one for James Loren Neshiem. Both have long philosophical statements on them.
‘And if I hurt their pride with clumsiness
or break their hearts with thoughtlessness
I will heal them with respect
and mend them with my understanding
For I have learned to love mankind.
For I have learned that all the world’s peoples
are my peoples and all the world is one.’
‘He was killed in an argument on June 26, 1883.
Marquis deMores had purchased land
for his cattle then closed old
hunting trails. A dispute ensued.
The Marquis was tried and acquitted
3 times. May years later another
man confessed to the killing.
His identity was never disclosed
due to his family’s wishes.’